A Western Flyer in Steel (grey) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Steel (grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with an Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Navy 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior.
A Western Flyer in Steel (grey) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Steel (grey) 1050 Ballistic with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with an Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Navy 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Navy (blue) 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Aubergine (purple) 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 1050 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with an Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A Western Flyer in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with an Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. A Western Flyer in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon exterior. The front face of a Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. The back of a Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. The rear of the Western Flyer with backpack straps removed from their zippered pouch. A profile shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Wasabi (green) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider unzipped. A profile shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Steel (dark grey) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider zipped. A front shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Steel (dark grey) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider unzipped. A front shot of the a Black 1050 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer with a map, tablet, snacks, and a pouch with cables in the front zippered pockets. A close shot of the regular zippers of the front pockets and locking zippers on the main compartment of the Western Flyer. A close shot of the locking zippers on both of the main compartments. A close shot of the regular zippers of the front pockets and locking zippers on the main compartment of the Western Flyer. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer separated to show the individual openings on each of the two zippers. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer zipped shut to show the individual openings on each of the two zippers pairing together to create a slot for a travel lock. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer zipped shut and locked with a travel lock. The rear main pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer opened to reveal an Island (blue) 200 Halcyon interior with a Cache connected to the nylon loops sewn into the interior seam. A close shot of the rear main pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer opened to reveal an Island (blue) 200 Halcyon interior with a Cache connected to the nylon loops sewn into the interior seam and a nearby o-ring. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap in an airport. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap on a city street. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps at a light rail station. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps as a rail car passes by. A person entering a rail car while carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps. A person sitting in a rail car seat with a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer in the seat beside them. A person using a laptop while sitting in a rail car seat with a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer in the seat beside them. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer via the included backpack straps at a rail station platform. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer via the included backpack straps at a rail station.
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Western Flyer

$250.00

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

26 liters (1600 cu. in.)

Aubergine 1050 Ballistic/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
Aubergine 1050 Ballistic/Wasabi 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
The front face of a Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. The back of a Western Flyer in Black 525 Ballistic. The rear of the Western Flyer with backpack straps removed from their zippered pouch. A profile shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Wasabi (green) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider unzipped. A profile shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Steel (dark grey) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider zipped. A front shot of the front pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior open showing the Steel (dark grey) 200 Halcyon interior's zippered divider unzipped. A front shot of the a Black 1050 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer with a map, tablet, snacks, and a pouch with cables in the front zippered pockets. A close shot of the regular zippers of the front pockets and locking zippers on the main compartment of the Western Flyer. A close shot of the locking zippers on both of the main compartments. A close shot of the regular zippers of the front pockets and locking zippers on the main compartment of the Western Flyer. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer separated to show the individual openings on each of the two zippers. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer zipped shut to show the individual openings on each of the two zippers pairing together to create a slot for a travel lock. The locking zippers on a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer zipped shut and locked with a travel lock. The rear main pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer opened to reveal an Island (blue) 200 Halcyon interior with a Cache connected to the nylon loops sewn into the interior seam. A close shot of the rear main pocket of a Black 525 Ballistic exterior Western Flyer opened to reveal an Island (blue) 200 Halcyon interior with a Cache connected to the nylon loops sewn into the interior seam and a nearby o-ring. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap in an airport. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap on a city street. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps at a light rail station. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps as a rail car passes by. A person entering a rail car while carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer using the included backpack straps. A person sitting in a rail car seat with a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer in the seat beside them. A person using a laptop while sitting in a rail car seat with a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer in the seat beside them. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer via the included backpack straps at a rail station platform. A person carrying a Black 525 Ballistic Western Flyer via the included backpack straps at a rail station.

Description

The smallest of our main carry-on travel bag options for short trips or uber-minimalist packers.

The Western Flyer might just be the ultimate overnight bag: classic lines, well-thought-out features, three comfortable carrying methods to choose among, zip-away backpack straps, and, of course, the materials and construction you've come to expect from TOM BIHN.

It's also the smallest of our four main carry-on travel bags. The Tri-Star is larger than the Western Flyer or the Aeronaut 30, and the Aeronaut 45 is largest of them all. You might also check out our personal carry-on size bags -- Co-PilotPilot, and Stowaway -- as they pair well with the Western Flyer. Or, if you're a truly minimalist traveler, you could even use the Co-PilotPilot, or Stowaway as your one travel bag; all three meet U.S. and international carry-on sizing requirements and fit in the overhead compartment of CRJ commuter planes. But we digress... 

The Western Flyer has two main compartments of equal size. The front compartment has a vertical divider that zips out of the way if it's not wanted. Available for purchase separately are three sizes of Packing Cubes designed especially for the main compartments of the Western Flyer. Also available are the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) and Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. Either half of the divided front compartment can fit a pair of shoes — Tom's (he wears size 12) personal Holy Grail in any travel bag. (You may want to first put your shoes in an All Fabric Packing Cube or a plastic bag.) The back compartment is large and undivided, and it's an ideal place to secure our Cache laptop sleeve. The Cache is available in sizes specifically for every Apple laptop and iPad; PC users, click here for our Laptop Bag Fit Guide.

For access to all things small-and-easily-lost, the front of the Western Flyer features three zippered pockets, all with #8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zippers (cord pulls are included at no charge). On the right is a subtle-but-clever curved zipper pocket: unzip it partially and it's a useful pocket for a boarding pass. Unzipped 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; unsnap them for greater access to the pocket.

