I find myself travelling for work pretty regularly. Short trips in distance, just long enough to be annoying to pack for. I usually need 3 suits, and 5 days of general clothing-type items.
I often carry 2 bags, a Saddleback leather messenger bag for electronics and other small personal requirements, and a Filson weekender (note, an amazing bag, for trips up to 3 days). Between these two, I can usually balance what I need to travel/ stay. But its occasionally difficult to juggle them while I’m running through Reagan International after being delayed because the check-in line was filled with kids on a school trip.
While searching for an alternative bag solution I came across Aviation Luggage- a luggage maker based in Kildare, Ireland. I have a soft spot for things from Ireland, especially when they’re well made and generally useful. They make some really nicely designed travel bags, that simultaneously hold a decent amount while being easy to strap up and run. The largest of this type of bag they call the Parachuter.
From the founder of Aviation Luggage-
“The Parachuter Bag is the studio’s most innovative bag design. It is a contemporary backpack that features the best of traditional construction techniques with the finest quality leather. Each bag is designed and crafted by Garvan de Bruir at his design studio and workshop in Kildare,Ireland.
A single shoulder hide of leather wraps to form the main body of the bag, with additional hand-cut binding straps and skids for the base machine stitched in position.
As the bag begins to take shape, all of the stitching is done by hand with brad awl, needle and thread. The chunky stitching details combined with the robust bridle ensure the bag will last a lifetime.
Over time, your back will mould a comfortable concave shape into the body of the bag and the shoulder straps form to the top of your shoulders. With consistent maturing of the leather, the bag will become more and more comfortable with age.
When using the bag, there is an additional binding strap that secures the shoulder straps in front of your chest. Adding to the comfort and ability to run without any movement from the bag.
A perfect companion for all leisure, business and travel requirements, the extra large size hits the maximum aircraft carry-on specifications in Europe. There are a selection of sizes to fit different peoples body sizes and intended uses.”
See additional images of the bag below.
I think this would make for a really great travel alternative to my current (and perhaps too small) messenger bag. I especially like the way the straps connect across the chest to stabilize. Over all, a great looking bag from the motherland.