My new Aeronaut
Hi everyone. Very excited this morning because I was hoping the UPS man was coming. No meetings today just, perhaps euphemistically, 'working from home'! No phone call to ask where my house is ... he must have worked it out now - at last! Almost 12 o'clock, he must be coming on Monday ... oh well I can wait ... I'm sure I can ... can't I?
5 to 12, is that a van outside? It is! It is! Duty to pay ... UPS had said it would be £27.88, but he only wanted £21.33 - go figure! These things just seem to be totally random.
"Put it on the table, please". Knife? Grab my Skean Dubh. Slit the tapes. I know where they are now. One, two, three! Open the lid. There it is! Magnificent!! A steel/steel Aeronaut, more small and medium clear pouches (in solar and violet dyneema) and, a new one on me, a large clear pouch in Iberian Dyneema (its huge!), a clear 'cube' for liquids, a cork Organiser wallet (how cool is cork?) and a luggage label - thank you Katy :) - oh, and I almost forgot, two packs of zipper pulls.
I'm like a child at Christmas! If I was excited enough by my FOT pouch yesterday, you can just imagine today!!!
The thing I was really pleased about (again) was the speed. I ordered my bag on Monday at a bit after 7p.m. UK time (11a.m. Seattle time). UPS collected it about 1a.m. UK time Tuesday. Thursday morning it arrived at customs in England and by 12 the following day it had made it to my backwater in rural Scotland. $40 seems a lot for delivery, but, in truth its great value for money. Mind you, had I ordered the three bags together I'd have saved $65-$80. But, who wants to buy three bags at once for $6 or 700 from a company you only know from YouTube? Which reminds me of something else. If it hadn't been for Maverick's outstanding videos, I would not be the poor, but happy man I am today! I don't believe he's on commission, but I really hope he feels appreciated!
I spent the afternoon putting on zipper pulls. Anyone who has seen any of my videos will know that I have very dodgy hands (i'm an incomplete Quadraplegic, for those who know what that means) My right hand is 80-90% paralysed and my left 50-60%, so fiddling with these pulls is frustrating and takes ages, but, at least to my sad little mind, quite satisfying. That's 9 on the Aeronaut, plus three for the clear pouches, one for my new TB organiser wallet, two for the clear cube and a sixteenth for my FOT pouch! Tired little fingers!
There were two different types. Some plain and some with TB on them. The TB ones are much, much easier to fit.
I'm going on a four night business trip a week on Wednesday, and I can't wait to try it out. I'll take a few pictures and let everyone see. I'm not sure an empty, deflated Aeronaut, would really be worth snapping!
One happy camper!
congratulations on the arrival, eric! i feel excited just reading your post! :)
i'm glad that the videos help, and i'll look forward to seeing your pictures (and video if you happen to shoot one :)
Originally Posted by Fat Crip
I'm glad (but not surprised) that your order got to you so quickly! I pulled your order on Monday and picked the Ultraviolet pouch because I knew everyone has been dying to get them :D. It really is an awesome color! I hope you put your new luggage tag to good use!
Originally Posted by Fat Crip
Originally Posted by Katy
Its attached and waiting to go thak you! Sadly my next trip isn't till a week on Wednesday, so I can't try it out yet. All three of the dyneema pouches look great. I didn't appreciate quite how it looks in the flesh ... its difficult to describe how it reacts to light and movement. Even the grey is brighter and more vibrant than grey has right to be, but the bright oculars are positively alive. I use a medium pouch every day in my Ristretto, and so I got the ultraviolet one just as a spare, but I think it might get pressed in to early service and the brown corder one might just get 'rested' for a while.
I'm planning to try out the Aeronaut over my next trip or two, then I'll either get another one, or else a Tri-Star for my wife. Though, as most of the trips we do together are either just for one or two nights, or else to our villa in Spain, where we have duplicates of a lot of our stuff, we just might manage to share the one bag ... disaster! No excuse to buy another bag!
Still, here it is pretending its ready to go (in reality, its stuffed with anything and everything that was lying around the kitchen ... hey kids, 'looking for your bag/coat/shoes/lunch box etc? Its in the Aeronaut!'. Just a quick snap!
Oh that steel is beautiful!