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Tom Bihn Tri-Star: Perfect Bag for LCC travel in Europe?

Tom Bihn Tri-Star: Perfect Bag for LCC travel in Europe?

Old Nov 11, 09, 7:35 pm
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I have considered at least four possibilities of what could replace that cheapie disaster of a garment bag:

1: Tom Bihn's Aeronaut
2: Tom Bihn's Tri-Star
3: Tom Bihn's Western Flyer
4: MEI/Genuine Gear's Executive Overnighter
As you travel for business, it is logical to have more space rather then less (suits, shoes, sport jackets) and as you are travelling almost exclusively in the US, I recommend the legal maximum carry on bag that you can get. Therefrom from the Tom Bihn selection I recommend the Aeronaut. You may want to check out the Red Oxx Air Boss (also made in the USA) which is very popular and highly recommended.

I personally do not have experience with any of these bags and am looking for something smaller than the maximum, but that is because I will be carrying in Europe where the carry on restrictions are tougher.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 10:48 pm
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Thank you for your feedback.

I have received similar feedback from other sources as well, so I'm definitely looking at the Aeronaut. As far as Red Oxx offerings, I'm looking at the Sky Train, which is tremendously expensive but also well-regarded.

Now, the only question left for now is whether the Eagle Creek PackIt! Folders will work in either of these bags. I may try starting another thread for that one.

Thanks again.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by pred02 View Post
As you travel for business, it is logical to have more space rather then less (suits, shoes, sport jackets) and as you are travelling almost exclusively in the US, I recommend the legal maximum carry on bag that you can get. Therefrom from the Tom Bihn selection I recommend the Aeronaut. You may want to check out the Red Oxx Air Boss (also made in the USA) which is very popular and highly recommended.

I personally do not have experience with any of these bags and am looking for something smaller than the maximum, but that is because I will be carrying in Europe where the carry on restrictions are tougher.
I think there are some good suggestions there. But for a suit I would really recommend that you consider this

http://www.briggs-riley.com/category...arment-Bag_375

There are some really positive views of it here and it is on sale. B&R has an unbeatable warranty and this is a great bag from all I have read and heard. There may be some bags as good as B&R, I doubt that any are better.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 10:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Wingsley View Post
Thank you for your feedback.

I have received similar feedback from other sources as well, so I'm definitely looking at the Aeronaut. As far as Red Oxx offerings, I'm looking at the Sky Train, which is tremendously expensive but also well-regarded.

Now, the only question left for now is whether the Eagle Creek PackIt! Folders will work in either of these bags. I may try starting another thread for that one.

Thanks again.
Welcome to FT. I use the medium size, 15 inch I think, EC packing folder in my Skytrain. The larger one, 18 inch I think, is a little large although you can force it in.
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Old Nov 12, 09, 10:45 pm
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I really appreciate the helpful suggestions.

My biggest criteria for my future luggage purchase:

1: high-quality, USA-made
2: multi-carry-mode (carry handles, optional shoulder strap, backpackability most important)
3: meets FAA carry-on requirements
4: excellent customer support available
5: expandability/accesory options

I have not made any purchase decision. That's going to be a ways off. I have no immediate travel plans or funds for travel or new luggage. When the time comes, I want to know what I'm going after. You are helping me get there!

The folks over at Practical Hacks communicated with me about this issue, and assured me that the Eagle Creek 18-inch PackIt Folder will fit in either the Aeronaut or the Tr-Star, but not the Western Flyer, which is better suited to the 15-incher. All I need to know is that I can find a useful, quality carry-on for a suit. Looks like I can. That's useful to know.
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Old Nov 13, 09, 3:37 am
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Have you read the comment section of the video which I posted and which you kindly linked to? There is a link to a packing techniques thread on FT. Check that one out, too. Also on OBOW there are pictures of the "Suit-able" folding technique which should help to pack a jacket well. Finally, there should be a "treatise" on the EC folders based on a review by Kevin from practicalhacks. Check that one out, too. Essence: Do not pack the jacket in the folder but wrap it around the folder. Only shirts and ties go in the folder. No pants, either.

So much for detailed packing tips.

More specific to your point. The Aeronaut has an interior compartment of around 13x13. Even the 15" EC folder won't fit well. The 18 incher will fit if you open up the separations to the side compartments but still it's a pretty pointless exercise. It is not a good shape for packing suits. I'd strike that from your list. Others know that I don't particularly like the Aeronaut design anyway but for suits it is really not very suitable which almost everyone but the most die-hard fanboy will concede.

The Tri-Star would be the best suited bag in the TB line-up for your intended purpose.

It will be difficult to find a garment bag that is actually produced in the USA. Briggs Riley is designed here but produced in the far east. This doesn't mean that it is not high quality. It is about the highest quality you can buy and has an even better warranty than TB. Wallybags is a specialist in garment bags. They might be produced in the US but I am not sure. It is a US-based company, though, afaik.

Samsonite and Sandbar have some interesting looking garment duffel bags but I have never tried them. There are FT threads here about garment bags which you have certainly perused.

Your packing list sounds very good. It might be possible to skip the heavy jeans in favor of a lighter pair of khakis. If you only take a sport coat and no other suit it would probably be best to wear it. The sport coats are normally a bit less fragile than the real suits. Only caveat is the shoulder pad issue. When carrying a shoulder bag it is relatively easy to totally ruin the shoulder pad of your suit. Nothing but new pads will fix it and it is rare that you can get replacement pads that are the right fit for the suit and the shoulder.

