Reviewed by dcdavys from Washington, DC on Thursday, October 2, 2014
I bought this somewhat on a whim, but I suddenly decided I was too old to be schlepping around backpacks and duffels and really needed something with wheels for international travel. I travel to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia for work for 2-3 week stints a few times a year, and this duffel has room plus some. I prefer the open space of a duffel compared to more compartmentalized traditional rollerboards, but it is just one big compartment, which may not be your cup of tea. I guess I'm a fairly light packer, and obviously I don't need heavy coats for these climates, so I find I have extra room. I could have probably gone with one size down, but this size was ideal when traveling with my boyfriend as we could fit everything for a 10 day trip in one checked bag. The duffel itself is sturdy and not too heavy (not ultralight either), fabric is hardy/maybe a little water-resistant, print is easy to locate on a baggage claim, and it rolls smoothly on a variety of developing country surfaces. My only complaint on the technical design is just that the handle only has one height when extended, which is a little longer/taller than I find comfortable (I'm 5'7").
Reviewed by Jo the all around from Missouri on Thursday, May 22, 2014
The color and quality of this bag is great! I have several items from Dakine and have not been disappointed. This bag is lighter than my traditional luggage and is easier to manuver. I am looking forward to our next long trip to fully test out this bag!