"Pros specific to this duffle:
+ Ultra light construction compared even to other duffles - no over-built hard rubber end handles, 600d fabric is more than sufficient for strength without adding unnecessary bulk or weight.
+ Dual end handles, hand strap, and detachable shoulder strap make it easy to grab and carry.
+ Only 2 lbs 11 oz but holds more than my 15 lbs, 27" hard luggage. With new 50 lbs checked luggage limitations, the weight savings is really important.
+ 57" total linear measurement is a comfortable 10" less than the 62"
max allowed for economy Asian air travel.
+ Top compression straps allow fine-tuning a moderate to full load. You still need accessory wrap around straps for light loads, if you want them to stay in place.
+ Red color helps finding on a carousel, but shows some dirt,
+ Inside full panel-sized flat slot for dirty laundry or whatever.
+ Outside zipper pouch good for quick access items, esp. if you zip tied the main compartment.
Generic duffle pros:
+ Folds flat for storage or carrying as a spare bag.
+ Malleable for fitting in odd spaces like car trunks.
+ Doubles as linens etc. storage under beds.
+ Handles are long enough to carry "backpack style" in a pinch.
- No wheels. For typical airport travel with free luggage carts, not a big problem.
- External bungee cord can catch on things.
- The straight zipper (not "U") is lighter and stronger, but you have to hold the mouth open while packing.
- You have to BYOP (bring your own protection) in the form of food containers or sealable plastic bins, if you pack fragile items and don't feel burying them in your clothing is suffient.
- If you pack efficiently and tight, you can still exceed the 50 pound limit.
- Zipper doesn't have flat locking teeth - it operates more smoothly, but there is a technique for accessing the bag even when locked, via "spilling" the zipper - google "one bag" and hunt through that site for an explanation."
"I love all my Mountainsmith products. The duffles are a great buy and great all around travel bag. The duffles come in handy when going abroad with gifts and/or odd sized or large items. Adding some padding or bubble wrap around your items helps when checking this bag on the airlines. I have used a plastic type tub with lid inside the bag to help organize. I also love this bag just for everyday use hauling stuff around."
"Bought this bag wanting a decent carry-on and something that would work for random road travels, but also wanting something that could be stored pretty compactly. As others have pointed out, the compression straps on top are great. One thing I didn't realize is that the bag is taller than it is wide, which seems a slight disadvantage to the way I pack, especially if I want to use it as a carry-on. (I realize the dimensions are bigger than official carry-on size, but Id have to have this thing completely stuffed to not be able to fit it to the acceptable dimensions.) Quality of construction seems good, and the interior pocket is big and will be handy for a variety of uses, I think."