Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle vs. Tom Bihn Aeronaut

 
 
 
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Runner-up
 
Winner
 

9pts

 

8.4pts


 

Total

 

High quality, durable material made with Timbuk2’s signature craftsmanship

Build

Solid construction and materials. Built to last a lifetime

How heavy is it? Super light! This is the lightest bag in the Carry-On Travel Backpack category

Packability

Because of being a no nonsense bag they manage to keep the bag very light

This bag is very simple but gets the job done well.

Functionality

Covers all the basics and well thought through except for lack of a laptop sleeve

Looks great and has a rugged yet sleek look about it.

Originality

Simple and yet stylish in its own way. Has a sort of elegance to it.

Comes at a great price. We consider it much better valued than the other travel backpacks reviewed

Value

This is the most expensive bag in the Travel Backpack category. But get a bag to last a lifetime.


reasons to travel with this

  • The lightest backup in our carry-on travel backpack category
  • Comes with 4 handles which allows for easy grabbing
  • One of the few backpacks that includes a well thought though shoulder strap for “briefcase” mode
  • High quality clips for the optional backpack straps.
  • Laptop sleeve close to back allowing for good weight distribution
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
 
  • All around solid construction that holds up under rough travel conditions
  • Great YKK lockable zippers that function well and don’t get stuck or hard to open
  • The sturdy handles on three sides make it easy to quickly grab from any angle
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • Much lighter than many of the other bags reviewed
  • The large opening allows for easy access to all contents

things to consider

  • Similar to other backpacks, the straps can be uncomfortable with extended use
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • No good organization for smaller items
  • Some complaints of lack of internal frame (but this keeps the weight down)
  • Not much padding for laptop sleeve (again this keeps the weight down)
 
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • There is no laptop sleeve which can complicate when packing time comes
  • Both the hip-strap and the shoulder strap are extra costs
  • Not much organization, Tom Bihn recommends buying packing cubes (though it seems that all those who did buy packing cubes say they would never go back to packing without them!)

notable features and specs

  • Volume: 40L
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 20.9 x 7.9 in. (40 x 53 x 20cm)
  • Materials: Durable ballistic nylon and fabric reinforced tarpaulin fabric construction
  • Fits up to 17” Laptop
  • Padded pocket under the main flap for your iPad
 
  • Volume: 45L
  • Weight: 2lb7oz-3lb1oz (1095-1395grams)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9in (555 x 355 x 230mm)
  • Materials:1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon
  • YKK zippers

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Brief Thoughts

My friend and fellow TWT reviewer suggested we include the Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle because he owns it and loves it. Though it didn’t end up in the top three it was by an incredibly close margin (a $20 price difference!). This is the lightest bag in the travel backpack category. Here at TWT we love Timbuk2 for their creativity, quality, and style. This travel backpack exemplifies all of these qualities in the design and creation of this bag. A great bag at a great price!

 

The interesting thing about the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that it is hard to find negative reviews for it. With few exceptions, the people who own it, love it! Tom Bihn has a proven track record of making high quality bags. Though the price tag is a little higher than the other bags, you know you are getting quality in your purchase. This bag is incredibly versatile and could be taken on a whole range of trips from business to pleasure. For the traveler wishing to invest in a bag to last for many years then the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is my recommendation.


in summary

When comparing these two bags the reason I chose the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that, despite its high price tag, it is built to last (and proven to do so).  If you are the kind of traveler that prefers high quality (regardless off price) then I would recommend the Aeronaut. For those looking to safe a few bucks and still have a great bag then the Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle is the bag for you.



PS. We did the research so you don't have to. The sources for our research used to make this resource available to you are posted at the bottom of the original product reviews for "Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle" & "Tom Bihn Aeronaut."


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