Meet the Aeronaut 30: carry-on duffel backpack and international travel high-flyer.
- 3 carry methods: duffel, backpack, or shoulder bag
- Five total exterior pockets: two slash pockets, two end pockets, and a generously-sized main compartment
- Stowable backpack straps in our always-comfortable edgeless design
- Zippered partitions allowing you to push into the side pockets' space and expand the main pocket as needed or keep the pockets neatly divided
- Comfortable grab handle on the long side of the bag for comfortable side-carry
- Attachment points for an optional shoulder strap such as our Absolute Strap
- Maximum carry-on size for most regional and international airlines
With the Aeronaut 30 on your back, you won't hesitate to make your way through the crowd, down a cobblestone alley, across the grass, or up the trail. Looking for its larger and older sibling, check out the original Aeronaut 45,
Three Carry Methods
The Aeronaut can be carried on the back via its Edgeless backpack straps (which can tuck away when not in use), on the shoulder or cross-body with the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap, or by hand duffel-style with the padded handle handle.
U-Shaped Main Compartment
The main compartment of the Aeronaut 30 is accessed through a curved zipper opening and swallows a substantial stack of folded shirts/blouses/trousers/dresses; as you pack the Aeronaut 30, the end pockets act like bookends, keeping everything in the center compartment relatively flat and folded. The inside of the opening "hatch" features a convenient zippered mesh pocket for small items.
Don't need one end compartment or the other, or need to fit something bigger than expected in the main compartment? The panels dividing the end compartments from the main compartment of the bag unzip — another versatile feature allowing you to customize the Aeronaut 30 to your needs.
Zip-Away Edgeless Shoulder Straps
The Aeronaut 30 converts easily to and carries comfortably as a backpack, now with our updated Edgeless Shoulder Straps, featuring EV50 foam. The back panel is padded with 3/8" / 10mm thick closed-cell foam as well. Thanks to a zipper hidden inside the lining of the bag, the back panel foam is removable (or swappable) if you don't find you need it and want to save the weight/bulk.
Two End Pockets
Two nicely-sized end pockets flank the main pocket and add what we think most duffels lack: compartmentalization. The end compartments are great for segregating the clean from the unclean, or perhaps socks and underwear, from everything else.
Good to know: the end compartments of the Aeronaut 30 can accommodate a pair of size 12 (USA) men's dress or running shoes. Don't wear a size 12? Smaller sizes fit too, of course.
Both exterior ends of the Aeronaut 30 have exterior zippered pockets; both are large enough for the Guide Michelin and a boarding pass. They're a nice place to keep your earbuds or other small items you might need during the flight, as one end or the other is often easily accessible in the overhead bin.
Mirrored Exterior Grab Handles
The grab handles at either end of the Aeronaut 30 were designed to be in the right place at the right time. Specifically, they provide an inviting and obvious place to grab the Aeronaut and give it a yank to extract it from an overhead compartment of a plane or other tight spot. They’re reinforced, so if you need to pull hard, go ahead, and because they’re padded, the whole process will be as comfortable for your hands as possible.
Some folks prefer metal zipper pulls. Others prefer cord pulls. So, what to do about that? We think the best solution (in most cases) is to offer metal pulls and include a starter pack of Cord Pulls with most bags. The most popular solution is to weave the Cord Pulls through the metal pulls, effectively silencing them without having to remove them. A video demonstrating various Cord Pull options and more colors/varieties of Cord Pulls can be found on the Cord Zipper Pulls page.
An adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps with leave-no-trace hardware: if you don't like or don't use your sternum strap, remove it and leave (almost) nothing behind.
One pair of Tie-Down Straps
Our included tie-down straps are an alternative to packing cubes: use them to compress and secure clothing in place to help keep it wrinkle-free. They're removable so if you don't want or need to use them, you can leave them behind.
If you plan to carry the Aeronaut as a shoulder bag, this is the shoulder strap for you. Hands down, it's the most comfortable strap we've ever used.
The Gatekeeper Waist Strap is a light waist strap that helps stabilize your bag during frantic sprints from one end of the airport to the other. The 1" Padded Hip Belt allows you to carry some of the weight of a loaded pack on your hips rather than just your shoulders.
You can view all of our packing cubes, pouches, toiletries bags and other organizational options at the link above. The Aeronaut/Techonaut 30 Packing Cubes were made to fit the Aeronaut 30, and the Aeronaut 30 Travel Laundry Stuff Sack is the perfect size for the end pockets.
Need a little bit of a stiffer back, or want to use the padded hip belt to take some of the weight of all those bricks you're carrying off your shoulders? The Aeronaut 30 Frame Sheet is here for you in your time of need.
Choosing an Exterior Fabric
You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Aeronaut 30 is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
High Tenacity 2x2 ballistic nylon
- 2x2 "ballistic" weave
- 630 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
- heavy urethane
- Made in:
- South Korea with Canadian Yarn
Choose this fabric if
- You want your bag to be soft and supple yet tough as nails.
