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North Boy
09-30-2009, 09:21 AM
Hey All,

I'm looking for a Day Pack, preferably something easily packable yet somewhat masculine to pack inside my Aeronaut to use as a daypack to hold camera, jacket, sunglasses, and beverages.

Any suggestions?

maverick
09-30-2009, 09:34 AM
I'm looking for a Day Pack, preferably something easily packable yet somewhat masculine to pack inside my Aeronaut to use as a daypack to hold camera, jacket, sunglasses, and beverages.


hi north boy!

the packing cube backpack (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0925) could be used both as a packing cube and as a backpack at your destination to hold all of those items.

you could also use the synapse backpack (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110), which is available in the dyneema rip-stop nylon fabric, minimizing weight and space required to carry the backpack inside of your aeronaut.

let me know if you have any additional questions.

North Boy
09-30-2009, 02:04 PM
Maverick,

Thanks for the suggestions.

Here are some of the other options I'm looking at:

Pac Safe daily safe B100 (http://www.pac-safe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=90&features=specification)

Rick Steves Civita Day Pack (http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId=8&id=40)

Pac Safe Venture Safe 20L Adventure Day Pack (http://www.pac-safe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=113&features=specification)

Tom Bihn Ruck's Sac (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0102)

Sling Safe Travel Day Pack (http://www.magellans.com/store/Packs__Purses___Totes___Day_BagsLB090?Args=)

I was hoping for a bag that would lie flat in the large middle compartment of the Aeronaut, or at least fold up or roll up tightly to take up less space.

Any other suggestions?

kengreen
09-30-2009, 02:15 PM
If you are concerned about space, I highly recommend the Packing Cube Backpack. I use this all the time when I travel with my Aeronaut - whether I think I'll use it or not. It takes up only slightly more space than a regular packing cube, so I always use it with a regular packing cube in the main section of the Aeronaut. I've been very grateful for having a backpack with me for day trips, conferences, etc.

notmensa
09-30-2009, 02:35 PM
Another consideration is weight. I've owned four Pacsafe handbags, the biggest being the Citysafe 200. They're quite heavy for the size.

mplsnst
09-30-2009, 06:36 PM
I've had the Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack (http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/lightweight-travel-pack?p=48816-0-697) for about a year. Thing's awesome. 27 liters, but weighs under 1 lb. It would lay flat in your luggage and take up next to no room. Alternately, it stuffs nicely into a pocket in its own top flap. I have it in a green color they don't seem to have this year, but the blue there at that link is pretty similar.

aiethabell
09-30-2009, 06:48 PM
Here are some of the other options I'm looking at:

Pac Safe daily safe B100 (http://www.pac-safe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=90&features=specification)

Rick Steves Civita Day Pack (http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId=8&id=40)

Pac Safe Venture Safe 20L Adventure Day Pack (http://www.pac-safe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=113&features=specification)

Tom Bihn Ruck's Sac (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0102)

Sling Safe Travel Day Pack (http://www.magellans.com/store/Packs__Purses___Totes___Day_BagsLB090?Args=)

I was hoping for a bag that would lie flat in the large middle compartment of the Aeronaut, or at least fold up or roll up tightly to take up less space.

Any other suggestions?
The Pac-Safes are all very heavy for size; if you take one something else will have to be left out. The Civita is a nice daypack, but I rarely use mine. Here's why: it's not waterproof. It may be light, but all too often the waterbottle holders don't, if you get my drift. I became really tired of picking my bottles up (and I dented one beloved Sigg badly). Also, if you're at all wide in the chest, the straps aren't long enough. You will get cut in the armpits by the Civita's back straps.

The Ruck's Sac is nice, but if you want light and tough the Convertible Backpack can't be beat. I bought one when they first came out and I love it! It makes a packing cube, then turns about and becomes a nifty daybag or shopping bag. I've often thrown my Brain Cell into it and not worried about a little rain. In Seattle we do know about the r.a.i.n.

The Aeronaut backpack cube has two compartments (but no front zipper panel), and when it's turned around into a packing cube the lower compartment makes a nifty place to stow your camera and other doodads you'd rather the TSA did not touch. Get yourself a couple PacSafe key locks and you'll be all set.

FYI: The backpack cube can fold up small enough to go into the Convertible Shoulder bag cube which goes into an end pocket on the Aeronaut.

backpack
09-30-2009, 06:57 PM
I also recommend the Packing Cube Backpack.

I have used it on my last trip as a Packing Cube (Aeronaut size) and it is so lightweight, it is like it is not there.
And yet, it can become a sightseeing backpack in a flash.

Tom has taken it rafting, I use it in a less adventurous activities :)

I also took the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag.

I am already considering the Packing Cube Backpack (Western Flyer/Tristar size) and the Synape in Dyneema as well as a Large Shop Bag.


The reason for purchasing or planning to get the items above is Dyneema.

This is a revolutionary fabric as it is lightweight -and- very strong.


I am very familiar with lightweight nylon items, I have a couple, but I will never trust anything valuable to those.

North Boy
10-01-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks all for your suggestions. Definitely give me some things to ponder. The other idea I had was the Camelbak hydration packs. (http://www.camelbak.com/en/sports-recreation/hydration-packs.aspx)

Frank II
10-01-2009, 11:35 AM
It really depends on where you're going and what you'll be using it for.

I used too like backpack style daybags but found them too much bother. Now I use a messenger style daybag. I have the Pacsafe Metrosafe 200 and like it. Yes, it weighs a little more than others, but I tend to travel to areas with ahigher probability of theft. If it was 't for that, I'd get a Cafe bag. (It was suggested I get a Cafe bag and add pouches that could be connected to the O-rings for security. But if I did that, the weight would then be the same as the Pacsafe.)(If the cafe bag came with a zippered main pocket, where the zippes could be locked together, I'd buy on in a second.)

If you're going to any city situation where you'll be playing tourist, make sure whatever bag you get has lockable zippers. Otherwise, a thief will have a field day with you.

I used to use the Rick Steves Civita backpack and it was fine. Only I tended not to wear it as a backpack and lug it around one shoulder meaning I had to have one hand on it. I then switched to the Civita shoudler bag. I was dissapointed with the material and never used it. (If you want it, PM me and I'll sell it to you for very little. )

moriond
10-01-2009, 07:04 PM
The bag I'd really look at is the new Synapse in Dyneema. (And yes, I too, have a Packing Cube Backpack and an Aeronaut). The Synapse gives you all the comfort of the contoured and backpack optimized design, with the pressed foam backing, optional waist strap and backpack straps, and the great compartments, but with the lightweight (and water resistant) Dyneema, and is likely to be under 1 lb. total. I've always loved the ergonomics of Tom's original (smaller) Buzz laptop. If you're looking for something to use as a light weight Day Pack, rather than optimizing for something that can be used as a packing cube and also works pretty well as a convertible backpack, I'd go for the Synapse.

YMMV

moriond