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Old Nov 13, 09, 10:08 am
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I think there are some good suggestions there. But for a suit I would really recommend that you consider this

http://www.briggs-riley.com/category...arment-Bag_375
I concur that this is a great bag, while I do not have it I did read a number of reviews and B&R warranty is outstanding. As I am personally purchasing a bag that will primarily fit the leisure purpose with occasional business trips I am looking at something more casual, hence TB.

It will be difficult to find a garment bag that is actually produced in the USA. Briggs Riley is designed here but produced in the far east.
I believe same is true of Tumi and most commonly known American companies. If it is between utility and Made in the USA I would go with utility. 99% of people out there are traveling with bags made in the far East.
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Old Nov 13, 09, 12:30 pm
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I concur that this is a great bag, while I do not have it I did read a number of reviews and B&R warranty is outstanding. As I am personally purchasing a bag that will primarily fit the leisure purpose with occasional business trips I am looking at something more casual, hence TB.



I believe same is true of Tumi and most commonly known American companies. If it is between utility and Made in the USA I would go with utility. 99% of people out there are traveling with bags made in the far East.
I agree that the garment bag isnt optimal for casual use. I think that for that it is tough to beat Red Oxx or Tom Bihn. I love my Skytrain. I was suggesting the garment bag because someone you were responding to had mentioned traveling with suits. Sorry for any confusion.
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Old Nov 14, 09, 3:31 pm
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I agree that the garment bag isnt optimal for casual use. I think that for that it is tough to beat Red Oxx or Tom Bihn. I love my Skytrain. I was suggesting the garment bag because someone you were responding to had mentioned traveling with suits. Sorry for any confusion.
It's my bad I misread your reply. Your suggestion for business travel with B&R and TB or RD for casual/multipurpose is spot on!
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Old Nov 14, 09, 10:16 pm
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Which Tom Bihn or Red Oxx bag would you recommend for someone who isn't looking to travel with just one bag?

- Tom Bihn Tri-Star?

- Tom Bihn Aeronaut?

- Red Oxx Air Boss?

- Red Oxx Sky Train?

- something else altogether???

I would still be using a separate B&R computer bag as my second and smaller carry on. So my larger carry-on would be essentially just for clothes. Almost all of my travel is within USA. Most trips 3-4 days in length. I'm looking for something without wheels that would replace a 22 inch wheeled packing case.

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old Nov 17, 09, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Digits View Post
Which Tom Bihn or Red Oxx bag would you recommend for someone who isn't looking to travel with just one bag?

- Tom Bihn Tri-Star?

- Tom Bihn Aeronaut?

- Red Oxx Air Boss?

- Red Oxx Sky Train?

- something else altogether???

I would still be using a separate B&R computer bag as my second and smaller carry on. So my larger carry-on would be essentially just for clothes. Almost all of my travel is within USA. Most trips 3-4 days in length. I'm looking for something without wheels that would replace a 22 inch wheeled packing case.

Thanks for any feedback.

Western Fkyer or similar. Something in the 36 linear inch category should suffice. If traveling with a briefcase, especially if it's a heavy laptop filled briefcase, a roller (even an 18 inch model) might be a good solution. Two shoulder bags are not super practical.

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Old Nov 20, 09, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by tfar View Post
Western Fkyer or similar. Something in the 36 linear inch category should suffice. If traveling with a briefcase, especially if it's a heavy laptop filled briefcase, a roller (even an 18 inch model) might be a good solution. Two shoulder bags are not super practical.

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On my recent trip I observed all of the different types of bags that travelers were carrying or rolling through the airports. It is indeed much rarer to find someone with two shoulder bags than someone who has the typical rolling case along with briefcase/computer bag. For short trips, I can carry two bags, since the bag with clothing in is usually not very heavy. However, for anything 3 days or longer, I have to use the rolling case. I just haven't been able to accomplish the "one bag" travel concept as of yet.
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Old Nov 20, 09, 1:54 pm
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Digits, your impression is absolutely correct. My opinion is that one has to choose the right tools for the job. The lighter one can travel, the better. God knows I have gone to levels only perhaps one percent of travelers go to to travel light. Still, in some cases two bags simply make more sense and when there are two bags having one rolling bag is not a bad idea.

Read the thread I started on OBOW that started quite a storm there:
http://www.1bag1world.com/obow-light...um/post/894037

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Old Nov 20, 09, 2:13 pm
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Tri-star has arrived and I am taking it on a 50 day trip across Russia, China, and the Balkans. So far looks good, high quality. Originally they were OOS but after speaking them on the phone and letting TB know my travel dates they were able to produce one and deliver it on time. Thus far my experience with them has been great.

I will let everyone know how it goes.
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Old Nov 20, 09, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by tfar View Post
Digits, your impression is absolutely correct. My opinion is that one has to choose the right tools for the job. The lighter one can travel, the better. God knows I have gone to levels only perhaps one percent of travelers go to to travel light. Still, in some cases two bags simply make more sense and when there are two bags having one rolling bag is not a bad idea.

Read the thread I started on OBOW that started quite a storm there:
http://www.1bag1world.com/obow-light...um/post/894037

Till
Thanks for the link. That was actually quite funny!
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