The Travel Cubelet
In Production in Seattle, Washington, USA
Ready To Order / Ships On…
Friday, October 27th at 8:00am Pacific Time
Island Halcyon, Northwest Sky Halcyon, Viridian, Mars Red, Grass, Black, Alphaviolet, Dawn
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Meet the Travel Cubelet—we humbly present it to you as the elusively perfect mini travel purse (maybe not so humbly after all…). It’s not too big…and not too small. It has lots of pockets—four, to be exact, including the main compartment—but not so many pockets that they would confound in use.
But wait, let’s go back to the beginning of the story! This summer, we introduced the Cubelet, a new style of Organizer Pouch. You guys liked it as much as we did, and gave us some feedback too: “The Cubelet is great. I’d like one that’s slightly bigger to fit my phablet” and “maybe with a little more organization” and “can you make it fit my 15-inch MacBook Pro?”
When we heard all that (well, except for the last one), a lightbulb went off: perhaps a larger Cubelet, with more organization, could be our elusive mini-travel-unicorn-bag?
Prototypes were made. Prototypes were tested. And we found our answer: yes.
It’s amazing how much can fit in the Travel Cubelet. In the photo above, it’s packed as an in-flight amenities bag.
The flight is over, you’ve reached your destination, and a few items are swapped out to make the Travel Cubelet your main carry.
The Travel Cubelet needn’t be stored away waiting for its next trip: it can also be used as an every day carry.
Stowaway Personal Carry-on Convertible Travel Briefcase / Backpack
Stowaway Packing Cubes
Yeoman Duffel Packing Cubes
Airplane Baseball Cap, Cotton or Wool
Updated (O-ring placement was changed to accommodate the new Pouchkins) First/Second Aid Pouches with optional new First/Second Aid Pouchkins
525 colors: Mars Red, Deep Blue, Black, Cloud, Alphaviolet, Olive
210 colors: Viridian, Dawn, Canyon, Grass, Cloud, Black
Debut Items That Are In Production…
The Stowaway (Estimated Shipping Date: Early August)
Stowaway Packing Cubes (Estimated Shipping Date: Early August)
The Luminary (Late July)
Synapse 19 in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late August)
Synapse 25 in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Mid-August)
Shop Bag in 210 HT ballistic nylon (Early September)
Small Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late July – Mid-August)
Medium Cafe Bag in 525 / 210 HT ballistic nylon (Late July – Mid-August)
maverick’s Stowaway video
First/Second Aid Pouch + Pouchkins
Small and Medium Cafe Bag Features
525d HT Ballistic Nylon video for our Materials Glossary
210d HT Ballistic Nylon video for our Materials Glossary
The Debut In Photos
You know us: we can’t leave good enough alone. Our Aeronaut 45 maximum carry-on travel bag has been updated with a couple of new features and a few materials updates.
All Aeronaut 45s available for order have these new features.
#10 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers with Lockable Sliders
We’ve changed the #10 zipper sliders on the main compartment and both end compartments of the Aeronauts to be the same #10 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers with lockable sliders found on the Hero’s Journey — you can now easily add a luggage lock to any or all of these compartments. You might want to do this to add some security when your Aeronaut is unattended or out of sight. For example: leaving it with a concierge, walking with it on your back in crowds, or checking it with the airline. We recommend any of the commonly available TSA certified luggage locks. Don’t ever lock your bag? Es bueno — simply don’t use this feature.
#8 YKK Aquaguard Coil Zippers
The diagonal end pocket zippers now feature #8 zippers, which are a bit easier to open and close than the #10 zippers. Nice when you’re trying to access those pockets when your Aeronaut is wedged into an overhead bin or under a seat. They’re still water repellant AquaGuard zippers, so we’ve got you covered.
Interior Grab Handles
We added two simple webbing loop handles that are accessible only when the main hatch is unzipped. Tom noticed he wanted grab handles when he needed to move his Aeronaut in the middle of packing/unpacking it, like from the bed to the bureau. They drop to the inside and are only there when you need them.
