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jalegg
06-21-2015, 03:55 PM
Do y'all usually remove the foam pad from the center of the Night Flight so it's less rigid while traveling? Should I leave it in? Is there really a difference?

As my personal item on a flight it's usually loaded with my camera in an ape case in one end pocket, medical supplies in a CQPC in the other end. Middle containing, phone, charge cords, snacks/skittles, small notebook/pen.

bradnd99
06-21-2015, 04:05 PM
I've forgotten that I can remove the padding so if be interested to see the responses to this. Does it change the pack ability of the NFTD?

kkintea
06-21-2015, 04:29 PM
I took it out during test packing and have never looked back....


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GoStanford
06-21-2015, 06:02 PM
My NFTD is Dyneema and I generally leave the padded base in place to give it more rigidity.

kkintea
06-21-2015, 06:06 PM
My NFTD is Dyneema and I generally leave the padded base in place to give it more rigidity.

Good point! Mine is steel ballistic, so there's plenty of shape to it without the base. Squeezing in another packing cube is that much easier with it out. I put my NFTD to its paces because I've traveled on Allegiant with it as my only bag (AKA "personal item").

Badger
06-21-2015, 06:16 PM
Like kkintea, if I'm using packing cubes I will generally take the liner out. However, if I'm just chucking a few items in on the fly*, the liner gives the bag structure that I appreciate. My NFTD is ballistic.

* as I was writing "chucking a few items" and "on the fly", I asked myself when on earth I ever chuck anything anywhere. I don't, so let's just say it's figurative chucking.


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Ilkyway
06-21-2015, 11:10 PM
On my last trip with the NFTD as my bag for all my clothes (4 changes including a jeans and long sweat pands) I took the liner out too. Mine is balistic too. I did not use packing cubes on that trip.

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AlaskaGirl
06-22-2015, 02:54 PM
Great question. My NFTD is Dyneema. I've not removed the foam pad during test packing. Have not had an opportunity to use the bag yet. I have also wondered about removing the foam. Weight matters to me. Bulk/volume is also a consideration.

So are there any other Dyneema NFTD owners that can chime in here? What has been your experience? elisa

GoStanford
06-22-2015, 03:10 PM
Great question. My NFTD is Dyneema. I've not removed the foam pad during test packing. Have not had an opportunity to use the bag yet. I have also wondered about removing the foam. Weight matters to me. Bulk/volume is also a consideration.

So are there any other Dyneema NFTD owners that can chime in here? What has been your experience? elisa

When I removed the foam pad, the Dyneema NFTD had no inherent resilience/structure, and the main pocket sagged a lot. The analogy I originally used was "like Frieda's pet cat from the Peanuts comics."

http://forums.tombihn.com/general-bag-discussion/7863-night-flight-12.html?highlight=frieda

That said, replacing the foam pad with several packing cubes does give back some structure, but I think overall, as the Dyneema NFTD is so light, keeping that foam pad helps me not to have to worry about positioning the packing cubes just so.

ETA: Sometimes on a return trip, I do not need the NFTD available on the flight, so in those cases I have sometimes removed the foam pad and collapsed the whole thing accordion-like into a cube and placed it in my checked baggage. It's great having that option, and the foam pad is easy to place into a suitcase (small, compact, soft).