Seeking Convertible Carry-on Bag
I am looking to replace my current TNF Long Haul Carry-on bag for a model which has hide-away straps. I am looking for a bag that looks and packs like a carry-on (horizontally rather than vertically) rather than a backpack like the Brain Bag (no offense intended). The models that I have seen so far that seem closest to what I am looking for are the MLC from Patagonia, a bag from Brenthaven and the Tri-Zip from Tough Traveller.
The ideal features that I like are the compression panel from Brenthaven rather than just compression straps. Even better would be the option to go either way - panel or straps.
Tough Traveller's Tri-Zip, which I have not seen in person, has a three compartment design with padding that removes from the middle compartment to allow more room. While I like a three compartment design, the TNF Long Haul has two compartments with a zipped divider panel that allows the single compartment to be split into two sections. Very handy as it gives you choices as to how to configure the space.
Another good design that I forgot to mention is an old convertible bag from REI. Although this bag does not have backpack straps, it is very well designed. It folds itself in half to use as a shoulder bag with its outside pockets for use. Holding the folding thought for just a minute, its outside pockets are large (each one is half the size of the bag) and very useful, but they do not clutter up the lines of the bag.
Hopefully this is enough to get some discussion going on the topic. More later.