My new "crimson" (more on the quotes in a minute) Aeronaut arrived at my office while I was out this week, so I'm seeing it for the first time this morning. It is SO much better looking than the pictures can convey. The lines are gorgeous. People around my office are oohing and aahing over it, and I've been preaching the Gospel of Tombihn to all of them, and displaying all my tombihn goodies As it happens, I have my SmartAlec, the new Aeronaut, the Snake Charmer and the Freudian Slip (which I got with the Aeronaut) all in one happy little cluster at my desk. I feel like a manufacturer's rep!
The Aeronaut is a flat-out triumph, and exactly what I was hoping for when the discussion was taking place here in the forum about what it should contain. The zip-away backpack straps are really ingenous, as is the strap and zipper placement. I love the curved lines and "openmouthedness" of the zippers. Everyone is admiring a different feature of the Aeronaut. I can't wait to stuff it to the gills and head back on the road.
The only quibble I have heard about both my Aeronaut and Smart Alec, I must admit, is both exceedingly picky and also dead-on accurate: the color is most definitely not "crimson". It's red. Scarlet, if you will. Having Harvard nearby (and they're a client of mine) means I see far more crimson than most. The color purists around here agree. The color that Tombihn uses is terrific. Don't lose the color, as I would be bereft. Just rename it what is really is: red, or perhaps scarlet.
I'm expecting that a couple of my colleagues will be converting soon to the Church of the Most Holy Aeronaut.