I just returned from a 14-day trip with my new Tri-Star and Co-Pilot, and took the following pictures in the aftermath. Although things looked prettier at the beginning of the trip, the end story sometimes tells more. I was a little worried at first about the hyper-organization of the Tri-Star, but it worked out great. It allowed me to stay organized while alternating between travel on a Turkish gulet (10-cabin cruising boat) and hotel stays in Madrid and Istanbul. My travel companions were stunned at how little luggage I had. The TS weighed 9 kg and the CP about 2.5 kg, depending on how much water I carried.
The Co-Pilot carried my iPad, water, wallet, and snacks for our daily excursions; it was great even for hiking and beach trips. For the flights, it carried headphones, pens, and a few small items in the right front pocket. Water and snacks in the center pocket, and wallet pouches, phone and MP3 player in the left pocket. The main compartment held my iPad in a case and neoprene pouch, a down travel pillow in a small stuff sack, reading materials, and travel documents in an envelope sized plastic pouch.
This shows the contents of the divided compartment: sandals in a plastic bag in the small side, swimsuit that was still drying, laundry bag, pj's and a couple random items like the converter that never worked
Looking into the center comparment, where I had a pair of shoes along the bottom, and two packing cubes about 8x10x3, plus the 3D organizer pouch with liquids. (I ended up checking the bag several times, which is why the liquids ended up here).
The outside compartment with compression straps held my Tilley hat, a 10x14 packing cube and a small packing cube, plus two smallish kits for toiletries, vitamins, first aid stuff.
This shows the outside compartment fully packed.
I'll post this before it disappears, then list the contents in a followup post.