Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30L

By: Tom Bihn
Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30L
Spatial Dimensions

30L - 1.3kg - 21 x 33 x 51

Airline Compatibility

✈️ 98% (195/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 98% of airlines.

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Our Thoughts

The Aeronaut 30, or A30, is an excellent bag for shorter trips or super minimalist travel. With only 30L the bag has a limited capacity for gear but makes up for that with its small size.

Most carry-on only bags come in at 40L or 45L which can be too much for shorter trips. In my experience, if you have capacity in your luggage, you will fill it with something.

The typical scenario that happens to me is I have a four day trip for work. I break out my 40L bag and pack half of it with four nights worth of clothes. Then I end up filling the rest with of the carry-on with things like exercise gear, redundant technology like a backup charger, and extra shirts and clothes that I won't wear.

With a 30L carry-on, you avoid all that overpacking, and you'll only carry and travel with what you need. 45L is a lot of weight to support while standing in a security line.

The A30, like every bag, is made with ballistic fiber. Using the term "ballistic" fiber for a carry-on is pretty weird. I don't want my bag to survive a gunshot, I want the bag to survive being scraped against a concrete sidewalk while I wait for a taxi.

I realize ballistic fiber is probably a marketing term more than anything else. I guess surviving gunshots makes the exterior tough.

πŸ‘ Reasons to Buy

  • High capacity at 30L. Can definitely fit a lot of your things.
  • Reliable and great materials are used in creating this pack which means it'll last.
  • Great water resistance

πŸ€” Things to Consider

  • Does not feature a dedicated tech pocket so you might need to reconsider bringing your tech stuff.
  • Can get uncomfortable in backpack mode after long period of time.
  • Isn't the best bag as daypack but for longer trips, this would be really useful.

πŸ”Ž Reviews

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30L Review

"The Aeronaut 30 is one of Tom Bihn’s most well-known bags and for a good reason. The duffel style backpack is extremely versatile since it is perfect for ultralight car camping, minimal plane travel, and short weekend trips."

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 Review

"The Aeronaut 30 is something you’ll be sure to use in various occasions. Also, one thing you can always be sure of the top-notch quality and support you’ll get from Tom Bihn. I never saw any bag that is so well made and where the after purchase support is so strong. You basically get what you pay for it."


Compression N
Expanded Capacity None
Opening Other
Passport side
Passthrough N
Backpack H
Frame N
Handles 4
Hip Belt R
Shoulder Strap R
Sternum Strap R
Hydration N
Main Compartments 5
Organizer N
Shoe Compartment N
Lash Points 2
Hard Shell False
Molle N
Rain-fly N
Water Bottle Holder 0
Water Resistant Y
1050 denier ballistic nylonOR ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining

Compatible Airlines

Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Asia, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Berlin (Closed), Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Nostrum, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Transat, Air Wisconsin, AirAsiaX, Aircalin, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nipon Airways, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, ANA, Asiana Airlines, ATA Airlines, Atlas Global, Austrian, Avianca , Azerbaijan Airlines, Azul Airlines, Azul Linhas, Bahamasair, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh, Blue Air, Boliviana de Aviacion, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cape Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CommutAir, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Croatia Air, Cubana de Aviacion, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, Dragonair, easyJet, EL AL, Emirates Airlines, Enter Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flair Air, flybe, Frontier Airlines, Gol Linhas Aereas, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Indigo, InselAir, Interjet, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Air, Island Air, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet2, jetBlue Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Juneyao Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Kulula, Kuwait Air, LATAM , LC PerΓΊ, Liat Airlines, Linea Aerea Amaszonas, Lion Air Group, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Meridiana Fly, Mesa Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Norwegian, Oman Air, Onur Air, Pakistan International, Peach, Pegasus Airlines, PenAir, Philippine Airlines, Porter Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Regional Express, Republic Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, S7, SAS Scandinavian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sky Airlines, Skywest, Inc., South African Airways, Southwest Airlines, SpiceJet, Spirit Airlines, Spring Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Sun Country, Sun Express, Swiss Int'l Air Lines, TAAG Angola, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, TAROM, Thai Airways, Thomson Airways, Tianjin Airlines (A320 & E190), Tianjin Airlines (E145), Tiger Airways, Trans States, Travel Service Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ukraine International, United Airlines, Ural Airlines, uTair Airlines, Uzbekistan Air, Vietnam Airlines, VIM Airlines (Closed), Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vivaaerobus, VivaColombia, Volaris, Volotea, WestJet, Wizz Air, WOW Airlines, Xiamen

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