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    Packing cubes- TriStar vs Aeronaut

    Does anybody with both bags have any experience with using Tristar packing cubes with an Aeronaut?

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    I know this doesn't answer your question but I have the aeronaut with packing cube backpack (for the aeronaut) and it fits in perfectly to the aeronaut. If you're looking for packing cubes that fit perfectly, then get the packing cubes designed for the aeronaut. If you don't really care if they fit then the tri-star packing cubes will work fine.

    I have tried the small tri-star packing cube (the all fabric one designed for shoes) in the side pocket of the aeronaut and it works fine. I decided it wasn't really needed though as the side pocket itself is a nice space for shoes already.

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    I've found that the a size difference of under an inch or so makes little difference unless the stuff in the cube shouldn't be shmushed (a technical term meaning lightly crushed). Unsless you are packing dress shirts that take up the full size of the cube, butting a slightly larger cube in a smaller bag makes little difference.

    TB packing cubes are sized to take advantage of every last mm of available space, but I just use whicher packing cube I have if it is close. I also have an assortment of Eagle Creek and eBags cubes that I regularly use in TB and redOxx bags.

    I do wish that TB would label the packing cubes for which bag they go with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceb View Post
    I do wish that TB would label the packing cubes for which bag they go with.
    Just took a photo of this out on the factory floor -- all new Packing Cubes will have a label printed with their product code sewn in under the care label. Of course, we'll need to post a list of each product code + the name of the Packing Cube it belongs to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    Just took a photo of this out on the factory floor -- all new Packing Cubes will have a label printed with their product code sewn in under the care label. Of course, we'll need to post a list of each product code + the name of the Packing Cube it belongs to...
    Very nice. Any chance of having the bag name included as well - like TS for TriStar, WF for Western Flyer etc.? That would make it easy to dig into our pile of packing cubes to find the right one.
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    Thanks for all the input everyone!

    I own a nearly full set of cubes for the TS (PCBP, 2 mediums and a small) and I am 98% sure that I am getting an Aeronaut as a Birthday present from the wonderful Missus Mac. (She is perfect except for that whole, you know, taste in men thing.)

    I have not packed an Aeronaut before but here are my initial thoughts:

    Side pockets- cubes might not be all that useful? I am likely to put shoes in here in a stuff sack and toiletries and stuff in the other.

    I think the TS PCBP will work fine in the main compartment. The large and small cubes are rather different in shape...so I may grab one of each of those.

    Opinions anyone?

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    I've both bags and full sets of cubes for each. I think they're great! I really like the end pocket ones for the Aeronaut as you can easily lay them out on a table, pack them carefully and then insert them I the end pockets. At the other end, I can unpack quickly with each going to its appropriate part of the house and unpacked there - no running back and forth with handfuls of stuff. In the main body, a packing cube plus a packing cube backpack pretty much fill the space. One holds all the clothes I carry on my travels, the other my wife's overflow from her bag. On the last trip, I also squeezed in her coat, my Tilley winter hat, my gloves and a down waistcoat. It looked pretty full, but, to be honest there was an awful lot of air in there as the cubes weren't really full.

    In my wife's Tri-Star, her clothes were in the large packing cube in the back - I can't stress how important packing this properly is! I was wittering on about this on Tuesday in Alicante airport (because her bag looked like a barrel) so much that she opened the bag and said "how should I've done it then?!" So she repacked it under my direction. As a result, it could have held much more, and it didn't look like a barrel! The front portion had her Medium Café Bag and a small packing cube in it. The middle had my 13" MacBook Pro (it's feeling heavy these days!) in a Crumpler Gimp and the 3d cube with our liquids, and four pairs of rolled up socks in the bottom to protect the computer!

    The Aeronaut main bags won't fit in the Tri-Star and the large Tri-Star one won't really fit in the Aeronaut! The small Tri-Star one will fit in the Aeronaut, but it rattles around in there. The packing cube shoulder bag that fits the Tri-Star will fit in the Aeronaut pockets, but won't fill them fully. All in all, you'll get best service using the right cubes for the right part of each bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Crip View Post
    All in all, you'll get best service using the right cubes for the right part of each bag.
    Eric, I love you for being an enabler!

    On an unrelated note...i have a trip to Edinburgh coming up in April. Any hotel recommendations or any sites I should make sure to see?

    Or just any local beer that is too good to pass up!

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    I love packing cubes. It is not only easier to pack with packing cubes but also so much easier to unpack.

    Yes, the one end of the Aeronaut is great for shoes and the other end is perfect for electronics/shaving gear and your 3-1-1 bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffmac View Post
    i have a trip to Edinburgh coming up in April. Any hotel recommendations or any sites I should make sure to see?

