WF color and size questions
I am considering buying a western flyer to attach to the top of a wheelie I just bought. I intend to use the western flyer for my kids' clothes (they are 4 and 6). Each child will get a packing cube.
My questions are:
1. Will my kids' clothes fit? My kids' clothes seem to fit the 'Large' 15 x something eagle creek packing cubes nicely. The western flyer's large cubes are bigger, so I'm thinking everything should fit, but I just wanted to confirm with the experts here :-)
2. The western flyer is available in crimson. This looks to be a dark red in the picture - darker than the bright red I've seen on the tristar and older versions of the WF. Is 'crimson' actually darker?
Currently Available Western Flyer Colors
@thisisme, when I check the currently available colors at the Western Flyer page, the version of the WF with the Rolling Luggage Handle Pocket is only available in Steel/Solar, Steel/Ultraviolet, Black/Steel, and Black/Iberian. There is a version of the WF in Crimson/Steel with backpack straps that is available, but you stated that you want to attach the WF on the top of a wheelie. How soon do you need your bag?
There may be new versions of the WF with the Rolling Luggage Handle Pocket made in the new colors of Dyneema in a few weeks, but that won't help you if you plan to travel in the near future. Also, for people who are thinking about the backpack version in Crimson, I suspect you might want to check on the available stock, since Crimson has been discontinued, and the bags that are in stock will just be the ones made in their last production run.
Factors Behind the Color Options for Bags
Originally Posted by moriond
See correction: I meant to say "Ballistic Nylon", so yes, there will be/are new exterior colors.
Originally Posted by thisisme
Lani's post does a good job of addressing this -- it's not that colors like Indigo don't sell well, but that the economic realities don't allow them to always keep all colors in stock at the same time. And, on top of that, they usually tool up production batches for the Western Flyer, Tri-Star, Aeronaut, and other bags in groups. When one of the popular colors sells out, it does get replenished -- but when they do the next production batch. For example, when the first clear organizer wallets started shipping as a new product, plum sold out within 6 days of Darcy's post. (I know dorayme will get a kick out of reading about how quickly plum disappeared in the Clear Organizer Wallet Now Shipping! thread)
Originally Posted by thisisme
If you read back in the forums, there's a long thread on If the Brain Cell came in only two colors… that basically heralded the move to more restrictive color selections in late 2007. Up till then, the 500d cordura options spanned the range shown in this blog post picture of Brain Cells (dated lated September 2007): steel, crimson, olive, wasabi, black, and deep blue. Cayenne replaced crimson in 2008. You'll recognize these as the lining color options for your Imagos, Cafe Bags, and Ristrettos. Basically, now we have steel, wasabi, and cayenne. The last of the 500d olive has been used up.
Originally Posted by Lani
The situation with Ballistic Nylon is interesting, because we suddenly have three new, great colors in 1050d for bag exteriors: Navy, Cardinal Red, and Forest Green. Incidentally, that first blog post link for navy describes some of the factors that Lani was writing about: minimum dye lot quantities and their implications for product offerings. And in the past, it was just not possible to get these colors produced to the exacting standards of Tom Bihn craftmanship.
The tricky thing will be to balance all the offerings to work well together: the 500d Cordura lining colors, the Dyneema colors (now Solar, Iberian, and Ultraviolet; the extended range of fabric options that are being used with the Little Swift and other bags, that includes Cork and Vulcana Hemp as in the new Cardinal/Hemp Imago, not to mention more ultrasuede combinations. This is all going to make for interesting new bag combinations!