People often ask me at this time of year which bag I most often give as a gift. My answer? The Aeronaut. Pretty much everyone I know travels at some point. They fly to Europe, Hawaii, take road trips to the Southwest, get a sitter and escape for a weekend to the coast, take their first real vacation in five years, visit family on the East Coast, or go on that round-the-world trip they've always dreamed of. The Aeronaut is as close I get to being able to come along with them.
As a musician and member of The Ecclestons, my friend Greg Madill tours all over the world. When I was first designing the Aeronaut, Greg and his wife Lorena were set to go on a trip to Italy. I gave Greg one of the first prototypes of the Aeronaut to test.
My friends Robert and Maggie went to Paris for their honeymoon, so his-and-hers Aeronauts made perfect sense as a wedding gift. Robert reports:
"My wife and I were given a pair of Aeronauts as a wedding gift, and we took them on our honeymoon. I try never to check bags, so the size is great. The handles on three sides of the Aeronaut make the bag super manageable, from the trunk of the car to the seat on the airplane. The shoulder straps deploy fast enough for that moment when you realize you need to run to the gate, then disappear just as quickly. We love these bags, and we've used them every time we've travelled. Six years later they show no signs of wear."
Shop Bags make great gifts, too: pretty much everyone shops at the grocery store or the farmer's market. And if anyone I gave an Aeronaut to didn't get the full set of Packing Cubes and other accessories (3D Clear Organizer Cube, Clear Quarter Packing Cube, RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Packing Cube Backpack, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag) they might this time around. Some of my favorite non-TOM BIHN stuff to give includes items from CB's Nuts, wine from Bill Frick and and Oliver Schroer's CD "Camino".