Hi, my name is Tanja and Iím an addict.
Shortly before Easter I searched the Internet for a soft sided carry-on bag without wheels but with the option to be carried as a backpack if/when necessary.
I found a review of TBís Aeronaut and was impressed by... well, pretty much everything...
I placed and order for one (I think I might have gotten one of the last Crimson bags!) plus the Absolute Shoulder Strap and a few accessories such as packing cubes and pouches.
It arrived 6 days later, sans the Absolute Shoulder Strap, and I was blown away by the quality of the products. I used the Aeronaut for a 4 day driving trip to Cornwall and Devon and loved it.
An addict was born
Having just thrown away my backpack, which had reached the respectable age of 18+ years, and knowing my DH was looking for a replacement for his square bottomed backpack (and not finding one with a square-ish shaped bottom during the last 6 months of looking) I placed another order with TB when we got back from our trip. I ordered a Synapse for me and a Smart Alec for my hubby. As the addiction had already set in I also added a number of accessories for both of us.
I called customer services about the missing strap and although it didnít arrive in time for our drive to Cornwall it did arrive in time for my next trip; a week in Munich, Germany. By this time my second order had also arrived.
For my week in Munich I packed the Aeronaut and as I was flying with EasyJet I had to fit my Synapse in it as well (as Iím sure many of you are aware they have a strict one bag policy). With 2 pairs of shoes and my 13Ē MacBook it was a tight fit and I donít think Iíll be doing that again. Iíll probably use my Packing Cube Shoulder Bag instead of the Synapse next time but I HAD to use the Synapse. I just couldnít leave it at home.
Struggling with my back and neck at times I am really tempted to get the Co-Pilot in Dyneema for an everyday bag as it is so light and a backpack isnít always suitable. Most of my daily bags are fairly large as I usually carry my knitting with me and made in leather, which makes them quite heave before Iíve even put anything in them.
The one thing that is stopping me is that I read in a tread the Ďwallsí of the middle front compartment, are made of mesh. As far as Iím concerned that makes the compartment completely un-suitable for an umbrella (and to some extent a water bottle due to condensation). Unless I wrapped a wet umbrella in a plastic bag I would be too worried about damaging any electronics or books kept in the side compartments...
I think Iíll email customer service and ask them to confirm what the walls of the middle compartment are made of before making a decision... if they are made of Dyneema, as the rest of the bags lining I donít think Iíll hesitate to order one.
I wish Iíd win the lottery so I could get any TB bag I wanted without worrying too much. Sigh...