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Juliana
04-12-2014, 09:04 AM
I received my forest/steel Aeronaut with backpack straps a couple days ago (and may have screeched a little as I opened the box). The forest ballistic was unexpectedly vibrant. I have a tiny organizer pouch in forest, and it always seemed a bit more muted to me, possibly because of its size. I expected something like the picture of the Aeronaut on the front page, which I guess is probably what it would look like in lower lighting. I would have been totally fine with that. But this? This is gorgeous!

I know a lot of people say that the Aeronaut looks small to them until they try packing it. Speaking as someone who's 4'11" -- it's huge, but I think it's shorter than a typical duffel bag. I've only tried wearing it empty but it doesn't go too far down my back. I used a giant Northface backpack throughout high school and college, and though the Aeronaut is obviously wider all around, I think the Northface backpack is even a bit longer.

The handles! I love all the handles on this bag. There's one on either end, and the main ones have this wraparound thing seems really sturdy and comfortable.

The zippers are a little hard to zip, but the Aeronaut came with zipper pulls, and I haven't had time to put them on yet. I imagine they'd probably help a lot.

kkintea
04-12-2014, 09:59 AM
The zippers are a little hard to zip, but the Aeronaut came with zipper pulls, and I haven't had time to put them on yet. I imagine they'd probably help a lot.

There are great video tutorials on how to put on the pulls depending which ones you're using: here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTxffdGEAZM) and here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-sNCViV3qw)

Stacybean
04-12-2014, 11:48 AM
I hope you enjoy using this bag as much as I have. Running through airports and train stations in Europe I barely noticed it on my back. As long as I am able , no wheels for me!

Leena
04-12-2014, 03:41 PM
My husband and I decided to go light for our upcoming trip to Europe. I ordered 1 aeronaut along with quite a few other bags from other companies. After trying all the other bags, we decided to go with 2 aeronauts. I am a bit nervous because we are both overpackers and this will be a change. I also ordered a Synapse to use as a day pack and "just in case" we buy too much stuff on our trip :)

monkeylady
04-12-2014, 05:25 PM
Dear Leena, If you're a heavy packer and want to go lighter, feel free to post your tentative packing list. Light-packing Forum members who've travelled to Europe can offer advice on how to downsize. I'm in the middle of this process myself.....

Juliana
08-28-2014, 06:05 PM
Back with an update! I used the Aeronaut for a seven-night trip a couple months back. Everything fit (and I'm not a particulary light packer), but since I'm just under 5 feet tall, it did get a little painful to carry after a while. (My friends also commented on how I seemed even tinier when wearing the Aeronaut.) The nice part was getting onto the plane a little late, but still being able to squeeze my bag into the overhead compartment. Overall, I do really like the design and the color and especially the packing cubes, but I don't know if I'll keep it.

moriond
08-28-2014, 06:23 PM
Back with an update! I used the Aeronaut for a seven-night trip a couple months back. Everything fit (and I'm not a particulary light packer), but since I'm just under 5 feet tall, it did get a little painful to carry after a while. (My friends also commented on how I seemed even tinier when wearing the Aeronaut.) The nice part was getting onto the plane a little late, but still being able to squeeze my bag into the overhead compartment. Overall, I do really like the design and the color and especially the packing cubes, but I don't know if I'll keep it.

If you want to cut down a bit on what you carry, consider the Aeronaut 30 (http://www.tombihn.com/PROD/aeronaut30.html).
as discussed, for example, in @Badger's It's official: I am in love with the Aeronaut 30 (http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-reviews/7973-its-official-i-am-love-aeronaut-30.html) thread. @itsablur made a very good video review comparing the Aeronaut 30 to the Aeronaut 45 in the thread, A Tale of Two Aeronauts (or my Video Review of the A30, compared to the A45) (http://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos/8156-tale-two-aeronauts-my-video-review-a30-compared-a45.html)

HTH moriond