Does anyone have pictures of the optional "rear interior divider" on their Bailey Works SuperPro bag? I'm all but settled on stock a red XL, but then I noticed that in the description of the divider it says it's suitable for holding a little padding.
I like a little padding. With my current bag (cheap canvas Timbuk2 knockoff from I. Goldberg in Philly) I like to keep a piece of corrugated cardboard inside, just to keep the corners of things from poking into my back. But it's not enough for all loads and the cardboard only lasts so long before it gets nasty and flat.
I don't want to order an optional feature sight unseen, though. Any pictures? Thoughts? Is it sewn through the lining, in which case does water seep through? Does it get in the way of stuff?
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I also have the 253 bag with the divider. I can't really figure out what its purpose is supposed to be. It's very close to the bag of the bag, so you can't fit anything big behind it (which might be helpful for organizing things in the bag). And it's kind of floppy, so if you tuck papers or other flat things behind it, it won't really hold them in place. Also, it does tend to hang down a bit, so sometimes when I'm putting something really large in the bag, the divider will get squished down under it, which is a pain.
I guess it might hold a little padding, but due to the floppiness it probably wouldn't hold it very well.
I don't know if it's sewn through the lining -- I've actually hardly worn the bag in the rain, since we've had a very dry spring and summer.
Of course the SuperPro divider might be different that the one that comes with the 253.
Contact Bailey Works and ask that they forward you a picture. I'm sure they would be more than happy to assist you in making the most appropraite decision if as you say you are " all but settled" on purchasing from them. I have not dealt with them but from what I have heard their CS is fantastic.