3/8″ / 10mm Thick Removable Back Panel Foam Padding
The back panel foam padding is now 3/8″ / 10mm thick (it was originally 1/4″ / 6mm): this will provide you a bit more comfort if you’ve any pokey items in your Aeronaut. The additional thickness also translates into a tad more vertical stability/rigidity — it’s not an internal frame, but will provide a more comfortable carry when carried as a backpack. The foam wraps around the bottom a bit more as well, which yet again adds a bit more comfort when it’s on your back. It also is removable/swappable (thanks to a zipper hidden inside the lining) so you can replace it if it ever gets creased or crushed (unlikely, but foam can age over time with lots of heavy use), and/or remove it entirely if you don’t find you need it and want to save the weight/bulk.
#5 YKK Vislon® Molded Tooth Zippers
Finally, the short zippers that create and define the interior compartments are now molded tooth Vislon rather than coil. You’ll find they are a bit easier to zip and unzip, in case you do that sort of thing much.
The new Aeronaut 45 is also the first bag to mark the return of our Portable Culture logo label; more on that here.
Tom has made several design updates to our Parental Unit diaper bag inspired by feedback posted on our Forums, shared with us by friends and family who use the P.U., and Tom’s observations of it in use.
All Parental Units available for order include these new features and updates.
We’ve also introduced a new accessory — Wheelchair or Stroller Straps — that allows one to hang the Parental Unit on the back of a stroller. As the name indicates, the Wheelchair or Stroller Straps can also be used to hang a bag on the back of a wheelchair. The straps work with any of our bags that have 1-1/2″ d-ring shoulder strap attachment points; see the Wheelchair or Stroller Straps page for a complete list of those bags. We’re working on photos and videos that demonstrate this new accessory in use with both strollers and wheelchairs: stay tuned!
The updated P.U. has two simple 1” / 25mm webbing handles, just inside the zipper of the main compartment. These two handles give you an easy way to grab and move or carry the P.U. while its main compartment is zipped open. This is mostly to use while loading/unloading the Parental Unit, moving it from kitchen to nursery for example. Because the handles are sewn inside, they politely disappear when you zip the bag shut; they give you a nice way to hang the P.U. up on a coat hook as well. (New Aeronauts have similar handle loops to facilitate moving while packing.)
Longer Main Compartment Zipper
Tom has extended the length of the main compartment zipper by over 4” / 100mm. This will not only make packing and unpacking your stuff easier, but allows a better view as you down into the depths of the bag. That main zipper now has two sliders as well.
Snap Divider Becomes Zipper Divider
The main compartment divider has changed from a snap closure to a zipper closure, much like the one in the front compartments of the Western Flyer and Tri-Star. This closure, as you may recall, joins the two interior pouches together to form a divider: if you choose to use it, the main compartment of the Parental Unit goes from one big expanse to four smaller divisions – depending on your packing style, it can be an nice option. It’s a #5 YKK Vislon® molded tooth zipper, in case you were taking notes.
A Little Wider, A bit More Volume
The bottom of the original P.U. was about ~7.1” / 180mm thick; we pushed that out to ~7.9” / 200mm. This of course gives you a tiny bit more room (13.5 liters / 825 cu.in. as opposed to 13 liters / 795 cu.in.), and depending on what you pack and how you pack your P.U., it will now tend to stand upright better on its own.
The Side Kick is a larger version of our Side Effect, a bag that evolved directly from user feedback (mostly from folks on our Forums). Though twice the volume, the Side Kick is still of modest size, and is overall a highly useful little bag. We’ve added more internal pockets for further organization, and we’ve nudged the O-ring placement around a bit to better match the design of our Organizer Pouches.
Little Swift: Encore, Encore!
The Little Swift is the smaller version of our Swift knitting bag—a shoulder bag specifically for knitters and crafty types, designed by Tom in collaboration with the readers of Knitty® magazine. Though it was officially retired in 2014, we’ve decided to bring it back for one more production run. To make this encore extra fun, we’re offering the Little Swift in a ton of special color combinations
Snake Charmer: Design Update and New Sizes
Originally intended to organize small electronic accessories, our handy two-compartment Snake Charmer can be used in umpteen other ways: ad-hoc toiletries kit, tool bag, or even as a nifty lunch kit. We’re now offering the Snake Charmer in two sizes—Small and Large—and have updated its design: we tweaked the shape, swapped the #8 zippers with metal sliders with #5 zippers with plastic sliders, and added an extra O-ring to each compartment and a triangle snap-hook on one end.
Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack
The Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack is a lightweight pack that can be used in-transit as a Packing Cube inside of our Aeronaut 30 convertible travel bag. Once you’ve reached your destination, it can be unpacked, turned right side out, and carried as a backpack, sling bag or waist pack.
Three New Sizes of Yeoman Duffel
The Yeoman Duffel is about to get even more useful now that we’ve introduced it in three new sizes: Mini, Small, and Medium. The Yeomen nest together perfectly when they’re not in use; when you’re ready to embark on your next adventure, they will be at the ready to cheerfully schlep all the necessary gear.
What can’t this size be used for?! It’s a great bag for stowing car gear: first aid kit, snacks, chargers, sunscreen, water bottles. Or use it as a basic needs overnight bag with a change of clothes, a few toiletries, and a phone charger. It’s also the perfect size for hauling kid treasures—and because it’s made of tough 1050d Ballistic nylon, it can withstand being dragged around.
We know folks who use the Yeoman Duffel, Size Small as a golf bag or a small gym bag. We’ve used ours to pack food supplies for trips to the cabin. It’s also great as a family day trip bag: pack your sunscreen, jackets, hats, binoculars, tablets, coloring books/art supplies, snacks, and be on your way.
You can fit a surprising amount of gear into the Yeoman Duffel, Size Medium. And, honestly, one of the great things about it is that you can unceremoniously toss stuff into it when you’re in a rush. There’s no small compartments or pockets on the inside to get in your way. Toss in your gear and go! The Medium is a great size for two people to share as a travel bag: let your stuff co-mingle, or use color-coded Packing Cubes to keep “mine” separate from “yours.”
We used our Yeoman Duffel, Size Large to pack and check on our flight (those lockable luggage sliders came in handy!) a three-person tent, four sleeping bags, four sleeping pads and a first-aid-kit for a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It can also hold enough linens for a queen sized bed: sheets, duvet/comforter, and two pillows—perfect for toting to family reunions or holiday gatherings when you know there won’t be enough bedding to go around.
Travel Tray, Small
The Travel Tray, Small joins our original size of Travel Tray (now named size Large). This was a last minute addition to the items debuting today: we designed, made, and tested this new size of Travel Tray in under two weeks. It was inspired by Saltgirl of the TB Forums, who kindly agreed to swing by our Seattle Factory Showroom and test the prototype that we had made. With her approval and that of Tom, Nik, and the rest of the crew here at the factory, the Travel Tray, Small was made.
Bags in Island Halcyon 200d
Back in early 2016, members of our Forum voted to make Island Halcyon 200d a regular offering. We’re excited to re-introduce Island, which will join the existing Halcyon 200d lineup: Iberian, Wasabi, Ultraviolet, and Northwest Sky. Starting today, look for Island as a bag lining and color option for accessories—click here for a list of specific items.
Bags in Sitka, Monarch, and Fjord Halcyon 200d
We thought we had used up all of these three Limited Edition fabrics in early spring. Imagine our surprise when we found some of each tucked away in a corner! This happy discovery led us to make some bags and accessories in Sitka (emerald green), Monarch (dark orange), and Fjord (dark teal). A detailed list of which bags and accessories are available in Sitka, Monarch, and Fjord can be found here.
Due to popular request, we’ve come up with a 1” Padded Hip Belt designed to work with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec backpacks — three of our most popular backpacks used for travel, every day carry, and day-hiking.
If you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec and it works for you but you’d like to upgrade to a padded version, then the 1” Padded Hip Belt is likely to make your day.
