Let me first say I've drank the kool-aid on using less than max carry on size bags. I've mostly used small back packs. But, I do have a couple of small Red Oxx duffle bags that I like a lot. I've had my eye on the Western Flyer for a long time. I wanted something a little more professional looking. I wanted the steel color but every time I would go to order it would be out of stock so I would put the order off. I had a trip coming up for work so I thought I would go a head and order the WF. You guessed it the steel color was back ordered until after my trip. My wife talked me into ordering the Navy color, So I did. When I opened the bag it looked great, but small, which is why I wanted it. Days before my trip I was issued a me 17" laptop for work and I had to take it on this trip. I thought well there goes my one bag drip down the drain, or at least with the WF. I began to pack the WF for the trip and to my surprize it all fit, laptop and all.
This was only an over night trip so it was a good first test for the WF. I used both the back pack straps and the absolute strap both worked great. I had to fly from Atlanta to Orlando on Delta. I don't know if you've had to fly that route but the plane is full of familys from all over the world going to Disney. So with my WF in hand I waited until the last moment to board. As I reached the door to the plane I saw all the rol-a-boards that had to be gate checked. I thought this may not be good. As the person infront of me stopped to gate check his bag the gate person just waved me by. As I reached my seat there was no place to put my bag. This was no problem for me I just slid it under the seat infront of me with no problem. The bag worked great the entire trip and I was very happy with the color and the size. I could go for weeks with nothing more than this bag and I will at some point in the near future.
As I took the bag into my company meeting it looked right at home with all the black computer bags I had many people ask about the bag and where I got it. The were shocked to see it was also by bag for my cloths. I can't think of one thing I would change on the bag. It just worked great as it is.
I liked the bag so well I'm going to order another one in steel for my wife, wink, wink.