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Color: Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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Three-compartment travel bag designed to rule the world (or at least the skies).

33 liters / 2000 cu. in.



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TLDR

The Tri-Star is a three-way carry travel bag designed with the super organized, minimalist business traveler in mind. It is part of our main carry-on travel bag options along with the Western Flyer, Aeronaut, and Techonaut

  • 3 main compartments of equal size and 9 O-rings
  • 4 exterior pockets in the front panel
  • Carry as a briefcase, backpack, or shoulder bag
  • Personal item carry-on friendly for most airlines

Full Description

Three Main Compartments

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has 2 O-rings and a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. We recommend storing your clothes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube which is designed to fit in these compartments. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

With room for most sizes of our Cache laptop sleeve, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Simply attach the Cache onto the two unobtrusive webbing loops and you're good to go. If you want to store a notebook, pens, and/or a small tablet, the Freudian Slip is a great organizational addition to the Tri-Star. There are also 2 O-rings in this compartment.

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept a Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. It also features two compression/tie-down straps to help keep your clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They're an alternative to the Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. 

4 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets

On the left are three horizontal zippered pockets with an O-ring in each. One of the O-rings includes an 8" Key Strap, which is useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys or your AirPods. On the other O-ring, you can attach our Mystery Organizer Pouches or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag and the bottom pocket goes about halfway.

On the right is a curved zippered pocket that is useful for storing a boarding pass when unzipped partially. Unzip it entirely, it's an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn't fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. 

Ways to Carry the Tri-Star

Backpack

Want to carry the Tri-Star like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Western Flyer) from the back compartment and snap on the bottom of the straps. They're our Edgeless Shoulder Straps and feature a 3/4" removable sternum strap and an optional (not included with this bag) 1" removable gatekeeper waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body. 

Shoulder Bag

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You also have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D-rings. 

Briefcase

Two comfortable, padded handles made from PORON® foam sit directly above the center of gravity for maximum comfort, stability, and balance.

What's Included

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls. 

What's Optional

Absolute Shoulder Strap

If you plan to carry the Tri-Star as a shoulder bag, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the only strap you'll ever need. 

Tri-Star Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

You can also store your shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and store it on either half of the divided compartment. The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag will fit up to a size 12 in men's. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Tri-Star/Western Flyer Freudian Slip adds an additional eleven organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically. The other side has two flat zippered pockets, four pen slots, two pockets sized for your wallet or phone, and a credit card slot. 

Cache

The Tri-Star can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you want a little bit of extra padding for your laptop, we recommend adding a Cache.

The Tri-Star has three main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has 2 O-rings and a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. We recommend storing your clothes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube which is designed to fit in these compartments. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

With room for most sizes of our Cache laptop sleeve, the center compartment of the Tri-Star provides a secure and protected place for your laptop. Simply attach the Cache onto the two unobtrusive webbing loops and you're good to go. If you want to store a notebook, pens, and/or a small tablet, the Freudian Slip is a great organizational addition to the Tri-Star. There are also 2 O-rings in this compartment.

The back compartment is full of open space and is ready to accept a Large Tri-Star Packing Cube, a Small and a Medium Tri-Star Packing Cube, or your clothes just on their own. It also features two compression/tie-down straps to help keep your clothing in place and wrinkle-free. They're an alternative to the Packing Cubes. The compression/tie-down straps are removable (via Gatekeepers) so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind. 

On the left are three horizontal zippered pockets with an O-ring in each. One of the O-rings includes an 8" Key Strap, which is useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys or your AirPods. On the other O-ring, you can attach our Mystery Organizer Pouches or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag and the bottom pocket goes about halfway.

On the right is a curved zippered pocket that is useful for storing a boarding pass when unzipped partially. Unzip it entirely, it's an expandable water bottle pocket. The bellows that make the pocket expandable can be snapped up so your water bottle doesn't fall out, or unsnapped to allow greater access to the pocket. 

Backpack

Want to carry the Tri-Star like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Western Flyer) from the back compartment and snap on the bottom of the straps. They're our Edgeless Shoulder Straps and feature a 3/4" removable sternum strap and an optional (not included with this bag) 1" removable gatekeeper waist strap. Both the sternum and waist straps are simple webbing straps designed to help distribute weight and stabilize the bag to your body. 

Shoulder Bag

The attachment points for an optional shoulder strap are offset on the Tri-Star to provide the best balance and comfort, should you carry the bag with a shoulder strap. We recommend using the Absolute Shoulder Strap with the Tri-Star if comfort is your primary concern. You also have the option of using any shoulder strap you already have that attaches to D-rings. 

