A couple of weeks ago I headed to Denver to cover the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and preview new gear. The trip’s just long enough to make packing one carry-on bag tough, so this time I took along Thule’s 3-in-1 Subterra system. It’s a checked-bag size piece that can also function as two carry-on friendly pieces.
The roller portion is about the size of a standard carry-on bag. The rock-solid telescoping handle’s framework is on the outside of the polycarbonate back panel, maximizing the volume inside, which is designed as one big opening. Since I use packing cubes, I prefer a big space rather than segmented compartments. Four straps let you cinch the zippered 800D nylon top tight, squeezing out any air.
The second part of the Subterra is a briefcase-style bag with a handle along one of its … Read the rest