I have several Tom Bihn bags (Synapse 25, Cafe Bag, Ristretto and an Imago). I have browsed the forum many times, but this is the first time I'm posting.
I am asking another version of the Aeronaut vs. Tristar thread that comes up all the time.
Let me start by saying I am leaning in the direction of the Tristar, but I might need some confidence in the way of input from the great group here.
I travel for work a few times a month for 2-3 nights. Right now, I take my Synapse 25 and a Samsonite rolling suitcase. Here are the things I want to try to achieve with a new bag:
- Take only one bag on the plane vs my current Synapse/Samsonite set up
- Carry enough clothes for 2-3 nights
- Have the option to carry a sports coat or suit on the rare occasion
- Carry a pair of sneakers
- Be able to have another bag to carry the following into work after I reach my destination:
- 15" Macbook Pro Retina
- Power Supply
- Various cables
- iPad Mini or Kindle
- Retain the checkpoint-friendly nature of the Cache on Rails set up I have with the Synapse
My hypothetical set up is:
- Cache on Rails
- Packing Cube Backpack
- Other Packing Cubes as needed
- Eagle Creek Pack-It Garment Sleeve
I am thinking that I can pack up the Macbook, Cache, power supply, various cables and iPad/Kindle in the Packing Cube Backpack to take into the office. In talking with someone at Tom Bihn, they felt like the "light" nature of the Packing Cube Backpack may not be the best way to do this. I know the Brain Cell would work for this, but I hate to lose the checkpoint-friendly nature of the Cache on Rails. Is there another bag that I should be considering for my "day" bag?
Also, will the Eagle Creek Pack-It Garment Sleeve fit in the Tristar? I'm seeing some threads saying I should use a Pack-it Folder.
My alternate is to get an Aeronaut and just put whatever I need in there. I just like the idea of the Tristar more!