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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
A good mix of cost, functionality and design.
on December 27, 2012
I travel a lot. I spent 14 weeks overseas this year, and made several trips across the US as well. I've always preferred duffels as they make it through the luggage system without being torn up. I know it seems illogical, but soft luggage seems to handle the rough treatment the best.
This bag is a bit bigger than your typical large travel duffel. When it first arrived, I made two quick conclusions:
What I thought was red was quite orange
The zipper clearly was no YKK. It rode rough. [ Update: The zipper loosened up, and almost a year later, works just fine... ]
That being said, the configuration was different than what I was used to, and I embarked on adjusting.
Upsides: There is a bottom compartment that can be used to flat long things like pants, shirts, or could be used as the 'garbage dump' for dirty clothes. Also, there are two end compartments that can be used for shoes. The only downside to these two features is that they eat into the wide open space in the center of the storage space.
Downsides: The wheels are too small for my liking. It makes a LOT of loud noise when rolling over pavement. It tends to want to flip around more than duffels with slightly larger wheels. The zipper zips rough and I feel worried that it may not hold up. The bag is just a bit longer than your average airport luggage rack. It will hang over. The price to be paid for an extra large duffel.
It won't go through the automatic bag check in with Lufthansa.
All said and done, the bag itself hasn't failed me or disappointed me, though if I had it to do again I would look more closely at other options. The price point and design is what snagged me. I started by rating the bag a 4, but by the time I finished the review and looked back, I changed it to a 3. That's rare for me, so take that in account that my initial thought was a 4. Maybe a 3.5 would be best .
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer the same day.
[ UPDATE almost a year later, I've spent almost as much time overseas this year as last year. I've flown about 38,000 miles. I'm replacing this bag with another one of the same. It's getting a little rough. If I only traveled in the US, I would be fine with it. Many of my overseas trip require extensive walking at the far end, and I don't want to chance losing a wheel or having a blowout on the next trip (of 1 month). I'm more willing to endorse this bag than I was last year! ]