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  • Janine
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    You need an UV Packing Cube Shoulder Bag!
    Wait up, guys! You are extolling the virtues of the PCSB without me! I need in on this! ;-)

    I see that @jannilee already ordered one, but I can't stop myself from saying what a great buy it will be. I've packed clothing in mine, used them as day bags, tossed them in other bags, used them alone. The size is perfect for a variety of purposes and the lightweight, strong Dyneema makes it easy to stow in another bag just in case you need extra carrying capacity later. If you knit (and of course you should), the PCSB can hold your project. It's a crazy handy bag and you won't regret having one!

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  • OnMyWay
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post

    Maria, I have the WF with the pocket sleeve. At first I was concerned that I'd miss the backpack straps, but after carrying it with a variety of loads, I've learned that with the absolute strap it is really very comfortable.
    I second this. I have the WF with rolling handle sleeve and really like it with the absolute strap.

    I originally considered the Tri-Star too, but after traveling with my WF, I think I made the right decision. I don't think I would want to carry a heavier bag, with or without the backpack straps. So I like that the size of the WF limits the weight of what I can pack.

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  • backpack
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    Below are weather forecast links for your destination, essential for planning an adequate wardrobe.

    AccuWeather.com - Spain | Madrid 15 Day Weather Forecast

    Weather Forecast - Madrid, Spain - Local & Long Range | Wunderground

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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Jannilee, I'm glad you submitted to our gentle imperatives. Now we're going to start hassling you to show us all your pictures (and smuggle us some ham).

    Maria, I have the WF with the pocket sleeve. At first I was concerned that I'd miss the backpack straps, but after carrying it with a variety of loads, I've learned that with the absolute strap it is really very comfortable. I'm planning on getting a Tri-Star eventually, and I think I will definitely appreciate the backpack straps with that.
    Hence it's always nice to have both for the options!

    Cheers Badger!

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  • Badger
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    Jannilee, I'm glad you submitted to our gentle imperatives. Now we're going to start hassling you to show us all your pictures (and smuggle us some ham).

    Maria, I have the WF with the pocket sleeve. At first I was concerned that I'd miss the backpack straps, but after carrying it with a variety of loads, I've learned that with the absolute strap it is really very comfortable. I'm planning on getting a Tri-Star eventually, and I think I will definitely appreciate the backpack straps with that.

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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by jannilee View Post
    All right, you enablers! I ordered the steel/UV Western Flyer and a steel packing cube shoulder bag (less obvious). Spanair carry on is 6k (8k to us and Canada - not sure whether this counts as it is codeshare with Air Canada). That should be lots. Backpack, as i learned last time in Spain, I am not a Spain sized person. I live in Calgary where we are headed for -30F so their winter clothes are probably my summer clothes! Also, this is supposed to be a low cost trip and the WF pretty much tanks my spending money for the trip. Now that I am retired I definitely need to cut down on my discretionary spending (but not my Tom Bihn spending obviously!!!). I will post my packing list and pics.

    I am compiling a list of galleries, architecture and museums and starting my dayplanning.
    Cheers to Jannilee! Looking forward to your packing list and the highlights of your trip upon your return.

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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by TavaPeak View Post
    I think about the WF, but do I need a WF and a Tristar? hmm
    Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong with one of each (at least!). It's nice to have the options, even if the WF is only slightly smaller than the TriStar. I plan to get the WF with the rolling handle pocket sleeve, as the TriStar will have the backpack straps automatically. That way - more choice of options depending on the trip. Also I happen to like the extra little pockets in that mode of WF too.

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  • jannilee
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    All right, you enablers! I ordered the steel/UV Western Flyer and a steel packing cube shoulder bag (less obvious). Spanair carry on is 6k (8k to us and Canada - not sure whether this counts as it is codeshare with Air Canada). That should be lots. Backpack, as i learned last time in Spain, I am not a Spain sized person. I live in Calgary where we are headed for -30F so their winter clothes are probably my summer clothes! Also, this is supposed to be a low cost trip and the WF pretty much tanks my spending money for the trip. Now that I am retired I definitely need to cut down on my discretionary spending (but not my Tom Bihn spending obviously!!!). I will post my packing list and pics.

    I am compiling a list of galleries, architecture and museums and starting my dayplanning.

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  • TavaPeak
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    Loved my Steel UV Tristar for a long-haul trip this summer. I am so tired of black or gray bags, but really like the Steel. I liked that the bag didn't draw a lot of attention to itself while I traveled. Flight attendants et al hardly noticed it. But when I open up the bag, it has some serious personality! Love that purple - it's a fun color.

