I was planning this post for after the debut of the new products, but with the level of excitement building up, I decided to give it an early start!
I first landed on TB site looking for replacement for my Aeronaut and Co-Pilot that I sold to a dear friend after many pleads! My goal at the time was a bag setup that would allow me the maximum carry-on load possible, so I was looking for a 45 liters carry-on plus a 25 liters personal items bag !
I was looking for something different, even considered some wheeled backpacks and other exotic setups, but after reading sites like One Bag, Snarky Nomad & One Bag, One World (Thanks @Frank II), and the Forumīs posts, I decided to stick with my familiar combo but adding organization plus a Western Flyer as personal items bag.
My initial TB bag set configuration:
1. Aeronaut 45 (Black Ballistic/Steel Dyneema)
1.a. Packing Cube Shoulder Bag (200d Steel Dyneema) – used as end pocket cube for shoes
1.b. Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut) (400d Black Dyneema) – used as Large packing cube for clothes
1.c. Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut) (400d Steel Dyneema) – used as Large packing cube for clothes
1.d. 3D Clear Organizer Cube (200d Wasabi Dyneema) – for toiletries
1.e. Travel Tray (200d Wasabi Dyneema)
1.f. Travel Stuff sacks (200d Wasabi Dyneema)
1.g. Side Effect (400d Black Dyneema/Wasabi Dyneema) - as seat pocket bag (Thanks @moriond)
1.g.i. Double Carabiners
1.g.ii. Clear Organizer Wallet
2. Co-Pilot (Black Dyneema/Wasabi Dyneema) as travel EDC
2.a. 3D Fabric Organizer Cube (200d Wasabi Dyneema) – for prescription medicines
2.b. 3D Mesh Organizer Cube (200d Wasabi Dyneema) – for first aid kit
2.c. Double Organizer Pouch – for Tea Valet (thanks @taminca)
2.d. Padded Organizer Pouch – for Samsung NX Mini
2.e. Lifefactory Glass Water bottle
3. Western Flyer as Maximum Personal Items Bag
3.a. Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (400d Black Dyneema) - used as Large packing cube
3.b. Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (400d Steel Dyneema) - used as Large packing cube
Then came the announcement of the Aeronaut 30 and four supercalifragilisticexpialidocious new bags!
Therefore, I decided to order all the items above except the Western Flyer to wait and see if one of the June surprises would be a better option for personal items bag, but already decided that I wanted an Aeronaut 30 to be part of a two bag setup.
While I waited for the items on backorder, I kept on reading the blog and Forumīs posts.
Since I was at ease after my selection of the Aeronaut, I started to look for EDC and didnīt take long to decide on a Pilot because it could do double duty as my laptop bag and a quick trip personal items bag.
3. Pilot as laptop bag
3.a. Founder’s Briefcase Packing Wedge (Steel 420d Parapack) – as document holder (Thanks @icebeng)
3.b. Guide Packīs Lead Pocket (Steel 420d Parapack) – as my TB tech organizer (Thanks @Trailhiker @tpnl)
3.b.i. Coyote Organizer Pouches
3.b.ii. Guardian DF Light Original Base
3.c. 3D Fabric Organizer Cube (Steel 420d Parapack) – as a Catch all
3.d. Cache - Laptop sleeve for Samsung ATIV book 9 Lite
3.e. Pilot Packing Cubes when using it as personal items bag
That makes four of the five bags set that I intended to select (Aeronaut 45, Co-Pilot, Aeronaut 30 and Pilot).
The fifth bag was to be my maximum personal items bag but now is mainly to coordinate with the Aeronaut 30 or Pilot on a two bags configuration. I just canīt decide between the Western Flyer and the Synapse 25!
I like the fact that the Western Flyer is backpack, briefcase and shoulder bag. But since the Aeronaut has the same flexibility I was thinking that maybe would be best to go with a more comfortable backpack.
On top of this I canīt decide between black and steel for the last three!