I’ve had my share of crappy luggage. Wheels have fallen off, zippers have broken and handles have ripped. But it’s not just quality craftsmanship that was lacking, the overall designs of the bags have fallen short.
But after receiving and putting the Dakine Overhead suitcase to use, I’m happy to report that I have yet to experience any of these issues.
As with all of my other Dakine bags (and I have a lot), this one is built to last. The robust zippers are still in good, working shape; the material is durable, and the urethane wheels roll smoothly and easily – a must when you’re navigating various types of terrain.
When it comes to organization, there are two exterior zippered pockets for odds and ends, which is pretty standard. But it’s on the inside where the Overhead really shines. The interior space is massive. The flap itself has a zippered mesh pocket to help separate some items, but the main large compartment should be more than enough for your needs. And if you get the Phantom color, you’ll love that it’s lined in fluorescent green – it makes it so much easier to find your stuff in the bag.
Lastly, an important criterion for travelers is that the bag meets the airlines restrictions for carry-on dimensions. For the most part, you’ll be safe with the Overhead which measures 44 linear inches (LxWxH all added together). Some airlines’ dimensions are smaller than that, but the Overhead is so close that it’s almost a sure bet you’ll be able to bring in on board with you (though Dakine also has the Carry On Roller that’s 21x12x8”, or 41” linear, which might be your safest bet).