All the Tom Bihn Bags performed flawlessly. I have to say though that the MCB and the Travel Tray impressed me beyond expectations. I have been constantly surprised by the Travel Tray, and again it proved its worth.
The MCB is a new purchase and it, in my mind, has become a MUST have for any travel that requires a city bag. It is a great size, holds just enough without letting me carry TOO much. It held my necessary paperwork (e.g. German Rail Pass), my passport, my camera, gum, an iPad Mini, and a few other misc items. The black parapack is unobtrusive and stylish.
The Aeronaut, like many have said before, held more than I thought. I used my Eagle Creek Pack It Garment Folder to hold most of my clothes, a few skinny eBags packing cubes for underwear and Tshirts, and the side pockets for misc items and an extra pair of shoes. I could have packed about 25% less and still had enough clothes.
My Synapse mainly held my toiletries and misc items on the way TO Germany, but was packed full of souvenirs on the way home.
Outside of the Tom Bihn Gear, I had mixed performance with some of the other stuff I brought.
- Aforementioned TOM BIHN gear
- Absolute Shoulder Strap
- Canon Powershot s110
- 36mm CPL MagFilter Photography & Cinema Circular Polarizer FOR Canon S95 S100 S110 (made the skies and landscape pop!)
- OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Schuko Plug Adapter Type (Fit into the plugs better than the standard small plug adaptor, and had 2 plugs)
- Eagle Creek Pack It Garment Folder
- Ebags Packing Cubes
- ExOfficio Underwear
- Icebreaker Underwear (preferred slightly to the ExOfficio stuff)
- iPad Mini
- Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt)--Not Dual Voltage!
Before my next trip, I would definitely invest in some more of the Icebreaker clothing. Although it is very pricey, it does a great job while traveling and saves valuable space and weight. I'll definitely look into purchasing some socks and a few of their shirts (slowly, as the bank account permits).
As for the trip itself, it was fantastic. I loved Berlin, Nuremburg, Fussen (for the Neuschwanstein Castle), and Munich. The Tom Bihn gear never raised the suspicion of the Lufthansa flight attendants even though they were probably over their weight limit. On the trains, the TB Gear fit beautifully into the overhead shelves on the ICE and regional trains.
Cant wait until the next trip.