I'm a big fan of Bihn products for soft luggage but recently made the transition to a roller board for my primary carryon. I travel for work, you see, on a weekly basis. Even though I'm fairly young (35), I've developed neck and back problems over the years, probably from too much computer work and from carrying 25 to 30 pounds carryon slung over my back/shoulder twice a week between a Brain Bag as my personal item and a Red Oxx Airboss as my primary carryon
I know my carryon is quite heavy compared to what most carry, but since I travel for work, I'm rarely home and live out of my luggage so I overpack to have the conveniences I want and also need to carry things for work such as my issued 4 pound brick of a laptop plus my personal laptop (macbook air). I also know my carryons are quite large, since the Brainbag is probably double what's allowed as a personal item, but I never have a problem fitting it under the seat in front of me.
Earlier this year, I switched to a roller board and love it. I can't believe I thought I was too tough or too manly to use one before. It really is 1000x easier to travel. For my personal item, I picked up a Western Flyer with roller board sleeve back to slip on top. I pack the Western Flyer with the items I need for the airplane, including my personal laptop, iPad, snack, etc. Then once I arrive at the hotel, I re-pack the Western Flyer with my work-issued laptop and any work items I need and use it as my "briefcase" for work at the client site.
As much as I love the idea of one-bagging it, and of ultra-light travel, it seems like more of a fantasy to me than a reality. I travel with some gym equipment, a white noise machine, 4 pound work laptop, business clothes and personal clothes. I pack dress shoes in the main carryon and wear sneakers on the plane for comfort, to avoid scuffing the dress shoes, and because I need a pair of sneakers for when I land for the gym anyway. I've looked into getting those minimalistic toe-shoes for travel gym use, but that would necessitate me to wear the dress shoes on the plane, and I normally wear shorts when I travel, so that would look odd.
Also, now that I'm used to the roller board, using it twice a week for the last 6 months, I can't imagine ever not using a roller board again, even if I was traveling for personal reasons and traveling light. It's really not as inconvenient as it looked. Running through a crowded airport to make a gate connection isn't difficult. There's a place to wheel it everywhere I've wanted to go. It takes all of the stress off my back, neck, and shoulders.
Am I the only Bihn fan who likes a roller board? Are the two things mutually exclusive? I'd love to see more Bihn items with Rollerboard Sleeves on the back like the Western flyer I have. If the new Aeronaught 30 had a sleeve on the back, it might be my personal "personal item" second bag. As I said, I never have a problem with the personal item being considered too large, as long as it fits under the seat in front of me, and even my stuffed Brain Bag fits just fine. I don't carry the Brain Bag anymore because I'm taking everything off my back/shoulders and strapping it to the roller board.
I still enjoy my Bihn packing cubes within my roller board. Any other Roller board fans here that combine their use with Bihn products? Any chance/hints of new products that interface with a roller board through a sleeve?