View Full Version : Halcyon or Ballistic Nylon for Aeronaut 30??

05-17-2017, 06:21 PM
I've had a Co-Pilot in Black Halcyon for a year and love it. I'm ready to order an Aeronaut 30 but am unsure about the external fabric. I hope to use it mostly as a carry on, but on an upcoming international trip with multi-stops, I may need to check the bag. I'd love to order the Halcyon but I'm wondering if it is sturdy enough to take the abuse of baggage handlers. Is the Original Halcyon the same fabric but different pattern? Is ballistic nylon more appropriate for checked baggage? Thanks for your advice.

05-17-2017, 08:00 PM
The 400d Halcyon may take the abuse of being checked, but, imho, the 1050d ballistic nylon is able to take a greater level of abuse.

I have used a Halcyon Aeronaut 30, but with a clear intension of always hand carrying it.

If you decide to go the Halcyon route, and find yourself in a situation where you want or need to check it in, some airports have a bag wrapping service. A friend of mine did that with her ballistic nylon Aeronaut 45 when we were coming back from India way back when (I think probably in response to the look on my face when I heard that she was going to check it in).

But I had checked my Crimson Aeronaut -- I gave it a bath afterwards.

05-17-2017, 08:55 PM
I have a ballistic A30 and would check it if I was really in a pinch. But if I had one in halcyon I would probably use it as a carry-on only. After many torn bags, broken wheels, and ripped handles over the years, I just don't trust baggage handlers in general with anything though.

05-18-2017, 06:21 AM
I have shop bags in the 400d Halcyon and they get scuffed very easily if they accidentally get bumped on the pavement. I have all my suitcase type TB bags in ballistic and it does not scuff on me.

Given how scuffed up my Briggs & Riley Torq (hardsided) suitcases look when they're checked, I would not check a Halcyon bag.

Also, the slight stiffness of the ballistic nylon will help protect the stuff you are packing slightly better than the Halcyon fabric, which is very floppy and thin.