So as some of you may know from other threads I have been mulling over buying a TriStar. I have a bunch of short trips coming up soon, so I need to pull the trigger soon if I do this.
My main concern is weight. Often when I travel "heavy" I carry my Synapse 25 to hold my laptop and other stuff and a roll-aboard. I often feel exhausted by the end of the travel day because of the weight of the 25 (that is, no doubt, stuffed to the gills. Probably somewhere between 10-12 lbs)
Now initially I wanted to buy a TriStar because it seemed useful for conference trips or short visits where I would give academic talks. I wouldn't take my laptop-- I only travel with it for research trips and those tend to be trips of 1-2 weeks. Mainly I want to be able to pack:
nice clothes for three days (this usually entails some combo of pants, shirts, cardigans, and dresses, and probably at least one suit jacket)
and here's the kicker-- I always travel with a super lightweight hair iron (its small) and hair dryer, along with cosmetics, and toiletries (I'm really girlie.) I tend to hate hotel hair dryers as they do a bad job and my lovely travel dryer is barely bigger than a can of soda. I have to have the hair iron for my bangs (vanity-I know.) At times I have left behind the hair dryer but the hair iron always goes with me. I keep my cosmetics pared down, so that's only a small bag but despite the small size, that hair iron and hair dryer take up room.
I can totally travel with one pair of shoes (the ones that I wear on the plane.), although I'd like the option to stuff another one in there.
And I wouldn't one-bag it. I would carry a pilot or Swift with my iPad and purse things.
So, does that sound more Tri-Star or Western Flyer? I'm a medium sized woman, so my clothes take up the average amount of room. My main concern is the issue of weight. I'm really afraid of it being too heavy. From reading other descriptions, it looks like you can stuff a lot into a TriStar especially if you aren't carrying a laptop, but now I was wondering if a Western Flyer might just do instead. But my concern is that it is not big enough to hold quite everything/
I know I have bee obsessing over this, but I'm trying to make my mind up soon. Thanks for hearing me out!
PS- I love my Pilot!!!!!