Rick Steves Convertible Carry-On Bag-Black
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- Exterior made of 100% recycled, UV and water resistant polyester fabric
- Measuring 9" x 21" x 14" and weighing just 3 lbs., the Rick Steves Convertible Carry-On bag fits within most airlines' carry-on guidelines
- Easily converts from a suitcase to a versatile backpack, with air mesh-lined shoulder straps and waist belt (that tuck away when not in use)
- When you need more room the 2500 cubic-inch main compartment easily expands to 3000 cubic inches
- Inside: adjustable compression straps; lid pocket; clip-in document pouch; and two mesh drawstring bags
- Outside: Three front zippered pockets; a full-length side access pocket; and a side mesh water bottle pocket
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The Rick Steves carry-on friendly (14" x 21" x 9") Convertible Carry-On bag is as light-as-a-feather (just 3 lbs.) and easily adapts to your style of travel. It conveniently converts from a smart-looking suitcase to a handy backpack with comfortably-contoured shoulder straps and padded waist belt. Featuring a side-access 2500 cubic-inch interior compartment; three front pockets; a full-length, side pocket, a toggle-tight mesh water bottle pocket; internal and external compression straps to keep your load compact and stable; padded grab handles and a breathable mesh lumbar panel, this versatile bag can do it all.
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- ASIN: B005IXT78K
- Item model number: BG-XTB
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 16, 2013
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
I Bought this bag for a week long vacation in Italy and it worked out perfectly. The bag is a well thought out, and intuitive piece of luggage. It is also very comfortable even when loaded down. The hidden shoulder straps and waist band are a must have as the wait increases. That option of alone makes the bag a good buy. It also has many many compartments for storing small items like papers, or other important documents, as well as large odd shaped items.
I was able to fit 4 pairs of pants, some daily and dress shirts, a pair of dress shoes (sz14), a camera tripod, laptop, full size toiletries, and upon return, different trinkets/gifts I had picked up along the way...carry-on. All in all, this will be the only bag I reach for when I have to do any travelling. Highly recommended.
I stuffed this bag with my gear and found that it ballooned in depth from 9" (the legal limit) to 14". The cinches on the side were inadequate to help compress it. I then took the same gear and put it in my Eagle Creek roller, which, with much better designed compression straps, compressed down to 10". As well, the semi-rigid sides of the Eagle Creek bag kept the width more or less to the 14" requirement. As an added benefit, I will be able to roll it where there is an even surface.
Steves' bag is really nicely appointed with a plethora of zip pockets and easy to load, but I have had enough arguments with gate agents to know that I'd not get by some of them with this one. Hence, I returned it.
I would note that the quality of the bag is not premium (i.e. zippers, etc.) although for the price, it is hard to complain about that.
I did an unplanned test of this pack by loading it up full with excessive clothing and electronics and walking 5 miles doing "laps" at the airport. (I had time to kill and needed the exercise.) It carried the heavy load admirably all things considered, and it does seem to be well made and thoughtfully designed, but like every other frameless pack I've ever tried it does a poor job of shifting the weight onto your hips where it belongs. (Though be sure to loosen the bottom compression straps before tightening the waist band, then re-tighten the compression straps; this helps considerably.)
I bought this because I was looking for a suitcase without wheels. Wheels are great if you need them or want them, but they come with a price. You literally pay for them (they have to add to production cost) but they also take up space and add weight. For years I had the perfect, simple, small carry-on bag but it finally gave up the ghost. I searched in vain for a replacement, finally settling for a very nice hard shell wheeled Samsonite roughly the same size, but naturally it doesn't hold as much. The wheels and the collapsible handle take up room that I'd rather have for payload--essentially an extra pair of shoes or the equivalent. I saw this bag in an airport luggage shop (saved over half buying from Amazon) and thought I'd try it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a lot of structure, but if your rolling your clothes, this is an effective bag to travel with. Light, but roomy.Published 6 months ago by N. Robinson
I love this case. Lots of pockets & its sturdy. I like how it can by carried like a suit case or back pack.Published 7 months ago by Terry C
Hands down, the best bag I've ever owned- Carry on size, plus it holds so, so much. Packed for 9 days in Ireland in this bag, in fact.Published 9 months ago by AJW
I've had this bag for five years now and it's been around the world with me, twice! The U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and NZ and South America. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrea Horosky
It's not pretty, but you can fit an unbelievable amount of stuff in this bag. I took it on a month-long trip to Italy, and it survived being jam-packed with all manner of things... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Erica Anderson
The carry-on reveals the experience of a traveler. Well designed. Rugged. I carried it through the Trans-Siberian rail route across Russia and Mongolia.Published 14 months ago by path0103
Good quality, but the compression straps are too short to really make a difference.Published 15 months ago by Andrea Matranga