This is a fantastic video. It does such a great job showing all of the bag's features and how one can make use of the accessories. Makes me want one to compliment my Aeronaut! :) Nicely done! I'd love to see similar videos for others.
Awesome video; I really liked how low-stimulus it was (this is a compliment—the gentle lighting and music allowed me to focus on the packing capabilities of the TS).
I'm also impressed by how well Merrells squish down. There was no discernible bulging at the front of the bag.
Well done! ...really shows proportions and usage, and I agree with Badger - it's all about the bag.
(I also like how it's the big brother to my WF, and packed in a very similar way to my "business w/shoes" scheme (even the earbuds in the clear OP).)
Nice work TB Crew.
Does the Tri-Star fit under the seat on the airplane? Is it small enough to pass as your "personal item" rather than your carry on?
The TS fits under most seats, I'd say. I managed to get a fairly stuffed one in the little space under a window seat on a 737. It was a bit of a humbug wrestling the sucker out, though.
This is a great video and does a really good job at a real-world demonstration of the bag. Is there any way someone could itemize the various accessories also used in the video? I'd love to just buy this setup ... depending on the $, I just might!
In order of appearance:
Tri-Star (Steel/Iberian, includes one key strap) $280
Absolute Strap $30
Large Tri-Star packing cube (fabric/mesh) $20
Cache for MacBook Pro Retina $30
2x Size 1 Stuff Sacks (Steel Dyneema. NB: only one is on the desk, but you can see the guy stick two of them into the TS middle compartment) 2@ $14
Travel Tray (Steel Dyneema) $22
1x Medium Tri-Star packing cube (fabric/mesh) $18
1x Small Tri-Star packing cube (all fabric) $17
3D Clear Organizer Cube (Navy, on key strap) $22, + $4 for strap
Cache for iPad Mini $25
Mini Clear Organizer Pouch (Black[?], on key strap) $8
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch (Steel Dyneema, on key strap) $25 + $2 for strap
grand total: $521
Wow. Love it. I want the tri-star one day. When the video started I thought it was a YouTube ad, lol. Such a beautifully shot video.
Stephan's bags: Tri-Star in Steel Iberian, Absolute Shoulder Strap, Tri-Star Packing Cubes in Large, Medium, and Small All Fabric, two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel, Horizontal Brain Cell Size 15" MacBook Pro Retina, Travel Tray in Steel, 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Navy, the included (with the Tri-Star) 8" Key Strap in Black, an additional 8" Key Strap in Black, 16" Key Strap in Black, Cache for iPad mini, Clear Organizer Pouch in Mini, and RFID Blocking Passport Pouch.
Times in the video you can jump ahead and see specific accessories/how they're used:
0:22 - Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Large
0:35 - Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 15" MacBook Pro Retina
0:38 - Size 1 Travel Stuff Sack, Steel
0:48 - Travel Tray, Steel
0:49 - Two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel are put on one side of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment of the Tri-Star
0:53 - The Travel Tray, cinched shut, is put on the other size of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment
1:00 - Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Medium
1:01 - Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Small All Fabric (with a pair of Size 12 Merrells)
1:07 - 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Navy
1:09 - 16" Key Strap in Black clipped to an o-ring inside of the Tri-Star clipped to the 3D Clear Organizer Cube
1:13 - Cache for iPad mini
1:16 - Clear Organizer Pouch, Mini (with earbuds)
1:19 - RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Steel, tethered with an 8" Key Strap in Black
1:32 - Absolute Shoulder Strap
Badger beat me to this list (nice work) but because I did all the typing already I'll leave it up anyhow. :)
The clear mini OP is not on a strap, it's clipped right on the o-ring. I just noticed because that's where I keep my earbuds, too.
I find it works very well (for me, at least) due to the placement of the o-ring and the length of the clip. This allows for the OP to swing easily outside of the pocket for access to the contents (of either the OP or the pocket). It is also short enough to make the OP float vertically inside the pocket and not clump up at the bottom of the bag. It's perfect, and super simple.
This is really a beautiful video and I second Badger about the softness of the tune and the background, it brings a sense of relaxation that is greatly needed during travel.
Frankly the Tristar pretty much did that on my only trip, to date, with it. So much fun to pack and so easy to unpack.
Note that I don't pack as fast as Stephan. The speed of putting objects in their respective Pouches/Stuff Sacks is really amazing.
There is no need to buy an extra Key Strap for the Passport Pouch as it comes with a neck/waist cord which is adjustable,
Not that I want to stop anyone for buying Key Straps, as I have a few myself.
When Stephan removed the Absolute Strap, what did he do with it?
Answer: give it to the filming crew.
It is an important question, for me, because I literally wrestled with the Absolute Strap on my very first trip, so I packed it, but that Tristar doesn't seem to have room for even the Absolute Strap.
The music is wonderful, a variation on "Our Materials" tune.
Perfect! Thank you!
Thank you Darcy and Badger! Also, FWIW my new Smart Alec just arrived on Tuesday - just in time for a week of back-and-forth travel around town in some crazy rain (for VA). The SA is perfect! Now to determine if the Tri-Star is the right addition for my short business trips... this video and the details from the posts will be invaluable.