Does anyone have the Eagle Creek Explorer LT? I am looking for a good carry on. However, it is not advertised as a carry on, but the dimensions fit the requirements. I am flying Air Canada both ways and I hope they aren't too finicky with extra weight or an inch to big.
My wife's bag is an Eagle Creek Voyage 65 and even with the strap on backpack with stuff in it we were able to take it carry-on with Air Canada. (might help to just compare size measurements).
Overall, Air Canada is quite reasonable when it comes to carry-on size on the bigger planes. On regional jets they are sticky.
I have this bag and I have taken it on many planes, (including one today and a previous Air Canada flight) and no one has ever told me it is too big or even questioned its size. I adore the bag and recommend it highly.
Kate--Have you considered Rick's Convertible Bag and Civita Bag (or Apenzell)? They are a great combination, so convenient, well-made, light weight, etc, etc. Oh and the price is outstanding, especially if you purchase after buying a railpass!
My husband had 4 different Eagle Creek bags and LOVES them all. I use the Rick Steves one and I LOVE it. You just need need to take a look at them in person and compare. For example - you may love a Kate Spade purse - but I wouldn't like the same one.
Check out the Ebags Weekender. I have one and love it. Much less expensive than the Eagle Creek bag.
Rick's Civita bag is good as a daypack I just wish he didn't start stenciling his name on everything. I think by now every thief in Europe knows Rick Steves=Mr. Moneybelt and carrying items labeled "Rick Steves" tell the thief that you're probably wearing a moneybelt and he's trying to figure out how he can get to it.