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