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Aer Travel Pack 3 X-Pac Trip Report - how many girl scout cookies can it fit?
Just got my Aer Travel Pack 3 in X-Pac and took it on my first trip from Germany to the states for a couple weeks. Packed 7 days of clothes (with a plan to wash), 16" MacBook Pro, 11" iPad Pro, cables, MagSafe battery, and the like. Worked great and packed up nicely on the way there.
The black on black looks cold, but I think what gets me is the rigid construction and the synthetic materials make the bag feel like more of a 'travel case' than a 'travel bag'. Can anyone relate to this? When I get back to my hostel late at night in a foreign city tired and buzzed I want my bag to feel like *home* because that's the closest thing I have to home. The Aer feels like a bit like a locker.
Review: Aer’s Travel Pack 3 Is a Globetrotter's Backpack Done Right
Opposite the bag’s expandable water bottle pocket is yet another quick-access pocket, meant for storing passports, wallets, and other small essentials. Final Thoughts On A Brilliant Pack. Overall, after the time we spent putting this bag through its paces, we went from liking Aer’s latest Travel Pack to loving it
I recently did an east coast trip where I brought a large carry-on and a backpack personal item that was pretty stuffed and I noticed that I only used maybe 30% of the clothes I brought for 9 days. I came across this sub and have been doing a lot of research on what backpack would serve me well and it's come down to the Aer Travel Pack 3 small and the Peak Design Travel Backpack 30L. It came down to these two because they satisfy these reasons more than most bags:.
AER Travel Pack 3 Small (my first AER product). I was looking for a onebag to fit under a plane seat that opens into a giant bathtub style pack with maximum room for packing cubes. Pros are that the pack is great looking, well thought-out, and appears to be bombproof.
-Aer Travel Pack 3: Exterior water bottle pocket is a bit loose. Too much organization (sooo many pockets!). -Able Carry Max: Great shoulder straps, but they anchored too high at the bottom which made it difficult and awkward to take off (had to bend/twist my arm higher to get out of the backpack). -Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault: simply don’t like how Mystery Ranch backpacks open.
Travel Bag Recommendations
All the bags you’ve mentioned (Minaal 3.0, Osprey Fairpoint and the Aer Travel Pack) are all going to be too big for day-to-day carrying imo. These are going to be more suitable for ‘true’ one bagging (ie when you travel without a checked bag). If you decide to opt against a checked bag, perhaps look at a packable day bag and one of your options above, or take a look at the Peak Design Travel Bag, as this is designed with photographers in mind, is effectively a big bucket of a bag, and can expand from 35-45l (although I think when expanded to the full 45l it is slightly too big for most airlines). For a daily carry, you ideally want to be looking at something 25l or less, even under 20l.
Aer Travel Pack 3 Review - Alex Kwa
Conclusion The Travel Pack 2 from Aer has long been one of my favorite bags for one bagging. The Travel Pack 3 elevated that experience with a few upgrades like load-lifting shoulder straps and compression straps that don't hinder access to the main compartments. While the upgrades are excellent, I personally wouldn't get a Travel Pack 3 if I already have a Travel Pack 2