Briefcase

Two comfortable, padded handles made from PORON® foam sit directly above the center of gravity for maximum comfort, stability, and balance.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls. 

Absolute Shoulder Strap

If you plan to carry the Tri-Star as a shoulder bag, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the only strap you'll ever need. 

Tri-Star Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Tri-Star Packing Cube. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

You can also store your shoes in a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and store it on either half of the divided compartment. The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag will fit up to a size 12 in men's. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Tri-Star/Western Flyer Freudian Slip adds an additional eleven organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically. The other side has two flat zippered pockets, four pen slots, two pockets sized for your wallet or phone, and a credit card slot. 

Cache

The Tri-Star can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you want a little bit of extra padding for your laptop, we recommend adding a Cache.

Materials

Zippers

#10 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zipper on main compartments
#8 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent coil zippers on all other pockets

Shoulder Straps

Edgeless EV50 1/2” / 12mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Handle

PORON® foam handle

Other Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

18.9" (w) x 13" (h) x 8.1" (d) / 480 (w) x 330 (h) x 205 (d) mm

Weight

1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 6 oz / 1525 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 3 lb 2.5 oz / 1433 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 12 oz / 1255 grams

Volume

33 Liters / 2000 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

10 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the center main compartment, 3 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the middle front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 55 reviews
91%would recommend this product
55 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Best One Bag travel

    I have had my Tri Star for about 6 years now. It is a workhorse! I use it for work trips since it looks pretty professional as well as regular oversees travel. My wife and I took the Tri Star and one other carry on along with a personal item backpack for three weeks in Europe with a 15 month old. So, the other bag was diapers and that sort of thing, and the Tri Star was for two adults for three weeks. The organization in the bag worked great, it was a pleasure to carry around the airports and it held way more than I thought it could. Quality is second to none. We also took it on a three week trip to Europe (this time with two little kids) and we used the same second carry on and a couple personal item backpacks. Again, fit everything for two people and the organization and zippers are perfect. We all know that zippers are often the failure point and these can handle anything. We also did three weeks in China and this bag was so great for packing, organizing, carrying. The three outer compartments are great for holding things for quick access and the straps are comfortable for carry around airports and walking around the city. The way the bag has three inner compartments allowed me to use one for me, one for my wife, and even slip tablets and some sandals in the middle one. I feel like the two of us could travel indefinitely with this bag and a personal item bag (Synapse 25 perhaps?) and not miss a beat. Also, this bag is just small enough to shove under a seat…

    Steve
    Verified Reviewer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Excellent Design

    Especially like the design..size and pockets

    James R.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 weeks ago
    Gift is a Winner!

    Although I bought the Tri-Star as a gift I am really impressed with the quality construction and the overall design of this bag. And the recipient could not be more thrilled. I’m actually kinda envious!

    Rob W.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Great overall bag and concept, needs some refinement and tech features

    This is an incredible bag with great build quality and a unique overall concept. When the bag is on a shoulder the side sip pockets are right where your hand naturally falls which makes access to those side pockets super quick. Zippers are amazing although one-handed opening and closing of the top zips is rarely possible given how floppy the bag can get. Some internal rigid stays along the top and sides would be awesome. And a little more internal organization would be welcome - a few pockets but nothing crazy. I always have bits and bobs collecting in the bottom of the bag, but if this had a mesh pocket or two (like the lid of the Aeronaut) it would help keep things together. Please don't tell me to buy an accessory for this... if you want to sell me an accessory, please create something like a large padded flap-closing cube we can pack in to the middle volume which holds tech stuff like a laptop or two - AND gives some rigidity to the bag to help with zip closure. Just chucking in a laptop cache won't do. Crazy that this company makes a bag for transporting knitting supplies but doesn't have a proper laptop insert to make this more useable in the office.

    tblifer
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Amazing carry on that packs more than you need

    This bag easily held all my clothes for ten days in Florida complete with an extra pair of size 11 men's shoes. The middle pocket easily carried my 14" MacBook Pro, a 13" iPadPro and a Freudian Slip. I also had three paperbacks, a large noise cancelling headset, an overly full toiletry kit, and a few other things and there was still room for more. I packed in packing cubes and it was really easy to stay organized.

    The backpack straps were incredibly comfortable and sturdy.

    Some reviews claim it fits under an airplane seat, and that wasn't the case in the Delta economy cabin.

    Willy L.
    Verified Buyer
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