I discovered Tom Bihn and this forum a few weeks back. I took a new job about a year ago and I travel far more frequently than expected. Like most business travelers I have stressed about having a high boarding number knowing that each person boarding in front of me decreaesed my chances of getting bin space. Coupled with needing to fly standby once or twice I decided to try one bagging it. My first unresearched attempt was the purchase of a rolling bag by Samsonite that is supposed to fit under a seat. I have had zero luck even getting it close to fitting under most seats so after a search on the flyer talk forum I found out about the Tristar.
I really over researched my purchase not wanting to make another mistake (the air boss was the runner up). It came about two weeks ago and I am very impressed with the quality and design of the bag. It is black and iberian and I will use it for a four day trip next week. Compared to a lot of folks on here I will not come close to pushing its limits but here is my list:
-three white t-shirts, three pairs socks, three pairs undwear
-three dress shirts and an extra pair of pants
-running shoes and workout clothes
-laptop and files
-Ipad, iphone and charger
-I may pack a sport coat or wear it on the plane
I wish there was a Tom Bihn travel light briefcase that I could pack in the Tristar for when I get to my destination. Until I find something similar I have a medium cafe bag on the way. I will just carrry my laptop sleeve in with files inside it and put my chargers, etc. in the medium cafe bag. I am also considering a Zephyr for everyday office use.
I have learned a lot from you folks on the forum. Many thanks for the detailed questions and answers. I feel like I am getting closer to one bag freedom with all the new knowledge I have acquired.