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    Travel Stuff Sacks Review

    I've put the Travel Stuff Sacks to the test and reviewed them on my website:

    Gear Review: Tom Bihn Travel Stuff*Sacks - OBOW Blog - One-bag, carry-on, light travel tips, techniques, and gear
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    Thanks, Frank. Your review answered my questions about size very well. Good ideas on how to use the different sizes, too.

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    Wouldn't the #1 size be plenty for the pocket stuff at the airport? Having a hard time judging the sizes.
    Owner of : Imago, Aeronaut, Brain Bag, Smart Alec, Synapse, Co-Pilot

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    It would except for my moneybelt which is an inch too long for the Size 1.
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    Aeronaut(2), Tri-Star(2) Cadet , Large Cafe Bag, Travel Tray, Travel Money Belt, Absolute Straps(3), Side Effect, Clear Quarter Packing Cubes (2), 3D Organizer Cubes (4), Aeronaut & Tri-Star Packing Cubes, Clear Organizer Wallet, numerous Organizer Pouches,, Guardian Dual Function Light, Vertical Netbook Cache, Nexus 7 Cache, RFID Passport Pouch, numerous Key Straps.

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    Still working on my review of these but I remember somebody asking for comparative size pics...so...

    Family shot with the number 3 size in a travel tray
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    Sizes 3, 2 and 1 on top of a tristar Packing cube backpack
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    Size 4 with a small and medium TS packing cube

    Travel Stuff Sacks Review-8with-cubes-jpg

    1,2,3 sized Under Mini, small and medium OP

    Travel Stuff Sacks Review-8with-op-jpg

    big family shot with all 4 with small packing cube, travel tray and 3D clear organizer

    Travel Stuff Sacks Review-8big-family-jpg

    I will post some with bags soon!

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    Thanks for these great comparison pictures! Now I can order with more confidence and less guessing!
    Satisfied owner of: Azalea Swift & LS, Blk/Plum Swift, Cork LS, Blk/UV LS, Synapse 19 & Co-Pilot, Steel/UV Pilot, Fst/Stl Tri-Star, Fst/Blk/UV SA, UV PCSB, Plum SE, FJN, & SCB, Aubergine WF, LS & Kit, Trvl Trays, Passport Pouches, and Shop Bags in all colors , Multiplying OPs

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    These are excellent for scale for those of us who already have Travel Trays, 3-D cubes and packing cubes. Thank you for taking them and posting them!
    I really, really like TB Bags!

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    These pictures are great! Between these and Frank's with the ruler, I think I know what size I need now! :)

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    Excellent photos, Frank and jeffmac.

    Here's another photo that might be useful: Travel Stuff Sacks in the Aeronaut
    The little triangles with numbers on them indicate which size of Travel Stuff Sack you're seeing.

    Travel Stuff Sacks Review-aeronauttravelstuffsack-jpg

    Note that the Travel Stuff Sacks in the main, middle compartment of the Aeronaut are on top of a Aeronaut Packing Cube, Large, packed with several pairs of pants.

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    Last edited by Darcy; 08-06-2012 at 12:20 PM.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Thanks Darcy, that's exactly what I was hoping for! Looks like a #3 with a 3D organizer for liquids should work perfectly in an end pocket, so that's an excellent size for me. Now it just looks like I want a currently-non-existant #5 that's just a tad longer but otherwise about the same size as the #4. Please? :)

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    I just got my #2 bag and I might send them back because the size is much smaller than I expected. I can stuff 4 pair of medium (men's) cotton underwear into it and that is about all. I didn't test with socks or my travel underwear which is a bit thinner material. I'm going to hang on to them for a while and see if I can come up with an idea on how to use them but for now they seem much too small for any type of clothing storage. Good thing I didn't go with the size #1! My original plan was to give them to my dad on our last trip so he could stuff his dirty laundry into the bags and separate it from the clean. These are definitely too small for that.
    Owner of : Imago, Aeronaut, Brain Bag, Smart Alec, Synapse, Co-Pilot

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    I bought a couple of #2's and a #3. To be honest, I have never liked the way my shirts come out of a TB packing cube, so I have been using a Sea to Summit "Travelling Light Shirt Folder". Turns out that this, along with my pair of number 2 stuff sacks (one with undies, the other with socks) fit in the exact footprint of a large TB Packing Cube in my Aeronaut's main compartment. A much better pack. And, true to TB form, these just aren't average stuffsacks... the oval footprint fits very well in structured bags. My Patagonia R2 fleece went in the #3-size stuff sack and that fit perfectly in the bottom of my Synapse. Very nice!
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    I got a few of these without any specific uses in mind.

    The #3 in delicious red turns out to be ideal for holding some "emergency" stuff I carry around, but don't often need: a reasonable first aid kit, pocket chainsaw, matches and batteries, water stuff, etc., in loksaks (LOKSAK | Resealable Element Proof Transport & Storage Bags) or similar. The whole thing is small and light (1.5 lbs) enough to just disappear into the bottom of the Synapse.

    So essentially invisible in day to day use… but really nice to have on hand.

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