I'm on a quest for the "best" carry-on bag -- looking at the
medium duffel (222),
pullman (243), &
large travel bag (248)
Here's my criteria for "best:"
1. Largest size that can be carried on & stowed overhead (which I understand is roughly 10" x 21" x 14" or 45 linear inches total)
2. Not too heavy
3. Can be carried over the shoulder or (preferably) like a backpack
4. Is functional or otherwise well-designed
I plan to use it for plane travel including international travel. I limit myself to one carry on piece, plus my camera/sundry bag
I currently use a 3lb. Rick Steves 'convertible carry on' ( http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/ca...entId=8&id=139
). It's almost perfect because it holds 3-4 changes of clothes (so, short trip, you're fine; longer trip, you have enough clothes to comfortably manage when to wash stuff along the way). But I especially appreciate the backpack straps which is great for moving through airports, traversing bumpy roads, stairs etc, and it allows me to manuever my bag AND my girl's roller bag at the same time when needed. The problem is that it doesn't sit on my back properly -- top of the bag pulls far out from my shoulders. Not good, especially after about 20 minutes.
I looked at several Filsons in person, including the pullman (which seemed perfect on paper) but, I've got to be honest, they seemed a little heavy and not particuarly functional.
If you have one of the bags mentioned, what sort of travel did you use it for & how did it perform? (and be honest, are they a little 'heavy'?)
Could you take it on, say, a three week trip to Europe & be able to comfortably live out of it (for ex: carry 3-4 changes of clothes) and yet ALSO easily manuever with it through towns & on trains & planes without resorting to checking it?
Would you recommend any of the Filson bags (those mentioned above or another) as one which fits my criteria for the "best" carry on? Is there a non-Filson bag that fits the bill?