Update - 10 days in Sweden Xmas 2008
I have been using my Western Flyer for a few months now as a work bag and I have nothing further to add to the review above except that one of the zip cord pulls has gone missing (it probably did not like my company and decided to head off to pastures new). Darcy is on the case though and I should have a replacement very soon.
The bag performs superbly, does not have a mark on it and has kept the contents dry in the rain.
I thought I would put the Western Flyer through it’s paces though and so decided to use it on my 10 day holiday to Sweden this Christmas.
Normally I would use my MEI Voyager and have plenty of room to spare, however my curiosity was peaked regarding the Western Flyer and how much I could pack in it.
The photos below show the bag fully packed and then everything that it contained. It weighed 9.4kgs and was fairly comfortable on the shoulder (using the Absolute Shoulder Strap) walking through Heathrow, the London Underground and the way back home.
Sorry for the grainy photos but I only had my iPhone to hand:
The full list of contents:
1 Spare woolly hat
1 Short sleeved shirt
1 Pair shorts
1 Long sleeved shirt
2 Long sleeved t-shirts
1 Wind stopper fleece
1 Convertible Packing Cube containing 6 pairs of pants, 6 pairs of socks, 1 pair of thermal long johns and 2 thermal tops.
1 National Geographic magazine
1 Economist magazine
1 Book about skating on lake ice
1 Small plastic box containing plasters
1 Small plastic box containing first aid kit
1 Sewing kit
1 Pack of tissues
1 See through plastic bag containing: 1 travel-sized Listerine, 1 travel razor, 1 travel toothbrush, 1 shaving oil, 1 travel-sized moisturiser, 1 lip balm and 1 pill box for headache tablets.
1 mini-USB to USB cable
1 Power charger for digital camera
1 Power charger for HP laptop
1 HP TX2530 Laptop with extended battery fitted.
1 HP laptop case
1 iPhone connection cable
1 UK Plug adapter (not shown)
1 Absolute Shoulder Strap (not shown)
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised that I had everything I needed for the 10 day trip. I was staying around family and so, after 6 days, I was able to easily wash clothes for the rest of my stay.
My packing list on the way there was slightly different as instead of the Windstopper fleece, I packed a pair of old cargo pants which I left behind and also I had some travel-sized shower gel and toothpaste which I used up.
The Western Flyer certainly was fully packed, it bulged a bit but was not uncomfortable to carry or hideous to look at.
All in all I am still very happy with my purchase and would thoroughly recommend a Western Flyer to anyone.
All the best to you for 2009.