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  • ittoujuu
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    I'm glad your double-order of Road Buddies paid off in discovering that 60 liters was, in fact, not too voluminous for your needs. I have a single-chamber duffel that's 12x12x24 (56L) and despite not looking too much larger than the 36L Road Buddy externally, I can cram a lot into that space. At and above 45L, duffels are mainly big gear haulers, so I'm curious how useful the end pockets will be for your packing.

    I went on a trip where I packed in a duffel just two weeks before my own Road Buddy arrived, so alas, I won't get a chance to take it for its inaugural trip for a couple months, but with how I've driven more and flown much less in the last three years, I don't doubt I'll make good use of it. I'm seriously impressed with the quality - 1050 is confidence-inspiringly burly, and everything about the bag's dimensions feels well-considered - for instance, a pair of pants folded, then folded again fits perfectly in the main compartment's dimensions. A pair of my shoes (men's 11, but 4E/X-Wide) actually fits in the end compartments without feeling like I had to cram them in there, or that they're bulging into the main compartment, which was a pleasant surprise. What I like about segmented duffel designs in the 30-40L range like this one is that you can pack them for less than their capacity if needed (just the main compartment, or main compartment + one end pocket) and since those compartments are still packed snugly, things don't shift around in transit/carry like they would if you underpacked a single-chamber bag. And of course, the D-shaped lid is my favorite for duffel access, particularly in the way I use them like a little dresser at my destination. Another nice thing is that the dimensions of the RB36 are within airline limits (well, technically a half-inch over on top-to-bottom depth, but that's the easiest dimension to compress), so I can likely press this into service for air travel if desired. Not sure when I might, but it's nice to know that I can.

    A lot of duffels have the handle straps wrap completely around the bottom for more stable load-bearing, but the RB doesn't, which came as a bit of a surprise. Perhaps the wrap-around handles are unnecessary for any amount of weight a person could normally stuff in the bag and they decided not to do them to conserve weight and material. This design has been iterated on for multiple decades, and I figure if they thought that would make it better, they would've done it by now...so I figure if Tom doesn't think it's needed, then I trust his experience. That said, I still wish it had the handles on the back (like the Aeronaut) so I could hand-carry it in the thinner profile.

    All that's left to do now is get my paracord to weave into the zipper pull tabs and I'll be ready to dislike long car trips somewhat less!
    Last edited by ittoujuu; 07-25-2022, 12:22 PM.

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  • Tonya
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    Well both RBs arrived yesterday and the 60L is a keeper. I already have a travel duffel close in size to the 36 and could use larger for winter travel and camping trips. The 60 isn't nearly as large as photos make it look. It has a taller profile than most duffels because the corners are nearly square, so this adds height and space which is why many might consider it overly large, but it's perfect for me for longer trips when I can't or don't want to wash clothing or for carrying wintertime clothing and gear.

    And then I unthinkingly packed up the 36L for return and realized that I didn't take photos. So sorry!

    In truth, I love both sizes of the RB and am tempted to keep both. However, I ordered both in Verde (freaking beautiful color!) which was my top choice, but I don't want two RBs the same color. I could see this causing confusion. ("It's in the green bag." "Um, which green bag?" "The big one." Which big one?" okay you get the idea...) I reached out to TB about another LQ restock of RBs and this was Mike's response:

    Thanks for reaching out! We exhausted the inventory that we have on the shelves but it's likely we'll get some returns. It's our intention to simply put those up as the returns come this time around. I hope you're able to get one!

    Extremely disappointing, to say the least. I really wish TB had waited until everyone received their RB before they offered the LQ restock. I don't have time to hover over the RB page, hoping one will show up, so I'm returning the 36 and opting out of the RB rat race. Glad I was able to get one that I like until they disappear into the vault, possibly forever.

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  • moriond
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    A huge backlog of my orders arrived just before the low quantity restock. Confusingly, I’d been getting messages that these would be sent off and even tracking numbers for a few weeks before. In every case a check of those tracking numbers only brought up information that the label had been generated. I think what happened was that because I’d ordered an extra set of the Road Buddy lash straps, but not the Road Buddy they held everything ordered for the last 2+ months to send in 1 box. So I wasn’t able to comment on any new designs.(I did get earlier preorders like the Sprout and Yeoman Duffel and Little Swift from the Knitting preorder).

    The quick summary of the items I most like are the Smart Alec (Burnt Orange 1050d) and the Daylight Backpack (Black Halcyon because my attempt to order Night Walk was confounded by a sudden mandatory demand to update my forum login password that took enough time that I wasn’t able to order Night Walk before it sold out, but I found one on the day of the Low Quantity Restock. Both these bags came with new straps.

