The Yankee Airman - a new kind of convertible travel luggage
This is an idea for a possible new travel luggage / EDC design for Tom Bihn. I've been inquiring about different existing Tom Bihn designs lately, and I thought I would throw this idea out there to see what people thought. I have a vague concept in my head, and maybe it wouldn't be practical, but I suspect it would. Here it is...
I've been looking over the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot and Pilot, as well as the Packing Cube Backpack and some messenger designs on Bihn's site. Each seems to offer possibilities and also offer some things that other designs lack. There is no "bull's eye" direct hit as far as "the right one".
In this video on Bihn's site, we see an American tourist named Chris packing and travelling to Japan with the use of a Co-Pilot and an Aeronaut. Chris actually packed the Co-Pilot in the Aeronaut itself, essentially repurposing it during his flight as a kind of packing cube, then re-purposing it again at his destination as his EDC (Everyday Carry) bag. I found this to be very, very clever. But I have to admit that shoulder bags are not my EDC-of-choice. When I think of an EDC, I usually think of a backpack. Not every EDC has to be a backpack, and Tom Bihn does provide other offerings as an alternative that can be very useful. Bihn's trick seems to be in combining messenger-bag designs with the Quick-Adjust Messenger Strap, or Q-AM Strap.
A shoulder-bag-as-an-EDC is severely lacking in one major activity: bicycling and motorcycle riding. To remedy this deficiency and to give a shoulder-bag-like YA some erstwhile backpackability, how about equipping the YA with a Q-AM Strap? It's not an optimal backpack arrangement, but it's practically closer than either the Co-Pilot or the Pilot would ever be.
So here's my idea, which I call the "Yankee Airman" (aka "YA"):
- A small, kind of cube-like bag, built very similar to the Pilot and/or Co-Pilot, so that YA can be purposed as a kind of convertible packing cube for travel.
- Once at the destination, the YA could be repurposed, much like the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, Packing Cube Backpack, Pilot or Co-Pilot, to serve as an EDC.
- As with the Pilot and Co-Pilot, the YA contains a main compartment with facility for Cache-with-Rails; even if the YA is not used as the computer storage in-flight, it could carry a computer once it is converted to EDC use at the destination. (I imagine the cache might be stored/mixed in separately in the Aeronaut; there are many possibilities.)
- The YA would be built-in Q-AM Strap support, so that it would lend itself to bicycle/motorcycle riding and improvised backpackability whenever needed.