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garglebutt
04-21-2009, 10:26 PM
Until recently I didn't realise I had a bag fetish but after discovering this web site following the slashdotting (http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/13/0250226&art_pos=1) recently, I've been feverish about getting my hands on a bag! I'm happy to say I now have a Steel/Cork/Wasabi Imago and a Steel/Solar Aeronaut in my possession (and a Plum/Olive medium cafe bag for my wife). The build quality is excellent as noted in many many other posts so I won't belabour that point with my own feeble description.

I have attached a picture of my bags to provide an example of the colour, relative size and absolute size (thanks to a stubbie of good Australian beer 375ml).

What did surprise me is that the Imago was bigger and the Aeronaut smaller than I expected. Not in a bad way but another voice suggesting that some sort of side by side official size comparison would be very helpful. I had been a little concerned that the Imago would be too small and the Aeronaut too big so I'm a happy camper in both respects.

Although not ideal, the Imago main pocket is large enough to fit my Lenovo T60 15.4" laptop, albeit without any protective sleeve. I don't intend to use it for that purpose but it is nice to know that if I had to I could use it temporarily.

Both bags will get a serious workout when I travel to Vietnam on business for five weeks in June.

yeti
04-21-2009, 11:58 PM
Love the steel/solar! I'm hoping for the Tristar in that combination. The Imago is a bit big for me, but the cork front panel looks sharp. Thanks for the pictures!

KarlJ
04-22-2009, 12:35 AM
Wonderful colors. The Steel/Solar is more becoming than I imagined. Also, it's an interesting perspective of size... I envisioned the Imago to be a little smaller than this photo would indicate. Thanks for sharing, and great travels to you!

pretzelb
04-22-2009, 06:04 AM
I'm a huge fan of the solar inside color. I'm bummed none of my bags has it. I hope my next bag has solar as an option.

bluedenim
04-22-2009, 11:18 AM
oooo
the steel/solar is amazing...
I am just about ready to order the aeronaut but I HATE UPS...I am going to have to suck it up if I want this bag I guess.
LOL

mruseless
04-22-2009, 11:50 AM
That looks awesome... I can't wait to see something in Black and Solar (Tristar? hint hint)

Darcy
04-22-2009, 11:56 AM
oooo
the steel/solar is amazing...
I am just about ready to order the aeronaut but I HATE UPS...I am going to have to suck it up if I want this bag I guess.
LOL

Curious: why do you hate UPS?

cromulent
04-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Ok...uncle. I give up. You win.

After holding off on an Aeronaut for so long I finally caved and bought the steel/solar after seeing these pictures.

bluedenim
04-22-2009, 02:03 PM
I find them very hard to schedule deliveries with and they only have one pick up location in the entire city of vancouver being at the airport.
Aslo they are killer wtih brokerage fees for us Canadians unlike other shipping methods. Its funny I know many other people who don't like using UPS unless they don't have a choice. I think the service is very different in the US than it is in Canada.

Darcy
04-22-2009, 02:16 PM
I find them very hard to schedule deliveries with and they only have one pick up location in the entire city of vancouver being at the airport.
Aslo they are killer wtih brokerage fees for us Canadians unlike other shipping methods. Its funny I know many other people who don't like using UPS unless they don't have a choice. I think the service is very different in the US than it is in Canada.

Brokerage fees are included in the $30 flat fee UPS shipping rate we offer. You'll have to pay taxes upon pick-up of the package, but no brokerage fees.

mcroxen
04-22-2009, 03:21 PM
I find them very hard to schedule deliveries with and they only have one pick up location in the entire city of vancouver being at the airport.
Aslo they are killer wtih brokerage fees for us Canadians unlike other shipping methods. Its funny I know many other people who don't like using UPS unless they don't have a choice. I think the service is very different in the US than it is in Canada.

I have received bags here in Vancouver and I have only had to pay the taxes. I found UPS delivery was usually between 4 and 6 pm.

mc

garglebutt
04-22-2009, 04:12 PM
I baulked at the $55 shipping to Australia at first but when I bit the bullet it was entirely painless and the bags arrived much quicker than the specified timeframe.

Only thing missing was a Tom Bihn sticker to apply to something other than my new bags. ;)

MagicTiki
04-22-2009, 06:41 PM
Whoa. That cork/steel color combo rocks.

What brand of frosty beverage is that in the corner? It looks mighty comfy snuggled up to the Imago...

garglebutt
04-23-2009, 04:50 PM
Whoa. That cork/steel color combo rocks.

What brand of frosty beverage is that in the corner? It looks mighty comfy snuggled up to the Imago...

A fine bottle of South Australian Coopers Pale Ale. It looks suspiciously empty since I took that photo. ;)

Nana8
04-24-2009, 03:37 AM
That looks awesome... I can't wait to see something in Black and Solar (Tristar? hint hint)

I have an Ego & Medium Cafe bag in Black/Wasabe and clip a small solar pouch inside of which ever I am using at the time. I just love the combination of the Solar with the Black. Add to that the amazing Wasabe -- breathtaking! I just love the three together.

Solar & Black Tristar? You bet !!

peregrina
04-24-2009, 06:39 AM
after seeing me breeze through turnstiles and airports with my aeronaut for a while, hubby wants one too so we are waiting until our next major trip, which will be in november this year. I have the Black/Steel Aeronaut and he has agreed to take mine so I can order a Steel/Solar for myself :P