I bought this bag a couple of years ago - it has been on many trips with me - long and short - so I thought this would be a good time to review. The only negative I would say is the fact that the side pockets are small and tight. I can fit a water bottle if I stuff it in. I think a net pouch on the side would work much better. Other than that I have to say that this bag has worked out very well. It is very sturdy - and pretty much looks as good as it did the day I received it! It holds a lot of stuff! I love the outside pocket - there is a pocket in there that is cushioned and my iPad fits perfectly. There are lots of pockets to make things easier to find - it is a very organized bag. It is amazing all the things that I have fit in there, and oftentimes still have some room left over for souveiners! I haven't had any trouble fitting this under seats - it is easy to access items without having to pull it out all the way. I look at bags all the time (I am a little "bag-crazy"), but I have not yet found a carry on bag that can beat this one. I am so glad I bought it and recommend it to people all the time!
(Posted on 4/17/14)
I just used this bag for a weekend away. It fit easily under the seat in front of me for the flight and it was small and light enough to pick up and carry down the isle, prior to seating. It's perfect for short trips, with lots of pockets for smaller items. It wheels easily and I really like the amethyst color too!
(Posted on 3/29/14)
I bought this bag as I was fed up w American Eagle taking my roll a board and having to stuff everything that you are not suppose to hand over into a heavy tote. This bag is great except under the single seat and it doesn't hold a water bottle (previous reviewer complaint). However, I ride a motorcycle and LOVE this bag. I waterproofed it. Turn it up side down (wheels up) and slip it over the sissy bar. It has d rings on each side to anchor and the bar by the wheels works great with a bungee or tie down from the top. when you arrive at your destination you now have a rolling bag and can put a duffel, etc on top.
(Posted on 3/17/14)
Love it! Just used it on our trip to Vegas, Big Island and Maui to home. Worked just great and fit under all of the seats. Although my water bottles did stay put, the pockets are smaller than I wish. It handles well rolling through the airports and is light enough to carry by the handle. I do wish it had a couple more zippered compartments, but I can make do.
(Posted on 3/15/14)
I have tried two of these bags, and both have had out-of-round wheels causing the bag to wobble when rolling. I returned both of them to Magellan's. Other than this defect, the bag has an excellent design and was a very useful tote. Hopefully, Magellan's will address the problem with their supplier. Afterwhich, I will reorder the bag.
(Posted on 10/11/13)
i was so excited to see this product offered - I love to have all my stuff at my fingertips on long flights. This Feb. I had a 3 plane journey to California from the east coast, so I took the leap and ordered it. It was sooo big! but i took it anyway to test it out. It does have room for everything and wheels very nicely through the airport, but it did not fit under the seat on smaller planes.It was fine on the large planes, but if the seating is two and one, it will not fit, so what's the point? If they could just make this a little smaller.......
(Posted on 7/11/13)
Someone said, "there is no beauty in perfection." In my humble opinion, this case comes close. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that there is still a little room for improvement. Of course it depends on your specific travel needs as well.
(Posted on 6/5/13)
I travel by plane quite frequently. But I'm a die hard using all kinds of transport options. It finally came time to admit that a second piece that would roll was not just a convenience. I have a lot of gear on the go. Camera, extra lenses, iPad, Bluetooth keyboard, mac laptop, iPod, iPhone, all the cords and extras to run and charge things; and there is still room left for pouches to carry my jewelry etc. The front pouch holds a fair amount of small stuff iPad sleeve and small pockets. The top interior neoprene pouch was a god send for extra cords and chips and little things. It made having to carry extra pouches less necessary. The big pouch organizes well and I was pleased at how easily it fit under my seat on this inaugural voyage. I didn't carry a purse. I felt so free and organized.
Ok as far a small suggestions. Another half inch of strap on the back to make it easier to get on an off my other rolling piece when stacking, would not be amiss. I will add a couple more Velcro dots or strips to the interior neoprene pouch because that little dot ain't gonna last. It opens too easily. Forget about the side pockets being used for water. It isn't happening. When you redesign it with spinner wheels, make one mesh with a drawstring. I like one side zip for my travel wallet and tickets.
One last anecdotal note: as noted above the stacking strap at the back is tight. So, in a rush I just balanced it on my other piece and headed for the down escalator. If you have read this far, you know what all I carry inside for the most part. And returning home, additionally I had a small gift box with a delicate porcelain frog inside. As I got on the escalator my other bag became unbalanced on its transition to the step and the carry on pitched over it and rolled [moderator edit] all the way to the bottom of the stairs. Where, like a triumphant gymnast or a cat with lives to spare, it landed upright. I just laughed. What else to do? At security they totally tore my bag apart. Everything is still working and the frog got a great X-ray close up. Intact! It was like a modern Samsonite experience.
