If you aren’t already a regular (poster or luker) on our forums, be sure to check them out. Our amazing community gives great advice on everything from Larabars to trips to our neck of the woods – and, of course, bags. Excerpted below are a few recent posts that answer graykyle’s question: 1 Tri-Star for 2 people??. forums. Browse the forums to read more.
I don’t use the waist strap on any of my Tom Bihn bags. Not because they aren’t functional, rather just because I haven’t really needed to. I do plan a much more adventurous, personal trip to Africa early next year and will certainly use the waist strap on my Aeronaut for that.
I wouldn’t plan on doing lots of backpacking or hiking with the Aeronaut – it just isn’t really made for that. But if you are “doing the OJ” through the airport, the waist and chest straps will definitely keep the bag stable on your back.
I’m 5’8″ tall. I don’t feel like the Aeronaut is unwieldy at all. For the record, I was once an Airborne Ranger for dear old Uncle Sam. As such, I’m very particular about the way my gear fits, behaves, etc. The Aeronaut is fantastic for the business travel that I do.” - Posted by SurlyFrog
“I easily fit a lot of stuff in the Tristar. Shoes plus laptop may be getting challenging, however. I can easily fit a week’s worth of summer clothes in the middle section and the large front section, with the stupid little things (torch, medicine, spare glasses, book, small binoculars, Kit as sponge bag etc) in the small front section. All are packed in packing cubes. Unfortunately my week long summer trips are marine biology expeditions so the rest of the stuff we take (3 large microscopes, tons of camera gear, assorted sizes of fish tank, drums of ethanol for perserving specimens, laser printer to print labels, toaster oven to “cook” the labels, supplies of vials and jars for specimens, sorting trays, dissecting kits, a library of about 100 reference books, collecting gear, bedding, food, water, etc, etc.) means a fully loaded car plus a fully loaded trailer (called “utility trailer” in the US?). The back section of the Tristar contains disposable cleaning cloths. (I was going to get back to the Tristar!) :+>” - Posted by falconea