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  • MtnMan
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    Back to the 3-1-1 issue:

    Maverick recently posted a new how-to YouTube video on cleaning a gooey TB 3D Organizer Cube. YMMV, but for me when I finally move forward and get an Aeronaut it will come with one of those 3D cubes.

    @ larryb:

    Have you had a chance to put your Aeronaut into action yet? What are your impressions? Does that blinding Solar Dyneema interior make for a conversation piece?

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  • gmanedit
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    "The Tom Bihn Awareness Hazard." Oh, too true. As I said in another thread, my rule of black-only has saved me from collect-every-color madness.

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  • ex machina
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    Originally posted by pretzelb View Post
    Originally posted by Just View Post
    ...I don't NEED another Aeronaut, but that Solar interior...

    Beautiful.
    I totally agree.
    I didn't NEED another Medium Cafe Bag but that Linen/Olive... just beautiful. :) No regrets and it's now my Every Day Carry. :D

    The Tom Bihn Awareness Hazard:
    an overwhelming compulsion to buy a product so you can admire it's beauty in color, form, function, and construction.

    Yes, when I get my Tri-Star it will have the solar interior. I too, agree. (Must ... stave off ... compulsion.... till March...) :P

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  • pretzelb
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    Originally posted by Just View Post
    ...I don't NEED another Aeronaut, but that Solar interior...

    Beautiful.
    I totally agree.

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  • gustavo
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    Nice collection ,, I want a aeronaut .. Its so spacious ... Good new year
    and greetings from Europe...

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  • ex machina
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    Interesting points on your 3-1-1 technique, BTW. Do you store each of your seperate fluids in its own little ziploc bag, or do you group them together in bags? Do you use a Bihn clear cube at all?
    I have the 3-1-1 bag on my acquisition list for March (my next planned purchase window for Tom Bihn), and I have been considering the matter of leakage. The technique would involve each item getting its own Ziploc so any leak mess would be minimized to the offending container, and not compromise other items that did not leak.

    At present, I use the Hanging Travel Kit from Orvis. Now that Tom added the convenience of the travel hook to the 3-1-1 bag, it would prove even more useful for my everyday as well as travel needs. I would use it as a compliment to my current bag, and in daily use, as my primary shower bag.

    I use a communal restroom, and as such, I keep toiletries separately. There is very little available counter space, so I find the ability to hang a bag essential. I had planned on adding the 3-1-1 bag and using a keystrap for hanging but, now that it has the new hook (sauce for the goose), all the better. I will still keep a key strap with it for hanging in areas better served by that method (i.e. the squared top of a sliding shower door railing for instance.) While I keep my Orvis Bag pretty well stuffed ( I have a grooming kit with attachments in it for instance), my shower essentials I would keep in the 3-1-1. I don't need everything in the Orvis bag every time I shower. The ability to bring a bag with me into the shower stall, with the needed soaps, shampoos, etc. will be very handy. It will also make it less likely I will forget my stuff in there.

    So I plan on having a two bag system, with the Bihn bag being my essential kit, but the Orvis bag being my storehouse for what most people tend to have accessible in the bathroom, but don't use with daily frequency. In travel, I would use just the Bihn bag. It's large enough to handle my needs for a trip, and 3-1-1 savvy.

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  • MtnMan
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    Originally posted by ex machina View Post
    On an aside, this is the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to this forum. I really find these explorations of luggage, use, and travel, helpful. Additionally, while I saw recently in a thread that a member considered it poor form to point out products other than Tom Bihn manufactured goods, I disagree. I believe the intrinsic quality, and extraordinary service at Tom Bihn speak for themselves, and are not in any way diminished by comparisons to other manufacturers. Indeed, the atmosphere in this forum of free discussion and the ease with which people point out products elsewhere, I believe adds to the extraordinary nature of the forum, and the developing discussions.
    I agree.

    Interesting points on your 3-1-1 technique, BTW. Do you store each of your seperate fluids in its own little ziploc bag, or do you group them together in bags? Do you use a Bihn clear cube at all?

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  • ex machina
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    All this leads me to wonder: if one packs 3-1-1 items in a Clear Quarter Packing Cube or a 3D Clear Organizer Cube, how does one plan to clean the inside of such a "cube" in the event of a "leak"? Who to do 'bout the goo...

