This Dakine Women’s 42L Overhead Bag review is provided by Melisse.
Aloha, I’m Melissé. Navy brat, outdoorsy traveler, and lover of geeky things. I love to travel because of the excitement of discovering new places and learning new cultures. Most recently I’ve visited Thailand, New Zealand (round 4!), and Seattle, but always on the lookout for my next adventure.
I have never been able to travel with anything smaller than a suitcase, mostly due to travel involving moving, but honestly it works best for me that way. I do however, prefer traveling with a carry-on suitcase so I don’t strain my back and neck. I also like being able to roll on up and off the plane. No hassles.
Tell us about your suitcase brand, style and price.
I recently chose the Dakine 42L Overhead Bag (2600cu) in for a trip to New Zealand. I purchased though Backcountry.com for $84. Plus, it comes with a Lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and you can’t beat that!
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Is it fabric or hard shell?
It’s a fabric suitcase with soft sides that, when packed away after a trip, can fit inside larger suitcases or your closet fairly easily as it squishes down. It feels like a heavy duty woven duffel bag on top, but the back is firm and solid to provide a good support frame.
Spinner or roller?
This is a roller type suitcase with two wheels. I found spinners took up a bit more room in the interior for the extra wheels, and two wheels are faster when running around. I’m a bit clumsy so it gets more awkward for me the more wheels you add. Additionally, the wheels are skate wheels, so they move more smoothly and quietly than any other bag I’ve had before.
What made you choose your brand and style of suitcase?
I first chose the Dakine because I know they make stuff to last, not to mention the fun color and pattern. I wanted something that would stand out whenever I do need to check it, make it easier to identify. Second, it’s really sturdy but light which makes it easier on my back and neck for lifting and toting around. Additionally, I’m tall at 6’0 and the length of the handle is perfect.
What features of this luggage do you love? Are there any you would like to see changed or improved?
The best feature of this suitcase is the soft and light but heavy duty fabric and its size. It’s easy to pack. Since it doesn’t have a hard shell or awkward separators, you really can fit a good amount of gear in there and still have room for souvenirs that are well protected. There are well placed outer pockets as well for passports and tickets and shoes. It’s also worth mentioning that even at its fullest I have never had it tip over, which is unusual for me especially with soft shelled suitcases.
The only downside is the kick-plate on the back is too soft and I’d like to see it tougher.
Can you take this suitcase as carry-on luggage?
Yes! It’s the exact carry-on size at 22 x 13 x 9 in. Though, I did have to check it on a smaller “puddle jumper” plane where the overhead bins are tiny.
What sort of traveler and trip is this suitcase perfect for?
This suitcase is perfect for any traveler who wants to maximum packing space but still have the ease of a light carry-on.
Would you recommend this suitcase to other traveling females?
Absolutely! It’s a great bag and I look forward to using it whenever I travel. It’s probably my favorite suitcase in recent memory. Plus, it comes in fun colors! People still can’t believe I can fit all I need in this carry-on.
About the Author: Melissé grew up as a Navy brat and lived in Panama, Australia, New Zealand, and 5 states in the USA. She is currently based in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and fluffy kitty, but is always on the lookout for her next adventure.
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