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    #16
    Let's get ready to RUMBLE!

    A30 on the left. D36 on the right. Both stuffed with towels and washcloths.

    Also shown, wasabi 1 Large and 2 small aether A30 packing cubes, and purple 2 aether A30 end cubes.
    1 black PCSB
    1 small wasabi Eagle Creek packing folder. Not my favorite size folder. I prefer the medium, but the small fit in the D36.

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    Oops, D36 is on the left and A30 on the right in the following photo.

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    That's the black PCSB in the left end pocket of the D36. It's hard to tell, because it's black.

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    Front. On the D36, notice the shoulder strap attachments to the left and right of the handles, for carrying horizontally.

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    Top. On the D36, notice the second set of shoulder strap attachments for carrying like the A30.

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    Last edited by BWeaves; 11-19-2016, 04:28 PM.

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      #17
      Backside. On the D36 there are extra loops for attaching the lash straps in different places.

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      Bottom. Lash straps are removed now.

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      In the mesh end end pocket you can just see one of the many O rings in the upper left corner.

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      Top towards you.

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      Last edited by BWeaves; 11-19-2016, 05:18 PM.

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        #18
        Top again

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        Putting the A30 cubes in the D36 center compartment, plus other stuff.

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        Last edited by BWeaves; 11-19-2016, 07:20 AM.

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          Everything from the A30 fits in the center compartment of the D36 plus the PCSB and washcloths.

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          Moving the 2 A30 end cubes into one of the D36 end compartments.
          Moving one of the A30 small cubes into the other D36 end compartment.

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          The PCSB also fits in the end compartments. It's about 1 inch too long, but fits if you don't pack it full to the end.
          Last edited by BWeaves; 11-19-2016, 07:21 AM.

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            #20
            Travel tray in one of the end end pockets. You can see the gusset on the inside, so the end end pocket protrudes into the end compartment and takes up space. The solid pocket on the other end is made the same way.

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              #21
              While I am really not a fan of that nickname for the Road Duffel (very sorry!), you posted some fantastic comparison photos with the Aeronaut. Thank you for taking the time to set the photos up, take them, and post them! I know that takes a lot of effort, even when it is a labor of love.
              "Do one thing every day that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt
              "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller

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                #22
                Great photos! Wow! It will be a huge help to someone stuck with deciding between the two! Thank you for posting!

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                  #23
                  Well D36 works for Duffle 36 as well as Doggienaut 36. Someone else called it the Doggienaut, and it kind of stuck with me. The main thing is, I really like it. And oddly, it looks smaller than the A30 when you first get it, and then the TARDIS effect kicks in and it can swallow an A30 plus some.

                  I've been hunting around the various Aether packing cubes, and I think the Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube will fit the center compartment of the D36 efficiently. I'll have to order one and see.
                  Last edited by BWeaves; 11-19-2016, 05:25 PM.

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                    #24
                    UPDATE: The Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube (Aether version) fits perfectly in the main compartment of the Doggienaut 36. They're a bit shallow at 2.4" but 4 of them would fit stacked up perfectly. I only bought 2, but I have other Eagle Creek packing cubes that will also fit in there.

                    I think the TS small packing cube would fit lengthwise, but turned vertically. So longways, but sitting on its small side.
                    I think the WF small packing cube would also be a good fit, turned vertically. So longways, but sitting on its small side.


                    I decided to send back the black PCSB. There wasn't enough structure and the dark interior was too dark for me to find things. Plus, they came out with the Side Kick the week, and I liked it better because of the bright interior and all the extra pockets.

                    The Side Kick (ballistic version) fits perfectly in the end pockets of the D36 with room to spare.
                    And the Side Kick fits in one of the sides of the WF (half front when the zipper is in place).
                    Last edited by BWeaves; 12-06-2016, 03:17 PM.

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                      #25
                      UPDATE:

                      I just traveled for a week in cold weather with the D36 as my only bag, and it fit under the seat in front of me on all but one airplane. It stuck out a little bit but not much, so this will depend on whether you are in first class or an exit row for leg room.

                      A Side Kick fit in one of the side compartments with room to spare. A pair of my husband's shoes fit in the other side compartment, because he insisted on bringing a second pair of shoes (which he forgot to wear, grrrr), otherwise, I could have fit my hat, gloves and scarf in there, too, with room to spare.

                      Eagle Creek Specter packing cubes and the small packing folder fit perfectly in the main compartment lengthwise, which left room for a TB 3D clear packing cube (3-1-1 bag), a Specter quick trip kit for my dry toiletries, and a travel tray or two. The Specter packing cubes are about the same length as the TS medium packing cubes, but the Specter's are much thicker, so they hold more. I particularly liked the Specter clean / dirty cube for keeping me organized and already packed at all times, and the compression cube for my cushy sweaters.

                      I really think the D36 has become my favorite bag.
                      Last edited by BWeaves; 01-02-2017, 06:21 AM.

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                        #26
                        I'm adding some photos of the inside of the D36, since I had a request.

                        A side pocket showing the coyote fabric of the inside pockets and "walls."

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                        The main compartment. The bottom does not have the foam backing or backstrap compartment of the A30, so it won't lay flat unless you make it. It's soft like a Yeoman duffle.

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                        Folded up. I have large hands. Size 8 gloves.

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                          #27
                          Outstanding post(s) op. Thanks for sharing.

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                            #28
                            Can you provide more opinions between the two bags? Seems the backpack straps is the main difference? Does the 36 appear to have 6 more liters of room?

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                              #29
                              Thorn,
                              The Aeronaut has grab handles at each end, which I find very useful. The Road Duffle doesn't have the handles.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by thorn View Post
                                Can you provide more opinions between the two bags? Seems the backpack straps is the main difference? Does the 36 appear to have 6 more liters of room?
                                OH YES! I can fit all the contents of an A30 into the center section of the Road Duffle 36. That leaves all the end pockets available in the 36, and they are much bigger than the end pockets on the A30.

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