    Do you have any ideas?
    Hi MtnMan, I do have some thoughts on the matter. I have considered baging potential leaky items individually for air travel in their own ziploc bag, then if they do leak the mess is contained to the offender. Additionally, I plan to leave a gap for expansion. Here's how: Say I am using a 3oz squeeze bottle; I would fill it to say approximately 2 1/2oz, then I would squeeze the bottle so the contents were just at the top or close to it; then I would cap or close the item so that the squezed/depressed state was 'locked-in"; now when the external pressure drops, and the material inside subsequently expands, I have a half ounce of space for it to do so (said space being air free); thus I would not develop a leak unless the pressure drop was really significant, and if it did leak, the ziploc bag acts a barrier. I would also suggest getting as much air as reasonably easy to do out of the ziploc bag, so it doesn't balloon in a pressure drop. Since leaks are really only a concern due to flying (presuming you have a decent storage container), when I am on the ground, I would remove everything from the baggies, uncap and allow air into the bottles, as a matter of convenience for regular use.

    10 minutes prep time when packing for a flight, and 5 minutes prep when unpacking for regular use is a small price to pay for keeping things orderly and clean. The best surprise is no surprise as a hotel chain is fond of saying.

    Anyone have other ideas on this? Perhaps an insight into bottles that have a pressure valve built in? Or containers of extraordinary composition?

    On an aside, this is the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to this forum. I really find these explorations of luggage, use, and travel, helpful. Additionally, while I saw recently in a thread that a member considered it poor form to point out products other than Tom Bihn manufactured goods, I disagree. I believe the intrinsic quality, and extraordinary service at Tom Bihn speak for themselves, and are not in any way diminished by comparisons to other manufacturers. Indeed, the atmosphere in this forum of free discussion and the ease with which people point out products elsewhere, I believe adds to the extraordinary nature of the forum, and the developing discussions.

    I also suspect that when people find a feature of great use in a competing product, that Tom Bihn (the man) will look at that and consider producing his version (at a TB level - i.e. the best) of that feature. Tom himself would have to verify that of course, but I do suspect it.

    Since buying Tom Bihn bags and goods, I am not just a customer, I am a fan. I find TB to be extraordinary and as a company have raised the bar. They are the bell-weather by which I measure other companies I deal with, particularly online. My only regret in dealing with Tom Bihn is that I didn't know of them sooner. ;)

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  • MtnMan
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    I've been thinking about getting the same, or similar, items as what you're accumulating here. I've also been following Maverick's suit-in-an-Aeronaut-video thread, in case I ever have to carry a suit on an air trip.

    All this leads me to wonder: if one packs 3-1-1 items in a Clear Quarter Packing Cube or a 3D Clear Organizer Cube, how does one plan to clean the inside of such a "cube" in the event of a "leak"? Who to do 'bout the goo...

    Do you have any ideas?

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  • larryb
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    No, but the clear quarter packing cube is on my list for my next order.

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  • MtnMan
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    Did you get one of those Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cubes for your 3-1-1 items?

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  • larryb
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    LarryB

    Have you taken your Aeronaut on any air or road trips yet? Do you have a packing list?

    Do you have any photos of anyone wearing these bags?

    Great photos!
    I have only had it about a week now and no trip yet. Hope to over the winter break. I will post more pics with a packing list once we use it. I do not have any pics of anyone wearing these bags. I will have to get my wife to snap a few soon.
    Thanks.

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  • larryb
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    Originally posted by Shiva View Post
    Fab pictures Larry....shows the colors and the sheen really well. I love the steel and solar color too---I have that for the Western Flyer and love it--the sheen is subtle and strong.
    A question: what is the apple thingie you have in the pouch? I have not seen anything red?!
    That is a western digital passport drive with a sticker from a nano purchase.

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  • KarlJ
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    Well done. I may have to gather my bunch for a "family photo" or two.
    Last edited by KarlJ; 12-19-2009, 10:08 PM.

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  • MtnMan
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    LarryB

    Have you taken your Aeronaut on any air or road trips yet? Do you have a packing list?

    Do you have any photos of anyone wearing these bags?

    Great photos!

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