    I debated a lot between WF and Tristar. In the end, I needed the capacity of the Tristar, but I still hanker for a WF. I need a new briefcase/organized tote that can carry heavy books, but want something more colorful this time. The Zephyr is a great design, but not available in fun colors right now. I think about the WF, but do I need a WF and a Tristar? hmm

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  • dorayme
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    You need an UV Packing Cube Shoulder Bag!
    Yes, this!

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by jannilee View Post
    Thanks, everyone! And Badger, you are incredibly generous! i am going to Madrid for a week. My SIL who is a prof is going to a conference there. She has rented an apartment for a week so accommodation is free. That should free up enough money to buy a WF, don't you think??? HMMM steel/uv WF would go with my Steel dyneema copilot and my UV sysnapse. (Digging through piggybank) Now what else do I NEED????? You guys are SUCH enablers!!!!
    You need an UV Packing Cube Shoulder Bag!

    Make absolutely sure that you know the luggage requirement of your airline both in measurement and weight before you buy anything, when you do your packing list and while you are packing.
    Buy a small luggage scale and check the weather.

    If you are a petite European sized woman do not bring more than toiletries, sleeping garments and favorite worn shoes (in Europe everybody walks and there are stairs everywhere) and one extra set of outfits.
    You can buy yourself a brand new wardrobe in Spain! And ship it with UPS before leaving.

    My family used to buy lots of things there when they were going on vacation there.

    Find out about prices first by checking Madrid most famous department stores web sites.

    It will also give you an idea of the style and color trends.

    I would not want you to pack almost nothing and be faced with the prospect of buying 70's inspired fringed garment in warm autumn color or 90's inspired bright cool colors leggings and heavy sweaters if neither of those are your compatible with your personal style.


    There are so many museums, music, dance, theater venues, great restaurants, cafes, tapas bars, night spots, shopping and architecture. You better keep your sleep to a minimum while you are there.

    Hit Tripadvisor right now to plan your fun! And avoid bad areas, for this Rick Steve site is great.


    Keep us posted on your acquisitions and your packing list!
    Last edited by backpack; 10-03-2011, 10:56 PM.

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  • Badger
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    Ooh, Madrid. Make sure your SIL writes her paper in advance so you are able to go out together (not that I'm speaking from experience or anything . . . ). Can you smuggle back some iberico ham for all of us?

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  • jannilee
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    Thanks, everyone! And Badger, you are incredibly generous! i am going to Madrid for a week. My SIL who is a prof is going to a conference there. She has rented an apartment for a week so accommodation is free. That should free up enough money to buy a WF, don't you think??? HMMM steel/uv WF would go with my Steel dyneema copilot and my UV sysnapse. (Digging through piggybank) Now what else do I NEED????? You guys are SUCH enablers!!!!

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by jannilee View Post
    Backpack,I don't have a western flyer at the moment - I have a tristar but want something smaller and yes, I think I'd rather have something other than grey or black.
    I totally apologize, I was reading your post and the post of another forum member whose name looks similar and I got mixed up.

    Brain fog, thanks allergies!

    i I have to say +3 to Steel being an truly amazing color.

    It's not gray, it's shimmering in the sun and some light, it takes the color of your close like water or a mirror would do.

    I love, love bright colors and I would not consider buying a Black bag, but Steel is something else, it is the richest, most stylish, classiest color ever.

    Just try the WF in Steel with a bright color inside and see if you like it, you can always send it back, if upon trying it in the house, you don't fall in love with it.

    I could bet that you will love it at first sight and keep it.
    Last edited by backpack; 10-03-2011, 07:53 PM.

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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Jannilee, the Steel/UV combo is very striking. The Steel is much nicer than any other grey bag I've seen, and the UV makes for a lovely surprise inside fwiw. Admittedly, I usually don't go for a huge variety in color for my bags or clothes for that matter, but I really like my Steel/UV WF and don't think of it by any stretch as an ordinary grey bag.
    I totally agree--I also have a Steel/UV WF and I really like it. Steel is a wonderful color; it's shimmery but not shiny (read: not cheap looking) and it has the added bonus of taking on the colors of whatever I'm wearing. That is, if I'm wearing brown, Steel looks a bit coppery; if I'm wearing black or blue, Steel takes on a gunmetal quality. I know I bang on about how much I like grey things, but dorayme is right that Steel is not merely grey. The pictures online don't do it justice.

    Anyway, I wish I were closer and could loan you my WF. I hope you'll share some pics of Spain when you get back! Where are you going, exactly?

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