Whether you are planning to cruise through the Chilean fjords or hike the Inca Trail, having the right equipment when traveling can be essential to getting all of your gear to your final destination more effectively. We have traveled both domestically and abroad to put a handful of bags to the test and here are a few that you should consider before your 2017 adventures.
Eagle Creek prides itself in being innovators seeking to improve the travel experience. This is evident with the Gear Warrior. This bag contains a large secondary compartment that makes it easy for travelers to separate their gear from their clothing. This bag contains large internal pockets along with a top external pocket for keeping organized on the road. While this is the second largest bag in our review, it also the lightest and giving you more weight for the things you really need.
Osprey Sojourn 80L/28” ($340)
Don’t limit your next adventure to where your bag can take you but rather expand your horizon with where you can take your bag. With its deployable backpack suspension system, including harness, hip belt and back panel, this already great roller is is perfect for the long haul. When not in use or not needed, the system is easily stored or removed for increased packing capacity. With its four internal zippered pockets and large main compartment, gear will remain secure and organized. When the rolling conditions improve, just stash the suspension system and extend the dual tube handle for easy hauling to your next destination.
Deuter Helion 80L ($289)
Hit the road for adventure with the Helion. And, when the road runs out, the bag converts to a pack allowing you go the extra mile to reach your destination. Internal dividers keep your gear organized and secure. Also, find your gear easier with a lightly colored interior. A top center outside pocket keeps your travel essentials within reach.
This bag is the leviathan of the field. With a volume greater than 150L, this bag will swallow anything you could possibly need on your adventure. While the newer design still weighs in at over ten pounds empty, this is by far the most durable rolling bag in the lineup. For those familiar with the Base Camp Duffle, this bag is made of the same material, 1000d polyester laminate. The bag contains a large ‘D’ opening that allows you load the bag to the rim. Inside the bag’s lid, there are two zippered mesh pockets for organizing those loose items that you might need to locate quickly upon reaching your destination. This bag contains a large outside compartment accessible by a zipper for stashing or retrieving a jacket or other items that you might need to access quickly. Also, there is a small zippered pocket on the outside of the bag for stashing smaller items or travel documents. The larger than average wheels make for transporting the bag easily across uneven surfaces.
And, One for the Future
Thule Subterra 75L/28” (available in February)
A relative newcomer to the luggage game, Thule has been embedded in the outdoor industry since 1942. They launched their first luggage line in 2011 and are again expanding their offerings for 2017. The new Subterra collection is sleek enough for the modern business traveler yet rugged enough for the adventurer. This bag features a wide-mouth access and divided main compartment make this rolling duffel easy to pack and stay organized. Additionally, the telescoping handles and oversized wheels make transporting this bag easy regardless of whether you are navigating paved sidewalks or cobblestone streets.