Future of Navy/Iberian color combination in TB bags?
Iím pretty new to Tom Bihn, and have made a few smaller purchases...what can I say, Iím a quick convert! Iím looking at replacing a wheeled bag with an Aeronaut or a Tri-Star with a matching Cadet or Co-Pilot later in the future. Now to my question about colors. I currently have mostly black bags. So I donít have an issue with black bags, but I think Iím ready to try a color, and I really like the navy. Itís not black, but still fairly conservative which appeals to me. My dilemma is that I love the Iberian red lining, and it is currently paired with black bags only. In searching the forums, I came across a closed poll when the Navy color was introduced. I realize most people preferred the navy/solar combination in the final vote tally, but it seemed that navy/iberian got some love too. Will the navy/Iberian color combination make its way back to any of the bags, or has it been ďretired?Ē For example, I believe the Aeronaut once came in this color combination, and it is pictured on the website, but it is not listed as available to order. All of the recent navy bags have been made with the solar lining only. Please accept a late vote for the navy/iberian combination. Thanks.
Popularity of this combination depends on product page pictures
Just wanted to note that I believe it's the available photos that drive the popularity of many color combinations in sales. In the case of Navy/Iberian, there are a lot of pictures in the forums and in the blog that show this combination well. Here are a few:
By comparison, I'd say that most of the images on the product page for the Aeronaut don't show this color combination to best advantage, because they're too small, and the impression of the Iberian dyneema suffers because of this. (This is also somewhat true of other Iberian dyneema products -- they look better in person than in the pictures.) The main exceptions are the mouseover g and e views of the side pocket interior in Iberian, but it's hard for most new buyers to extrapolate from that.
Now, there are other colors that don't photograph as impressively as they appear in person. Indigo is a prime example. But many people liked the blue color at the time when other color offerings were scarce. And a lot of forum members bought it because the color was introduced with the Tri-Star, so they bought the new Tri-Star in that color, then posted pictures and told their friends. However, with Navy/Iberian, even if I like the color I'm not going to buy a new Aeronaut, Tri-Star, Western Flyer, or Co-Pilot. So the popularity of that color combination rests entirely on how well it's presented in the product page pictures. And if it doesn't sell well, then that combination won't be offered again.
Just my thoughts. YMMV