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    Aeronaut - first impressions!

    I received my forest/steel Aeronaut with backpack straps a couple days ago (and may have screeched a little as I opened the box). The forest ballistic was unexpectedly vibrant. I have a tiny organizer pouch in forest, and it always seemed a bit more muted to me, possibly because of its size. I expected something like the picture of the Aeronaut on the front page, which I guess is probably what it would look like in lower lighting. I would have been totally fine with that. But this? This is gorgeous!

    I know a lot of people say that the Aeronaut looks small to them until they try packing it. Speaking as someone who's 4'11" -- it's huge, but I think it's shorter than a typical duffel bag. I've only tried wearing it empty but it doesn't go too far down my back. I used a giant Northface backpack throughout high school and college, and though the Aeronaut is obviously wider all around, I think the Northface backpack is even a bit longer.

    The handles! I love all the handles on this bag. There's one on either end, and the main ones have this wraparound thing seems really sturdy and comfortable.

    The zippers are a little hard to zip, but the Aeronaut came with zipper pulls, and I haven't had time to put them on yet. I imagine they'd probably help a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliana View Post
    The zippers are a little hard to zip, but the Aeronaut came with zipper pulls, and I haven't had time to put them on yet. I imagine they'd probably help a lot.
    There are great video tutorials on how to put on the pulls depending which ones you're using: here and here

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    I hope you enjoy using this bag as much as I have. Running through airports and train stations in Europe I barely noticed it on my back. As long as I am able , no wheels for me!

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    My husband and I decided to go light for our upcoming trip to Europe. I ordered 1 aeronaut along with quite a few other bags from other companies. After trying all the other bags, we decided to go with 2 aeronauts. I am a bit nervous because we are both overpackers and this will be a change. I also ordered a Synapse to use as a day pack and "just in case" we buy too much stuff on our trip
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    Dear Leena, If you're a heavy packer and want to go lighter, feel free to post your tentative packing list. Light-packing Forum members who've travelled to Europe can offer advice on how to downsize. I'm in the middle of this process myself.....
    The stockpile keeps growing...I'm in serious trouble.

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    Back with an update! I used the Aeronaut for a seven-night trip a couple months back. Everything fit (and I'm not a particulary light packer), but since I'm just under 5 feet tall, it did get a little painful to carry after a while. (My friends also commented on how I seemed even tinier when wearing the Aeronaut.) The nice part was getting onto the plane a little late, but still being able to squeeze my bag into the overhead compartment. Overall, I do really like the design and the color and especially the packing cubes, but I don't know if I'll keep it.
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    Co-Pilot (black/iberian), Side Effect (aubergine/wasabi), Swift (forest/forest/wasabi) <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliana View Post
    Back with an update! I used the Aeronaut for a seven-night trip a couple months back. Everything fit (and I'm not a particulary light packer), but since I'm just under 5 feet tall, it did get a little painful to carry after a while. (My friends also commented on how I seemed even tinier when wearing the Aeronaut.) The nice part was getting onto the plane a little late, but still being able to squeeze my bag into the overhead compartment. Overall, I do really like the design and the color and especially the packing cubes, but I don't know if I'll keep it.
    If you want to cut down a bit on what you carry, consider the Aeronaut 30.
    as discussed, for example, in @Badger's It's official: I am in love with the Aeronaut 30 thread. @itsablur made a very good video review comparing the Aeronaut 30 to the Aeronaut 45 in the thread, A Tale of Two Aeronauts (or my Video Review of the A30, compared to the A45)

    HTH moriond


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