Since my earliest business travel days almost a decade ago I’ve been a big fan of Eagle Creek packing cubes. I’d also always heard good things about their luggage, a perennial reader favorite, but never had any experience with it myself. Then last fall Eagle Creek sent me one of their newest bags to try out—the Adventure Pop Top Carry-On. Here are my thoughts.
The concept. The idea behind the Pop Top Carry-On intrigued me from the moment I saw it. It can be a full sized rollaboard that fits within most US airline size requirements. Or it can be half the size, basically a wheeled tote that fits under the seat in front of you. There is a pocket where the top compartment basically collapses and is zipped up, creating the smaller size.
Size and weight. Even with the extra zippers and compartments required for a bag that partially collapses, this bag weighs around 5 lbs—a full two pounds less than my beloved Victorinox (which I always thought was incredibly light). When both compartments are fully utilized it is 22inx14inx9in. I haven’t had any trouble fitting it into overhead bins so far. It also fits underneath airline seats, even in smaller planes. Read more of this article »