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Great Company, lousy bag.
on January 14, 2014
I've used the bag on a few 2-3 day trips. In terms of clothing and toiletries, there's more than enough space, and the compression straps keep your clothes from shifting too much. If you are carrying dress shirts, though, they have to be in a packing folder or they'll get squashed. I was hoping the Wingman would be a single bag to replace a carry-on and duffel, but it essentially is a backpack-duffel with a laptop sleeve. There's no way to access any pockets while carrying it, and there's no great place for phone, keys, or pens. The shoulder carry-strap is absurdly long, and shortening it completely still leaves it too low to be comfortable. Essentially I have to use it as a backpack. As a backpack however, the weight distribution is too low, and with no waist belt, it cuts into your neck after a short while. I've always used the 'shoe' compartment on my Co-pilot for toiletries, but when doing so on the Wingman, it gets smashed when I take it off since it's on the bottom. In terms of overall size, there's no way to put in under the seat in front, and I'd be hesitant to put it in the overhead leaving my laptop in it. In terms of construction, the bag is a lighter-weight rip-stop outer, with a nylon interior shell. Unlike the co-pilot, it has no 'body'. Simply put, it's a big, floppy, nylon mess. This wouldn't bother me so much, but unless it's completely fully, it's actually not that easy to zip. The compression straps pull from the sides, so even if the bag is full, the bag is still a little loose, and deforms the zipper paths.
Conclusion: It's a neat idea, but not well executed. I'm gonna go back to carrying two bags for now, and neither will be the Wingman. Still a big fan of most of Timbuk2's products, they have expanded their variety, and scaled back on functionality.