I'm 5'4" and my travels are usually for 3-7 days, both domestic and international. I have a MBP retina 15 laptop, and, as a software developer who can work anywhere, the MBP tends to be my personal carry (in a separate backpack). However, on my pure pleasure trips, I don't bother carrying the MBP, but do carry my iPad, Kindle and sometimes a DSLR.
It seems like the Western Flyer would work. I could use that for clothes/toiletries and continue with using a separate electronics bag when I bring my laptop. Also, according to many, the size of the WF would probably work better with my torso-size.
HOWEVER, the middle compartment of the Tristar is mighty tempting. I could totally forgo the 2nd bag and stash a PC/BP for those items that somehow come back home with me (that is if the tristar blackhole couldn't handle it). Worried about the overpacking/weight concerns some have voiced.
So, questions I have that I hope you knowledgeable TB customers can help me with:
1) I usually have to fly the puddle-jumpers (RJ145s) to go the major airport hubs. I know the Western Flyer could fit in the overhead bins and/or underseat. Anyone have issues with the Tristar as a carry-on in these small planes? Ever have to check-it (the TS)?
2) Would the WF be able to handle my MBP as well as 3-4 days of clothes?
3) Reading through the forums, I know some people downsized from the TS to the WF due to weight (possible overpacking). Anyone regret that? Did anyone go from WF to the TS?
4) If you have the WF and the TS do you like one more than the other?
Looking forward to hearing any recommendations. I would like to just get one bag for now (but sign me up for the smaller aeronaut if that ever comes out )
I've been trolling the forums for quite a while now and am grateful for all the insights/comments I've read thus far.
Thanks in advance