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75-100 airline trips and still going.
on October 21, 2011
It's not perfect but it is a very durable bag. I fly by air and usually check my bag, I have seen it airborne on its way into the baggage cart more than once. I drive to the airport and park my own car so the bag has been dragged across hot asphalt in the summer, ice and snow in the winter, and whatever that stuff is on the ground in spring and fall, the wheels still work without any complaints. I usually fly in smaller aircraft (Embraer 175s) and the bag fits in most overheads, but it is a snug fit. If you stuff it and use the expansion feature you may have a problem getting it into the overheads on all but the biggest aircraft.
And now the Good the Bad and the Ugly.
Two outside very accessible pockets, one good size one smallish. They stay closed.
Nice fat zippers that stay in place. I don't need or use a lock to keep them closed.
Durable fabric outside. Did finally get a small tear after about 75 trips.
Durable wheels, as in no problems after 2 years of constant use.
Inside fabric is still in good condition.
Interesting shade of Blue that is very recognizable in baggage claim.
Retractable handle has always worked, always. And I have been know to hang a smaller bags off the handle.
Roomy enough for 3-4 days of men's business casual cloths, some casual cloths, an extra pair of shoes, workout gear and the assorted other things that seem to find their way into your luggage when you travel often.
Using the expansion feature adds a lot of room, great for car, bus and train travel.
My stuff has always stayed dry.
Those attractive fat rounded seams started to wear fairly quickly, creating a furry, slightly shabby appearance. Surprisingly those same seams didn't wear through. It now has a well used look.
A zipper tab fell off last month, zipper still works just fine. With two slides on every zipper it's not an issue.
A flat bumper panel (skid) on the back fell off after a couple of months. Again surprisingly it didn't cause a rip in the fabric and the fabric hasn't worn through.
After a a couple of dozen trips the top lost some of the stiffness and got flabby so the whole bag looks bigger than it is. It's only an issue because the bag can look too big to fit in the overhead bins when it's fully packed and you may have to put it in those silly sizing bins to convince the gate attendant otherwise.
Those furry seams (see The Bad) give it a shabby appearance too quickly.
Interesting shade of Blue, very Blue. Apparently not for everyone as I don't see the same shade very often.
Because it's not black you can see the dirt and grime build up on the outside. I've never tried to clean it
Definitely not a sleek looking bag. Kind of chubby from some angles.