aubergine for the win!
I have thw WF in aubergine/steel. I never wear orange, and very rarely red! I am more of a blue/ purple/ gray/black person
Their you go Hawaii. Than aubergine sounds good. You have a travel-set growing there. Just my 2 cents but I am an aubergine-fan.
Now if the a30 was in Nordic !! That is my favorite. Just trying to decide if the lighter weight of dyneema vs probably more sturdy ballistic...
I don't quite get this:
The A30 is over two inches shorter than the A45, so is it just that the difference in length comes from other parts of the bag? From the end pockets, maybe?To make it smaller but still allow full-sized folks to carry it, we had to change the way the bag went together: the padded back panel under which the backpack straps hide is actually a bit longer/taller than on the Aeronaut 45. The gist is that you needn't be 20% shorter to wear the Aeronaut 30. In other words: if the Aeronaut 45 is a good fit for you, the Aeronaut 30 will be as well.
I found the A45 too long for my back - even though I'm 5'8" - and was torn over waiting for the A30 because I like the duffle design, but it may well be that ordering the Tristar was the right choice for me.
An interesting side effect of that is the way the attachment points for the shoulder strap are oriented. In the A45, they are oriented perpendicular to the main carry handle because they are attached to the seam between main pocket and end pocket. On the A30, they are oriented at an angle closer to parallel to the main handle because they're attached to the seam between the bottom of the bag and the top of the bag.
All "top", "bottom", and "side" are intended to be interpreted as relative to the bag placed down for packing with the zippered main pocket facing up.
It's easier for me to judge the weight difference/advantage in terms of what I can carry because when I go down in volume (33 l to 30 l), I'll be carrying less, and also carrying a lighter bag. For the A45, I'd probably be more comfortable with the Black Dyneema option, although I have one in Crimson Ballistic Nylon (purchased way before Dyneema was an option). You just have to figure out the weight point where making this selection is comfortable for you.
I think that each of the 400d Dyneema colors has its own attractions. For the Nordic Dyneema, it's the way that the color of the Nordic threads combine with the silvery sheen of the 400d weave and white strands to change under different lighting conditions. These subtle color textures are particularly noticeable against other colors (which is why some people first became fans of this color seen against Solar, I think). Steel has a soft sheen that works well especially against the palette of gray tone colors (Aubergine, Navy, Storm, Steel) and other neutrals (looks great against Cayenne). Black Dyneema works differently for me: in travel bags like the Pilot and others where there is a basic rectangular design to the shape, this fabric makes me feel as though a designer chose or developed it as part of the integral design motif for the bag. It also beautifully brings out saturated colors (as well as going with my favorite Hemp Little Swift!).
I don't think you can go wrong with your decision. I am still curious about whether we'll see another great 400d Dyneema color down the line, although that may not happen until much later in the year.
I was really excited about this bag, but the color choices sure are a disappointment, just Black, Aubergine, Steel, and Coyote? And there still aren't any high visibility interior colors like Solar back yet. Sad.
I think they could offer more preferences by pre-cutting the pieces of all colors into ziplocks. Then sew the outside color preference with inside dyneema preference as they get ordered. This reduces the change of certain color combinations sitting in stock that never get ordered.
The only colour combo I really like in the A30 at the moment is the Aubergine/Wasabi. So much so that my mouse keeps lurking around the 'add to basket' button!
A45 crm/stl TS nvy/sol A30 aub/was BB nvyP/stlP S19 nor/stl P nor/sol CP blk/stl; SE was CQPC ibrn, sol Ri aub/stl 3DCC crd TSS4 was K crd TT sol,nor,blk CC crd/stl PCBP sol PP nvy QK for,coy,aub + lotsa cubes!
Aubergine/Wasabi doesn't work for me. <sigh>
I too was puzzled that a brand new bag has a limited selection of colors!
One other question is whether the checkered pattern of all dynemas is a structural requirement or aesthetic decision?
Otherwise why no solid colored exterior dynemas to choose from?
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