I've long been a convert to the lighter-simpler method of travel and Tom Bihn has been essential to achieving it. Like many of you, I can go for weeks with a Tristar as long as I pack carefully and wash periodically. The problem for me recently has been that, as a result of an unfortunate injury, I can't carry something as heavy as the Tristar.
I did buy a Western Flyer in the delectable Nordic Dyneema, which I took along on a week long trip recently and it worked out fine, though I was traveling with my husband, who volunteered to tote my bag along with his through the airports.
I had planned to take the WF on a long weekend trip from Seattle to Boston, but when I looked in the closet I saw to my horror that my husband beat me to it when he left for a week long trip yesterday. (That'll teach me for persuading hi that packing light is the way to go. No good deed goes unpunished...)
So I was trying to figure out an alternative arrangement that didn't involve admitting defeat and bringing my wheeled briefcase. I love my Imago--my everyday carry. But that wouldn't do for clothes and the computer and miscellany I need. I used to carry my computer in a Ristretto, but I gifted that to my daughter when I went over to the Imago...but wait! She's storing a few boxes and bags at our house while awaiting a new apartment to come vacant--and there it is, my old Ristretto.
So here's the plan for this weekend. I did a test pack this morning. In the Imago back pocket is the thin plastic folder with my hotel confirmation, boarding passes, and a hard copy of my presentation. Next to the plastic folder is my GO inflatable back-cushion. Inside the Imago in the zipped pocket is my Tom Bihn wallet and my smartphone. In the main area of the Imago, I have a half sized WF packing cube containing two blouses, one silk long undie for extra warmth, two pairs of undies and two sets of socks, a big King Felix t-shirt for pjs, and an extra bra. (I roll for wrinkle-reduction and space saving.) Also tucked in is a mini umbrella and a small barrel-style hairbrush. Behind the packing cube is my travel tray containing dental floss, a comb, a few dry makeup bits, a few packets of Via and tea, a memory stick and extra SD card, a small sewing kit, my travel toothbrush, and a small packet of Clorox disinfecting wipes. Sitting on top of that is my 3-1-1 ziplock with the usual hygiene and beauty items.
The Ristretto has a nice padded place for the Acer S-7 computer, and in the main area is a Side Effect holding the rest of my electronica--my camera, chargers for my electronica, and my Kindle in its Kindle sleeve is in the open back pocket.
I know, I could cut down on the electronica, but I'd rather not. So that's what I plan to travel with--leaving Friday morning and coming back Sunday night.
If you have additional suggestions, I will adapt my list. I don't leave for a few days yet. And I'll report back post-trip about what I might do differently next time.