[Tom Bihn has done a minor design change to the best backpack: the Smart Alec](http://www.tombihn.com/blog/toms-smart-alec-design-update). That post I linked to lays out the nitty-gritty of the update, last week Tom Bihn was kind enough to send me a new version of the bag to test out — I’ve been using it everyday since.
When I was first contacted about this, I had two thoughts:
1. Nooo! Don’t change something that is great.
2. Sweet! A mesh back!
So I was a bit torn. What I can tell you is that the bag I [already](http://brooksreview.net/2011/12/backpacks-my-bff/) [thought](http://brooksreview.net/2011/12/sa-pt-ii/) [was the best bag](http://brooksreview.net/2012/02/sa-pt-iii/) you could use, just got better.
The mesh back alone makes it an instant upgrade. When I took my Smart Alec to Macworld last year, my back was constantly warm. It felt like something was heating the bag internally, but it was just a lack of air circulation to my back. The new mesh back solves this, and does so wonderfully. It’s a minor change that makes the bag a lot better to carry for long periods of time.
Of the other changes, they all make a noticeable difference:
– It is easier to zip the top closed — a one-handed affair at times now.
– The bag does indeed pick up less cat hair, much to the dismay of my two cats.
I look forward to seeing the modular pockets for the bag, but overall this is a solid update. Oh, and if you were waiting to order, do so now because the price goes up next week — I am certainly going to upgrade.
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