I would really love to see a bag that falls between the Tri-Star and Aeronaut in size and functionality. I love the simple two-compartment design of the Western Flyer and would love to see a scaled up version.
Ideally, the bag should be 21" x 15.5" x 7.5" to meet more restrictive European carry-on requirements and have a volume of approx. 40 liters / 2400 cu in. These dimensions may need to be tweaked to make this feasible (I recommend adding depth rather than length or height to allow travelers to compress their bag to meet requirements if needed), but the goal should be to meet the tightest carry-on requirements and still hit as near the 40 liters mark as possible. If you could mold the Western Flyer design to these dimensions at 38-40 liters, this would be the perfect bag.
Tom Bihn Bags I've looked at:
- Tom Bihn Wester Flyer - 18" x 12" x 7", 26 liters, great design but too small and never intended for extended travel.
- Tom Bihn Tri-Star - 19" x 13" x 8", 33 liters, good design but a little too small for my needs.
- Tom Bihn Aeronaut - 22" x 14" x 9", 45 liters, slightly too large and I'm looking for a fold-out design similar to Western Flyer and Tri-Star.
Other bags I've looked at:
- MEI Executive Overnighter - 22" x 14" x 9", 45 liters, slightly too large but otherwise a very good bag.
- Red Oxx Sky Train - 20" x 13" x "9, 38 liters, almost ideal but dimensions could be tweaked slightly to take better advantage of carry-on requirements and backpack straps are well-known for their discomfort.
- Red Oxx Air Boss - 21" x 13" x 8", 35 liters, slightly too small and dimensions could be tweaked slightly to take better advantage of carry-on requirements. Also, no backpack option.
- Patagonia MLC - 20.5" x 13.5" x 4.5" (?), 45 liters (?), on paper almost the ideal bag but production quality has declined over the years and the dimensions / capacity listed on the website are questionable.
I listed some other bags for informational purposes but I'm primarily focused on purchasing a bag from Tom Bihn. I have no immediate travel needs so I'm not in a big hurry, but I would like to see a Tom Bihn that meets my requirements. Similar suggestions have been submitted before, by myself and by others, but I'd love to hear if any plans have been made to fill this niche in the near future.
PS. Has Tom Bihn ever considered providing some earth-tone color options such as olive or khaki? Where I travel black or grey is the only color option that Tom Bihn provides that would meet my requirements. Bright colors attract too much attention and show dirt too easily.