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Pull The North Face Rolling Thunder 19in Carry On Bag through the Denver airport and kick all the standard black conformist wheely bags out of your way. Actually, don't do that, because that would make you a jerk. It's not jerkish, however, to feel confident knowing that your bag, made with bomber base camp material and added rugged nylon, will be adventuring long after those other bags have died and spilled their guts onto tarmacs worldwide. The Rolling Thunder complies with European standards for carry-on luggage while still holding all the gear you need. It's clear that the designers have been there and done that based on all the intelligent features they crammed into this bag: plastic bumpers on wear points, external zippered organizational pockets, daisy-chain lash points, and an internal mesh pocket.
- Bomber base camp material paired with rugged nylon
- External top zippered pocket
- Perforated exposed back panel
- Plastic bumpers on wear points
- Two external zippered organization pockets
- Internal mesh pocket
- Die-cut ID window
- Coated daisy chain lash points
- Extendable luggage handle with patented side release buttons
- Item #TNF00Y0
- Q & A
Great Materials/Construction, Not Roomy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Rounding the bag to make it look more attractive loses a few precious inches at the corners, as does the internal location of the handle channels. With such sturdy handles, you loose close to an inch and a half inside. But the materials and construction cry out that this bag is built to last. If does fit nicely in the overhead,even on the NYC-Washington DC shuttle, so I am a believer. This is a fine piece of luggage, which I am proud to own.
So close, telescoping handle issues
Purchased for our son to use as carry on bag and it is awesome in every way except the telescoping handle at mid-height. When raise the telescoping handle to mid-height to accommodate his size (9 yrs old), it will not stay in place - constantly pops out and raises up. There's simply no configuration where the telescoping handle will lock at mid-height. Only locks and stays in place when handle is pulled all the way up.
At the tallest point, it's just too long for him to maneuver through busy airports. We are all super bummed bc otherwise - beautiful bag.
For adult use - may never be an issue as handle may not be used in mid-height often if at all.
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Great material, strong handle. However if it is empty it falls, doesn't have stability on its own
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The materials of the bag are high-quality, and it is certified as a carry-on bag. The handle is long and sturdy (good for tall people) and the entire bag is exactly what you'd expect from north face. My only complaint is that the two metal supports inside the bag minimize the amount of space in the bottom of the bag, and it is therefore slightly smaller than what I imagined, but that being said it is still well worth the money to have a bag that will last forever.