The gate agent stares me down as I approach the podium to board the aircraft. I know she has her eye on me. Well, not really on me but rather my oversize carry on bag. I just know when I get up to the gate she is going to tell me my bag is too big to fit in the overhead bin and I'll be doomed to the land of checked luggage. Checked for free to my final destination or perhaps to no destination at all.
It's a recurring dream I have over and over. Every time I fly. But not this time! This time my bag IS regulation carry on size. It meets all the dimension requirements of every major US carrier. And with features galore!
I don't know what feature I like best about this suitcase: its actual size which seems compact compared to other 22 inch carry ons, it's external compression straps or the 4 effortless spinner wheels.
Here is what the folks at Eagle Creek have to say about the Eagle Creek Adventure 4-Wheeled Upright 22: "Built Tough for Every Journey™, this 4 wheel luggage features expandability, two-way lockable zippers, and maximum packing space. Plus, an attached piggyback clip, multiple pockets for organization, interior compression wings and a travel tested wheel and handle system."
I was delighted to drag this bag through airports, up and down jetways, thorough hotel walkways and hallways, even up and down stairs. It glides along on hard floors with barely the push of a finger. It exhibits a little more drag on carpet, but it's still by far the best wheeled suitcase I've ever had the privilege to travel with. If I could change one thing about this bag, it would be the orientation of the zipper on the interior compartment. When the bag is on the luggage rack, the contents fall out of the zippered compartment when the zipper is open. You can get around this by standing the bag on its side rather than laying it flat. Used in conjunction with Eagle Creeks' Pack-It Cubes, I was the most organized I've ever been.
This suitcase was so much fun to push around that my son and I often disputed who would be the traveler lucky enough to move it from place to place. He pushed it through the airport like a toy and we had a lot of laughs about moms' new bag.