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. 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 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 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 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 (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 Black 1050 Ballistic. 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. 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 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 Island (blue 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 Steel (grey) 1050 Ballistic. 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.
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$280.00


Color: Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon

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

Upgrade from the included 1.5" strap to an Absolute Shoulder Strap if you anticipate carrying a heavy load. 

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

Upgrade from the included 1.5" strap to an Absolute Shoulder Strap if you anticipate carrying a heavy load. 

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)

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 24 reviews
100%would recommend this product
24 reviews
  • jason k.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable
    3 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
    5 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
    6 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).

  • Tim D.
    Verified Reviewer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable, Compact
    6 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable, Compact
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    More then a decade and 200K+ miles, rock solid

    Like title says... Lost count of the countries and miles traveled with this bag. Ideal for one bag travel. Discrete enough to not look like luggage in conference room. But roomy enough to pack for days with laptop and gear needed for average techie. Would add a picture... but no real point since it still looks new.

  • D
    Verified Reviewer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable, Thoughtful Design, Versatile
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable, Thoughtful Design, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    the perfect work bag

    I've carried this bag on every single trip I've taken for the last four years, and it is my every workday bag. It has been on hundreds of flights, hundreds of thousands of miles on the road, across the entire US from Hawaii to Maine and several countries overseas. I was lucky to snag one made of 1050 ballistic, so it still looks brand new.

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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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