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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Greystone/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
This was used over the past year as a carry-on when I had business trips all over the world on various airliners and I have never had a problem getting this backpack checked as a carry-on. The bag is compact and if you pack tight and well, you can fit a lot of stuff in it. I used to put a laptop on the top if I was under the weight limits and it was a simple flip over to get thru security without really having to remove the laptop out of the bag completely. It has a convenient shoulder strap which is great if you hate having a backpack on your shoulders. I was able to fit 3-5 days worth of clothing depending on what I had to pack in, and there's a generous sized pocket in the front that I fit toiletries in as well as odds and ends such as wires needed for work.

Now, for the bad parts, a few airlines allowed larger carry-on than this bag by a significant amount, which results in more checked bags if you travel heavy. Also, the straps in the main compartment tended to clump clothes together on rare occasions if you were trying to squeeze as much as possible out of the space.

All minor nuances, but for the price, and the size, it can't be beat. It's rare to find a bag that is small enough to be allowed on multiple airlines as a carry-on and this bag is also near the dimension limits for more than half the airlines I traveled on which was very convenient and allowed the most use of the carry on allowed. Add in the bag's light weight and it's almost a perfect carry-on bag.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Greystone/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
Convertible backpack - September 2012: This backpack hides its straps so it can be airline-checked. It is sized to meet carry-on limits. It is in the same category as a Rick Steve's weekend convertible, but it is a bit smaller. While it doesn't have all the hidy-holes as a RickSteves and inside dividers are delicate, it has a tougher outside fabric and will hold it shape when empty. I like it.

So far I have used it on one airline trip. I did not check it, but instead used overhead bins. It has two easy-to-grab strong handles (side and top) and comes with a removable shoulder strap. The backside has a thick pad for comfort that doubles as a loop to strap it on your rolling luggage handle. This turned out to be a handy feature.

The zippers with their tassels have held up fine so far, though I am reluctant to check the bag. This bag is a cross between luggage and a backpack. The hidden waist clips, shoulder straps, and back pad make it an acceptable backpack. The silver piping is also highly reflective for night safety. As luggage it has handles, shoulder strap, and a thick-tough outside fabric that holds it shape. A very good compromise overall.

Occasional airline traveler.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Cactus/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
Took this backpack on a recent trip overseas and it was perfect. Used it to carry passport, clothes, snacks, iPad, everything. Plenty of space and compartments, and the variety of straps and handles made it very useful and convenient in every situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Cactus/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
I bought this for my daughter to use as a carry-on and for short trips while she was in Europe. She said it was perfect. Here are the things she liked:

It can be sectioned off for organiztion.
Pockets are a good size--not too large and not too small.
It is easy to carry around. Although she did not anticipate using it backpack style, that his how she ended up carrying it much of the time. Especially useful when sprinting through the airport to catch a flight.
It is small enough to fit under train and airplane seats.
It is very sturdy.

I recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
Size Name: 21"Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is the perfect size for a carry on with the optional back pack straps. Only detail I question is the kind of flimsy clip connection for the straps.
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on June 21, 2014
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Black
Good for packing clothes flat in the bottom section. No laptop section at all. It only has 3 zippered sections. Bottom one for clothes, middle one for... more clothes?... and top one for slighly smaller... clothes? No section for simple small things like gum, or snacks, or power cords. And there is no water bottle holder. But the worst part is that the "backpack-style" straps are just clipped onto the bag via plastic carabiners. The first time I gingerly put my arms through the backpack straps... one came unhooked and the bag consequently just slid on my back and then quickly off my back. Not helpful. Maybe if I store the "backpack-style" straps in the area used to store them and use this as a flexible carry-on bag for clothes ONLY... and buy a real backpack for everything else... then I'll find a use for it.
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on February 23, 2015
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Greystone/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
I bought this for my husband prior to our trip to Europe. It has both the straps to wear as a backpack and a separate strap to carry on one shoulder. There are also several compartments which I liked, but he didn't. It was easy to carry and fit in the overhead compartment on the plane with no problem. The only reason that I gave it a 4 is because it wasn't very deep and couldn't fit a lot, but for a male, it suited my husband's needs well.
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on December 30, 2013
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Cactus/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
We got two of these for our sons to use while traveling in Europe for two months this summer. Very versatile, easy to use and rugged - they still look like brand new! Highly recommend
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on January 11, 2015
Size Name: 21"Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Assume for business travel, especially for those of us who don't want to drag around a wheeled bag. Fits a lot of clothes, took it for a week of business and a ski day. Everything fit great.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
Size Name: 21"Color Name: Greystone/Shadow/BlackVerified Purchase
Great pack. It holds 44 liters, enough for a weeks worth of clothes for me (I pack fairly light). It wears like a backpack, shoulder strap or suitcase. It also has two interior sections that can be opened up into one larger storage area.
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