i traveled today for the first time with my new nordic/streel western flyer!
i am amazed at how versatile this bag is! you can pack it for a 4 day business trip (as i just did). and you can pack it as a briefcase to take to work (as i will do tomorrow).
inside my western flyer, i brought along:
* 3 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, and toiletries in a clear quarter packing cube.
* an apple 13" macbook air in a soft cell, an apple ipad mini in a vertical cache, various cables in a small clear organizer pouch, an apple iphone, keys, earphones, a notebook, a pen.
* i even put my gloves and jacket into my smart alec once i got into the airport.
going through airport security was a breeze - i pulled out the macbook air in the soft cell, and my toiletries in the clear quarter packing cube, and sent them through security without having to remove them from their respective cases. each easily slipped out of and back into the western flyer.
the western flyer fit easily into the overhead bin of the united airbus a320. sliding it up there was no problem, and grabbing it to pull it down was cake. i stowed my western flyer when i boarded, and later brought it down to grab my macbook air about half way through the flight.
one of the things i appreciate about carrying the western flyer as a backpack is that it becomes a part of me. it goes where i go, it moves as a i move. i really appreciate this as i walk down the skinny aisle of the airplane - if i can walk down the aisle, i know the western flyer is coming down the aisle right behind me - not getting caught on something or stuck or anything like that.
my clothes and toiletries will stay back at the hotel tomorrow (well, except for what i'll be wearing), and the rest will come with me to my meetings.