I bought myself this bag in the smaller size four or five years ago, and in that time, it has become my absolute favorite, ride-or-die piece of luggage. This bag has been with me to Maine, California, Chicago, New York, Boston, Montreal, and Germany. I have flown with it, taken trains with it, and gone on road trips with it. It has held everyday clothing, wedding guest outfits, professional and work clothing, and hiking gear. It’s lightweight and maneuverable; I can grab it and sling it over a shoulder quickly and easily, without getting tangled up in extra straps or anything. It is great.
It doesn’t have a ton of interior pockets, but tbh I don’t really need those; that’s what packing cubes are for (I use these ones from Gonex, for the curious). The main compartment has plenty of space for clothing (and, y’know, whatever else I need to put in there – umbrellas, flat irons, hair brushes, you name it), while the bottom compartment works great not only for shoes but also for my flat-pack toiletry case. And although the bag is technically built for shorter trips of a couple days, if I’m smart about how I pack, I can actually handle a week-long trip using a combination of this bag and a commuter-style backpack – without having to check anything.
TL;DR: This bag is a miracle worker and I love it. 10/10, would bag again.
Promising review: “Best travel bag EVER! First purchased for myself and loved it so much. Spacious, separate bottom compartment for shoes or whatever, trolly sleeve that fits over luggage handle or zip close for an extra pocket and fits under airplane seat as carry on. Then purchased another one as a gift for my cousin who flies weekly for work. She has declared this her absolute favorite travel bag and she raves about it every time we travel together. I finally bought a third one for my other cousin who has been hearing about and seeing us with this bag for the past few years, so she can experience the joy for herself! Trust me, if you travel at all, this is a MUST-HAVE bag. It is well worth the money.” —Laura L.
Get it from Lo & Sons for $107.50+ (originally $215+; available in two sizes, two materials, and six colors).