From the first time I saw the L0 & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender, I have wanted it! Since I usually check a bag, I have been searching for a carry-on bag that would fit over the handle of my rolling suitcase. I really don’t want to be pushing to rolling suitcases through the airport. The Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender does that and more!
As I mentioned, the over the handle sleeve was what sold me on this bag in the first place. There is a pocket with zippers on top and bottom that you slide over your suitcase handle. You can then tighten the zippers to the size of your suitcase handle. No more carry-on bag falling off your suitcase as you push it through the airport. The only issue I can see with this is if your handle is really wide or is not a double rod handle as the sleeve is about ten inches across.
The next best thing is the bottom pocket. It is separate from the main compartment so you can put shoes or dirty clothes in it without getting your clean clothes dirty. The bottom pocket has a rigid liner so it holds its shape and can protect fragile items. The liner is removable.
Inside the main compartment are several pockets for organizing smaller items. The main compartment is large and holds plenty of clothes or things you will need onboard the plane. On the outside of the bag is one more pocket, which is excellent for storing your phone and passport.
There are two ways to carry the Catalina Deluxe Weekender bag. One is the shoulder strap. The shoulder strap comes with a detachable memory foam pad, and the strap is adjustable. Also, there are two shorter handles. The handles are long enough for me to put over my shoulder.
The Catalina Deluxe Weekender is made of canvas. The canvas isn’t a heavyweight canvas, so the bag is light. It also makes it easy to spot clean. The bag comes in seven colors, and the handles are usually a contrasting color. The zipper pulls are made of brushed silver and feel nice in hand.
Overall, I love the Catalina Deluxe Weekender. It is precisely as expected. The box it arrived in was so small, I thought there had been a mistake, but the bag rolls up to a nice small size. The Weekender comes in two sizes, small and large. Due to my height, I ordered the small. It is the perfect size to fit on top of my suitcase.
My biggest issue is that even with the shoulder strap shortened; it is still too long for my short frame. The bag hits me a strange angle and makes it hard to walk. Of course, this is only an issue when I am carrying it and not putting it on the suitcase. However, I can carry the bag with the two handles over my shoulder comfortably.
Another issue is that it does hold plenty of things and I overpacked it twice! Good as the Catalina Deluxe Weekender carries tons, but bad because I had a sore shoulder after. Obviously not the bags fault! Here is an example of me not overpacking the bag. You can see I still have room for toiletries.
Two things I wish it had are a key leash and a removable nylon bag. I tend to throw my keys into bags, and they get lost in the clothes, so the key strap would keep that from happening. On a recent trip, my bathing suit was still wet when I needed to pack so it would have been nice to have a bag for wet things. If it was removable, then you could leave it when you knew you wouldn’t need it or store shoes in it.
The bag seems like it will hold up for a long time and I am pleased with it. When I go on shorter trips, I plan on using it as my only bag. Lo & Sons has other versions of the Catalina. One bag is larger, and the other is smaller.
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