- You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
- You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.
1050 Denier High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
- 2x2 “ballistic” weave
- 1050 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon
- medium urethane
- Made in:
Choose this fabric if
- You want a super-tough fabric – originally designed for use in bullet-proof vests.
- The weight of your bag isn’t a huge concern (though it’s worth noting that 1050d Ballistic is still lighter than cotton canvas or leather).
- You want a smooth surface that won’t collect pet hair or sweater fuzz, slides easily into and out of the overhead bin, and fits in whether you're traveling for work or leisure.
- Gloria E.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings, Versatile1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsGet This Backpack
I waited over a year for this bag to restock and it was well worth the wait.
The clever design, versatility and quality are unparalleled. The main compartment top opening and expandable side compartments along with the varied ways to carry it were sellers for me. I tend to buy top quality luggage anyway (Tumi, Bric, etc.) but no backpack could rival this Aeronaut 30. I packed enough to take on my upcoming 2-3 week Amtrak trip.
The only improvement I would make is to use a lighter colored fabric in the main compartment for better visability just like the side pockets. Now all I need now is that shoulder strap.
I'm 5'2", female, and 79 y/o (next week). The bag is not too heavy nor too large.
Thanks Tom Bihn and crew!
- M G.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat one bag for short person
I’m 5’0 short. This bag is great. Fits in overhead bin or under seat if not over packed. I couple this with pilot for airplane travel. I use packing cubes or roll clothing. Bag is comfortable to wear in backpack mode. I also have absolute strap I keep inside bag just in case I need a different carry option on the go.
- Seth G.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 stars5 Months of Perfect Packing
I have been using the Aeronaut 30 for the past 5 months while I work out of town during the week and I have absolutely loved it! When I first got it I was worried that it would not fit a weeks worth of cloths and travel items but with the addition of the Aeronaut 30 packing cubes it held everything I needed plus a pair of 10.5 wide men's shoes which I wasn't expecting. Having the main carrying handle on the "top" of the bag and not over the main compartment access like most duffel bags is one of the main things that set this bag apart and make it perfect for lugging around. I added the absolute shoulder strap and it barely feels like I am carrying a bag over my shoulder. One thing I did not think I would use are the two handles located inside the main compartment of the bag. They are very handy for moving the bag around a hotel room or the house while you pack or unpack, just another nice touch to an almost perfect bag.
The one thing that would have made this bag perfect was an additional 5 liters, making it a 35 liter bag. This would give me enough room to get a jacket in which I would love but its not stopping me from showing off the bag to friends and family every chance I get!
Once I had a chance to use this bag I realized this was the only bag I really need. Can not recommend this bag enough for someone who wants a smart, organized, compact travel bag to serve you for years.
- Sara2 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsWonderful, well-designed bag
I bought this bag 4 years ago and it's the one I use for nearly every trip -- it's perfect for a trip of 3-4 days with heavy winter clothes, or a week of lighter, summer-clothes travel (although I once eeked out a 3-week international trip, doing laundry along the way).
The amount of organization is perfect; it helps me keep big categories of items separate without getting too fussy about it. I generally put clothes in the main center section, extra shoes in one side compartment, and toiletries and odds and ends in the other side compartment. Everything is easy to access without making you dig through layers of stuff, as top-packing backpacks require.
Also, I've never met an overhead bin that this wouldn't fit into, here or abroad. Overall this is a great bag and has held up really well -- I look forward to many more years with it!
- LJ W.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsIncredible bag - my go-to for every trip
I cannot recommend this bag highly enough. I use no other for travel. The fabric is incredibly durable, every detail has been lovingly thought out, and it looks so stylish--you'll never mistake it for someone else's at an airport! I bought my Aeronaut 30 for a one-month trip to Europe, and it was the only bag I needed. The backpack straps allowed me to carry it comfortably through narrow streets and train stations. It fit everything, including a rolled-up day pack (TB's Daylight Backpack in black halcyon) and all the extra items I picked up. I also regularly use it for week-long trips to NYC. It is SO easy to take it on the subway. It's small enough that you can sling it off, put it on the floor in between your legs, and get it back on quickly at your stop. My favorite feature is the division of the bag into one large pocket, and two smaller end pockets. It gives some built-in structure to your packing strategy. If I'm packing a pair of shoes or dress clothes for an interview/meeting, I always put them in a packing cube in one of the side pockets, where they fit easily and will be separate from my other items. It's also a good place to store your toiletries if you're traveling carry-on only through American TSA. The one thing it doesn't have is a built-in pouch for electronics, so I cushion my tablet/laptop amongst my packing cubes in the largest compartment.
If you're undecided about buying, DO IT! It is 100% worth the investment. You will have this for years to come.
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.