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  • scottiedog
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    Thanks so much, Haraya, for so much help! I feel more confident about the A30 now, and am very grateful for the suggestion of the MB instead of taking the NFTD as the personal item, since I'd like something flatter in front, too (looking like a small pack mule doesn't do anyone any favors!). Many thanks again, and especially with the picture of you wearing the A30. You all are great on this forum!

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  • haraya
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    I am 4'11, though a little fluffier than you are. I have the Aeronaut 30 and I've taken it on a 9-day (domestic) trip, with a Maker's Bag as personal item. I kept my gear in the A30 and lived out of it, transferring a couple times between hotels. Lots of running between airport gates, especially for the homeward leg of my journey. Not an eye batted - I carried it on everywhere.

    Here is a picture of me wearing an A30 (not mine - I was trying a fellow Bihnion's bag on at a meetup, but I've since bought my own!):

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    I didn't have my A30 yet for my most recent trip to Europe, but I've traveled enough to say that I would absolutely be comfortable taking the A30 as my main bag. It does depend on your capacity and preference for load bearing. If I were anticipating hefting it fair distances on cobblestones (say, three miles from the train station to my hotel) and/or lots of public transport, I might downsize even further and use the Smart Alec as my main bag. That's mainly because I have foot issues and don't do well with long walks and a heavy pack.

    But if you're just carrying the A30 on your back while in the airport, and then on a shuttle to your lodging where you can store it while you sightsee - then yes, absolutely it's a great size!!

    (and, your question wasn't about the NFTD, but I personally prefer a "flatter" cross-body bag paired with the A30 - like the MB or one of the Cafe Bags. Just my preference since the A30 is already fairly boxy and I don't want another boxy item on my front as well as my back. YMMV! )

    Originally posted by scottiedog View Post
    I'm small, too, at 4'10 and 95 lbs. I got the NF for under the seat personal item, and am now looking for something to replace the carry-on sized rollerboard (which is awful to drag up stairs). For 3 weeks in Europe, would a A30 be too big for me? I've seen the video of a 5'2" young lady wearing one, but am unsure. Any ideas/suggestions welcomed!

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  • scottiedog
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    I'm small, too, at 4'10 and 95 lbs. I got the NF for under the seat personal item, and am now looking for something to replace the carry-on sized rollerboard (which is awful to drag up stairs). For 3 weeks in Europe, would a A30 be too big for me? I've seen the video of a 5'2" young lady wearing one, but am unsure. Any ideas/suggestions welcomed!

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  • tpnl
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    Originally posted by segacs View Post
    I doubt mine will fit then. It's a (work-issued, sadly) Lenovo brick that's rather heavier and clunkier than the average 14" laptop. One of the reasons I'm looking for a backpack-type bag in the first place is that the dang thing is too heavy to carry in a tote or shoulder bag.

    Thanks, though. I guess I'll keep looking elsewhere.
    If it helps, I found this link with pictures of a Lenovo L440 fitting inside an S19 (no sleeve) - perhaps the L440 is close in size to the Lenovo laptop you are carrying?. It is also a good review comparison between the S19 and S25 volumes. It might be useful too to note that the S25 is basically the same volume as the Western Flyer you are thinking of too.

    Synapse25 & Synapse 19 Tom Bihn Minimal Travel

    Hope this helps

    Cheers!

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  • Canonsue
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    I used to own a Western Flyer. It is a great bag and will definitely work with laptop, clothes, shoes, and
    etc. I am so minimalist that I sold my WF as I did not need that much room. I have a Synapse 19 but it is not the best bag for laptop plus clothes and shoes. So for now, I am using my Daylight briefcase for the laptop. Actually, next business trip I am planing on taking everything in it. But if I did need more room then I would take both bags. If I had more and wanted to take only one bag, it would be either a Western Flyer or a Synapse 25.


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  • automaticsoap
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    I'm 4'11" -- I haven't tried out either Synapse, but I do love my Smart Alec!

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  • melminimalist
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    I am 4'11" and I use the s25, its a dream. bought the padded waist belt since I am so short I typically carry the weight of my bags in my hips, but while I am glad to have it as backup it wasn't really necessary.The synapse 25 even fully loaded fit like I had nothing at all. usually I find myself slightly hunched over trying to compensate the balance but I was able to walk head held high .

