Another new victim here! I came across TB on a budgeting forum where a member was asking others to talk him out of a new purchase, and I had to investigate...Oops!
I had a very stressful experience recently with a budget airline that my husband had booked us onto and not paid extra for checked-in baggage, and I'm flying with them again in April, so I'm determined to be better prepared next time. I'm also flying out to the US for a week in the summer, and have several other short trips lined up (train, not plane). I like to travel fairly light, and in the past I've tended to take a small wheeled case, but being petite I find them daunting to manage on escalators, particularly going down.
So, I've ordered a Tri-Star (Steel/UV), a packing-cube backpack plus the medium and small cubes, and a Side Effect (Olive/UV). The TS should just about squeak through the budget airline's stingy carry-on restrictions, even with the SE inside (no "personal item" allowance!), as long as I don't pack it too heavily. I did look at the Western Flyer as it would definitely fit within the measurements, but all the colour options are on back-order and wouldn't arrive in time, making the point moot.
I'm on tenterhooks, waiting for my order to ship across the Atlantic