Luggage review: Timbuk2 20″ Copilot

The want: a distinctively stylish carry-on rollerboard, preferably under $200.

Attempt 1: Timbuk2 20″ Copilot in Gunmetal/Blue, bought for $167 on sale from eBags, most retailers typically price at $210.

Timbuk2 1

Size: stated dimensions of 20.1 x 14.2 x 9.1. Actual dimensions 1-2″ larger for each. Online reviews said the purported 22″ version of the Copilot is difficult to carry-on. Even this purported 20″ will have trouble on many airplanes. Though it is soft-side, it does not crush down well. International airlines will likely force it to be checked.

Zippers: terrible, difficult to open and close, flimsy.

Handle: ditto.

Wheels: skateboard wheels, seem good.

Interior: mesh compartments, useful if wanting to pack their way, otherwise a hassle as they cannot be fully moved away.

Timbuk2 2

Style: the exposed metal of the handle looks cool, but the gray color material is dull, not a sleek gray.

Result: taking a few pictures for this review before sending it back.

Timbuk2 3

So readers, what soft-side rollerboards have stylish design for men? Even going way over $200, most luggage is blah.

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    -The Transporter 95L
    -The Astro shoulder bag (which conveniently attaches to the vector!)

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  • @Aarash – that 22″ Vector does look cool, I think I will give it a try. Does the 22″ really work for carry-on, the company website lists dimensions of 23.5 in x 18 in x 12 in which is really pushing it except when agents are looking the other way on US airlines. Internationally that could be an issue.

  • @RTC – I;ve taken it as a carry-on to a variety of destinations, both domestic and int’l. The only time I was made to gate check it was when I had to fly a puddle jumper on the way to ABQ from DEN. You can compress it if need be, so you should be good, but YMMV. Hope you find one that works for ya!