the klm/northwest agent at the gate at washington dulles international airport stopped me, suspecting that my aeronaut was too big to carry onboard. he wanted to check that the aeronaut was within the sizing guidelines, and i said: absolutely! after he was satisfied, i told him that tom bihn designed the aeronaut specifically to comply with airline sizing guidelines for carry on baggage. i asked him if he wouldn't mind me getting a picture of him verifying the bag fits, and he agreed!
if you're traveling in the local trains in amsterdam, you'll be happy to know that the aeronaut will fit in the overhead compartment.
these compartments are pretty skinny, so an overstuffed aeronaut may not fit in these overhead compartments.
it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day - perfect for walking around voldenpark!
inside the aeronaut, i had my crazy creek camping chair, the packing cube backpack with 3 changes of clothes (1 pair of pants, 1 pair of shorts, 2 t-shirts, one button down shirt, 3 pairs of underwear - still room to spare after all of that in there), 2 moleskine journals, one hardback book about the size of a moleskine, one paperback book. all of that was in the main compartment. i also had the medium cafe bag in the main compartment while flying. i took it out in amsterdam and put in the things i wanted easy access to into the medium cafe bag.
the side pockets of the aeronaut had my toiletries, leica d-lux 4, breakfast and energy bars, hat, sunglasses, a hat, a lonely planet travel guide for amsterdam, and other odds and ends.
this is how the aeronaut was packed in the picture with the klm/northwest gate agent checking the size of the aeronaut:
the aeronaut would not have fit in the overhead compartment of the train with the medium cafe bag inside. note that the overhead compartment of the train was way skinnier than any overhead compartment in any airplane i have traveled in, including the regional jets that have one seat on one side and two on the other. the aeronaut with the medium cafe bag seemed tiny in the overhead compartments of these jets - one was a boing 777, and the other a mcdonnell douglas. i've carried the aeronaut stuffed more than this in the overhead compartment of the tiny regional jets and it just fit. however, i understand that some people traveling some of the european carriers have expressed some concern about the size of the aeronaut on those flights.
i have never tried to fit the aeronaut under the seat in front of me - i've always placed it in the overhead compartment. while you may get it to fit under the seat in front of you with the aeronaut sticking out a bit (has anyone here tried?), i think the overhead compartment is the best place for the aeronaut.
klm puts these metal boxes on the floor that take up half the space under the seat. it isn't under every seat - just every so often. i'm not sure what they are for. on this trip, i always managed to get seats where one of these boxes was under the seat in front of me. so never mind trying to put the aeronaut there, i barely had space for my feet! :)
Wow!! Those are amazing pictures, maverick. Can't wait to post them on the blog! Thanks for sharing them!
i'm impressed with what this little camera does. while i goofed on the exposure on a couple of the pictures, most of them came out very nice. other than cropping, i didn't do anything else in publishing these pictures. hmmm, now that i think about it, i may want to go back and make some edits when i'm over the jet lag :).
I am one of those who has worried about the Aeronaut's size. To view your pictures it does not seem so huge, at all. I look at your Med. Cafe and Aeronaut, and look at my Medium Cafe on my desk, maybe I could live with the Aeronaut .. but it's listed as 22x14x9 and I do not want another bag that size!
... yet in your pictures ... round and round I go.
Whatever I get, it will have to wait until fall (sigh).
Thanks for all the great pictures. Cheers.
one of the beautiful things about the aeronaut is that you have the pleasure to stuff it and also the choice to pack minimally. in the pictures from this trip where you see the aeronaut and medium cafe bag, keep in mind that i had the medium cafe bag and its contents in the aeronaut while i was traveling by air. even then, because this was such a short trip, i had room to spare in the aeronaut with the medium cafe bag inside.
to contrast, on another trip, my aeronaut was quite full:
remember that you can get the aeronaut and try it in the comfort of your home. if you find it isn't the right size for you, you can return it unused.
i hope this helps!
let me know how the aeronaut works out for you if you do end up getting it.
wow great pictures and review.
I ordered the tristar because of my concern of the Aeronaut size and those sticky European airlines. I am still considering the Aeornaut for my partner. I will see when I get the tristar and do a rough pack job to see what it holds.
But after seeing your pictures it might work ok if not packed to full. But I doubt we can pack quite as light as you....
I love those pics! Most people take pictures of themselves, or family, or people they meet along the way. As Tom Bihn fans we take pictures of our bags!
I have put my Aeronaut under the seat on a flight. Its a bit of a squeeze, but it fits. After takeoff I slid it out under my knees so I had more leg room. Works just fine.