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    Pilot in 525: comparisons?

    Has anybody ordered a new Pilot in 525 ballistic yet? I'm curious to hear people's experience with it.

    Multiple online reviewers seen to agree about the existing fabrics:
    400 halcyon: light, packable; doesn't maintain shape not stand up when loaded unevenly
    1050 ballistic: heavier, less packable; maintains shape (no "slumping") and will stand up on its own, regardless of what's in it.

    In particular, I wonder whether the 525 is stiff enough to stand up and avoid "collapsing" in any under-filled compartments.

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    I haven't seen a Pilot in 525 yet, but I expect it will be very much the same as a Co-Pilot in 525 and there have already been a few threads comparing the three materials for Co-Pilots.
    I have a bunch of great bags. Favorite color combos include Aubergine/Island, Navy/Solar, Forest/UV, Original Halcyon/Wasabi, Cloud/Viridian.

    I've fulfilled my dream of palindromic-colored nested bags! Navy/Ultraviolet Pilot with Aubergine/Island Side Effect inside: blue purple purple blue. Forest/UV A45 with Aubergine/Wasabi Co-Pilot inside: green purple purple green.

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    Thanks for the pointer! I saw that the Co-Pilot is now in 525, but it didn't occur to me that it had originally transitioned from 1050d the same way.

    Some of those threads, for reference:


    In particular:

    Quote Originally Posted by Perseffect View Post
    As a massive ballistic fabric fan, I was surprised to like the 525 fabric as much as the 1050. Especially in my new 525 Mars Red Copilot. No regrets (in fact its a preference) to move to the more flexible but still hard wearing 525.

    Id even consider 525 in a pilot. But in travel luggage bags, WF/TS and Aeronaut, Id stick with the 1050.


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    Last edited by x3n0n; 09-13-2019 at 02:48 PM.

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