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Thread: Tri-Star Packing Questions

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    Question Tri-Star Packing Questions

    I have a couple more questions on the Tri-Star.

    1. If a laptop is not packed in the middle compartment, what TB accessories fit in this space? Obviously items cannot be too thick. What are people placing in the middle? What would fit in addition to a MacBook Pro laptop inside of a Cache?

    2. Are the front and back compartments the same dimensions? Could an Eagle Creek Pack-It 18 folder fit in one side, then a Packing Cube Backpack in the other side?

    3. I have a 7 day trip to Mexico in early 2015. I am not bringing my laptop, just my iPad mini in my Co-Pilot. Do you think a week's worth of summer vacation clothes with a light jacket would fit in the Tri-Star plus toiletries?

    I've seen a bunch of pics that show really thick Tri-Stars, I do not want a bulging bag if that makes sense. I wonder if those have been packed to the gills or moderately packed.

    I wish I could afford both the Aeronaut and Tri-Star. I think the Tri-Star gives me more options for organization in general. Also more organized when in backpack mode compared to the Aeronaut where items would possibly gather at the bottom in backpack mode. Thanks for the help, as usual

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    Yes, the Eagle creek pack-it 18 will fit. The most important thing to prevent a bulgy bag is to use packing cubes and to make sure things are folded so they fill the corners of the cube. It also helps to zip the divider in the divided pocket. You can put anything in the middle section that you can put in the other sections.

    I think you could easily pack for a week in a tristar. I gave mine to my SIL and bought a wf because it was too big for me. My brother, who usually brings a body hauler sized bag on trips just bought a tristar, ostensibly for weekend trips in his Triumph but i have hopes for a further conversion!
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    To battle the bulge ...

    Tightening up the built in interior clothing straps too much will make the Tri-Star bulge.
    Also, it you do not use all the middle space, the outer compartments will bulge into there instead of to the outer surfaces helping reduce exterior bulge.

    I agree with jannilee - use packing cubes and make sure the corners /edges are packed as full as the centre.

    Hope this helps.

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    Agree with the other posts - you need to think of the Tri-Star as a club sandwich. Keep the packing flat and into the corners just as you would spread a sandwich filling evenly and to the edge of the bread. I found that the rolling method of packing does not work well. Keeping garments as large as possible with minimal folds seems to fit and fill the packing cubes best.

    I can do a single bag for up 4 days & nights business travel with laptop in Cadet and both of them in the middle of the Tri-Star. Any longer than that, I use a 2 bag strategy keeping the laptop and Cadet outside the Tri-Star as a 'personal item' on the plane. Otherwise I get the TBTSB - Tom Bihn Tri-Star Bulge.
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    That's a great acronym, UK-Limey! I'm hoping to avoid TBTSB myself when I fly to Glasgow next month - need to work out where's best to fit my SE into the TS so that I don't attract the attention of EasyJet's draconian gate crew!


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    I've been waffling over a Tri-Star purchase. I was wondering if anyone knows how well eBags packing cubes fit in a Tri-Star? They work well in my Aeronaut.


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    I came across a similar thread that may have a bit more info:

    How to avoid the bulging bag syndrome on Travel Bags

    Cheers!
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