    Or just any local beer that is too good to pass up!
    My favourite hotel is the Balmoral (formerly the North British). Right next to Waverly Railway Station... Not cheap, but I like the best! If you're looking for very good, but want a bargain, The Roxburgh on the corner of George Stret and Charlotte Square is very good, but often does some good deals. Alternatively, on a budget, there's a new Travel Lodge right on Princes St. Which must have great views.

    I realise this is a cliché, but you have to visit the castle. The views of both the old and the new towns are stunning. Hollywood House (the queen's official residence in Scotland) and the new Parliament are worth a visit. They are at the opposite end of the Royal Mile to the castle.

    There's a great restraurant called The Witchery by the Castle (can you guess what it's next to?) or just up from Holyrood there's a great Mexican called Pancho Villas. In the New Town (Princes St./George St.) there are lots of good restraurants. On George St. there's a tapas place called Café Andaluz, a vegetarian place called Hendersons is on Hanover St. (Just north off George St.), on Thistle St. (Parallel to George St) there's a really good fish restaurant called Fisher's in the city (a quarter owned by an American lady called Tia), back on George St. There's a couple of smart Italians, Ameroni on the corner of St Andrew's Sq. and Cento Tre at, would you believe 103 George St.? And then there's my current favourite, Oishii in the west end of Rose St. It's a small sushi restaurant, with some very mixed Trip Advisor reviews, but it's run by a proper Japanese sushi chef called Katsuo. He makes just the best sushi. Much of the rest of their fare is fairly standard, but the sushi is exceptional! If you go there say Eric sent you and if he looks puzzled, which he usualy does say big, fat, bald with an electric scooter! He's been making me sushi for a dozen or more years. Oddly, the waiter is Spanish and the rest of the kitchen staff are a mixed bunch!

    Scottish beer is rubbish! Horrible sweet stuff! However, if you see any of the Broughton Brewery ales (Broughton, Greenmantle, Merlindale, Old Jock) give them a try if only because as a student, I worked there for a few summers and Christmases! I'm more of a wine drinker, so I recommend Marques De Cazares (not sure of the spelling, but it's number 54 on the Cafe Andaluz wine list), Cloudy Bay at Fishers, the house Chiante at Ameroni, and the Japanese Green Tea of a Japanese beer at Oishii. God only knows what you'd drink at Hendersons as I'm not a vegetarian so haven't been there since my vegetarian step-father died almost 20 years ago - people tell me it's good though!

    If you just want a drink, stick to what we do best... single malt scotch whisky, literally 'the water of life'! Please, however, note: 1. there is never an 'e' in whisky, 2. There is never ice in whisky and 3. A little cool water brings out the flavour, but don't drown it! Island malts are, for my money, the best, with the Islands of Islay (pronounced eye-la) Shetland and Jura being my favourites. If they are too peaty and salty for you, try The MacAllan which is a highland malt, so much lighter and finer with neither peat nor salt, but still very drinkable. Just watch what you're being charged - two glasses of a 1984 Isle of Jura cost me £36 the other day, and the waitress assured me she'd discounted it!

    Anything else I can tell you? Just ask!

    Why are you coming? Business or pleasure?

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    since you have an older one without the newer labels, you could simply use a fabric marker or a extra fine sharpie and label your packing cube's care label a tiny "ts" or "a".

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    also, i would simply keep the corresponding packing cubes permanently in each matching bag and keep them there when traveling, even if i am not using it. but thats just me. thought id throw that out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceb View Post
    I love packing cubes..
    +1! Do I have a problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceb View Post
    I do wish that TB would label the packing cubes for which bag they go with.
    You could always use different colored zipper pulls on the different packing cubes. This chapter of "Knotty fun with Miking" shown here.
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    What about coordinating the zip-pull on the cube with the one on the pocket it matches with... or am I taking this too far now?

    Actually I don't seem to have a problem telling them apart simply by size and shape. The main Tri-Star one is long and thin, whereas the aeronaut ones are square. Although the medium TriStar cube is also square, it is also much smaller. The aeronaut end pocket cubes are all Dyneema, whilst the similar packing cube shoulder bag has a pocket on the side and D rings on the ends.

    That being said, if I could have got each in a different colour, As I did with my stuff sacks, Then it would've been easier to say to my wife 'oh yes that's in the wasabi coloured cube' or 'that's in the red stuff sack', rather than to say 'oh it's in the long, thin one with no mesh on the sides, but a zipped pocket and D-rings on the ends!' But, other than the PCBP in Iberian, the choice was steel or steel!

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