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  • Tonya
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    Originally posted by ittoujuu View Post
    So, Tonya, you ordered both sizes of Road Buddy with the intention of finding which one worked best for you, then returning the other, right? I'm curious how the story ended up! Which of them will be your future buddy on the road? Was the 60 too cavernous, or surprisingly perfect?
    I have no idea! They haven't arrived yet so I'm as curious as you are haha! I had hoped they would arrive before the low-quantity restock so I could possibly order additional RBs for presents (and know what I'm getting), so I'm pretty bummed that I missed out. Like Awesomepants said, hopefully there will be another LQ restock. They're OTW so I'll be sure to post a short comparison once they arrive.

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  • ittoujuu
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    So, Tonya, you ordered both sizes of Road Buddy with the intention of finding which one worked best for you, then returning the other, right? I'm curious how the story ended up! Which of them will be your future buddy on the road? Was the 60 too cavernous, or surprisingly perfect?

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  • Awesomepants
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    I haven’t received my RB 60 yet. I thought about picking up a RB36 this morning in case it was too huge, but I need to see the 60 first. Maybe they’ll have more 36’s in a restock soon for those of us who got them late and decided to return them.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by Mahawkma View Post

    Thank you. Long time lurker but I decided to take the plunge. I actually did grab a Road Buddy though I thought it was touch and for awhile as I had it in my cart and then it disappeared the first time I tried. Now to decide whether I need both the Aeronaut and the RB. I haven’t been traveling much and pretty much have only been using the Aero as a gym bag. It’s ok for that purpose but perhaps a littler overkill. Who am I kidding though, probably will just keep both. . .
    Yes, I noticed that if you were waiting at the time of release, these showed up, then disappeared before you could check out, then shortly after we’re available again

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  • Mahawkma
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    Originally posted by G42 View Post
    Welcome to the Forums Mahawkma
    I hope you snag a Road Buddy tomorrow!
    Thank you. Long time lurker but I decided to take the plunge. I actually did grab a Road Buddy though I thought it was touch and for awhile as I had it in my cart and then it disappeared the first time I tried. Now to decide whether I need both the Aeronaut and the RB. I haven’t been traveling much and pretty much have only been using the Aero as a gym bag. It’s ok for that purpose but perhaps a littler overkill. Who am I kidding though, probably will just keep both. . .

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  • G42
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    Welcome to the Forums Mahawkma
    I hope you snag a Road Buddy tomorrow!

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  • G42
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    Originally posted by Awesomepants View Post

    I’m still waiting on mine. They must’ve sold a lot of these.
    If you haven't received a shipping notification, maybe check in with TB in a day or so, because the newsletter email sounds like they're almost done.
    Sometimes if there's multiple preorders with changes on an account (no idea if this applies to you, this is just a convenient place to mention it) the system sometimes hiccups.

    I noticed on the email for the Cambiata pre-order, they're asking folks to do their best to finalize the pre-order keep/cancel before the end of the 2 week window

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  • frogmore
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    Originally posted by Mahawkma View Post

    Perhaps if you visit the site at 7AM PDT on the 19th you may get lucky. I know that I am since I missed the preorder. . .
    Thanks for the reminder. I hope you get lucky for the one you want as well!

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  • Mahawkma
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    Originally posted by frogmore View Post
    TB noob here, so please forgive the ignorance. I stumbled upon the product page for the Buddy Duffel 36 just today. It's perfect for what I need and the burnt orange color makes it even more, er, perfecter.

    I understand this item had a pre-order period in May and it is unavailable to order now. There is an option to be notified for when it becomes available/restocked, though based on what I am reading so far tonight that is probably not going to happen.

    Am I basically out of luck on this one, at least in the foreseeable future? I mean, does "in production" mean that the exact number of pre-orders are being made and nothing more, or will there be any additional made available on the website after all pre-orders are filled? I just want to get an idea of whether or not I need to just move on and look for something else that comes close. Thanks!
    Perhaps if you visit the site at 7AM PDT on the 19th you may get lucky. I know that I am since I missed the preorder. . .

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  • Awesomepants
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    Originally posted by Boaz View Post
    Have people started receiving shipping notifications for these yet?
    I’m still waiting on mine. They must’ve sold a lot of these.

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  • ittoujuu
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    Originally posted by Boaz View Post
    Have people started receiving shipping notifications for these yet?
    I only just received the shipping notification for my compiled order(s) yesterday, so while it's taken longer than I initially expected, they are getting the orders out.

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  • drobeson
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    Originally posted by Boaz View Post
    Have people started receiving shipping notifications for these yet?
    I'm still waiting.

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