Pros/cons of packing cube options for Aeronaut
In advance of ordering an Aeronaut, I want to decide on packing cubes. The bag description states that end pockets can fit four together, like books on shelf, in the main compartment. That appealed to me, but now I see that the fabric/mesh versions are out of stock, so I started to reconsider. Not sure I want cubes without being able to see the contents.
That brings me to the small packing cube, which has the mesh, and which the Aeronaut will also fit four.
I'm concerned, though, about the small packing cube, because I don't want the bag to have a wide profile. According to the specs provided, placing those small cubes flat-side down makes for a stacked width of 8.6". End cubes, placed like books, have a width profile of 7.9". Yes, that's a difference of .7", and may be insignificant. But I've never seen this bag other than on videos here so I can't really determine what is significant.
The large cube is square at 13.4" on a side, so I conclude that the packable width of 13.4" allows for four end cubes (4x3.1"=12.4") but that four small cubes stacked like books would be too wide for the main compartment (4x4.3"=17.2"). A narrower profile in the latter case (6.7"), but how does that intrude in to the end pockets? That I don't know. What about stacking horizontally? That's 3+" more than the stated height of the bag itself. Does it flex in that orientation?
I'm probably over-thinking this. I'd like to read some personal experience with this issue. Please share your own