ChrisG: Empire Builder and Aeronaut on a Cross-Country Train Trip
My daughter and I rode Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Emeryville, CA (across the Bay from San Francisco) to Omaha, NE. Well, technically we rode it past Omaha to Creston, IA because the Omaha station was closed due to the flooding on the Missouri River.
I received my new bags a few days before the trip. The EB is my new EDC bag for work, but the Aeronaut was pretty much purchased because of this trip.”
Tom Introduces Forest Green 1050d Ballistic Nylon
“In the summer of 1973, I hiked the West Coast Trail on the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I carried a backpack I had made for the trip — it was forest green, and I always thought it was the most perfect shade of green. That particular color will, in my mind, always be linked to that adventure, and is the inspiration for our new Forest Green 1050d ballistic nylon. Maybe our Aeronaut or Tri-Star in Forest Green will be a part of your next adventure.”
Available for pre-order in Forest:
Aeronaut in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
Tri-Star in Forest/Steel or Forest/Ultraviolet
ID in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Empire Builder Black/Forest/Steel
Super Ego in Black/Forest/Cayenne
Co-Pilot in Forest/Steel
In stock: Tri-Star, Swift, 4Z Brain Cell, Small Cafe, more
In-stock and ready to ship:
Tri-Star in Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, and Steel/Solar.
Swift, all colors: Cocoa/Olive, Olive/Plum, Olive/Linen, Plum/Black, Black/Black, Kiwi/Black, and Navy/Steel.
Small Cafe Bag, all colors: Olive/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, Cocoa/Wasabi, Plum/Wasabi, Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Steel, Linen/Olive, Crimson/Steel, and Conifer/Steel.
3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors: Black, Steel, Indigo, Olive, Conifer, and Plum.
New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Welcome Back, Storm 1000d Cordura
Photo: Kit in all colors (sixth new ballistic nylon color greyed out)
The Travelite® FAQ on our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon
“The cardinal red color was introduced today on Bihn’s blog. While Bihn fans may already be familiar with his previous crimson ballistic nylon, his blog entry includes a photo comparing the two reds side by side, and it’s obvious that the new cardinal red is a much deeper hue. If you’re looking for a travel bag that’s not your ordinary neutral tone, but you shy away from the really bright colors, you’ll want to take a look at the cardinal. It’s a big pop of color, but it’s deep and rich. If you’re looking for a bag with standout color, the cardinal red is an instant classic.”
Introducing Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
This is the red of my dreams; the red I’ve quested after for years. It’s a deep red, rich and dark. A hint of black, and perhaps a bit of blue, distinguish our previous Crimson 1050d ballistic nylon from our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon. Working with the dye works to create this color was no simple feat, and we rejected countless iterations of the new red before finally approving Cardinal two months ago.
After choosing our new color, we had several brainstorming sessions to come up with its name. Many would call it “Cherry” or “Stanford Red”. I thought it’d be funny to call it “Bolshevik Red” but more reasoned voices prevailed. Someone (we can’t remember who) suggested Cardinal, which is defined as a deep, vivid red. Perfect. And it’s the name of a train. Even better. (Our Empire Builder and Zephyr briefcases are also named after trains.)
In the process of choosing Cardinal, which is our fifth color of 1050d U.S. ballistic nylon, we came up with a sixth color that everyone agreed we couldn’t leave behind. We’ll be unveiling 1050d Ballistic Nylon Color #6 next Tuesday. Stay tuned!
Our previous red – Crimson – is on the left. Cardinal is on the right.
The Tri-Star in Cardinal/Steel.
Handles of the Cardinal Tri-Star cut and ready to sew.
The Kit in Cardinal, with a Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber background.
A roll of the Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon in the factory.
A close-up of the ballistic nylon yarns.
Feedback on the Aeronaut Grab Handle
“I sure appreciated both of them one time I had to hustle with the bag … I had the absolute strap across my body and kept the Aeronaut steady by holding on to the side handles. I was wearing a different backpack on my back, otherwise it would have been secured there!”
“I adore all the thought put into these awesome bags!”
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used all of those handles in various situations. My Aeronaut is my rock.”
Read more feedback on the Aeronaut grab handles — and post your own — on Facebook.