So many pockets and handles, but tippy

Reviewed by Misplaced Robbie from Quad Cities on Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I'd already reviewed the larger size split roller, and all I said there applies to this one as well (and vice-versa). After taking this bag on an extended trip I had a few more observations.

1. Very tippy. I mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. Very tippy. You cannot stand this on end like you'd expect to with a rolling bag. Maybe you can, but only if you pack all your heavy and rigid stuff in the bottom (wheels) end. The upper compartment is not rigid, and as a result the bag flops over on its face. Sometimes I took 2 of these bags and leaned them against one another like sawhorse legs -- that works if they're the same size.

2. This is not as big a problem as it sounds like. There are sturdy handles on 4 of the six sides, so you can grab it no matter what its orientation. Super-helpful when putting it under things, up on shelves, in trunks, anywhere that requires some reach to get to it. And yes, also picking it up when you try to let it balance on the wheels.

3. Pockets and pouches galore. Inside and out, there are compartments everywhere. You can segregate your belongings in an almost infinite variety of ways. Some of these are also variable sized, i.e. the compartment shares a certain amount of space with adjacent compartment -- you can "intrude" on its space as you move clothes from clean to dirty for instance.

4. Roomier than it looks. The small holds a lot of stuff. The large holds a huge amount of stuff.

5. With all that stuff, you can easily top the 50 pound checked baggage limit.

6. There is an unexpected downside all the compartments when flying. On most recent trip 2 of our three checked rollers got to bag claim with pouches unzipped. Appears the feds forgot to close them all when rifling through them -- maybe just lost track of how many there were, I dunno. Luckily, nothing was lost even though shoes were hanging out on the carousel!
  • Best Uses: Family Trips, Long Vacations
  • Cons: Tips over easily
  • Describe Yourself: Comfort-Oriented, Practical
  • Primary use: Personal
  • Pros: Easy To Access Items, Easy To Carry, Easy To Identify, Good Capacity, High Quality
  • Travel Frequency: 0-5 Annual Trips
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