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    Forum Member Pokilani's Avatar
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    I'll be packing for a trip to Maui tonight (leave Friday). Hoping and praying my A30 does not have a rolling issue (also hoping everything fits, along with my DLBC). Because I think that would really bug me. I have owned a more than a few gorgeous bags in my life and my new Dyneema/Island is the most beautiful of them all.

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    Fingers crossed Pokilani!! Let us know how you make out (and have a wonderful trip!!). My A30 arrived today (EARLY!!, thanks TB crew!), so tomorrow I'll be doing my test packing, and will report back. I also want to spend some more time fiddling with the A45, because as Pokilani says, the black dyneema/island is gorgeous, plus I think there will be times I want a bigger bag!! So we'll see where I end up. I'll report back as well.

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    I'm about 5'6" and don't have this issue. I never use the waist strap, though. I can't quite find the perfect pic to demonstrate how it lays flat on my back, but I'll share a couple of shots that indicate that it's flush to my back.

    IMG_8879 by Toblerhaus, on Flickr

    2014-08-11 10.42.32 by Toblerhaus, on Flickr
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    Good news- no roll with my new A30! Whew! Everything fit (no room to spare) in the Dyneema A30, but not the ballistic. I have about a 16-17 hour travel day with three flights and as much as I want to bring the A30,I'm considering my roller bag. I'm going to see if I can get rid of some things tomorrow. I was surprised my two swimsuits (darn tankinis), board shorts, rash guard, and one beach cover up took up a whole end pocket!

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    Have a great time on Maui! I packed for a full week on Kauai (2 dresses, 1 pair of pants and 1 pair of shorts, 2 swimsuits, one cover-up, undergarments, 3 t-shirts, a lightweight silk cardigan and a light jacket, flip flops and trail runners, toiletries and cosmetics), in my ballistic A30 and carried a non-TB tote as my personal item (knitting projects and my small purse were inside).

    Also, to the OP, I have had issues with the bulge at the bottom of the A30 while I'm test packing. Once, I've fully packed, and wearing my A30, it doesn't seem to be an issue. If I had the option to pack less and have a little bit of a bulge, I'd go that route vs packing more to reduce the bulge. I often find the A30 to be a little uncomfortable when I'm at home, but once I'm traveling, I always think it's just fine.

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    Toblerhous somehow can't "like" at the moment, but I do like your pictures a lot.
    May I ask how tall your children are? Thouse Synapses are looking great on them.

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    @Toblerhaus, great photos, thanks for sharing!! @kgm, thanks for your insight, that's very reassuring. And @Pokilani, have a wonderful time!!

    So what I have learned this week is that HOW you pack is as important as WHAT you pack. I spent yesterday afternoon experimenting with the A30 and A45. And I am happy to report that both work! I was able to resolve the rolling issue by ensuring that I have a good tight bottom layer in the main compartment (and unzipping the inner zipper on the lower end) of the A45. The A30 had no roll. With that issue resolved, I set about figuring out which one was the best choice for me.

    I started with a generic packing list, week or so in a warmish area with cool nights and possible rain. This is not as minimal as it could be – a few extras, enough underwear for a week, that kind of thing.

    Here is what I packed:
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0801-jpg

    2 tanks
    3 t-shirts
    1 ¾ sleeve shirt
    1 long sleeve shirt
    1 light sweater
    1 cardigan
    2 skorts
    2 pair pants
    1 pair cropped pants
    1 pair running shorts (double as pjs, with a tank)
    1 pair workout pants
    1 skirt
    1 dress
    1 rain jacket
    1 light down vest
    7 pair undies
    3 bras
    3 pair socks
    1 infinity scarf
    1 pair sneakers
    1 pair tevas
    1 pair flip flops
    A 3DCOC with toiletries
    1 micro-towel

    This is assuming that all my other bits and bobs will go in a personal item carry-on. I also didn’t set aside anything to wear on the plane, so that could also come out of this or be in addition to this list.

    Here it is in the packing cubes – most of the bottoms and dress are in the EC large cube; the shirts are in the PCSB, shoes in the gray pouch, underwear, bras and socks are in the quarter packing cube, the cardigan, vest and jacket are in the laundry sack.
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0805-jpg

    Here it is in the A30 – the PCSB was one end pocket, the shoes the other, everything else in the middle compartment – the towel and scarf are in the flap pocket. I didn’t have anything in the zip end pockets, but could have slid a few small items in there.
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0803-jpgHelp!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0802-jpg

    It was full, but I could have probably squeezed in one or two other small things. And I was SO impressed with myself, that I got it all in. Granted, not much room for bringing back souvenirs, etc., but as I said, I could tighten up that list to make a little wiggle room. So that’s very exciting.

    So then I decided to see how it would all fit in the A45 – now that I’ve figured out how to make it not roll, I can definitely see situations where I would want more space.

    I had free space in both end pockets, and lots of room in the main compartment as well. So then I decided to add a few more things. I put a beach kit into a #3TSS – swimsuit, coverup and sun hat.
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0811-jpg

    I also added a knitting project in a TT, and another in a small YSS. I also added a book and a rolled up REI Flash 18 pack for a day pack (a place holder until I get a DLBP!!).
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0809-jpg

    It all fit like a charm. (I somehow didn't get a photo with everything in). The A45 is definitely a heavier load, but the Dyneema helps. I would just need to be careful not to take advantage of the stretch and really overload it.
    Help!  What am I doing wrong?  Aeronaut rolls at the bottom in backpack mode.-img_0807-jpg

    So what’s the bottom line? Well, I am glad everyone shared their great advice and talked me down on the A45 panic – it really does matter how you pack it! I am also kind of glad that I panicked and as a result ordered an A30 – I thought for sure it would be too small for me, but am THRILLED that I can fit everything in it relatively easily – it is so small on my back!! So I think for now, even though it is a huge splurge, I’m going to keep both, because I think wherever I can, I’ll use the A30, but there will just be some trips where I will want/need a little bit more space. And dyneema/island – just so pretty!!!

    Thanks again for all the words of wisdom. I am really learning to be a packing ninja!

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    I don't know, it looks like Cat is indifferent to the A30, but rolling around in glee for the A45.... I'm pretty sure s/he is voting to keep island around!!
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    Hahahaha... this is true - but Reni had to be escorted from the room when I was packing the A30 because he kept tearing into my packing cubes, so he didn't have an opportunity to share his full opinion on the matter.

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    Hangs head. I caved and packed my Tumi roller bag. But I have my Dyneema DLBP, Island LSB, NWS SSB and several more TB goodies with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilkyway View Post
    Toblerhous somehow can't "like" at the moment, but I do like your pictures a lot.
    May I ask how tall your children are? Thouse Synapses are looking great on them.

    Ilkyway
    I don't know their height! Somewhere between 4 1/2 and 5 feet. They are 9 and 11 in that photo, and are about 50% percentile height for their age group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toblerhaus View Post
    I don't know their height! Somewhere between 4 1/2 and 5 feet. They are 9 and 11 in that photo, and are about 50% percentile height for their age group.
    @Ilkyway, You can estimate their heights from the picture, since they are all standing in a line, and you know @Toblerhaus' height is 5'6" (1676 mm). Draw a line (or put a piece of clear tape, or overlay the edge of a clear transparent sheet) diagonally along where their feet are placed. Then measure the heights up from the center of where they are standing, and scale from @Tobkerhaus' height. I did this on my iPad screen, and I estimate her son at 4'4" (1311 mm) and her daughter at 4'8" (1426 mm). There's a likely "slop" in this process, so I could easily be 2-3" (50-75 mm) off.

    HTH

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