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    "If you prefer to have the heaviest bag on your back, put the A30 or WF there (or a 26L SmartAlec - discontinued but you can swap or buy used) and put the smaller S19 or DLBP into a Shop Bag for easy carry."

    Why didn't I think of this?? It's brilliant. I'm planning an 8 day trip and want my new Synapse 19 for my personal item, but the last time I travelled I carried the heavier bag on my shoulder and I struggled. This could be the perfect solution.

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    This solution works well for me. I also keep an Absolute Strap on my A30 so that if I want to switch the loads, I can put the smaller pack on my back and carry the A30 cross-body. (Or my husband will carry it, or I can use the strap to drape it over a roller suitcase, etc. etc.) Plus, the Shop Bag is handy to have as a shopping tote at my destination, or as overflow when I've pulled out all my stuff during the flight and need to stow it all quickly when it's time to deplane.

    Quote Originally Posted by pegolas View Post
    "If you prefer to have the heaviest bag on your back, put the A30 or WF there (or a 26L SmartAlec - discontinued but you can swap or buy used) and put the smaller S19 or DLBP into a Shop Bag for easy carry."

    Why didn't I think of this?? It's brilliant. I'm planning an 8 day trip and want my new Synapse 19 for my personal item, but the last time I travelled I carried the heavier bag on my shoulder and I struggled. This could be the perfect solution.

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    While not a backpack option I traveled for nine days with a small Yeoman duffle and a Pop Tote. I added an Absolute Shoulder Strap to the duffle and wore it crossbody while the Pop Tote was on my shoulder. This was a comfortable setup. If I needed my laptop I would have brought my Pilot instead of the Pop Tote.

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    I can travel pretty much indefinitely with an A45 and Pilot but my clothes and shoes can be pretty big too.

    I would rather have the space and not need it than the other way around.

    I used to carry a TriStar and Super Ego or Empire Builder and loved that combo too but I just love the size and proportions of the Pilot and I can not let it be!?

    I really can not place a bag under the seat but the Pilot lets me make it look like I have for takeoff and landings and they never say anything even if it is sitting clear of that area which mine always is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melminimalist View Post
    S19 for your personal item and to use as an EDC for work paired with an A30 for travel.

    Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
    +1. Your talk so you can use the S25 for edc easy in place of the19 but you want that crazy great shoulder strap that TB has for your a30


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    Quote Originally Posted by everythingslower View Post
    Hi! Am curious... how do you carry both A30 and S19 at the same time? Is S19 on the back and A30 on the shoulder using a shoulder strap?

    Not OP, but I can chime in on a possibility. You can attach the absolute shoulder strap to the S19 using carabineer clips. One on the carry handle and one on a waist strap loop. It carries rather nicely that way in my tests. I haven't been on a trip like that yet, but that's my planned combo (A45+Synapse 25) for long trips.

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    In International Airports with long lines and long treks, due to the annoying sprawling duty free area, between security checks, the Travel Bag (A 45 or Tristar) is handheld while the S19 is carried backpack style.

    On a recent Intra U.SA trip, I tried the Tristar/LSB combo, it is fine at small airports, but a logistic nightmare in International Airports.

    The Zip Tote SB, pairs beautifully for people with rollers, especially children.

    But, with another TB Luggage Bag, the Daylight Backpack, S19 and S25 are better.

    I didn't mention the Luminary, but it is serious consideration due to the ultra soft and comfortable shoulder straps.
    It could be an ideal backpack alternatives for those who can travel with a minimalist carry-on.

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    Interested to hear if anyone has tried a S25 (carryon) and Parental Unit (personal item) set up? I'm toying with this idea for an upcoming 9 day trip. I would be using the PU for my stuff not kiddo stuff. I wish there were more videos about the PU for those who aren't parents...

    If you have used this setup how did the PU carry over the backpack?
    Thanks!

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    I wanted to slightly modify the post above, the Luminary could be an ideal backpack alternative for those who can travel with a minimalist EDC/personal carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccleahy View Post
    Interested to hear if anyone has tried a S25 (carryon) and Parental Unit (personal item) set up? I'm toying with this idea for an upcoming 9 day trip. I would be using the PU for my stuff not kiddo stuff. I wish there were more videos about the PU for those who aren't parents...

    If you have used this setup how did the PU carry over the backpack?
    Thanks!
    I have both bags and while I haven't used them for a trip, I tried out that combo at home and it felt fine. You'd want to put the PU on first and then the S25 though, otherwise it would either slip off or sit awkwardly on your shoulder since the backpack strap sits where the PU strap would also sit.

    I currently use the PU as a purse for myself (no kids) and it's great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccleahy View Post
    Interested to hear if anyone has tried a S25 (carryon) and Parental Unit (personal item) set up? I'm toying with this idea for an upcoming 9 day trip. I would be using the PU for my stuff not kiddo stuff. I wish there were more videos about the PU for those who aren't parents...

    If you have used this setup how did the PU carry over the backpack?
    Thanks!
    Have you seen this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AcrgsRaxmE by pieonthetrail. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KAB View Post
    Have you seen this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AcrgsRaxmE by pieonthetrail. ?
    That's a good video! It's the one that actually sold me on the PU and I ended up getting that exact color combo too.

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    Depending on your goals and what you’re carrying, I would recommend perhaps the Stowaway and a Synapse 25. The MacBook needs the Synapse in this combination, but you can still fit some clothes in the stowaway with other stuff while making sure that you will have an item that is clearly smaller than the personal item size limitation that some airlines are starting to get strict about.

    You mentioned international size restrictions so having at least one bag small enough to count as personal may be important.

    When using the stowaway, I use a medium(small?) cafe bag Freudian Slip in the middle “backpack” slot. It works WONDERFUL to add some basic documents (folded only) as well as pens and pencils and other tools organization in a space that might go underutilized.

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    Stowaway and an A30-like knock off is what I carry all th3 time. I can do business casual with laptop and projector for a week. Or take work clothes, boots, and hard hat for down in the dirt work. Walked many miles across airports and works just fine for me!

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    Purchasing an S25 is never a bad decision.

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