Originally Posted by cyc wid it
What's your non-backpack styled carry-on of choice?
I usually carry 2 pieces. I will carry my trusty The Madly Deckard: http://shop.themadly.com/collections/frontpage/products/deckard-vtan
Mine is a little different from that one (mine is version 1, and imo, better made and designed) which is a tote and a backpack at the same time, and is pretty unique (and has received tons of compliments on several continents), and is remarkably functional as well as being attractive. I will also carry a side carry messenger for my laptop and random stuff. I've used a Krane Saelen, a Filson Small overnighter (essentially a field bag), and more recently, a Jean Shop washed leather briefcase. The Yuketen English bag is an addition to this. I like to have handles, which allows me to relieve pressure from my shoulders, and magazine pockets for things like my boarding passes, an actual magazine, etc... All toiletries also go in this bag, so I only ever have to open up one bag.
One a longer trip, I am boring. I will use the Deckard for my laptop, toiletries (which fit conveniently into a small zipped interior pocket), things like glasses, and an extra change of clothes, and then I have a 20" continental roll-on from Briggs&Riley, in the olive color. Boring, but dependable and durable.
For a trip that is over a week, I will carry the same as for a 1-2 day trip, and then check the roll on.
I've been thinking about getting this: http://www.master-piece.co.jp/products/12392
, but I doubt that it would be as durable or functional as the Deckard. Got that for Christmas last year, and it really is an amazing bag. Before that, I hated backpacks of any sort, but that thing really changed my mind and my back thanks it.