I'm baaack.... Florida was great...
|The Standard Luggage Company's Carry-On bag|
For the past few trips, I've been carrying the bag shown above, and I'm finally ready to review it! Overall, I like the bag a lot - I'm going to keep using it regularly. Given the idiotic number of bags that Belovedest and I own, that's saying a lot. We are, in fact, going to sell at least a couple of bags that aren't getting out of the closet often enough to earn their keep...
- It holds a LOT more than a rolling bag of the same size. This is because it doesn't have any bars or rods running through the middle of the bag. It was surprising to me how very much space those bars were occupying!
- The soft sides let you stuff it. While I'm a big fan of packing neatly, I'm not opposed to filling a bag pretty full and giving it a good squish in order to zip it.
- I've checked the bag twice (back and forth to Florida), and it shows no signs of abuse. Based on the way they were absolutely FLINGING luggage onto the belt last night when we got home, it probably wasn't treated with kid gloves...
- It has a zipper which lets you expand it about two inches in depth, just in case you shop like an idiot (as I did in Paris...). Squishing is fine, but there is a limit to how effective it is!
- The handles are comfortable, as are the backpack straps. I was surprised by this too.
- When the backpack handles are stowed, they are COMPLETELY hidden. This bag does NOT look like a backpack, unless you are using it as such.
- I love the ability to change between orange and teal accents. When you buy the bag, you get both colors...
- You have to carry it. Period. No wheels means you either carry it, or find a cart.
- It was challenging to get a week's worth of winter clothes into it, but that might be more a function of me wanting to pack too much, rather than the size of the bag. If I had tried to take my rolling bag, it would have been worse.
Bottom line, this bag is a great deal for a well-designed bag that has the option to become a backpack. It looks MUCH more elegant and low-key than usual backpacks, it holds plenty, and appears to be pretty durable.
For me, carrying the bag is a bonus, rather than a negative. First off, I like the exercise, and the feeling of being strong enough to hoist my own goodies. Carrying a bag makes things like slushy streets, water-filled gutters, cobblestones, or public dog "presents" non-events. If you share my preferences, this bag is available here.
Now, if I can convince them to make the leather accessories available in red...
p.s. I had a brainstorm about the "Whatever's Clean 13" while I was out of town; tomorrow I'll tell you all about it!