I based my purchase on the reviews of others. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my bag. It is attractive and very functional with the many pockets with zippers. The size is perfect because it is not too large for under the seat stowing. My concern was keeping the weight and size down in case I had to stow it overhead on occasion. I also was interested in a bag that would function as a purse if I chose to simplify the amount of items for carry-on purposes. This bag is great for that. The front compartment is a great place for ticket, passport, and other items I would normally carry in a separate handbag. I was happy to discover that it holds more items than I originally thought. I was very pleased with my purchase and hope to get many years of use out of it.