A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 630 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 630 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 630 Ballistic with an Sakura (pale pink with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Black 630 Ballistic with a monochrome label. A Western Flyer in Black 630 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Black 630 Ballistic with a colorful label. A Western Flyer in Black 630 Ballistic with a Zest 200 Halcyon (orange with white grid) interior. The Western Flyer in Wilderness 630 Ballistic A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 630 Ballistic A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 630 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Ursa (greyish brown) 630 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Ursa (greyish brown) 630 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Coyote 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Coyote 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Navy 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Western Flyer in Wilderness 630 Ballistic with a Moss 210 Cerylon interior
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Color: Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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Two-compartment carry-on travel bag with zip-away backpack straps.

26 liters / 1600 cu. in.

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TLDR

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

  • 2 main compartments of equal size and 6 O-rings
  • 3 exterior pockets in the front panel
  • Carry as a briefcase, backpack, or shoulder bag
  • Personal item carry-on friendly for most airlines

Full Description

Two Main Compartments

The Western Flyer has two 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 Western Flyer 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. The undivided back compartment also has 2 O-rings and is an ideal place to store your laptop in a Cache

3 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets

On the left are two 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 Western Flyer

Backpack

Want to carry the Western Flyer like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Tri-Star) 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 Western Flyer 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 Western Flyer 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

A single comfortable, padded handle made from PORON® foam sits 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.

Cord Zipper Pulls

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

What's Optional

Absolute Shoulder Strap

If you want to shoulder carry, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the best choice for the Western Flyer. 

Western Flyer Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Western Flyer 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 Western Flyer can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache

The Western Flyer has two 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 Western Flyer 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. The undivided back compartment also has 2 O-rings and is an ideal place to store your laptop in a Cache

On the left are two 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 Western Flyer like a backpack? Untuck the hideaway backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Tri-Star) 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 Western Flyer 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 Western Flyer 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

A single comfortable, padded handle made from PORON® foam sits 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.

Cord Zipper Pulls

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

Absolute Shoulder Strap

If you want to shoulder carry, the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the best choice for the Western Flyer. 

Western Flyer Packing Cube

We recommend organizing your clothes and shoes in a Western Flyer 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 Western Flyer can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache

Materials

Zippers

#10 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zippers with lockable sliders on main compartments
#8 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zippers on face 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

17.9" (w) x 12" (h) x 7.1" (d) / 455 (w) x 305 (h) x 180 (d) mm

Weight

1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 2 lb 10 oz / 1200 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 2 lb 8 oz / 1130 grams

Volume

26 liters / 1600 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

6 (2 in the front main compartment, 2 in the back main compartment, 1 in the top front zippered pocket, 1 in the bottom front zippered pocket)

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 26 reviews
100%would recommend this product
26 reviews
  • Markus S.
    Verified Reviewer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Versatile, Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship
    2 hours ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Versatile, Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    I love this bag

    I'm using this bag since 2018 and it is by far my favorite for carry-on travel. It has a lot of little details that are great, like the "mini-handles" to get it out of any position and of course the backpack straps. And it looks very professional.

  • webdoyenne
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Versatile, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable
    3 hours ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Versatile, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazing bag

    Holds a ton. Several ways to carry it. I'm a small woman and had no trouble with it at all. Can check it through if needed, but it's the perfect budget airline "personal item". Have used it on Spirit and Frontier. Also...gave it a bath in the sink with a little dish detergent, rinsed it, put it outside to dry, and it looks brand new again. Highly recommended.

  • jason k.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable
    5 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great to have in my travel arsenal

    This bag is so versatile! It is perfect for personal item only travel. It is amazing how much it can be over stuffed. It also has a very slim profile when its contents are reduced. I am going to use it in so many combinations!

  • Tony R.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Sewn in USA
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Sewn in USA
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    New favourite bag

    I love it. After having the Pilot I thought this may be just too big but it's actually the perfect size for a couple of days travel. As usual with TB it is deceptive how much you can fit in. When flat the bag looks small but it springs out to quite a width when packed. I just wish it came with a strap!

  • Jennifer S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    8 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Really nice bag!

    I just recently got to use this bag for the first time. It was a car trip, rather than air, so I can't yet report whether it fits nicely under airplane seats (I'm super hoping it does, because that was one main reason for my purchasing this bag, although I think partially it might depend on how full one stuffs it, since it seems to have good expansion capabilities). In any case, I loved it and am planning to continue using it as regular car trip luggage, too. I was able to fit a lot in, and I liked the various pockets--some, but not too many; seemed like just the right number--and liked the option to have the one large compartment divided with the zippered divider flap or not, just by zipping/unzipping the little flap. The only reason to give this bag 4 stars instead of 5 is that it would be super nice if the backpack straps were removable instead of integrated (not that I thought they were removable or anything, I totally understood that they were permanently attached; just that it would be a great feature if one did have the option to remove them rather than having them take up space/thickness when they're stuffed into the back storage compartment).

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