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kplmin777
03-09-2017, 12:40 PM
I just got my new Tri-Star. I got one small packing cube and one medium. I'm now wondering if I should have gotten more. A couple of questions:

What is the most efficient way of packing the thing - putting the most in it - without splitting it out or making it bulge?

What combinations of different sized cubes fit in each section? I'll use the middle section for packing, also (computer in Brain Bag).

I'm an overpacker trying to go to carry-on only. [emoji3]


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Badger
03-09-2017, 02:38 PM
The most important thing is to pack all the way to the edges. If your pile of clothing bulges in the center, the bag will also bulge. Large clothing items generally work best in the rear (large) compartment or middle compartment. Shoes, toiletries, and electronics fit well in the front divided compartment (of course, you can put clothes there too).

For my Tri-Star, I have one small and one medium packing cube, two Packing Cube Backpacks (large cubes would have worked too, but I wanted two different colors in case my other half and I wanted to share a bag), and an 18" Eagle Creek pack-it folder. Generally, I use one backpack cube in the back and the small and medium cubes in the front, and use the middle compartment for either the folder or my laptop. As a rule: each compartment will fit one large cube or one small + one medium cube. You can use any permutation of this combo that you wish.

IMO, the Brain Bag is probably a bit large for the center compartment of the Tri-Star. It is, in fact, 3 liters larger in volume. To prevent the TS from bulging with the BB in the center compartment, I would suggest having the laptop in the BB but nothing else, and using the compression straps to make the backpack as flat as possible. To be honest, I'd be more inclined to simply wear the BB on my back and use a shoulder strap for the TS. If neither is overpacked, you should be allowed to carry on both bags with no problems.

DRJames
03-09-2017, 02:40 PM
I do a small on the front right, a medium on the front left, and a large in the back compartment. Most of my clothes go in the large in the back. I always take an extra pair of shoes with me, those go in the small cube in the front right. Socks, underwear, gym clothes, etc. go in the medium cube in the front left.

I usually also carry my S25, so much like you I use the middle section for packing. If needed, I have an extra small cube for another pair of shoes in the middle compartment. I also drop in my spiff kit (standard) and empty travel tray into the center.

Depending on how much you stuff the cubes, I find this to be a very manageable way to pack. Obviously if you ditch the shoes it's even easier. I can get through 4-5 days with this load out on the Tri-Star, any longer and I usually take my A45.


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BWeaves
03-09-2017, 02:51 PM
I second the Eagle Creek packing folder. I like the Specter fabric in the medium size.

AlaskaGirl
03-09-2017, 03:07 PM
I'm an overpacker trying to go to carry-on only. [emoji3]

Greetings,
Perhaps you might find the information at onebag.com useful. In my quest to travel lighter, I selected one or two things to change at a time. Gradually I was able to convert to one bag travel.

Packing cubes, stuff sacks, and pouches are great to keep everything organized. The Travel Tray is fabulous when I'm traveling and I also find them handy at home.

Good luck! elisa

AVService
03-09-2017, 04:59 PM
The most important thing is to pack all the way to the edges. If your pile of clothing bulges in the center, the bag will also bulge. Large clothing items generally work best in the rear (large) compartment or middle compartment. Shoes, toiletries, and electronics fit well in the front divided compartment (of course, you can put clothes there too).

For my Tri-Star, I have one small and one medium packing cube, two Packing Cube Backpacks (large cubes would have worked too, but I wanted two different colors in case my other half and I wanted to share a bag), and an 18" Eagle Creek pack-it folder. Generally, I use one backpack cube in the back and the small and medium cubes in the front, and use the middle compartment for either the folder or my laptop. As a rule: each compartment will fit one large cube or one small + one medium cube. You can use any permutation of this combo that you wish.

IMO, the Brain Bag is probably a bit large for the center compartment of the Tri-Star. It is, in fact, 3 liters larger in volume. To prevent the TS from bulging with the BB in the center compartment, I would suggest having the laptop in the BB but nothing else, and using the compression straps to make the backpack as flat as possible. To be honest, I'd be more inclined to simply wear the BB on my back and use a shoulder strap for the TS. If neither is overpacked, you should be allowed to carry on both bags with no problems.

I bet the O.P. meant to say Brain Cell and not Brain Bag?
Otherwise this does make any obvious sense really?

I have tried both with and without cubes in my T.S and these days usually just go without as anything I organize in just takes more space and the T.S. already is pretty handily divided for me.

Kaadk
03-09-2017, 05:20 PM
I bet the O.P. meant to say Brain Cell and not Brain Bag?
Otherwise this does make any obvious sense really?

Considering they said they'll use the centre for packing, it could very well be a Brain Bag. I'm assuming by that the OP meant the laptop won't even be in the TS (whether or not that's an external BB or BC).

AVService
03-09-2017, 05:24 PM
Considering they said they'll use the centre for packing, it could very well be a Brain Bag. I'm assuming by that the OP meant the laptop won't even be in the TS (whether or not that's an external BB or BC).

Well the T.S. would fit into a BB but I don't think the BB will fit into a T.S.?
I use a Brain Cell in the middle of mine all the time.

kplmin777
03-09-2017, 08:03 PM
Thanks everybody. I meant I would carry the brain bag and the tristar and use the center section of the tristar for packing stuff other than a computer.


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squaredot
03-12-2017, 06:19 PM
I originally purchased a small PC, PCSB (sort of like a medium PC) and a large PC. Given the tendency of the TS to bulge, 2 mediums or 2 PCSB's might be a nice option. I did end up getting an Eagle Creek 18" Pack-it Folder. Sometimes I take it, sometimes I don't - but it can add some structure that reduces footballing. Adds some extra weight, so I leave it out when I'm more space and weight conscious.

