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Ravenna Rolling Case - Have you used this bag?

I currently have the RS Rolling Backpack and am thinking of getting the Ravenna Rolling Case. Anyone have feedback on this one? My current bag is always bulging so I'm thinking that the 20x14x7 of the current bag packed is about the 21x14x9 of the Ravenna bag anyway. I know the Ravenna is about 1 3/4 lbs heavier, but I can pack light, so maybe that wouldn't be an issue.

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Barbara, I am absolutely thrilled with my Ravenna bag! It's just a little bit bigger as noted in the specifications of the 2 bags but it's just enough bigger to pack lightly but comfortably. I can get my second pair of shoes in and there's just enough more space to bring a couple more "souvenirs" home.

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Thanks, Darcy! I always like to leave a little room for those souvenirs too!

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One thing I noticed the other day when comparing the Ravenna at the RS store is that it is slightly tapered. I had not noticed it when Darcy so thoughtfully brought hers to the RS meet up a couple of weeks ago. It seems to be maybe an inch narrower at the handle end than the wheel end. I don't think it would make a substantial difference in packing, it was just something I saw. I also noticed the expando part is in the body of the case whereas on the rolling carryon that I have it unzips in the lid...if that makes any sense at all. I do very much like the way the lid is configured on the Ravenna. I like the zippered area which looks like I could fit my packing cubes of clothes instead of just the mesh area on the rolling carry on.

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Darcy and Pam, does this bag stand upright when packed? My rolling backpack has always tipped over from day one. Thanks!

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My current bag is always bulging ... but I can pack light ....

Seems like you know the solution. Just pack lighter with your existing bag and save over 1¾ lb.

I hope you are either checking this bag, or not flying one of the European airlines (like Lufthansa) with a 17.6 lb. carry-on limit, since you'd only get a net of a little over 10 lbs. with a 7¼ bag.

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Hi Barbara, I haven't once had my Ravenna tip over but maybe that's because of the way I pack with heavier items on the wheels end. The way the bag is though I really think it's just balanced properly.

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Thanks Darcy. Lee, I usually have about 25-27 lbs, and only check my bag on the way home because since the last few trips have been to Italy, I've always had a wonderful olive oil as my souvenir. Maybe bulging isn't the correct word, but I measured my current bag packed and it pooches (sp?) out to 9 inches anyway. I usually fly British Airways where the limit is 50 lbs, but can't even imagine packing a bag that heavy. Will be trying for under 25 next year. I've flown Ryanair and Vueling but have paid the higher ticket price for the checked bag.

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I'm very interested in this bag. Does it have a rigid polycarbonate bottom or just reinforced on the sides? Also, is this forum the only place to find reviews of RS products? Thanks.

I have several RS products. You can trust the quality. RS guarantees his products. This leads to feedback and good quality. The RS folks travel a lot and use his products. So, these are well designed items. I also like ebags brand products at Ebags.com. I prefer the ebags Classic packing cubes.

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Sandy, the bottom (by the wheels) is reinforced . when its laying on the bed to be packed....the bottom is fabric but all of that area is pretty sturdy because of the handle mechanism. Its a smaller bag than my old black roller board that isnt allowed into the cabin of any current airline sigh anyway, i can carefully pack tops & a spare pair of slacks into the top lid...i roll undies and socks & place around the handles and then theres quite a bit of remaining flat space for whatever.....a couple of books, jammies, etc. I highly recommend getting the matching backpack it slides onto the handle & holds a ton of stuff in addition to a laptop sleeve & dual water bottle holders.

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Thank you, Doric8, for the details. I won't be getting one soon, just window shopping for now.

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Well, I bought this with my $100 tour credit and it arrived yesterday. Later today I think I'll pack it up with what I usually take on a tour and see how it fits. I'll let you know!

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Oooo, recreational packing! I love that! This was a good way to use your tour credit. Yes, let us know what you think.

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Pooching and recreational packing - I love this forum!

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Okay, so I was too lazy to pack my new Ravenna bag with the exact items on my packing list (which doesn't vary much since I usually travel to warm spots). Anyway! I use packing cubes(I just stuffed them full of assorted items) three big ones and one rectangular one. Plus my toiletry kit and a pair of sandals and there was lots of room. Since it wasn't my "real list", I have no idea what it would weigh. Not heavy at all.
I like the profile of the bag, looks sleek instead of bulging and lumpy. Not that looks matter, it is after all just luggage - a functional object containing my clothes. But I think I like it a lot. Just a little concerned because it seems kinda big, but the dimensions are "airline" dimensions (except the small carriers) so I'm sure it'll be fine. And I think I like the fact that I can unzip the extender portion of the bag on the way home for any souvenirs.

Recreational packing, I love this term. I should be doing so many things with my time, and here I am - recreational packing. Yes, I am travel obsessed. And it's a good thing:)