I find myself in need of some advice, and I know that the lovely people on this forum probably will be able to steer me in the right direction. I am stuck on that hard decision between a Tri-Star versus Aeronaut (I don't think the Western Flyer would work for me, just too small.) I don't travel a lot, at least not currently (I work as a Tutor in a Middle School. Apparently coming out of college with a degree in Political Science during a recession was a bad idea.) Maybe once a year I'll fly south during Spring Break, otherwise it's mostly car trips to friends around Wisconsin and Great Lakes Area. I currently have a bag I picked up last minute from REI. It's sort of big, and not very structured. See below.
When I look at the Tri-Star, I see the potential for actual one bag travel. The middle compartment is idea for me to put my computer and charger in. I like the three pockets in the front. I worry slightly about the main clothing compartments. It seems like the two options are bundle wrapping your cloths, or using packing cubes. (Question later on packing cubes below.)
When I look at the Aeronaut, I see a familiar concept to me. A duffle-type bag with a large middle compartment and end pockets.
I know there are packing cubes for both bags. How do you find the cubes to work? Are they something that a casual traveler would want to invest in?
Between the new colors, and the 4th of July Organizer, I am very tempted at purchasing one--but I'm still up in the air about which one to chose. I think I remember why I haven't been checking in on the site as much now that I've practically purchased everything possible for my Super Ego.