“Everything fits in the bag with room to spare for practice jerseys, a water bottle, snacks etc. The overall weight is around 20lbs. I wear a women’s size 8 shoe which translates to a men’s size 7 speed boot with nylon plates. All of my pads are size small and the ankle weights are around 7 lbs. There is room for larger skates/pads especially without the ankle weights and misc pads. I’ve been really happy with the Aeronaut-as-skate-bag. It’d definitely heavy, but once it’s on my back it’s comfortable. I do have the chest and waist straps on in case I need them, but for the most part it’s just the distance from the house to the car and from the car to the rink so I don’t do a lot of trekking with it.”
“While I knew the Dyneema version of the bag would be lighter, I was pleasantly surprised by some additional things I noticed during a recent test run on a Thanksgiving weekend trip:
Lighter — it’s one thing to read that the Dyneema version weighs 20 percent less, and another to actually walk around with a packed bag. I’m short (5-feet 3 inches in thick socks), and the lighter weight of the bag was quite noticeable when I was walking around carrying the bag with the backpack straps.”
“Super smooth surface — if you’re a fan of Dyneema like I am, you know that the fabric is super-smooth. Nothing snags on this fabric. And if you get any dirt on it, you can just wipe it off and it comes off right away, and smaller bits of dirt won’t get caught in the weave of the fabric. The Dyneema feels slicker than the ballistic nylon, and even though the Western Flyer is the same size regardless of which fabric you get, the Dyneema version seems much easier to slide in and out from the underseat area on the plane. I found it really easy to pull the Dyneema Western Flyer out from the area with the side handle during the flight as well.”
The Western Flyer
We promised we’d ship Aeronaut backorders by December 14th: instead, we shipped them out today. (Figured that’d be ok with you.) That also means the Aeronaut in most colors is officially in-stock and ready to ship in plenty of time for Christmas Eve delivery. For more information on holiday delivery, see our 2012 Holiday Shipping Guide. (Exception: two colors — Navy/Wasabi and Steel/Wasabi — ship by late December)
See the full list of Made in America Gift Ideas @ ABC News. And ABC News wants to hear from you: do you plan to buy Made in USA gifts this holiday season?
Our Seattle factory made more Brain Bag backpacks just in time for the holidays.
American Mensa has put together a great gift guide. And we’re not just saying that because we’re in it:
“One of Tom Bihn’s most recent offerings, the Camera I-O bag holds your DSLR body, several lenses, an external flash and accessories; it fits other Tom Bihn bags or can also be used as a stand-alone photo bag. A must-have on every photobug’s wish list.”
As incredibly popular as the Knitty 10th Anniversary Swift has been, it was always envisioned as a limited edition offering. December 31st 2012 is the last day to order your very own Knitty 10th Anniversary Swift. Don’t delay: once they’re gone, they’re gone forever!
Aubergine/Steel/Ultraviolet is in-stock and ready to ship now. (See our 2012 Holiday Shipping Guide for Dec. 24th delivery information.) Aubergine/Steel/Wasabi is available for backorder and is expected to ship in mid-January.