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Best Check-In Results :: Carry Awards IV
Luggage should make traveling as easy as possible. The Osprey Shuttle is packed with travel-friendly features, but it's not just the abundance; it's the fact that they come together really well. First off, there's no shortage of space - so if you just can't resist that last-minute souvenir, you'll find a place for it. And thanks to Osprey's StraightJacket™ compression system, you can compress or expand the load as needed. Then there's pocketing and compartments to keep everything from dirty laundry to smaller items organized, along with panel access to the main compartment for easy packing and retrieval of gear.
The Shuttle's robust wheels tackle smooth airport floors and bumpier streets alike, with a load-stabilizing chassis when the bag is at rest and a choice of conveniently situated grab handles to enhance the bag's maneuverability. This is a check-in bag that is well thought out, practical and able to handle a range of carry requirements. A first-class effort from Osprey that is well deserving of the win.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we're sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Samsonite is one of the foremost names in luggage for a reason, consistently delivering practical and thoughtfully designed solutions to travel carry needs. With their Lite-Shock they tackle the ever-present concern of luggage weight head-on. Utilizing Curv® technology, the suitcase protects the contents through a shock-absorbing design that still remains lightweight at just 2.8kg.
This lightweight durability is a definite plus in demanding travel conditions, but the Lite-Shock brings even more to the table. Modern aesthetics help you pack a little pizzazz into your journeys, while the convenient spinner wheels are great for flexible 360-degree movement. This is an accomplished design that lends itself to work and play. Well done, Samsonite!
Carry comfort, organization, easy packing and fast access to gear - luggage traits prized by travelers, and all present with the Ravine. Mystery Ranch's renowned 3-Zip design provides excellent access to the bag's contents, meaning you can avoid undoing careful packing to reach an item at the bottom. Handy quick-access pockets keep important items such as your passport or tickets within easy reach. And being Mystery Ranch, they've put years of design experience to great use by achieving excellent carry comfort through an adjustable frame.
The pack's 3050 cu in (50L) volume is ample for medium loads, and coming in at 4.72 lb (2.13 kg) it won't eat into your weight restrictions either. This is a bag that's tough enough to handle the unforgiving check-in process, and comfortable enough to carry in a range of environments – from globe hopping to outdoor adventures – where wheels would be a hindrance. Great job, Mystery Ranch!