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Around the World with a few stops inbetween...
on February 17, 2014
I spent the summer abroad in New Zealand and Fiji, traveling from the US with this bag. I have to say that there are a lot of things about this bag that I love and that I think some buyers should think about before buying.
The bag itself is pretty light, can be top heavy (depending on how you pack it), has durable zippers, has a low enough width that it fits under most hotel/hostel beds, its grab handles make it really easy to haul this bag, and the multiple compartments make it a versatile packing job. I will say that I dragged this bag up concrete stairs, through streets, over unpaved road, muddy farm land, and through multiple airports- the wheels do exactly as advertised and by the time I got the bag home, there was little visible wear and tear on them. The hardware is durable. The grab handles and zippers are really, really, really sturdy. The material isn't completely waterproof, but it does the job when you are running and its down pouring :) The addition of the bottle opener and the luggage attachment were really convenient, even to hold jackets or bagged shoes. I did not use the Pack-It system completely with this bag, but I didn't find that to be a problem. The color of this bag stands out on a baggage carousel and in a heap of bags being unloaded from a bus, making it really easy to spot. While the material is really light, the actual frame of the luggage is sturdy and can withstand a lot of pressure (like me sleeping on the bag, kicking it, sitting on it, etc).
A few things the could be improved or to be noted: You can absolutely overpack this bag, but you will pay for it. As a "Mary Poppins" packer, it did allow me to pack a lot in the bag (which was important to me, due to the diversity of the trip I was on), but I had to be really careful about placement and how I cushioned fragile items, as this bag does not have a lot of forgiving places to place items or material give. The material doesn't stretch and the 2 compression straps on the front only give you so much room to pack. If you think you can just get strap extensions- I wasn't able to find any that would fit the clips (in New Zealand at least). My bag was absolutely bulging, but that was more a "traveler" problem than it was a bag problem.
A little bit of an aesthetics issue, when I was rolling the bag it seemed too far away from my body when I was rolling it with the upright handle versus rolling the bag with just the grab handle on top. The lovely part about that it that just proves the bag can be used for any height of traveler, however that was something that I noticed pretty significantly. I am 5'7", so this probably would not suit anyone shorter than that, honestly.
Over all, I would definitely recommend this bag to anyone. I will say that this bag has taught me so much about limiting my packing, that I definitely would buy this bag over again. While my pack rat tendencies are strong, this bag definitely is a gear warrior. I agonized over buying this bag or another bag from a different brand- I am really happy that I went with this :)