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The Carry Awards :: Best Check-In Luggage
‘This is the spinner than has converted several of our contributors over to spinners…’
The two biggest things happening in wheeled luggage right now are 1) weight reduction, and 2) spinners that don’t suck. The ‘Cubelite’ balances these two often opposing factors, providing a case that can be navigated through crowded subways, skipped over ripple strips, and taken on international flights without triggering excess baggage fees, even before it’s loaded. The hardware is excellent, the capacity sensible, and the case just works its way into your life before you even realise it’s happened. This is a great case that genuinely makes travel more comfortable. Check out how it excelled in our latest Head to Head.
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 I’m sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
While The North Face’s Base Camp duffel has been one of the most copied duffel designs of the last generation, we’re hoping the ‘Erawan’ becomes that for the future generation. This simplified, more carryable layout stays up above your bum, freeing you to actually haul it the way the shoulder straps promise you can. The hidden gear loops, the shoe section, and the tubbed base all add extra bits of neat to the design. The ‘Erawan’ genuinely feels like the next stage in duffel evolution.
We love when a brand starts to gain momentum again, and it feels like Pacsafe is doing that. While they’ve owned ‘secure travel’ for some time, it’s in the last year or so that we’re starting to see great travel, which just so happens to be secure. The ‘AT29’ is a 96-litre case that weighs just 3.86kg. That includes slash-resistant fabrics and pen-resistant zips (if you haven’t seen how easily a pen splits a zip open, you NEED to know). Oh, and it’s also quite attractive and versatile. Great stuff, Pacsafe.