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C-Ruck Rucksack Serves this Canadian all Around the World

Dave must have liked us, because we even got to pet him (not Dave, the koala)! Sooo soft.

Good Design, Wrong Use, and How to Set Things Right.

Sarah Kissel took her beloved Sky Train to visit her family in Taiwan and discovered there are a few kinds of trips perhaps a backpack style carry on bag might not be suitable for. This was one of those trips. Being experienced travelers, we offer a few tips one can employ to remedy the situation. Here’s Sarah with her story.

I have wanted to write a review of the Sky Train, but I haven’t had a good trip with it yet. It went with me to Taiwan to meet up with my mom and visit extended family last July.

I over packed it. Never fool yourself into thinking you’re going to go jogging every morning while visiting family in Taiwan. They don’t understand the concept of jogging so you don’t actually get out of the house, and when you do, the humidity is at 95% at 5 in the morning. Leave the shoes at home.

My Mom, not being a planner, but much more spontaneous than I, decided that she and I would be bunking with a different family member every night. This meant a lot of re-packing of the bag. It became a big pain to zip out the bag, put everything in so that it would fit so I could still carry it backpack style, zip it back up, and then repeat the process every night.

My Mom, being A Mom, gifted me with more than twice the stuff I had brought. While the Sky Train remarkably gobbled up everything including clothes, tea, a billion face products because, "You starting look so OOOOLLLDDDD and you not married yet!"), it became impossibly heavy to carry.

So needless to say, as a carry on bag, it served instead as a check-in on the way home!

My family did not understand the concept of me turning myself into a human pack mule and made many disparaging comments about my beautiful Sky Train. And then threatened to buy me a 32″ Made-in-China suitcase on wheels, which is the exact type of bag I’m trying to get away from. I’m fairly immune to criticism from my very loving family, but I was starting to see things their way (ack! no!) after about Day 4 of re-packing my overstuffed Sky Train.

I do have hope for the Sky Train as a great bag for me for a one-destination trip – such as a business trip where I stay in one place for four days straight and not in a bunk bed one night, a futon another night, and next to my cousin, who snores like a freight train despite being 5’1″ super cute Asian chick, on yet another night.

Marble Lion

All that to say, if you think that works as an honest opinion with the caveat that none of this is the Sky Train’s fault, it’s just an overview of the kind of trip that the Sky Train is NOT designed for.


While I was in Taiwan I visited the Taroko Gorge, which is located in Hualien, Taiwan, and is largely made up of marble. It’s stunning and the water really is the color in the images below.

cave at taroko gorgeTaroko Gorge Marble Lake