Haute Travels: The Dakine Valet Tote

There’s traveling and then there’s traveling well.  It’s fun to go to new and exotic destinations, but the journey is as important as the arrival, IMO.  Traveling with grace and dignity is increasingly harder with less than enthusiastic staff, rising costs, diminishing service, threats of terrorism, long lines, delays, etc etc etc.  I’ve been fine-tuning my travel style over the past few years that I’ve really been traveling abroad.  My latest quest: the perfect travel tote.

It’s never fun when you’re packing your purse/tote with in-flight essentials and it’s bursting at the seams.  I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the Lo and Sons OG (Overnight/Gym) bag.  After checking out the website, I wanted that bag.  But the $395 price tag put the brakes on that.  It’s probably worth every penny.  Even on sale (most recently 35% off) it was still about $200 which was out of my budget at the time.  So, I began my quest to find a dupe.

Enter the Dakine Valet:

The Dakine Valet (photo credit: 6pm)

It even looks like the OG.  Here are the specs:

  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Fits most 13″ laptops
  • Adjustable and removable shoulder strap
  • Custom metal hardware
  • Zippered closure
  • Exterior zippered pocket
  • Interior organizer pockets
  • Open back panel to slide over travel bag handle

Size: 15 x 12 x 7″
Strap drop 10″

Here’s a video of the bag in action:

It seems pretty comparable to the OG.  But it retails for $62 at Dakine.  Of course, with Black Friday deals galore, you can get it for even less.  The only negative (there has to be one, right?): I can’t find it in plain black.  It comes in great prints and patterns.  But if you want a black bag, you’ll have to settle for the hounds tooth pattern in the photo above with either magenta or lime lettering and zipper closures.  For me, the possibility of getting travel friendly bag at such a good price point was worth it.  Crossing fingers that it works!  If not, I’ll be saving up for the OG.

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