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kurt
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Post Travel luggage help
on: July 4, 2015, 11:18
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First time post great site.

I am currently using the Tom Bihn Tristar and Aeronaut I like the bags but have issues with my neck and back. Looking for a bag with wheels for 3 to 4 night bus travel that has a compartment for computer. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

I know this is not the area for selling but I will be selling my 2 TB bags if anyone is interested.

Kurt

gafer
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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: July 4, 2015, 14:47
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Kurt,
I would suggest looking at the rolling bags in the Eagle Creek lync line:
http://www.eaglecreek.com/eclync-system
Yes, these bags convert to backpack and carry bags which you would not be using but they are some of the lightest rolling bags on the market for their size. I have the 22 and find it's about the same size as my Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender bag in terms of capacity. The 22 has a front compartment (non-padded) that could be used to carry a laptop in a sleeve. If you want to look at one of these in person try REI. They had these bags in their stores early this spring however, my local store seems to be out of them. You may have better luck.
Gafer

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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: July 5, 2015, 16:57
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Kurt, does the new bag have to be carry on size? Do you need a specific laptop compartment or will an outside compartment big enough to hold a laptop work? How big a laptop?

In regard to selling bags, please post that in our sales area and do not respond to others offering your bag outside that area.

kurt
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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: July 6, 2015, 18:07
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Thanks all for the response! The bag has to be a carry on. Laptop is approximately 14 to 15 inches. I have problems with my back and neck and wheels are a must. Still on the fence about 2 vs. 4. I would think the outside compartment would wok. There was a bag I looked I think called Victorunix sorry spelling.

Thanks for the help!

phillipw
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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: July 26, 2015, 00:22
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Hi Kurt - I have a Wenger Neolite 20" (50 cm) upright black spinner (Wenger is also Swiss, owned by Victorinox). Its dimensions are within airline carryon limits, even when expanded. It is quite light and holds about 40 litres. There is a large front pocket which would hold a laptop (I normally just carry an iPad). I have used it as my only bag for overseas trips (also carrying an iPad sized shoulder bag which fits inside the main bag). Late last year I went from summer in Sydney to winter in Toronto and was able to fit all my cold weather clothes (carrying one coat onto the plane).

phillipw
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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: July 26, 2015, 00:38
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I should also mention that for domestic travel in Australia, usually for 1-2 days on business, I use a smaller carryon - a Samsonite Ultralite 7 Domestic Rollaboard, designed to comply with domestic airline carryon limits. Although smaller, it is slightly heavier than the Wenger. It holds around 30-35 litres. I purchased this in 2008 and it shows no sign of wear. If I need to carry a laptop it has to travel in the main body of the bag as the front pockets are too small

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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: February 1, 2017, 07:51
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Thanks for sharing all these details.

phillipw
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Post Re: Travel luggage help
on: February 1, 2017, 19:31
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After my posts above, I have now converted from wheeled bags to a convertible with backpack straps - as many have noted a wheeled carryon is heavier and has less space inside compared with a non-wheeled bag. I first tried the Kathmandu Litehaul 38 litre bag, on special for $A125. Its good points are that it has very comfortable backpack straps and a well-padded laptop compartment. A negative is that to use the shoulder strap requires a convoluted process of disconnecting and reconnecting one of the backpack straps. I would also prefer an organizer pocket, and less of a backpack look, particularly when on a business trip and walking into an office with it. I next ordered an Eagle Creek Tarmac Weekend bag, on special for $US133 on Amazon. It is very comfortable to carry as a backpack or shoulder bag. I ordered the black (really more of a grey colour) and it looks very presentable walking into an office, particularly if the backpack straps are tucked away – it looks somewhat like an oversized briefcase. The main negative is that the laptop pocket is not as well-padded as the Kathmandu, but this is overcome by also carrying work files in that pocket. In addition, it is unstructured, but the tradeoff is that this is a light weight bag, with no excess material, weighing only 1.2 kg. As I am 69 I was initially concerned about moving away from a wheeled bag, but I have found backpacking surprisingly comfortable. I have also moved away from a briefcase to a medium sized backpack form my commute to the office.

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