YETI Crossroads 29-inch Luggage Review
Hugely popular with hardcore outdoor enthusiasts and casual users alike, YETI has solidified a reputation of quality and ruggedness. Well known for their premium coolers and drinkware, YETI's product lineup has expanded in recent years to include other versatile offerings such as buckets, chairs, and bags. Well, now you can add luggage to that list. The new Crossroads Luggage includes a carry-on-friendly 22-inch bag along with a larger 29-inch model which is what we'll be looking at here.
The 29-inch Crossroads bag I received looked and felt robust before I even used it. These bags are constructed using water and abrasion–resistant 700D Tuffskin nylon over a molded polycarbonate structure. My bag certainly exhibits a very refined form with nice thick fabric throughout, high-quality zippers, and stitching that's all very clean. Speaking of the zippers, the one for the main compartment is pretty firm and often requires more pulling force than I'd prefer. Thankfully, the remaining zippers both inside and outside can be pulled easily.
The back side of the bag is rigid and showcases a large YETI logo. On the top end is a handle that (with the push of a button) extends out. This handle not only extends/retracts easily, but it's an excellent thickness, shape, and height for maximum comfort. When pulling the bag behind me, I always notice how effortless, smooth, and stable the wheels feel rolling along. YETI gave each wheel a tread pattern and affixed them firmly to the rigid side of the bag which helps boost ride quality over a variety of surfaces. The wheels are also removable and serviceable!
The outside boasts various handles which makes it easy to lift the bag or manipulate it in a tight area like a cargo hold or car trunk. There's also four small loops which the two (included) Modular Compression Straps can be run through to help bind the bag together even more tightly. In addition, there are two outside zip pockets on the face of the bag: a shallow horizontal pocket located up top and one vertical pocket which is ideal for my laptop computer.
The interior has a few things going on. First, four large zippered net pockets are available to help keep gear organized into different sections.
Unzipping the large mesh flap and folding it back reveals a spacious main compartment. This cavernous area is not segmented and is ideal for bigger items like shoes, pants, fly reels and other gear.
Like the outside of the bag, the included compression straps can be connected to four small fabric loops on the inside to help secure gear. Something to mention here is that one of these anchor points didn't seem to be stitched in properly which made connecting a strap to it a bit tougher.
This is not what I'd call a large bag, but it is plenty big enough to typically hold everything I'd need when going on a shorter or less-involved trip. No, it can't hold the mass of gear and clothing I bring when taking my annual 10-day trip out west, but it's a fantastic option when I don't need to pack so heavily.
YETI Crossroads 29-inch Luggage comes in Aquifer Blue Green, Black, and (as tested) Navy color schemes. Although my sample bag didn't include them, the 29-inch bag comes with a small and medium YETI Packing Cube, while the smaller 22-inch Crossroads bag comes with just a small cube.
Dimensions: Height 29 ½” x Width 16 ¼“ x Depth 11 ½” (75 x 41.3 x 29.2 cm)
Empty Weight: 10 pounds
Capacity: 80 Liters