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ittoujuu
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  • Seconded. The only thing I wish was different about the Road Buddy's design is that I wish the handles were on the "back" like they're oriented on the Aeronaut. I can't really think of any situation in which I'd want to carry it in the wide profile (by either strap or handles), rather than...
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  • Somehow, despite anticipating it, it took reading new replies in this thread to jog my memory that today was when the pre-order went live, haha.

    Ended up going with the Steel/Island RB36 - the Navy and Verde are cool in their own right (and I'm always for cloud ballistic interiors), but...
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    Last edited by ittoujuu; 05-18-2022, 12:59 PM.

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  • ittoujuu
    replied to Road Buddy 36 vs. A45
    Hear, hear. One thing I think (well-designed) duffels excel at is that ability to "live out of it." While I do use packing cubes for clothes in backpacks, I specifically don't with duffels because it sort of defeats the purpose of being able to plunk it down on a piece of furniture, open it...
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  • ittoujuu
    replied to Road Buddy 36 vs. A45
    One thing I've been curious about is, how much larger is the Road Buddy 36 than the Aeronaut 30 (and conversely, how much smaller is it than the Aeronaut 45)? Not in terms of liters or linear dimensions - we can all look those up - but in terms of practical packing and carry. The RB36 sits basically...
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  • In a vacuum, I do like the color 1050 Navy appears to be (and it does look a bit deeper in your pic than in others I've seen), but...Steel is really steel-ing the show there. That's a really nice-looking shot of it! And adding colored paracord for some pop seems like a good idea.


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  • Road Buddy pre-order let's goooooooo~

    In all my searching, this design is one of the (if not THE) best I've seen for the kind of duffel it is, and by that I mean a light-enough-to-carry live-out-of-it travel duffel, as opposed to a cavernous gear hauler with no organization. And to think,...
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  • Yeah, I'd enjoy seeing TB expand the cordura offerings, especially with the apparent gap left by the halcyon mill shutting down.

    I have a Goruck in brown cordura (called Java there; I think here it's known as Cocoa) and I absolutely love the way it looks. I know there's a green cordura...
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    Last edited by ittoujuu; 05-07-2022, 12:12 PM.

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  • Do I sometimes want to buy a bag I'm not sure how much I'd actually use? Only on days that end in "y".



    This is really worth remembering as I continue to compile my spreadsheet o' cool backpacks. I'm the kind of person who loves having the right thing for the right...
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  • Topo Designs sells some colored zipper pulls that have strands of white reflective thread woven into the paracord. I'm not sure what's in stock right now, but they do have a black/reflective colorway, and when I think about paracord zipper pulls for either black or night walk halcyon, those always come...
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  • I hadn't really given the name too much thought, but I guess if you overheard someone talking to a friend saying, "I'm taking my Paramour along for a quick weekend trip," that might sound more...salacious than the reality. Interesting peek into the French roots of the word, though - always...
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  • Decided, "Aw, hell, I'm in on the Paramour" and put in my pre-order earlier. Of the color choices, I really think the pack looks great in Deep Blue, but I couldn't make peace with the Taiga interior. Surprised myself by settling on black halcyon when the only bag I'd ever given serious consideration...
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  • ittoujuu
    replied to TB Anticipation Syndrome
    I'm also a fan of grey interiors. They offer a helpful unity of interior visibility and remaining fairly resilient against looking too dirty or shabby. Plus, it's neutral enough that it matches decently with just about any outer color. The 525 Cloud ballistic is just about the perfect interior I'd choose...
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  • moriond I did, actually, first discover TB after the pandemic had already begun, so I guess I came in at a weird time when things were topsy-turvy and got a weird impression of how new product launches work (including with the whole Design Lab initiative, which I still think is quite a cool idea). Good...
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  • One thing that's always struck me about the Paragon since I first saw it is that it sort of resembles a more "civilian" version of the famous Goruck GR1. It's got the squarish silhouette that helps utilize a lot of its interior room in packing, the sleeve in the back of the main compartment,...
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    Last edited by ittoujuu; 04-24-2022, 11:17 PM.

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  • The Paramour looks right up my alley, but with it launching as pre-order only, is it meant to be a one-off run, or something that will stick around and get multiple runs in different color combinations? It has the regular label, so it's not a "Design Lab" piece, but I hadn't seen a new product...
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  • There's a post I've made elsewhere on the forums that basically said, "yeah, something that mashes the Paragon and the Paradigm together," so I am definitely interested in the Paramour. It seems to have all the features I'd want in a light daypack and nothing I don't need. Really dig that...
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    Last edited by ittoujuu; 04-21-2022, 06:10 PM.

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