I ordered this bag as an overnight bag, and was pleased that it expands much bigger than I expected. I use it for the gym, overnights, and weekend trips. I recently took it to NYC for 3 days and was able to fit several outfits, a few pairs of shoes, and all my toiletries/accessories. I bought the same bag for my boyfriend, and he has taken it to work conventions with no complaints. Durable enough as a checked bag, carry-on, or for camping. I highly recommend this bag!
Bought the red one (nice dark, muted red) for myself a few months ago and got the black one for a friend who was in need of a gym bag. This 22-inch bag is perfect for weekend travel or daily gym. Great quality all around. Very strong zippers, which I put to the test on my most recent weekend away when I overpacked.
When this great bag arrived I thought it might be a little small to use a s a gym bag, so I ordered the 27 inch, intending to send this one bag. I ended up keeping both, and use them interchangeably. I also use the 27 inch for carry on as well, because it kind of folds and can fit in overheads, but the 22 inch is really ideal as a carry on.
I received this as a gift and to replace a trusty old carry-on that had lasted me for over two decades. First thing I noticed was just how big it was even though compact. The main compartment has enough space for a toiletry bag, a set of pajamas, a light bathrobe, two light sweaters, two-sets of underwear, at least one folded shirt, socks, and a pair of jeans. In the main side pocket I can place a plastic bag for medications, other toiletries, or another set of underwear. The small pocket on one end can hold a small soap holder, cell phone, or similarly sized items. The main end pocket can hold several paperback books, writing materials, two folded polo-shirts, socks, slippers, and the like. The other end pocket is similarly sized. The carrying strap is more than adequate with the padding being thick enough to prevent discomfort. The handles are also similarly padded. This is a light-weight bag yet strong and durable. It will fit under an airplane seat and certainly in the overhead bin. I have used the CalPak Silver Lake 22-inch carry-on duffel bag for trips lasting three nights (using shirts and or sweaters twice) and look forward to long distance trips. Remember, it is a carry-on; if you will spend more than two or three nights, you might want to go for a larger bag. I chose the green bag. Unfortunately, the color as shown in the website seems much darker. The color I received has more of a lime tint to it. But, I kept it because I needed it and it fit my needs. The price was excellent and I am expecting to use it for at least as long as the bag this one replaced.