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    OneBag business travel

    Has Tom ever considered designing a business travel "onebag"? What I mean is, a bag that is sized for maximum carryon, but also has accommodations for a laptop, papers, electronics, etc?

    I own an Empire Builder, which I use every day, and I just bought an Aeronaut. However, I don't really want to carry both on a business trip. The EB is too small for clothes, and the Aeronaut isn't really designed to handle the laptop and papers. I plan on using the Aeronaut with a size 4 Braincell inside, and this works OK.

    Any thoughts on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mruseless View Post
    Has Tom ever considered designing a business travel "onebag"? What I mean is, a bag that is sized for maximum carryon, but also has accommodations for a laptop, papers, electronics, etc?

    I own an Empire Builder, which I use every day, and I just bought an Aeronaut. However, I don't really want to carry both on a business trip. The EB is too small for clothes, and the Aeronaut isn't really designed to handle the laptop and papers. I plan on using the Aeronaut with a size 4 Braincell inside, and this works OK.

    Any thoughts on this?
    I thought you could use the Brain Cell with the packing cubes in the main compartment? I know it's not perfect, but the Aeronaut looks big enough to fit one.
    Using a: Super Ego (Black, Steel, Wasabi) with seat belt strip (Wasabi), and alternate reflective Strip. Black BrainCell, Wasabi Snake Charmer, Cork Small Organizer Pouch, and Olive green medium organizer pouch.

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    Hi,

    I've carried the Aeronaut for a 5 day business trip and used the size 4 Brain Cell as my notebook bag, carried inside the Aeronaut. This worked out very well. I transferred the Absolute Shoulder strap from the Aeronaut to the Brain Cell when I arrived at my destination, and used the Brain Cell to carry my laptop, ac adapter and accessories.

    You should be able to accommodate a thin folio in the outer pocket (nothing thick), but not much more. Do you need to carry a lot of files or papers? The Empire Builder is a big bag - so I'm not sure if this solution will work for you.

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    My daily work requires that I carry a lot, and the Empire Builder is perfect for this. But for most of my business trips I only need a laptop, power supply, and a few papers. Sometimes I end up carrying a binder too. So perhaps I'll be fine with the Aeronaut and braincell.

    But I also think that Tom could sell a lot of business travel bags along the lines of the Easy Going carry-on or the Red Oxx Air Boss. I know I'd buy one.

    Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by mruseless View Post
    But I also think that Tom could sell a lot of business travel bags along the lines of the Easy Going carry-on or the Red Oxx Air Boss. I know I'd buy one.

    Eric
    So, what should be improved from the two mentioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TdeF View Post
    So, what should be improved from the two mentioned?
    If "from the two mentioned" you mean carrying both an Empire Builder and an Aeronaut, the advantage would be only one bag to carry. If you mean the Braincell inside the Aeronaut, a briefcase like bag gives a more business-like appearance. Like it or not, sometimes appearance counts. :)
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    I think "from the two mentioned" means the Easy Going and the Air Boss. I'm also curious (though I don't own either of those bags.)

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    Air Boss - made in Ballistic Nylon (vs the Cordura it is in presently) would be heavier, but give the bag more structure. Also, as is the Air Boss is just three full-length and height compartments, a full length flat zipped pocket in front, full-length open flat back pocket, and small tall flat pocket on the back for passports, tickets, and such, it could definitely use an organizer pocket or two or ten, especially if it's just the 'one bag' you're taking onto the airplane. And personally I would not cry if it were just a tad smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just View Post
    Air Boss - made in Ballistic Nylon (vs the Cordura it is in presently) would be heavier, but give the bag more structure. Also, as is the Air Boss is just three full-length and height compartments, a full length flat zipped pocket in front, full-length open flat back pocket, and small tall flat pocket on the back for passports, tickets, and such, it could definitely use an organizer pocket or two or ten, especially if it's just the 'one bag' you're taking onto the airplane. And personally I would not cry if it were just a tad smaller.
    Looking at the redoxx website, it appears to already have a full length flat zippered pocket? Also,as its dimensions are already smaller than maximum carry-on size, (I'm assuming you have one), have you had any trouble carrying it onto international flights or something?

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    Yes, it does have a full length flat zippered pocket... what I was saying was that those full length pockets don't organize very well.

    Nope, no trouble carrying it onto international flights. The trouble comes when a) it looks so big that my travel partner decides it's the perfect place for their stuff too, and b) I'm a small person - without backpack straps like the Aeronaut, that size bag on my shoulder would and did tire me out quick like

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    Any fully loaded maximum carry on bag is very heavy, and difficult to carry by the shoulder for any length of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apyang View Post
    I think "from the two mentioned" means the Easy Going and the Air Boss. I'm also curious (though I don't own either of those bags.)
    Oops, my bad. The disadvantage of those two is that neither one is made by Tom Bihn :)

    Seriously, I've looked at both and their designs seemed to be a little lacking. perhaps not enough pockets, the compartments looked a little narrow, and I didn't like the "coal shute" design of the Easy Going. Anyway, I would be curious to see how a Tom Bihn design would compare.
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    [QUOTE=mruseless;4160] I would be curious to see how a Tom Bihn design would compare.[/Q]

    I would be curious also.

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    After experience with both the Air Boss and TB's Aeronaut, I really like the Aeronaut 1000 times better. The padded center part of the Air Boss takes up too much of the total space leaving very little volume in the outside sections for clothing. The Air Boss is a mighty bag - i.e. Heavy. But I love the TB Aeronaut and with a cell inside you have much more packing flexibility.
    One bag site is awesome. I've gotten some great leads to products, but I feel it misses the boat on great packing by not recommending the Aeronaut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    One bag site is awesome. I've gotten some great leads to products, but I feel it misses the boat on great packing by not recommending the Aeronaut.
    I would second that. His site is a really wonderful resource, but I think his requirement for the bag to lay flat for bundle wrapping to be unreasonable. I use the large packing cube to bundle wrap, and I've found it keeps clothes quite wrinkle free. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think the Aeronaut in plain black would work just OK for a business trip (doing double duty as a bag and briefcase. However, I ordered mine in crimson :)
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