Just to reply to/update my own post here, I've been looking for something I already own that I could compare the 220 to. I had trouble finding something comparable, until I expanded my search beyond *my* stuff. My wife's Vera Bradley Weekender bag
measures 18.5L, 12H, 8W, compared to 18L, 10.5H, 11W for the 220 small duffle - so not quite as tall, but a little wider and almost the same length. I put a few things into her Weekender bag as a test and not only was it tooootally
adorable, but I think the size would actually work really well.
My hesitation about the 222/medium duffle isn't the extra cost - it's that it's outside the carry-on limits for most airlines. I fly on United most of the time, and their max carry-on size is 22x14x9, or 45 linear inches. The 222 duffle is 25x14x13, or 52 linear inches. Maybe that's close enough to get by with on most flights, but I'm hesitant to risk it. I have a Duluth Pack medium safari duffle
that measures 23x17x11 (51 linear inches), and man, that thing is massive
. There's no way a gate agent would let me even try to put it in an overhead bin.