It was just an overnighter for work, so I figured it was a good tryout for the small Western Flyer. I packed my clothes in a large packing cube in the non-divided side. In the other side of the bag I kept the divider zipped into the two compartments. In one, I had a Clear Quarter Packing Cube with non-liquid toiletries on one side and miscellaneous stuff on the other (cords, eye mask, earplugs, etc). On top of that I put my 3D Clear Organizer Cube with liquids. On the compartment I put a pair of shoes and next to them, my iPod, inflatable lumbar pillow and a Ziploc of snacks. In the large zip pocket I had my Kindle, a pen/pencil size Clear Organizer Pouch with lipstick, nail file, pen. In the small zip pocket I put my wallet, sunglasses and cell phone so I didn't need to carry a separate purse.
The best part about the Western Flyer is that it fits under the airplane seat! When everyone was jockeying for position to make sure they could get a space in the overheads, I was stress free, knowing I would not be separated from my stuff.
The backpack straps were great during my 3 hour layovers in the Minneapolis airport. The Absolute Strap was pretty comfortable, but I’m kinda short and not very muscle-y, so it wouldn’t have been comfortable for long periods.
This is a great bag for short trips. I usually travel with a rollaboard and travel bag so it was tempting to get the Aeronaut, but I was afraid that it would get too bulky and heavy for me to carry. The Western Flyer is the perfect size for me to carry around, but I don’t know if I can get more than a couple days worth of clothes in it. Maybe a Tri-Star is on my horizon. Do they fit under the seat?
While waiting to board one of my flights, a guy next to me was looking at my bag and asked, “Who’s Tom Bihn?” Well, let me tell you…