In the "Tom Bihn News & Everything Else" sub-forum, lagolden and I wound up having threads we each started being combined into a "2014 Wish List" thread. Since December of 2013, people have been contributing their ideas on what new and/or improved products they would like to see in 2014. One interesting idea surfaced repeatedly in the discussion: there was a focus on interior dyneema-linings in various bags, especially the Aeronaut. People seemed very interested in dyneema linings of certain colors, both in terms of color-combinations and it terms of dyneema lining colors that would seem to better illuminate the interior of the bags.
The Aeronaut was a favorite subject for requesting interior/exterior color combos, but also there were specific requested simply to interior dyneema lining colors just for the benefit of making bag interiors more visible.
One of the most requested interior dyneema lining colors was ultra-violet. There are at least two photos on the Aeronaut product page's photo gallery of the bag having a steel (ballistic nylon) and/or forest-green exterior and an ultra-violet interior. These color combinations seem to work well both aesthetically (steel ballistic and forest ballistic seem to compliment the ultra-violet lining very well) and in terms of the lining making interior bag visibility easier. The number of mentions of "uv" made it clear (to me, anyways) that many of us agree "uv" makes an ideal, even preferred, lining color. Other dyneema lining favorites (discussed in that thread, as well as others) included solar, wasabi and iberian red.
My all-time favorite photo of an Aeronaut on Bihn's web-site would have to be navy-blue ballistic exterior and solar-dyneema interior. (navy/wasabi seems very similar) But steel- and forest-green-ballistic seem to go especially well with ultra-violet dyneema.
So here are some possible color combinations as I see them. For reference, all combinations are based on the Aeronaut, all exteriors are ballistic nylon (or maybe parapack) and all interiors would naturally be dyneema:
navy blue / solar
steel / ultraviolet (uv)
forest green / uv
And here are some possible color combinations that I have not seen before:
cardinal (or just red) / uv
black / uv
black / nordic blue
cardinal / nordic blue
iberian red dyneema / nordic blue
nordic blue dyeema / iberian red
I wanted to toss out this second list to see what folks thought of these combinations, both aesthetically and in terms of enhancing bag-interior visibility. I admit I'm biased against steel-dyneema as a bag interior, if only because it seems (to my eye) the least effective in terms of lining color boosting interior visibility. (I do own a passport pouch made of steel dyneema, and I think the color would not be my choice for a bag interior.) These color ideas could also be superimposed over other Bihn bags, namely the Smart Alec, Side Effect, briefcases like the Cadet, etc.
I wanted to start this new discussion thread to focus in on this specific issue and start a new discussion on it. It seems some color combinations are available, some are backordered, and some simply aren't available. I hope this discussion gives the Bihn crew some feedback and ideas.