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A Guide to the New Breed of Carry-On Luggage

Unfortunately, the airline still might lose your checked bag.

Henry Phillips

From Issue One of the Gear Patrol Magazine. Free shipping for new subscribers.

In the past, carry-on travel bags have been spartan, utilitarian at best. They did their job, with little flair: your clumsy, breakable, standard black rollaboard. The new breed of travel bags offers traveler-friendly features and increased durability aimed at taking the stress out of air travel. While there’s no guarantee that the TSA will stop rifling through your things, these bags will help you stay more organized, stylish and efficient when flying.

Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On


The Victorinox Spectra 2.0 features a quick-access front panel that makes it easy to reach critical tech items both in the security line and on the plane. Its break-resistant polycarbonate shell will also keep all of your belongings safe while being tossed around in transit.

Buy Now: $272

Vocier C38 Luggage


The Vocier C38 offers a new spin on the traditional roller board. Its zero-crease system ensures suits remain ready to wear. A magnetic hanger system, a removable interior compartment and a jacket valet hook on the handle — one wonders why all travel bags aren’t designed this way.

Buy Now: $685


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Lexdray London Garment


Lexdray’s London Garment bag is the sophisticated evolution of the traditional garment bag. Its business duffle exterior unzips to reveal organized shelves that eliminate the need to unpack, while a removable garment bag keeps formal clothes looking their best.

Buy Now: $405

Hook & Albert Leather Garment Weekender Bag


Hook & Albert has disguised a garment bag in the body of a weekend duffel. The top and sides of the bag unzip to lay flat, providing wrinkle- free storage for your suits, and convenient compartments in the side flaps are designed to store dress shoes.

Buy Now: $585

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