A few months ago Rob bought the Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 bag. After going through four or five roller suitcases in just as many years, he was ready for a suitcase that wasn’t made cheaply. I have borrowed it a couple of times as I decided if it was time for me to upgrade from a roller suitcase as well and I thoroughly enjoyed using it both times. Pros- the packing cubes, the weight, and not having to roll a bag!
- With the packing cubes, everything has its own place. This level of organization not only helped me stay organized on my trips, but it helped me streamline my packing and eliminate items that I didn’t need.
- The biggest pro of the Tom Bihn bag is how lightweight it is. My roller bag on it’s own (not packed) weighs 10 pounds. The Tom Bihn bag weighs three. That is an extra seven pounds of weight, in addition to the weight you add, that you are lugging around with a traditional roller suitcase. Since the Tom Bihn itself is light, there is more control over how heavy or light your bag is. And that is the difference between being miserable as you walk around airports and navigate new cities, or being happy doing the same.
Cons- Not a lot of room for shoes or my computer and work stuff
- If I want to bring my running shoes on a trip that means I am not bringing any other pair besides what I wear onto the plane. While this con will help me streamline my packing lists even more, sometimes I need more than two pairs of shoes. For example, sometimes we are traveling for a wedding or other special event and I need heels or a nice pair of shoes.
- Normally I carry my computer and work stuff in a backpack and roll my suitcase. Because I prefer to carry the Tom Bihn like a backpack, I can’t also carry my work backpack. So I am still figuring out the best way to bring work stuff. Again a solution would be to pack less so that my computer and computer bag fit in my suitcase, but that is not something I have succeeded at yet.
Overall-- I enjoyed using Rob’s Tom Bihn bag the couple of times I borrowed it, and I look forward to getting my own. I loved that everything had it’s place within the bag, and I loved carrying it on my back. And neither of the cons are deal breakers to me. They just mean that when I get my own, I need to learn to pack less and get creative about packing when I do need a few extra things.
*Wishlist* -- When I get my own, I would like a waist strap to help ease the weight of the bag.
We have a trip planned to Argentina this winter and my goal is to have my own Tom Bihn by then. I am looking forward to picking out which cubes I should get and what colors I want!