Thanks for reinforcing the adage that you get what you pay for, in a good sense. This is not a cheap bag. But it is worth the money to me and I look forward to getting many years of use out of it. And, I'll buy the next generation down the road!
This is a pitiful product. I used it for the first time recently on an international flight. It doesn't fit well under the seat. When the item is filled, it wobbles and doesn't trail well. The outside pockets are wide enough, but not deep enough. When I put a water bottle in the end pocket, it pops out the first time it is bumped. I most likely will not use the bag a second time. If I could return it, I certainly would.
(Posted on 5/7/13)
The side pockets are not deep enough to accommodate a folding umbrella (mine popped right out) or a standard pint-size water bottle. Furthermore, this bag did NOT fit under the seat of a Boeing 777. Only 2 wheels make this bag unwieldy to steer through an airport. I don't want to use this bag again; it was $149 misspent.
(Posted on 5/6/13)
Top marks in all categories! Due to deadlines, we had this outstanding tote shipped directly to our freind, who was about to depart for Rome, where she will be working for the next two years. Altogether, our friend's package contained ten items from Magellan's; everything was in stock, was shipped together, and arrived in record time. Our friend received her surprise package three days before her flight to Rome, and she couldn't have been more delighted with everything.
(Posted on 11/1/12)
She doesn't buy many things for herself, so we knew we couldn't go wrong if we gave her this incredible wheeled tote, and we were right. We learned that this tote replaced a very old, inexpensive one, which was being held together by tape. As you can imagine, our friend was delighted to have this beautiful piece of luggage, and raved about every feature, from its gorgeous turquoise color, and its many compartments, to the fact that her computer fits safely inside.
A few days ago, she sent an email from Rome. All the way there, the tote was extremely useful. The room in which she will be spending the next two years, will eventually have a file cabinet in it, but the tote is now standing in as a portable office.
Our friend is just thrilled with this versitile tote, which could have easily earned at least ten stars. Thank you, Magellan's, for your excellent service, quality products, and for putting so much thought into the design of this now-indespensible tote.
I was really hoping that this would be the solution I was looking for, but it did NOT fit under my aisle seats on a transcontinental flight. Very disappointed.
(Posted on 8/28/12)
I tried to order the Red as shown, but only the Turquoise, Black, and some other colors were available. So I picked the Turquoise. Alas, it is backordered for about 8 weeks. Fortunately, I was not charged. But WHY show Red if it is not going to be available? I ask you. Ah well, I need the wheels; I'm getting old. It is just little things like this that stand in the way of excellence. Peace, y'all.
(Posted on 7/29/12)
I have traveled extensively for years, over 30 countries, and I am always looking for excellent luggage. This piece fits that description. In recent years, the airlines are getting pickier about what you can carry onto the airplane. I carry my prescription medication, jewelry and documents with me. Don't you take them from me ! I have brought all kinds of carry-on bags with me including expensive digital-lock briefcases, designer luggage, James Bond-type bags, safari bags - you name it. I weigh them and measure them according to each airline's specs. and TSA requirements. And, even then, -- they sometimes take them from me "to stow", apparently for arbitrary reasons, or for none, if they don't like them. YOUR bag here: no one touches. They don't even blink at it. BRAVO !! Thank you so much for peace of mind - finally.
(Posted on 6/9/12)
I HAVE OWNED MY BAG FOR A YEAR AND HAVE TRAVELLED EVERYWHERE WITH IT. IT HOLDS MY IPAD, KINDLE, GPS, TOILETRIES AND EVERYTHING THAT I DON'T WANT PACKED INTO CHECKED LUGGAGE. OH, DID I MENTION THE LARGE CAMERA, TOO!! HAD NO CLUE I COULD GET THAT MUCH IN IT; THE BEST THING IS THAT IT ALWAYS HAS FIT UNDER THE SEAT IN FRONT OF ME FOR EASY ACCESS. WORTH THE PRICE.
(Posted on 6/3/12)
I purchased this tote for our China trip. Received several comments on how great it looked. What I like is how functional it is--perfect size for one night essentials and has plenty of pockets for travel docs, etc. This tote is a winner!
(Posted on 5/11/12)
When the bag arrived I was really skeptical and close to leaving on my trip. I was skeptical but not only did it fit EVERYTHING I wanted it to (OK, I don't have an iPad but if I did it would have fit) but it even held a summer change of close. Every charger, snacks, my kindle, etc. AND not only did it fit under the seat and was easy through security, I could fit my small purse (also from Magellen's-their steel cable/mesh design) on TOP of the bag UNDER the seat. It was everything and more. Quite a pleasant surprise. Lightweight, too.
