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Best Check-In Results – The Fifth Annual Carry Awards
While wheeled luggage can do a lot to reduce carry strain, sometimes it can be unwieldy to maneuver. The Samsonite Stryde Glider Long Journey solves stability problems with a thoughtful design focused on creating a low center of gravity. Features such as a reshaped packing area and a widened handle enable better control, resulting in improved maneuverability.
The double-wheel spinner design enables smooth movement in any direction, which is great for controlling the case in tight and crowded spaces. Further useful travel features include a TSA combination lock, durable and lightweight polycarbonate construction, and multiple pockets and cross-straps to prevent a jumbled mess of contents.
Congratulations, Samsonite. This is an elegant solution for making extended travel easier and more enjoyable.
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 honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, 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.
Thule’s luggage program has progressed in leaps and bounds of late, and the Subterra is a fine example, tackling a range of travel challenges with a two-in-one carry design. If desired, the Subterra can unzip to create a separate duffel and rolling bag, which is useful for storing gear separately or dodging a hefty overweight baggage fee. The Subterra’s tough water-resistant build features a hard-wearing exoskeleton and a molded polycarbonate back panel, helping to protect your gear against the unavoidable bumps and scrapes that luggage has to endure. Further travel-friendly features include top, side and bottom grab handles for flexible portability and maneuverability, wide openings for easy packing and access, and the option to secure an extra bag using the piggyback strap attachment. Well done, Thule!
Need gear-hauling capability? Look no further. Built to handle a variety of travel missions, the Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel comes in three sizes to suit different loads. In addition to its durable and water-resistant construction, the duffel features a horseshoe-shaped opening for unrestricted access throughout the main compartment. There’s also a mix of interior and exterior pockets for keeping smaller items tidy and within easy reach. The duffel doesn’t overlook changing carry needs either, providing the option to alternate between grab handles, a removable shoulder strap, and stowable backpack straps. This is a solid travel companion that takes a range of travel needs in its stride. We salute you, Mystery Ranch.