First of all, I am very happy with my purchase. The EXP35 is both practical and attractive, and appears to be well constructed. (For example, I think that the design and placement of the compression straps are functional and aesthetically pleasing.) Although I have not flown with it yet, but I can tell that the number and location of grab handles makes it easy to stow and retrieve the bag from overhead bins.
Because of its dimensions, it also doubles as a day-pack when traveling. I think the pack is too big to use as a gym bag, yet not big enough to be a true bug-out bag. I have loaded the EXP35 up with my usual carry-on gear and worn it on my chest. Overall it was comfortable. The variety of pockets makes it easy to organize all your travel gear, even if you are traveling with a 17” laptop that will not fit in the bag’s laptop compartment.
The shoe tunnel is a nice feature. However, if you place a pair of shoes in it, it does occupy a substantial part of the main compartment. Combine that with having to place a larger laptop in the main compartment, and it is surprising just how much of the space in the main compartment those two items take up. Still, it is better to have the shoe tunnel, and ultimately all the gear that I normally carry onto a plane does fit into the EXP35.
I do have several suggestions for future versions. One, add colored trim to make it easier to locate the bag in poorly lit locations. (Everything is solid black now a days.)…