I think I will have to steal my husband's Western Flyer!
Today my latest box of TB goodies arrived - a black/ultraviolet Synapse for me to use as a lightweight gym bag, a Citizen Canine (in Cardinal) and a Western Flyer (black/Iberian with rolling luggage handle sleeve) for my husband. I am neither a photographer nor very technically capable, so I am not going to attempt to post any photos here (sorry).
My husband plans to use the WF for shortish business trips in conjunction with a rolling briefcase. It is ideally designed for this purpose and I know he is going to love using it. But there's just one problem. I think I am going to have to "appropriate" (OK, steal:)) the Western Flyer. Perhaps if I don't tell my husband the box has arrived, he will forget about it.... ;)
Don't get me wrong, I love my TriStar. But there is something about the Western Flyer's proportions that is so much leaner, and believe it or not, somehow more feminine. When my TriStar is fully packed I find it can be quite awkward and heavy to carry, partly because of its "fat" profile. The WF with the Absolute Strap just sits so neatly against my side when I wear it cross body (I prefer not to carry a backpack). And I like the two compartment design, which works very logically with the way I organize my packing, although of course the TS's three compartment design also works extremely well for me.
So here's my summary of my initial impressions of the WF as compared with the TS - leaner, more elegant, more feminine, cleaner and more minimal look (yes, minimal can be feminine).
Perhaps I will wait to see whether any new colours are coming out in the luggage sleeve version (before I turn to a life of crime), and order a second one for myself. Now, in the meantime, I just have to take a chainsaw to my packing lists to see what can be achieved! I foresee a test pack before too long....