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I got this in the large size in black for a work trip. First, it's pretty functional and I do really like all of the pockets and how easy it is to pack it. It's very rectangular...and it feels like you're wearing a rectangle. But it's very easy to pack because it's so rectangular. The laptop sleeve is deep and very well padded and protected. However, the bag became very heavy very fast, and if you have a laptop in the back sleeve compartment, be prepared to walk very upright like you have a board strapped to your back...because you do. Also, the hidden back pocket is basically inaccessible once you put a laptop into the laptop compartment and especially if there is no give elsewhere in the body of the bag.
Usually I like to travel carryon only as much as possible, so I'll have a rolling bag as my carry on and a separate bag for my personal item, both as large as possible to maximize carryon capacity. I'll gate check the rolling bag if they ask for volunteers. This backpack was intended to be my personal item on a recent trip I took with about 6 flights, all domestic, ranging from 2-10 hours per flight. It was a relief when I was able to put it on my rolling bag. On my first flight out with this bag, it was really crowded and they needed people to gate check, so I gate checked my rolling bag. It was a good thing I did, because I didn't realize that with this backpack packed to full capacity, it would no longer fit under the seat in front of me. By full capacity I mean that it was full--zippers not bulging but still needed to stuff to get things into each compartment. I thought it would be OK with the compression straps, but it wasn't. I had to put it in the overhead bin and I felt so guilty about that, but it just wasn't going to fit. I was able to put it under the seat on my other legs as long as I didn't stuff it to capacity, and I made sure to take care with packing for the rest of my flights on that trip (although I still ended up gate checking my rolling bag because all of my flights were just that full...welcome to post-pandemic domestic travel, I guess). It's just a little bit too easy to overpack; you mostly need to be careful with not putting too much into the front pocket, and no more than one layer clothing or the equivalent in the main body. You should still be able to compress down; if the compression straps don't need to be tightened then you've got too much inside.
Otherwise, this bag was fine for the trip but more awkward and uncomfortable than I anticipated. I think it was an OK purchase overall. It came back looking like it was still brand new. The zippers all still work and the clips are all still perfect. I liked the water bottle pocket. I didn't try to use the USB charging setup and honestly I don't really see myself having a use for it and would prefer it just wasn't there. Be very careful to not overpack if using this as your personal item. Otherwise, it was OK. You could spend your money on worse bags.
I bought this backpack thinking I'd use it to pack less but hahahaha no, that's not my nature. I'll admit, I bought it partly for the color. As for function, the way it fully opens is nice for packing it up (compared to a normal backpack) but I found myself missing the extra pockets of my previous travel backpack. And opening it fully only makes sense when you have the space to lay it flat. On the go, it's easier to lose smaller things if opened fully. The buckle straps on the side do help curb that in upright mode, in the event you unzip too far too quickly. The "wet" front pocket is weird and makes the fabric/bag less flexible - I used it for snacks as I kept my liquids in a clear bag for flights.
The most disappointing thing about the one I received (not in ones pictured now, a few months later) is it has a weird insulated zip-closed pocket on the side that *maybe* seems like it would hold a water bottle but no water bottle in the US will fit in it. I'm not sure what it's meant for (a few string cheese maybe? A couple candy/chocolate bars?) I'd rather have an elastic pocket on the side to hold a water bottle, regardless.
I like it for travel but not for using it daily, as in exploring while traveling. It doesn't sit right on the body for it to be a "normal" back pack. The medium size isn't too big but it's still kind of big because of the boxy style, if that makes sense. But it fits under seats on American and British Airlines - the glorified bus/shorter flight type planes and as well as the international jets. So that's a win for a sorta suitcase backpack.
This back pack is amazing. I love the materials and workmanship and the price! The many different zipper compartments are great and I’ve packed for a week long stay a few times using the compression bags I’ve bought. The only down side is the bottom section they advertise to be for shoes. Like others have said, if you were to put your shoes in there you would not have any space inside the main compartment for your clothes. I just roll up that compartment bag and don’t use it at all. I highly recommend this back pack!!
Bought the smaller of the 2 backpacks. Yes I was able to use it as my personal carrier on for spirit airlines. If you over fill the backpack may not pass. Also over filling it makes it hard to but under the seat in front of you leaving you with no leg more (which you all ready don’t have). Using the shoe compartment will take up the inside part of the bag giving you less room. I would only use it for sandals or something small. Lots of pockets for different things.
Love the size and the various compartments. The only thing I wish was different is the bottle holders on the side. It’s so narrow none of my water bottles fit. A plastic water bottle barely fits. The concept of including organizer bags is good but they are cheaply made. I am glad the bag is made with better materials. Overall great bag!
I traveled with it for 3 weeks to Thailand in addition to another suitcase. It was great! If you use vacuum packing bags and roll your items strategically you can get at least a week's worth of clothes. Get travel size personal items and it has a compartment for on pair of not too bulky shoes. If you add the shoes you are wearing you can count 2 pair of shoes. It has many pockets to help you stay organized as well. I carried it on my back and it was heavy. Don't pack it too full. I ENJOYED it.
prefect for traveling! had lots of space and room for extra clothing and shoes! more compartments than i realized and it was super durable and perfect for a caryon! i brought my computer, 3 pairs of shoes and alot of clothes 😂! it also has a charger space and spaces for a water bottle.
I loved all the different storage compartments and especially the water proof one. I’m bummed that I already lost one of the buckles for the straps, it must have fallen off when I had it unclipped somewhere. However the straps are not a necessity so it’s not that big of a deal.
If you fly Frontier or Spirit regularly and don’t want to pay for luggage this is the bag for you. It’s small enough to count as a personal item but genuinely feels bigger on the inside. I was able to fit four days worth of clothes, travel size toiletries, makeup, and a Nintendo Switch in here without any issues. Docked a star because the material feels very cheap and I am not sure how it will hold up over time but even if I have to replace it after a couple of trips it is still cheaper than paying for a checked bag or carry on!