Vinny Maurowrote a review of DAKINE Departure 55L Backpack - 3360cu in on July 25, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just got this and haven't traveled with it, but am super excited about it. For my whole life I have only had normal sized backpacks and bigger duffel bags. Bringing a bigger duffel can be a big pain, so many trips I have crammed into smaller backpacks. Traveling light is great, but forcing too much stuff into too small of a space is just annoying and you spend your whole trip wrestling with it. VERY excited about this thing, because it is just small enough to pass as a backpack, just small enough to use as a carry on, but has TONS of room. And not only does it have lots of room, but it flips out like a suit case giving you much more organization than just jamming things down into a normal backpack.
Looking for a pack to hike with? Definitely look elsewhere. But if you're looking for something to travel with and carry on your back through the airport and out to your Uber, I would definitely recommend this one.