Hi all... Been inactive posting for awhile but still check in and keep up. Got a question for owners of both the Tristar and Western Flyer.
I have found my Western Flyer extremely useful and very versatile. I have, though, always had two issues with it. One is that I find that the backpack straps and their reinforced corner attachments constrain the back compartment. The second is that the brain cell for my 15" macbook pro is a beast and, combined with issue #1, limits my ability to put any additional items in the back compartment when I need to bring the computer. I have not traveled much for business so this has been less of an issue, and I have my Aeronaut for taking lots of stuff with me. But business travel may be increasing in the future. So...
I have been considering a WF without backpack straps, which fits my usage pattern a little better anyway since I rarely use the WF as a backpack, particularly when it is my second bag along with the Aeronaut. Still won't address the issue of the size of the computer, though the absence of the backpack straps might give me a little more room, but no built in "padding" like they provide when stowed. I may get this anyway at some point since my kids keep stealing my organizer pouches and it is only a matter of time before they move up to my bags.
Ideally, I would like to be able to bring the same amount of clothes with me as I can fit in my WF (or slightly more), add the computer in the brain cell when necessary, but stay with one bag. Which should be the TriStar. So finally I get to my question, which really revolves around the depth of the TriStar compartments and the fact they are shallower than either of the WF compartments and the Aeronaut end compartments. I often carry dress shoes (size 11-11.5), pouches with electronics, a Kit, a 3D clear organizer cube, etc, i.e. things with some bulk that do not compress. My clothes also are relatively large, usually XL and XXL type sizes. These things fit pretty well in the WF and the Aeronaut end pockets, but I am concerned that the TriStar compartments might be too shallow. Especially the back compartment, with its backpack straps and attachments like the WF, and the front compartment if the front pockets are used at all. Can anyone who has experience with both bags comment on whether there is anything that you have found can fit in the WF that doesn't work well in the TriStar? Thanks!