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  • segacs
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    You guys are awesome -- thanks so much for the replies! The photos were super helpful, so thanks for those.

    And yeah, packing light is not a problem. It's just that I'd prefer to have a bag that doesn't scream "backpacker". (I love my Gregory hiking pack for personal travel, but it's not really appropriate for business settings.)

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  • haraya
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    I'm 4'11 and change... For a laptop plus a few clothes, I'd probably choose my Smart Alec. Pretty light in the Halcyon and I rather like its sleek lines (I like to swap out the bungee cord for a Gatekeeper strap or two). I've carried the SA packed full for a mile or two over cobblestones and bridges, or through airports, and find the straps the most comfy of my TB backpacks.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by timarelay View Post
    I don't have experience with the Western Flyer, but my 14" laptop just barely fits in my Synapse 19 while in a neoprene case (generic amazon basics case for 14" laptop).

    I'm also relatively short (5'3") and the Synapse 19 is the only Tom Bihn backpack that I feel is ideally sized for shorter people.
    The Western Flyer can hold 14" laptops -- even those with extended life batteries that stick out the end. I've checked it with both Size 4 and Size 6T Brain Cells (the Size 4 was the generic size for most 14" laptops, and the Size 6T was the model they designed for the Lenovo Thinkpad series -- which is slightly taller than the size 4 and not as wide). I used the Size 6T with the T60p back then. Nowadays, you'd probably not use something as bulky as a Brain Cell.

    Since we've had threads from people with 15.6" (T410, W510, etc.) Lenovo laptops about using the Western Flyer, I'm sure that you'll be able to carry that laptop in the WF. I'm not sure what the best way is to secure it without more information about the model and its dimensions (maybe the horizontal cache for the new 2016 15" Retina Macbook Pro would work).

    The Synapse 19 has a tapered top design for better ergonomics. It might hold a 14" laptop, but it was optimally designed for a streamlined 13" Mac laptop.

    Lots of forum members with petite builds and heights under 5'4" use the Western Flyer, but I'm not sure about the match to short torso length.

    As for packing current Lenovo laptops carried in the Western Flyer, @tpnl might have some suggestions.

    HTH

    moriond

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  • Pokilani
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    Here are a couple of pictures.





    It's super light in the Halcyon fabric. And still lighter than other professional brands (e.g. Tumi) in Ballistic. Let me know if you'd like me to test pack a sample packing list for you. Though, if you are just doing an overnight, the WF will be just fine. I've packed for a week, including a pair of shoes, flip flops, and workout clothes, along with my 11 inch computer and toiletries/makeup. Granted, I didn't need to dress up.


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  • segacs
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    Originally posted by Pokilani View Post
    I have a Western Flyer and I love it! I'm also 5'1", though my torso is much longer than yours. I have fit a 15 inch laptop in the WF, as well as clothing/shoes/toiletries. I don't have a picture of myself wearing it, but I can take one later, if you'd like.
    Thanks, that'd be awesome! It would really help me figure out whether to take a chance and splurge on this bag. (Yes, I know Tom Bihn has a good return policy, but shipping is expensive for us Canadians...)

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  • snogosh
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    I just went on my first trip with a Western Flyer and I'm happy with it! I'm 5'2" but with a relatively long torso; apologies for the low-quality photos, but maybe they'll give you some idea of fit.




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  • Pokilani
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    I have a Western Flyer and I love it! I'm also 5'1", though my torso is much longer than yours. I have fit a 15 inch laptop in the WF, as well as clothing/shoes/toiletries. I don't have a picture of myself wearing it, but I can take one later, if you'd like.

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  • segacs
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    Originally posted by timarelay View Post
    I don't have experience with the Western Flyer, but my 14" laptop just barely fits in my Synapse 19 while in a neoprene case (generic amazon basics case for 14" laptop).

    I'm also relatively short (5'3") and the Synapse 19 is the only Tom Bihn backpack that I feel is ideally sized for shorter people.
    I doubt mine will fit then. It's a (work-issued, sadly) Lenovo brick that's rather heavier and clunkier than the average 14" laptop. One of the reasons I'm looking for a backpack-type bag in the first place is that the dang thing is too heavy to carry in a tote or shoulder bag.

    Thanks, though. I guess I'll keep looking elsewhere.

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