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1. Posted by Celotil (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi all. This is my first post here so please excuse any breach of etiquette.

I'm currently in the market for a "short haul" overnight/weekender bag, and instead of buying a small suitcase or duffle, which would require me to carry my laptop in a separate bag*, I'm hoping to find something just slightly larger than a large briefcase, made with a soft shell of leather, roomy enough inside for a couple of days worth of clothes (two shirts, two pants, boxers, singlets, socks, hanging toiletry bag) and with space, such as an outer pocket, for a laptop.

For some examples of what I'm looking for, I've been coveting the Clava Tuscan Leather Flight Bag - http://www.amazon.com/Clava-Tuscan-Leather-Companion-Duffles/dp/B001I4CD16/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=shoes&qid=1241347982&sr=8-3 - and the Piel Extra Large Executive Overnighter - http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Piel-Extra-Executive-Overnighter/dp/B001AZGK1C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=shoes&qid=1241348271&sr=1-1 .

Both look like they MIGHT be what I'm after, and I was hoping there would be someone here with a little experience with what I want.

On a related note, does anyone know the brand and model of the bag Tommy Lee Jones uses in the movie, In The Valley of Elah? It looks EXACTLY like what I want, if the outer pocket he stores his laptop in is large enough for a 17" MBP.

.*Last time I looked, Australian airlines changed their policies from allowing two bags - up to a certain combined size - to be carried on the plane, down to one bag only, and there is no way in hell I'm letting my laptop out of my sight, and I'd like to be able to carry some spare clothes in case my checked luggage gets lost.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

And just what is your question? Whether the bags you mention are any good or what?

For carry-ons in general take a look at

Tatonka Flightcase
The North Face Overhaul
Lowe Alpine TT Carry On 40
Berghaus Optimus 40
Eagle Creek Velocity Wheeled Inflight Tote
Osprey Vector 46
Vaude Aruba

3. Posted by Celotil (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

I'll re-iterate as it seems I wasn't clear enough as to what I was asking.

I need some help locating a bag. I have style and material clearly in mind, carefully considered upon what I would be using it for.

I'm after a bag about the size of a large briefcase/small suitcase, made of leather, that opens up like a suitcase - not a wide-mouth bag - so it is easy to carefully pack ironed shirts and pants so they remain flat within the bag. It would be hugely advantageous if the bag also had either a large pocket on the outside or enough room inside where I could pack my 17" laptop.

To that end I have located two bags online which I think may suit my purposes - the Clava and the Piel branded bags I linked to in my first post.

I would like to know if anyone has had any experience with either of the aforementioned bags - using them for short haul trips, carrying one or two days worth of clothes (complete outfits) - or has experience with a better bag, such as something I saw briefly in the movie, In The Valley of Elah - large briefcase sized bag that unzipped to open like a suitcase, with both halves of the open bag having clothes straps to secure what was packed.

The reason I'm asking for other people's experiences is that there is sod all bag shops local to me who carry these sorts of bags, so I will have to order one online, and hope it's what I'm after.

I have no problem with hauling a bag around on my shoulder so wheels are not important, and in fact I'd prefer it if the bag wasn't fixed to a trolley, although a removable trolley might be okay.

Let me say again,

I'm asking for a little help in locating a bag that is a) large briefcase sized, b) leather (must be leather), c) short haul (two pants, two shirts, socks, boxers, toiletries, but if the same size can hold three outfits then even better), and d) the main compartment opens like a suitcase to ensure the easy flat-packing of ironed clothes.

So far I'm leaning towards the bag from Piel, but I was hoping someone here might have some experience with a similar, if not the same, bag who ALSO has had to carry a 17" laptop. I have a bi-fold garment bag that I suspect is from Piel but rebranded (Hunt Leather), and it's a great garment bag AND has a huge pocket my laptop can easily slip inside but is a little big for short haul journeys (it's got two wally locks and easily holds in excess of six suits/outfits).