I've read the reviews of the RS Ravenna rolling bag in this forum, most of which came out shortly after the bag was introduced, and I'm wondering how it's holding up for the road warriors who are using it regularly.
I purchased the RS Rolling Carryon (current model) a couple of years ago, and it's been great. It's made several long trips, passed muster on an international flight for carryon, and checked a couple of times. The light weight is a real plus, especially compared to my Ebags Mother Lode 21" duffel, which is a couple of pounds heavier and is about to be "retired" as it's getting too heavy when fully packed. (Good, durable bag, but the weight is becoming a problem.)
I've been considering buying a Ravenna as I'm drawn to the hybrid structure of the case, with the hard shell corners combined with the flexibility of the fabric. But I have a couple of questions.
- How deep are the front pockets? When the bag is fully packed (intelligently, not stuffed), will a say, standard iPad fit? I don't need to put a lot of items in the front pockets, but I would like a few small items to fit.
- How are the wheels and handle holding up? No problems with my RS roller. I've pretty much gone back to using two wheeled bags over the spinners, as they just seem more durable.
- Given that the bag is more "structured", can a lightweight garment sleeve fit in it for carrying a suit or sport coat without excessive wrinkling? (Or just the suit in a plastic bag, I suppose.) This is a no-go with most soft side bags in my experience, and though I rarely travel with a suit anymore, I have to on occasion.
Thanks for answering these as well as giving overall feedback. I'll probably wait until the Ravenna goes on sale before pulling the trigger, but it's nice to hear what other users are experiencing.