Sold as a matching left and right pair, the pads attach via Gatekeeper clips to the 1″ webbing loops which normally accept the simple webbing waist belt (the one that comes standard with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec). Made of .375″ / 10mm EVA closed cell foam with a protective laminated cover of heavy duty polyester knit, the set of two pads joins front and center with a sturdy, dual adjust side release buckle. The pads are contoured and, when attached to the above mentioned backpacks, form a slight conical shape, encouraging the belt to ride on top of your hip bones.
The 1” Padded Hip Belt is available in one size that adjusts to fits hips measuring between 33″ / 84cm and 50″ / 125cm. Want a different size? We’d be glad to see what we can come up with in the factory: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good things to know:
The benefits of utilizing webbing or padded hip belts or even a sternum strap, especially in smaller packs, are subjective. Some folks swear by it and others don’t find that it makes much of a difference for them. Our goal is to give you as many options as we can (within the confines of good design) so that you can create the best carrying experience and set-up for yourself.
Using a pack like the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec with a padded hip belt isn’t an invitation to carry more weight than is reasonable. Think of it instead as a way to potentially shift a bit of the weight of the bag onto your hips to make your carrying experience that much more comfortable. Taller people (those 6’2″ and taller) in particular may find that the overall length of these three bags do not predispose them to fully utilizing the weight carrying abilities of a padded hip belt. If you make good use of the webbing waist belt included with your Synapse or Smart Alec want a more comfortable version better capable to offset the weight of your pack, the 1″ Padded Hip Belt could be a great option for you.
The Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec do not have internal frame sheets with aluminum stays like The Guide’s Pack and Hero’s Journey do. (A frame sheet without a stay? It’ll keep pointy objects from poking you, but doesn’t provide significant vertical rigidity, but that’s for another time.) Because of that, the efficacy of the 1″ Padded Hip Belt may be limited for some depending on the weight they carry, how they pack, and their height. Will we add frame sheets with stays to these three bags? Unlikely. Oftentimes, frame sheets/internal frames are used in smaller bags because of two things: they allow you to overstuff a backpack without experiencing the back of the overstuffed backpack barreling or curving out against the spine and they allow you to toss your gear inside without as much consideration for comfort (it’s okay if the pokey water bottle is against your back.) The trade-offs, however, are these: frame sheets/internal frames add weight and they make bags stiff, which can make it more difficult to squeeze them into an already-full overhead bin, under the seat in front of you, or in other tight spaces. Frame sheets can also let us get away without truly feeling our packing list and meditating on what we’re carrying and where we’re packing it: for some folks, this works, and for others, it removes the part of the process in which we exercise discernment in what we carry and how we carry it (which can totally be part of the fun!) In short, frame sheets would make these bags very different than what they are, and we might love them less because of that.
Our Aeronaut 30, Aeronaut 45, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer travel bags all have 1” webbing loops that can accept the 1” Padded Hip Belt. If you’ve been hoping for a Padded Hip Belt for your TB travel bag, then this may be your best option. We’re not officially recommending the 1” Padded Hip Belt as an option for these bags because the aforementioned travel bags are larger and do not have internal frames, and because the attachment point for a waist belt is somewhat high, the 1” Padded Hip Belt can end up riding high on some folks, especially those who are taller. Same advice we gave earlier applies here: if you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your travel bag it works for you but you’d like to upgrade to a padded version, then feel free to give the 1” Padded Hip Belt a whirl, and let us know how it works for you (maybe you’ll change our minds!)
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 25 backpack.
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 19 backpack.
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Synapse 19 backpack.
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Smart Alec backpack.
1″ Padded Hip Belt attached to the Smart Alec backpack.
It’s here! The Hero’s Journey is in-stock and ready to ship in colors Black Halcyon/Northwest Sky and Nordic Halcyon/Northwest Sky. Colors Black Halcyon/Iberian and Nordic Halcyon/Wasabi are in production with an estimated shipping date of mid-November.
Our new Hero’s Journey is convertible travel luggage that allows you to fly to your destination, and then backpack or hut hop, all without checking baggage. If you are familiar with our Aeronaut 30 and 45 travel bags, you’re already aware of the advantages of a carry-on bag that can be worn as a backpack: unlike wheeled bags, a backpack frees you from the smooth sidewalk and the paved path, allowing you move adroitly over any surface your feet can handle. The Hero’s Journey takes this mobility even further, encouraging you to realize the dream of a fast and light escape to wide exotic mountain vistas and windswept highlands.
