a slender Aeronaut....an Aeronette?
The Aeronaut is a great bag, but how about a thinner version for those of us who don't need/want a "maximum" carry-on? A new bag only seven inches deep, versus the current nine, would provide a usable volume mid-way between the existing Aeronaut and the Western Flyer, while giving us a more svelte, less bulky and more manageable bag --- with all the great Aeronaut features.
A Brain Bag would probably not work for nan
I don't think the Brain Bag would work for nan if she finds even an Aeronaut Breve too large for her frame. One reason that total volume isn't a good guideline of what works is that a backpack can be too long for your torso, as mentioned in this post by aakepley explaining why she switched to a Smart Alec. In fact, here's a quote from aakepley's post in the original design thread from what became the Aeronaut:
Originally Posted by thax
Originally Posted by aakepley
See also, the comments and quotes in other posts by women 5'4" and under, some of whose comments (e.g. mrae and just) show that they actually own a Brain Bag.
I would have guessed that the Aeronaut Breve might have been workable. Gmich posted about one-bagging with the Aeronaut and included pictures of him and his girlfriend (5'2") carrying this bag. He said:
I'm an inch taller than nan, and I do use the Aeronaut Breve. So does eristick, who is of similar height. The Breve is probably just on the edge of working for nan. I have had friends (other women, my height) who initially thought their Tom Bihn bags might not fit, but who were quite happy with them after adjusting straps, etc. YMMV.
Originally Posted by gmich
Another vote for an intermediate bag
I too want a 19x13x8" bag.
Apologies for bringing up this old-ish thread, but this is quite a serious issue now, with airlines tightening their baggage limits, not just for checked luggage but carryon too. For example, Virgin Blue (Australia, where I live) only allows up to 41" dimension bags as carry on (that translates to 19x13x9", or 48x34x23cm). Some international carriers also go with these 40 to 41" (105cm) limits rather than 45" (115cm).
I have a maximum carryon bag (22x14x9") that I have found is a bit TOO BIG even for long international trips - but not by the amount that would make me comfortable using a Western Flyer for, say, a month in Europe.
The desire for a medium-sized bag mostly has to do with weight limits more than outside dimensions, but going to 40-41" would definitely help keep the weight down while being roomy enough for comfort. It also helps in "the battle of the bins"
Please, please can we have, say, a Western Flyer with one more inch? (or a briefer Aeronaut). With backpack straps :-D .