We present for your use two new accessories for the Aeronaut 30 and Aeronaut 45 convertible travel bags: the Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frame and the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt. Tom and Nik designed both accessories to work with all versions of Aeronauts.
Both frame and belt are designed to add comfort and structure to the experience of carrying a more heavily-packed Aeronaut in backpack mode while waiting in long lines (well, let's hope not) at the airport or choosing to make a long trek across town to one's hotel on foot.
We figure most folks will pair the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt with the Aeronaut Internal Frame, but some may use just the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt or just the Aeronaut Internal Frame. For more about all of that, see our Aeronaut: Frequently Asked Questions post.
Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frame
The Aeronaut 30 or 45 Internal Frames are made of die-cut 0.055” / 1.4mm thick High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a nylon webbing sleeve sewn down the center that encases a 1” / 25mm wide 6061 aluminum stay pre-bent to achieve a generic spinal curve.
Both sizes of frame feature four pie-slice cut-outs that save a bit of weight, but more importantly allow the frame to flex/twist with you as walk.
Installing the Aeronaut 30 and 45 Internal Frames is pretty straight-forward; see our step-by-step instructions here.
Both Aeronaut Internal Frames are in-stock and ready to ship.
Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt
The Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt is designed to allow you to carry some of the weight of a loaded Aeronaut on your hips rather than on just your shoulders.
Tom and Nik worked together to engineer a design solution that allows one to add the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt to any version/generation/era of Aeronaut while offering a truly integrated carrying experience -- almost as if the Padded Hip Belt was integrated into the design of the Aeronaut all along.
Note that the Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt will perform best for folks between 5'2" - 6'0"—depending, of course, on the length of the person's torso. If you're on the shorter end of that range and have a short torso, the Padded Hip Belt may hit you a little lower than you'd like. If you're on the taller end of that range with a longer torso, the Padded Hip Belt may ride a little higher than you'd like.
The Aeronaut Padded Hip Belt is in-stock and ready to ship.