April 26, 2016

Pilot vs. Co-Pilot vs. Night Flight: Personal Carry-On Item Showdown


The Co-Pilot, Pilot, and Night Flight Travel Duffle are minimalist packing powerhouses, allowing you to bring what you need without weighing you down. All three bags contain a bevy of pockets and built-in organization; yet, each can be customized to suit a variety of packing styles and occasions.

Read on as we break down each bag’s features and share packing lists, including suggestions from members of the Forum.

Co-Pilot: 600 cubic inches / 10 litres

The Co-Pilot has four compartments: three in the front and a main compartment in the back.  The back of the bag has an open-top pocket that can hold a magazine or newspaper, and zips open at the bottom so you can slide the bag over the handle of your rolling luggage.

The Co-Pilot is available in two fabric choices: 1050D high tenacity Ballistic nylon exterior lined with 200D Dyneema, or 400D Dyneema lined with 200D Dyneema. It has a comfortable grab handle padded with Poron foam; you can also carry it over your shoulder with the included Standard Shoulder Strap (you also have the option to upgrade to the Absolute Shoulder Strap). One 8” Black Key Strap is included.

Other features:

Side front compartments:

Middle front compartment:

Main compartment:

Great uses:

Pilot: 800 cubic inches / 13 litres

The Pilot shares many design features with its smaller sibling, the Co-Pilot.  It comes in the same fabrics and has the same overall shape and structure.  Here are the differences:

Side front pockets:

Main compartment:

Packing Cubes:

Great uses:

Night Flight Travel Duffle: 1220 cubic inches / 20 litres

A petite cousin of the Aeronaut, the Night Flight Travel Duffle has a similar shape and that famous 3-compartment design (complete with zippered mesh pocket inside the hatch).  Like the Co-Pilot and Pilot, the Night Flight Travel Duffle comes in Ballistic nylon and Dyneema versions, includes one Black 8” Key Strap, and comes with a removable Standard Shoulder Strap (with optional Absolute Strap upgrade).  Other specs are as follows:

Main compartment:

End compartments:

Packing Cubes:

Great uses:




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