I'm in the market for a packable daypack and I remember seeing a mention that Tom was designing a new smaller backpack. Any chance it would be suitable for packing inside an Aeronaut to use for side trips?
I'm aware of the packing cube backpack, but I'm skeptical because it doesn't have padded straps, laptop protection/suspension, and isn't very deep. It also looks a bit dorky IMO.
I'm considering an Eagle Creek packable daypack, but it's a flimsy ripstop material and a bit small. I'd really like something like a Golite Ion but it's discontinued. That was a 10 oz dyneema bag shaped like a Smart Alec that was popular with ultralight backpackers. It retailed for $50 and there's a used green one on ebay right now with the bidding at $78, as it became a bit of a cult item.
Another option would be a Mountain Laurel Designs Newt, which is a similar 9 oz dyneema rolltop bag.
Is there any chance TB is coming out with something in this category soon?
Another thought I had was that the hardest thing to pack is the suspension system, and I'm already carrying around a set of straps on the Aeronaut. I wonder if it would be possible to make the backpack straps on the Aeronaut detachable, so they could be clipped onto a daypack at the destination.