BWeaves
03-13-2017, 05:49 AM
I did end up getting an Eagle Creek 18" Pack-it Folder. Sometimes I take it, sometimes I don't - but it can add some structure that reduces footballing. Adds some extra weight, so I leave it out when I'm more and space weight conscious.

There are two types of Eagle Creek Pack-It Folders. The regular fabric is on the heavier side. I prefer the Specter fabric which is a thin silnylon. It's very thin and light and weighs almost nothing.

squaredot
03-13-2017, 05:29 PM
There are two types of Eagle Creek Pack-It Folders. The regular fabric is on the heavier side. I prefer the Specter fabric which is a thin silnylon. It's very thin and light and weighs almost nothing.

Indeed! I purchased the product before they had the lighter-weight material version. Since I don't use it as much as I thought I would, I haven't bothered to replace a functional-enough item with the lighter variant.

I most certainly would have purchased the lighter version instead, and perhaps I'd use that version more - but for me, changes in my packing style and the types of clothing I pack has moved me away from using the folder. I don't pack enough dress shirts that require a folder to stay crisp to warrant using the space less flexibly.

The 18" is almost perfectly sized for the rear section, no matter what material it's made out of. The original is a claimed 454g/16oz, while the Specter is claimed 254g/8.98oz. Assuming that includes minimal packing or something, as massing mine shows 423g/14.9oz for the folder and "board", with 77g/2.7oz being the "board". I believe the Specter version ships with a lighter folder "board" inside, and a lighter backer to get to the lighter weight, along with the change to silnylon.

BWeaves
03-14-2017, 05:22 AM
I use the packing folder for T-shirts, jeans, skirts, underwear. Basically everything, because I like that it compresses everything into the perfect shape to slip into the back of my WF.

sdophoto
03-14-2017, 02:20 PM
I love my tristar.
I have purchased the cubes designed for it which I think work better than other brands as they are designed for this bag.
The small I use for shoes or flip flops
The medium I use for sock underwear and swimwear
The large for t shirts, shorts, pants ect. sometimes I will have a pair pants that are not in the folder put them in first then the large cube on top and use the compression straps.
In the center depending on my needs might go a pair of flip flops, my 3-1-1 tom bihn an eagle creek packing folder which will have some dressier shirts.
I use the water bottle compartment for my electric toothbrush and the zipper parts for smaller items.

I carry a camera bag and that is where I also have my ipad and tech stuff.

kplmin777
03-14-2017, 02:54 PM
Why do you guys prefer the Eagle Creek folders over other TB packing cubes?

Do you think if I got the medium folder that I could also fit a spiff kit and travel tray in the middle?

One about the smaller eagle creek folder? Does it hold very much?

Thanks! You guys are awesome!


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BWeaves
03-14-2017, 04:22 PM
I have TB cubes and EC Specter cubes and EC Specter Pack-it folders, medium and small.

The Pack-it folder is basically a flat solid piece of plastic with 4 silnylon flaps with velcro. There is a separate piece of solid plastic which you fold your clothes around and then slide out. This makes sure all your clothes fit the Pack-it folder to exactly the right size. Then you put the solid plastic piece on top and tightly cross over the flaps, and you're all packed. You end up with a nice rectangular package of clothing that is compressed.

I really like the packing folders because I'm a flat packer, and these allow me to fold my clothes perfectly and lock them in place so they don't shift around. The medium folder fits perfectly in the back of the WF, and also in the back or middle of the TS. The small folder isn't quite as useful for me because, well, it's smaller. But some of my bags won't fit the medium folder, so I'll swap to the small one.

I also love the EC Specter clean/dirty cubes. They're a bit like the TB laundry stuff sack, except they are cube shaped. The panel in the middle of the cube floats. Again, I'm a flat packer, so I prefer the EC shape. As I wear my clothes, they move from one side of the cube to the other side. When my trip is over, I'm all packed and ready to go. No need to repack anything, because it's already in the cube.

If TB came out with a packing folder or a clean/dirty cube, I'd snap them up. But I find the Halcyon fabric is just too bulky for packing cubes. I have some of the TB Aether cubes, but they don't have the features mentioned above.

TavaPeak
03-14-2017, 04:50 PM
Sarah Murdoch has some interesting ideas for TriStar. THe EC Specter packing folder is great for TS because it maximizes the space, keeps things compact, and slides easily in/out of the bag. Here's her system:

Packing- An Empty Bag is like an Empty Canvas - Adventures with Sarah (http://adventureswithsarah.net/packing-an-empty-bag-is-like-and-empty-canvas/)

aedifica
03-16-2017, 02:25 PM
I'm still learning the best ways to use my Tri-Star, but for me, packing cubes seem to be the way to go. I've packed my Tri-Star with and without the folders and cubes, and I was able to get much more into the bag when I used them--otherwise I ended up with a bunch of empty space in the corners. I use TB Aether cubes plus the Eagle Creek folder others have mentioned, which is a perfect fit.

One thing I will add to what others have written: When I'm traveling with my Tri-Star and wearing a light coat, I bring a spare empty large Tri-Star packing cube. That way when I get to the airport and take off my coat, I can fold it into the cube and slide the cube into the bag. Of course it's possible without a cube, too, but I find it easier with one.

Perseffect
03-17-2017, 01:36 AM
One thing I will add to what others have written: When I'm traveling with my Tri-Star and wearing a light coat, I bring a spare empty large Tri-Star packing cube. That way when I get to the airport and take off my coat, I can fold it into the cube and slide the cube into the bag. Of course it's possible without a cube, too, but I find it easier with one.

I do something similar with jackets. When I get to the airport, I simply fold it into the large back pocket section. Generally there's a little more extra space to fold a jacket flat on top of everything else.


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