I already owned the large folding wheeled bag from Dakine and got this one because I wanted the same quality in a smaller version. Even though it's small, it holds lots of stuff and is very durable. The end pockets zip up so you can compartmenalize your stuff. The size of this bag is perfect for weekend trips or even slightly longer. I also like that the Dakine bags are unique looking and easy to spot on the airport baggage claim conveyer belts. Don't let that keep you from checking your name tag, though. My large Dakine bag is green and brown herringbone, extremely unique, who would have one of those, right? Well, both myself and another girl grabbed what we thought were our own bags, got them all the way home, and didn't realized we had the wrong bag until we went to unpack them. Thank goodness for phone numbers on luggage tags! After a good laugh, we met up and exchanged bags. Lesson learned!
Awesome overall, as you'd expect from DaKine. But in 90% percent of planes, this is definitely not a carry on. If it's 75% packed full, it will be be to big (high when laying down) to fit in most overheads. I barely got in in on a Southwest flight, but when I switched planes to Horizon (Alaskan) it was way too big and they ended up stopping me at the gate, taking it, and charging me $40 to check it. When I got on the commuter plane, it was obvious it never would have fit. So be warned, on big planes, it MIGHT FIT in overhead, if they even allow it on, but on most normal size or commuter planes, it will not. And if you're going to check it, you might was well check a bigger bag.
It's handy for weekend car trips.
This bag is perfect. It is big enough for a one week excursion with extra room if you over-pack. It also has pouches for shoes to keep them seperate from you clothes.