does anyone have any thoughts on using the medium duffle in real life?
I have one at home that I am considering returning as while it looks cool, i think functionally it may not be all that.
Seems a bit hard to find stuff inside of it, and is rather uncomfortable to lug around.
I also have an Rei Cargo Weekender http://www.rei.com/product/747934/rei-cargo-weekender-bag , which i currently use for all my weekend trips and it is alot more functional. U shaped zippers, mutliple compartments,lighter,etc.... and its only ~60 bucks. Of course its REI, and nylon. Not so cool looking.
I've had my medium duffle for about a year. While I love the material and everything, I am disliking it more and more because of its size and weight. I probably would've been fine with a small. I find it easy to pack but lugging it around an airport or city is a bitch.
Maybe I'm just a pussy but I might look for a lighter and smaller bag.
I use the medium duffle all the time, weight is a bit too much but function and durability is more important for me in bags. Find it perfect for asia, over the shoulder means no issues with crowds, easy to toss into cabs and stuff like that. Again depends on what you prefer i guess. And my 257 is way heavier than the porter bag I was debating but ended up going with 257 though kinda wish I kept the porter. Canvas / leather (real useful canvas, not the thin waxed stuff) is always gonna weigh way too much.