Granite Gear Reticu-Lite 30 ReviewMay 11, 2016
- Low center of gravity
- Reasonable price
- Larger than listed
- Scuffs easily
- Loose frame
- Short handle
The Granite Gear Reticu-Lite 30 scored on the lower end of the spectrum in this test. It scuffs up easily and the relatively short trolley handle makes long hauls uncomfortable. On the plus side it is very stable while rolling and it packs like it’s bigger than what the listed internal volume suggests.
With reinforced corners and bomber zippers the Reticu-Lite 30 kept gear safe but it started to show some wear and scuffs after its first time through airport baggage handling. The external Repelaweave polyester fabric with Barrier DWR coating gives the bag a smooth, almost glossy finish and that glossy surface scuffed pretty easily and showed it. The light/buff color of the main body of the bag was of no help to hide those marks. Granted, this was purely superficial but the bag did suffer structurally some. After a few cycles of packing and loading the framework where the retractable trolley handle stows started to feel loose. At times, it took some effort to get the dual stem trolley handle to recess completely in its stowed position. Granite Gear is aware of this and they say they are working on improving the strength of the next version.
The die-cut foam pattern did help keep the Reticu-Lite 30 relatively light while maintaining its shape. At the 8.8 pounds Granite Gear claims this bag to weigh, it ran in the middle of the pack weight wise. Although on our luggage scale it registered 9.2 pounds putting its volume to weight ratio below average for the bags in this test at 517 cu in per pound.
The Reticu-Lite 30 has a nice wide 17.75” wheelbase and relatively slim enough depth of 11.75” to keep the center of gravity low and the bag stable while rolling along. Although, testers complained about how short (or low) the trolley handle was compared to the other bags in the test saying it was uncomfortable to haul it long distances. When not rolling, the handles on three sides made it easy to lift, haul and move the bag into and out of storage areas.
The standout feature for the Reticu-Lite 30 was the oversized document pocket where notebooks, books and other larger, yet slim, items were easy to stash. Though, for travelers stuck in the rain, the water repellant zippers would probably be more appreciated. We never ran into that situation while testing. The clear ID pocket is inside the zippered flap to stow the dual-stem trolley handle.
Three different pockets and the larger document pocket mentioned above provided slightly above average organization. Like most bags in this test, the large main book style opening compartment was divided into primary and secondary areas separated by a zippered mesh flap. Also, despite claiming the smallest volume of the bags tested, the Reticu-Lite 30 packed like it had more room than other bags in this test.