The Hero’s Journey is actually two bags that work both together and alone: when properly configured and reasonably packed, the main bag meets the maximum FAA recommended dimensions for carry-on luggage, and the smaller Top Pack easily qualifies as a “personal carry-on item.” Upon reaching your destination airport or the beginning of your hike, zip the two components together, attach the hip belt (and optional Side Pockets if desired), and you’ve got a 55 liter internal frame pack, suitable for short-to-medium range backpacking trips or hut hopping.
Travel pillows can be so very comfortable, but they can also be so very bulky. Our new Pocket Travel Pillow, on the other hand, lets you make use of the clothing you’re already packing to create a cozy rest for your head whether you’re on a plane or train, in your tent, or under the stars.
The Pocket Travel Pillow is a simple case made of ultralight sleeping bag fabric. Stuff in your jacket, sweater, or extra layers and you can enjoy the comforts of home. If you’ve been making due wadding up your jacket into a pillow, we promise: this is much more comfortable.
When you’re not using it as a pillow, the Pocket Travel Pillow tucks away into its own little pocket, complete with a small loop to secure it to a Key Strap so it’s easy to find. And it weighs almost nothing, so why not bring it along?
Here’s a quick video we made that demonstrates how the Pocket Travel Pillow works:
We’re happy to introduce our Key Straps in five bold and new (yet familiar) colors of nylon webbing.
Key Straps have long been available in Black webbing and, later, in Coyote webbing. For several years now we’ve also made Key Straps from our Halcyon fabric, and though they work just fine, I’ve never really been satisfied with the aesthetic.
About two years ago, we started kicking around the idea of having color-matched webbing made for us, but then I got distracted, had lunch, designed a bunch of new bags, went for countless hikes, and generally forgot about the whole thing. But every once in a while I’d find myself using a Halcyon Key Strap, and I’d think to myself “This has got to change—these are great, but we can do even better.”
We finally did follow through, and now here they are: Key Straps in five new colors of nylon webbing. Wasabi, Northwest Sky, Iberian, Island and Ultraviolet. So along with Black and Coyote, there’s now seven colors of Key Strap, each in two lengths and two varieties (Snaphook/Snaphook or Snaphook/O-Ring).
For those of you uninitiated into the world of Key Straps: they’re handy short straps that attach to O-rings sewn inside all our bags, and they allow you to tether small stuff that might easily sneak out of a pocket or compartment, like when you’re removing larger items or otherwise not paying attention. Key Straps allow you to be double sure that important items (your keys, for example) are not only inside your bag, but further tethered to it as well. Of course you can color code all that stuff too, and we’ve just given you even more options for that—or if you’re like me, you’ll just have another excuse to add more color to life.
Our new Island, Wasabi, Ultraviolet, Iberian, and Northwest Sky Key Straps are in-stock, ready to ship, and available for order on the Key Strap page.
P.S. For more photos of the new colors of Key Straps, check out this post by Ilkyway in the Forums.
Halcyon 400 denier is the big brother of our Halcyon 200 denier, and in a way, a cousin to 420HT Parapack. Made for us in Japan, it’s a ripstop fabric woven of 420 denier nylon (base fabric) with a square grid of 400 denier UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) yarns every .25″ / 6mm. UHMWPE is one of the strongest fibers known to man, and is almost impossible to tear.
The Aeronaut 45 is now in stock and ready to ship in the following Halcyon 400d exterior color combinations:
We posted a very early heads-up on our March 1st, 2019 (roughly 6%) price increase in the Forums along with news of Shop Bags in 210d ballistic nylon.
Ben Brooks has published a review of Nik’s Minimalist Wallets and @everydaycommentary posted about his every day carry step up (hint: it includes a Minimalist Wallet!)
Our 2018 Holiday Schedule is up. Check it out for important shipping deadlines and our holiday hours. P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the rare Saturday on December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm Pacific Time.
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