On the left side are two horizontal zippered pockets. The top zippered pocket spans the full height of the bag; the second goes about halfway. Both horizontal zippered pockets have O-rings inside. To one of these O-rings, an included 8" Key Strap is attached, useful for tethering and keeping track of your keys, pocket watch, Swiss Army knife, or other small item.

A comfortable, padded handle sits directly above the center of gravity for a more balanced, comfortable carry. Two padded grab handles on the short ends facilitate pulling the bag out from the overhead compartment or a locker, or from under a seat.

The Western Flyer features comfortable hide-away backpack straps. For longer sprints through the airport or across town, the backpack straps (same as those on our Aeronaut and Tri-Star convertible carry-on travel bags) are comfortable and help one carry a heavy load more easily. The padded, contoured shoulder straps feature a removable/adjustable sternum strap and can be tucked away in their own compartment when not in use. (The sternum strap is included. Add a waist strap for $10.) Or, you can opt to carry the bag on your shoulder: two D rings accept our Absolute Shoulder Strap (almost anyone else's shoulder strap will work too).

The Western Flyer is made with an exterior of our U.S. made, 1050 denier, high tenacity ballistic nylon: twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric. It's lined with our ultralight, super-tough, 200 denier Japanese Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric; a #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper with lockable sliders closes the main compartment.

Take a trip: buy this bag and get out of here!

Materials

U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
bluesign® certified 525 denier High-Tenacity 2x2 Ballistic nylon
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bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified Ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop
bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining
#10 YKK Aquaguard® Coil Zippers with lockable sliders on main compartment
#8 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent coil zippers on pockets
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
Bound-edge EV50 .375" / 10mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)
PORON® foam handle

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

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
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 2 lb 3 oz / 985 grams
Volume:
1600 cubic inches / 26 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
What's Included:
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
1x Sternum Strap Assembly
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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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.

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Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years 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.

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This Bag Rules the Skies, Rails, & Roads

The Western Flyer has become my favorite go-to bag for one bag travel. Mine is Ballistic Nebulous Gray/Halcyon Island. So far, it has handled 5-day, 7-day, and 9-day trips, on planes, trains, and automobiles. No kidding. The most recent was a combo trip on which I flew from California to Chicago [on a pizza mission], stayed for a few days there, and then took the California Zephyr back home. Even in a full sleeper compartment, the train is not flush with storage space, but the WF plus TB-fitted packing cubes was perfect. Here’s what went into the WF on this past trip, with room to spare:

1. Western Flyer packing cube containing all shirts, underwear & socks, and one pair pants [all Merino wool]

2. TriStar small packing cube containing Montbell rain shell and Patagonia NanoLoft jacket

Earthrunner Elemental Sandals [in disposable shower caps for dirt isolation][

3. Pack Towl [original]

4. Laundry Bag [which I never seem to use]

5. Eagle Creek Spectre dop kit [includes several non-toiletries, like clothesline, laundry detergent, corkscrew, no-knife Leatherman]

6. Tom Bihn Clear Organizer as my 311 [though TSA pre-check generally avoids need]

7. Tom Bihn Packing Cube Shoulder Bag holding snacks, teabags, collapsible water bottle, Merino Buff, playing cards, Ghost Whale Organizer for charger & cables, small playing cards, lens shade for iPhone, Bose QC noise canceling ear buds [for non-AirPod systems]

8. iPad Air + Magic Keyboard [a bit of a luxury, because of all the time on…

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My favorite travel bag!

I love the Western Flyer! This is my absolute favorite bag for business or short trip travel. It's compact, fits plenty for me for a 3-4 day business trip (including shoes, a computer, and a hair dryer!), and fits under the seat in front of you on an airplane. Fits on the overhead compartment of even small regional flights also. I also find it very comfortable to carry, I always use the backpack mode. I use a packing envelope from eagle creek in the back compartment, and that works perfectly for all my business clothes, plus the 15in laptop I can usually add a curling iron, comb, and sonicare toothbrush there too (long skinny things, basically). The front compartment is used for shoes, hair dryer, toiletries, etc. I often add my kindle in the large front pocket. Husband also loves to borrow this bag for short trips. I also own an aeronaut45, but use it mostly for longer trips with the family, and use that to pack my stuff plus my toddler's.

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Perfect Travel Companion

The Western Flyer is a fantastic travel bag, and I've thoroughly enjoyed using it on my travels.

If you tend to pack your clothes flat and don't need to carry too much stuff that's weirdly shaped and bulky, this bag will work for you. The main compartments are a little deeper than the compartments on the Tri-Star, and that really helps with packing bulky clothing like jeans and sweatshirts. The zippered divider in thee front compartment is really great for separating clothes from other things like electronics and toiletries.

The grab handle and backpack straps are pretty comfortable, though I haven't used either extensively. If you plan to carry the Western Flyer on your shoulder, I would highly recommend upgrading to the Absolute Strap. It makes carrying this bag through an airport way nicer!

The two flat pockets on the front of the bag can be a bit tricky to utilize, but they're great for storing a small toiletries bag, passport, boarding pass, etc.

The water bottle pocket if where I usually dump the contents of my pockets into before going through security. It'll work well for a small water bottle, but I usually have the bag packed too full to be able to squeeze a water bottle into this pocket.

All in all, I think the Western Flyer is fantastic, and will continue to serve as my perfect one-bag travel setup for years to come. Well done, Tom Bihn crew!

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