Rated 3 out of
Almost what I wantedI was looking to replace an old Victorinox bag that has seen better days (handle has issues, wear/tear, etc) - its about 10 years old, and I travel a lot and beat the heck out of the bag.
I was hoping that this could be a very nice minimalist replacement - but two things led me to return it (didn't suit my purpose): 1) when the bag is fully loaded, the zippers are very difficult to operate (the most difficult zippers I've tried using); 2) the size isn't quite what's claimed, so it doesn't hold as much as I'd like (which, is why I found the bag to be stuffed and the zippers hard to operate).
The bag has very little structure, which can be fine. However, combined with the zipper design, the zipper was a real problem. Most zippers either lie flat, or are attached to the edges and zip the 2 edges together. This zipper does neither -- its at an odd angle and pulls against the bag strangely when loaded making it difficult to operate. If TNF changes the design to something that doesn't suffer this problem, I'd consider the bag again at that time.
I measured the bag out at only 19"x14"x8" (not the claimed 20"x14"x9"). That makes just enough difference for me to keep searching for alternatives (28 cu in. is nothing to sneeze at, especially at the end of a trip, who doesn't sometimes come home with more or have trouble fitting it all in again).
The handle is very long, I thought I could live with that. I do like the unusual side release button. And, the handle is easy to grab, you can grab it when its in the closed/lock position (unlike most where you can't fit your hand around and have to push the button to deploy partially before grabbing it) - so you can pull it out of bins/etc by the extendable handle, while locked in place, which I thought was very nice.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of
TJ the traveller from
Water resistant travel bagI purchased this bag to help transport my gear in my travels with the United States Navy. Many of my trips require the use of small boats to board ships after I have flown in to a local airport from San Diego, CA. I was sold on this bag due to the similar construction with the North Face duffel bags. The bag is water resistant and when coupled with a light weight water proof bag to internally wrap the contents of the bag it is virtually water proof. The down sides to this bag are the lack of internal organization other than the mesh pocket on the flap and that the top accessory pocket is just large enough to stuff a phone and a men's wallet in to it. The bag does not have backpack straps but I found that if you buy a set of straps it is possible to attach them to the external tie down loops. The internal frame does not allow the bag to be compressed to fit into smaller compartments so the size of the bag listed in the dimensions is as small as it gets. Great purchase and with the durable construction I look forward to many years of usage!