(Posted on 5/6/12)
Just what I was looking for -- a lightweight (so I can lift to an overhead compartment) bag that is roomy for its size, with lots of compartments for different items. it goes down the aisle easily, too. I especially love the little velcro compartment located at the top of the bag which gives easy access in flight to small items -- I didn't expect that. My only complaint is that it is a little wobbly on its wheels when racing through the airport, but I am happy to trade stability at high speeds for ease in lifting. My previous carry-on case was as stable as it could be but way too heavy to lift. I'm assuming that has something to do with a heavy metal frame inside which gives it a good center of gravity.
(Posted on 4/22/12)
I had wanted a tote with wheels to replace a tote I had with just handles. The wheels do make for more convenient transport in airports. However, the solidity of the frame and the size meant that I could not put it under the seat along with my handbag, which I could with my last tote. It did fit under some seats by itself, but I had trouble fitting it in some overheads. I never figured out which pocket was supposed to be for water. All the pockets are rather shallow, and my water bottle fell out a couple of times. Also, the handles only "clicked" into place in the most extended position. It would be nice if the handle could be used in shorter position. I got the purple, so that it would be easy to spot, and I like the color. In general it seems well-made, just doesn't quite fit the bill.
(Posted on 3/29/12)
Yeah, it does roll between the seats in coach! (if you take the water bottle out of the pocket). And I was glad to stuff it under the seat. I pulled it out a bit for a foot rest as I have short legs.... so that is what is was hoping for. It's just a bit smaller than my old laptop bag (even though my computer is smaller too)... so I'll have to figure that part out. It's light weight and fit perfectly ontop of my suitcase. If only it had 4 spinning wheels....
(Posted on 3/28/12)
Does it fit under the seat in the increasingly common arrangement of coach seats that have large metal boxes under them (holding some kind of equipment - larger than an outlet box)? I mean, can part of it be squished to fit under a seat when there is less than 7" of space under the seat?
(Posted on 2/11/12)
We were impressed enough to buy a second one these carry on pieces after buying one. The only issue that we have is that they did not fit under the seats we booked. United Airlines has added Direct TV to most of the fleet and it takes some room under the 2nd and 3rd seats. The luggage does fit under the window seat. We will not use them for flying but will use them as weekend luggage.
(Posted on 2/2/12)
I love the style and color of this bag!! It is feminine looking and has lots of storage compartments. I can't wait to try it out next time I travel! It's great that it has wheels also so that bag does not get heavy.
(Posted on 1/19/12)
This is a perfect carryon case that fits under the seat. My netbook fit easily in the "tablet" compartment and the pouch for my liquids baggie is very accessible. The size is just right for my needs.
(Posted on 1/12/12)
I travel about 6-8 times a year for the past 5 years and until I found this little tote, used to carry a purse with my carry on. NO MORE!.This nifty little number had plenty of room for all the junk I think i need to live, and plenty of room for a kindle, magazines and all those assorted items like ID, boarding passes etc... on the outside pockets.It really did fit under the seat, so it was very nice to not to have to put it away in the overhead bin. It fit nicely on top of the computer case I purchased as well and the use of both saved my shoulders a lot of pain. The retractable handle also worked very easily.
(Posted on 1/12/12)
I was very excited to receive the under-seat case in turquoise. My first disappointment was that the color was not turquoise, but rather blue. The second disappointment was that it was heavy. On some regional airlines, there's no room under the seat, so it has to be lifted overhead. When the case contains a computer, iPad, necessary cords, and other items for easy access on a plane, it would be heavy to lift overhead. The pockets were nice and the padding was adequate, although I would have liked a padded computer slot. Sadly, I'll be returning this item.
(Posted on 1/12/12)
I received this while I was away on holiday at my daughter's, and it came home with me on the plane after Christmas. I love it. It has room for all the things I have to have with me when I travel, including my binoculars and my notebook computer, and with the nice wide opening it is easy to find things when you are locked into a small space. It fits nicely under the seat. Again, I love it.
(Posted on 1/12/12)
After my first trip, I like this carryon. To me it's one big hole with a lot of little pockets. I preferred this when backpacking: I made up my own sub-bags, and stuffed them into the main bag (The Big Hole). I easily got a cartigan, a minimal soft-sided briefcase, a Kindle, a notepad and my computer cords in the main hole, with my netbook and a travelling modem (5-spot) in a separate pocket. Several little pockets left over for iPod, phone, camera, minor toiletries etc. Fits easily under seat. I think it's the best I've had.
(Posted on 1/6/12)
I have the original wheeled tote in this shape and size. I love the way it opens, that is the best part of it. I carry on all my electronics and toiletries in this bag. It easily holds a small laptop, cords, cameras, makeup, and the 1 qt. baggie of liquids. The only way to make this bag better is to make it a spinner and that would help it's balance also.
(Posted on 1/4/12)
I purchased this bag for a trip to Europe and was very pleased with the amount of storage and the ease of handling.
(Posted on 12/18/11)
telescoping handle gets hung up on fabric and zipper. can't pull up handle with one hand, have to use two hands.
(Posted on 12/15/11)