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I'm a student and my travels often include a "pack your own sleeping bag and sleeping mattress" clause. I can fit both of them + some other small items in the clothing compartment of my Tri-Zip. Then my clothing (for a weekend), laptop, toiletries and other small items go in the two other compartments. However, this would not work with the Aeronaut, since its main compartment is not long enough for my sleeping mattress.
I agree on the fact that a three compartment bag bulges very easily, if your gear is even the slightest thicker than the compartments. Nevertheless, the Tri-Zip is one inch thicker than the Red Oxx Air Boss :-)
I like the removable hip belt of the Tri-Zip. The shoulder strap is, however, only a simple strap without any comfortability factor. I mainly use the bag as a backpack, but when carrying it through airport security I really appreciate my TerraGrip shoulder strap.
Last edited by Packie; 12-02-2006 at 02:53 PM.
Although one can usually use the measures of "does my shoulder feel like it's about to fall off?" or "do I feel myself listing to one side?" instead of the visual estimates. =P
I think the Tri-Zip's compartments are compartmented better than the Air Boss' though - with one larger compartment towards the wearer's body and the two smaller ones away from. (correct if wrong, just guessing from pictures)
...oh hey, I didn't know the Tri-Zip came in different colors!
But what's this? It looks like a conspicuous American flag on the outside of the Tri-Zip bag!
Last edited by Just; 12-03-2006 at 01:58 AM. Reason: noticed a possible Tri-Zip feature of screaming "I am an American (with lots of money)!"
I wanted to list my concerns for the Aeronaut.
1. Zippers in stressful areas.
a. with bag on your back, one of the end zippers is on the bottom where the weight falls.
b. carrying by the handle, the bottom of the U of the zipper is down where the weight falls. With a lot of weight, or an overstuffed bag, would these be a problem?
2. No compression straps inside or outside. These would help with above also.
3. The carry handle appears to pull from the top of the bag along the seams. It is unsightly to me and tugs at my engineering background (the handles on each end seem to get it right). Is this the same for anyone else?
This is meant to be more of a question to help allay my concerns and not a criticism.
As the guy who designed the Aeronaut, Tom will have more detailed technical answers for you regarding the load on zippers (because of how the Aeronaut was designed, this isn't really a problem) and the handle (same thing). He'll be posting a reply tomorrow.
There are many different types of maximum carry-on bags out there: backpacks, duffels, shoulder bags, or combinations of all three, bags designed for business people, world travellers, or vacationers, etc.
The Aeronaut is one kind of maximum carry-on bag that fits the needs of many travellers, but isn't designed to be a one-fit solution for every traveller. The Aeronaut has been really popular and Tom may design different types of maximum carry-on bags in the future.
What you may be looking for is a maximum carry-on bag that is designed to function primarily as a backpack. The Aeronaut is designed to be able to be used as a backpack at times, but might not be the right bag for someone who wants to use a maximum carry-on bag primarily as a backpack and wants all of the features a backpack would offer, such as compression straps.
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Darcy, I thought about your suggestion. I would be more interested in a "slightly less than maximum" carry on. Probably without backpack straps. One that could be compressed down tight, if need be, to keep things from moving around, and adjust the size to contents. More like a duffel than a backpack. An outside pocket for tickets, paperback/magazine and water bottle. Able to carry with a handle or shoulder strap, and probably have some other belt (similar to a messenger bag) to stabilize the pack on the back when carrying it for some distance.
TdeF, with the exception of the fact that it's a backpack, it sounds like the Brain Bag would do you quite well. It's a couple inches shorter than the Aeronaut, has compression straps, outside pockets, and sternum and waist straps to stabalize it while carrying.