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    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45

    Hi fellow Bihnians, since my new RB36 arrived just yesterday I took a couple of pics side by side to the A45, as some are debating about the comparison of the two...
    I packed both of them with two reasonably full A45 packing cubes in the main compartment. In the A45 I added an insulated jacket in the main compartment, an A45 travel laundry stuff sack and an end pocket packing cube in the side pockets. In the RB36 I added a A45 end pocket packing cube and a crumpler bag for toiletries.

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-2-jpg

    the difference in the dimensions are subtle but noticeable and they make a big difference in terms of the volume.

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-1-jpg
    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-4-jpg
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    Ok, let's unpack the RB36

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-5-jpg

    as others have remarked already: the A45 packing cubes fit nicely inside the main compartment...

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-6-jpg

    you can stack two of them easily

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-7-jpg

    The A45 end pocket packing cube (loaded with a pair of my running shoes size 11) fits in the end pocket, while my toiletries went in the other end pocket...

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-8-jpg

    To me the main difference - besides the 9 liters in volume - is that the bags are built for different purposes. The A45 is a dedicated travel bag with a lot of details that are very handy while packing the bag or storing it in the overhead compartment of a plane (e.g. handles where you need them). The RB36 is a multi purpose bag that is lighter and a bit more basic in terms of design. However, both are great!

    Road Buddy 36 vs. A45-a45_rb36-9-jpg
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    Awesome photos there, @bartleby.
    The comparison are very neatly presented. Appreciate your time to share them here!

    Quote Originally Posted by bartleby View Post
    To me the main difference - besides the 9 liters in volume - is that the bags are built for different purposes. The A45 is a dedicated travel bag with a lot of details that are very handy while packing the bag or storing it in the overhead compartment of a plane (e.g. handles where you need them). The RB36 is a multi purpose bag that is lighter and a bit more basic in terms of design. However, both are great!
    Looking at the bags, compare them one another through your photos. Yeah, I absolutely agree.
    Both have their own respective awesomeness such as the open pocket in the main compartment and also a horizontal zip mesh pocket on the exterior of one side of the side compartment. I owned previous Gen A45 and my main intention has been one-bagging country to country. Though currently, it has changed as more of a duffel state due traveling with toddler. The Road Buddy sure present an attractive solution for my scenario. Perhaps, one day!
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    Thanks @weirdguy!

    Quote Originally Posted by weirdguy View Post
    I owned previous Gen A45 and my main intention has been one-bagging country to country. Though currently, it has changed as more of a duffel state due traveling with toddler. The Road Buddy sure present an attractive solution for my scenario. Perhaps, one day!
    Yes, certainly the A45 is a great travel companion for one-bag travelling (although I prefer to have a second item for my personal belongings whenever possible...)
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    Do you know if the Travel Laundry Stuff Sack will fit in the end pockets of the Road Buddy 36? Thanks!!
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    The Laundry Stuff Sack should fit. I find the end pockets on the Road Buddy to be more generous in size than the A45. I can fit more in the road buddy pockets.

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    How useful are the small pockets in the main compartment of the Road Buddy?

    Iíve used the A45 but do not own one. For $100 less Iím liking the RB 36, paired with my Synapse 25 travel, camping, etc.


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    I didn't realize that the gray bag wasn't an Aeronaut until I saw the mesh side pocket. That pocket, to me, means car, as well as boat and train travel in the cabin, only no checking in the luggage area on a bus or plane.

    For a bag that can withstand the checked luggage treatment on buses or planes, the Yeoman Duffel is the best, a no frill, tough as nail bag.

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    There's no problem with the mesh pocket when flying. I've flown many times with it.

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    So the RB36 meets overhead requirements? Its just a tad large but seems like it would. I am looking for a bag for flights and it seems perfect if so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Threads View Post
    So the RB36 meets overhead requirements? Its just a tad large but seems like it would. I am looking for a bag for flights and it seems perfect if so.
    Yes, quite well! I didn’t have a problem with it so far, especially if it isn’t stuffed to the gills. It’s a great bag.

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    Yes, the RB36 is smaller than the A45 when fully packed. And the A45 meets overhead requirements.

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