Finding the ideal carry-on used luggage Bags should be easier than finding the perfect holiday destination—Instagram able, but not too Instagram able—but it is available on black Friday luggage deals. At luggage, possibilities abound, even if vacation spots are subject to continuous travel restrictions or you’re not comfortable traveling beyond your state.
A quick search for a decent carry-on yields a confusing mix of items from traditional baggage firms to nimble fashion businesses to venture-capital-backed juggernauts. Nowadays, everyone is selling carry-ons.
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We like challenges, fortunately. GQ has searched this vast world of shops for baggage you can easily carry up Lisbon’s cobblestone stairs, zip-line through Belize’s canopies, or unwillingly leave at the gate on the way home for used luggage bags your nephew’s primary school “graduation.”
We’ve taken the finest baggage on flights, trains, and cars to find the ideal blend of robust construction, practical functionality, and beautiful appearances. (We’ve also included a handful attractive bags we haven’t tested but check off many of those similar categories.) After all that, here are our top recommendations for every trip.
– CARRY-ON BAGS: SOFT OR HARDSIDE?
First, how to shop for carry-on baggage, from sturdy aluminum-shell bags to soft side luggage that fits beneath an airline seat. Hard side used luggage bags was rare. If you had any 15 years ago, it was presumably from a premium brand like Rimowa, and you would have been one of the few individuals at the airport carrying their sleek shells, which made spotting your bag at the baggage carousel simpler.
However, polycarbonate polymers made hard side versions as common as softshell ones. Whether you’ve only had one, you may wonder if the grass is greener elsewhere. After years with both luggage, I’d say maybe.
– BEST SOFTSIDE LUGGAGE: TRAVELPRO MAXLITE 5 EXPANDABLE SPINNER
The Travel pro Maxlite 5 is the most practical and affordable soft side bag. One of the lightest (5 pounds) four-wheel spinning suitcases available from the manufacturer maximizes agility while you’re running to catch your flight. The huge, extensible inside has dozens of funny tiny zipped divisions and mesh pockets to separate your toiletries, small goods, filthy clothing, and shoes without packing cubes.
The Platinum Elite’s limited used luggage bags lifetime guarantee covers repairs and replacements after many miles.
The Travel Pro’s lone drawback is its bland appearance, which recalls an airport’s worn carpet. But frequent travelers love it. You’ve undoubtedly seen the Travel Pro logo on flight attendants’ and pilots’ bags.
– AWAY CARRY-ON: BEST HARD SHELL LUGGAGE
Away has almost disrupted the baggage market since its introduction for several reasons. Instagram-worthy? Check. Durable? Check.
Smooth Hinomoto spinning wheels, top and side handles, clothing straps, a mesh zip pocket, a wash bag, robust YKK zippers, and—perhaps most game-changing—a built-in USB charger to avoid airport outlets? Check used luggage bags.
Way’s carry-on costs around $300 and comes in a variety of stylish, understated colors. That’s a nice development for an industry that never did low-to-mid-tier well. Our testers have flown across the nation and throughout the globe without problems. If you do, a limited lifetime guarantee covers functional damage.
– ARLO SKYE’S ZIPPER CARRY-ON MAX
The Arlo Skye Zipper carry-on wins for many reasons. The bag’s polycarbonate shell isn’t as durable as Travel Pro’s fabric or Rimowa’s metal, but it’s more durable than many other hard-shelled bags we’ve examined. (It’s cheaper.) Arlo Skye’s carry-on luggage include inside compartments and zipped places for soiled clothing and shoes.
The firm has a version with an easy-access front pocket for a laptop or magazines, but we’d recommend storing such items in a backpack or tote rather than a bag you’re lifting into an overhead bin.
Arlo Skye’s used luggage bags has a separate external charger with a USB-C connector to charge both your laptop and phone, unlike Away’s USB port. Away’s limited lifetime guarantee beats Arlo Skye’s five-year warranty, making it our top pick for long-hauler baggage you’ll want to carry for a decade.
– HORIZN STUDIOS H5 ESSENTIAL CABIN CASE FOR BUDGET-CONSCIOUS MENSWEAR BRO
We’re all for buying fancy baggage when necessary. (Clearly.) But occasionally you need a luggage that will safely carry you from A to B and look decent without requiring you to drop well over a G. Black-out carry-on.
It’s composed of scarily robust polycarbonate, coated with water-resistant nylon, has 360-degree spinning wheels, a built-in charging station, and a four-stage telescoping handle—all at a price that belies its logical design. Used luggage bags it’s a good affordable option to the Away spinners and the large Arlo Skye Max carry-on, but it lacks curb appeal. Buy this to save money for a better Airbnb for seint discount code.
– MONCLER GENIUS X RIMOWA REFLECTION SILVER SUITCASE: THE LAST CARRY-ON YOU’LL EVER BUY
The late-1800s German luggage business Rimowa has been collaborating a lot. The Rimowa-Moncler collaboration, which polishes Rimowa’s classic metal luggage to a mirror-like brilliance, is one of the best. Moncler’s “Genius” spinner has the same characteristics that made Rimowa a luggage powerhouse for almost a century: A single-stage telescopic handle, a hinged double latch lock beside the main compartment, elastic compression straps with magnetic pull-release fasteners, etc.
It’s an investment, but if you’ve ever travelled with a mediocre bag and thought, “Man, I wish my suitcase could do that,” Rimowa’s can, and wonderfully.
– LOUIS VUITTON HORIZON 50 4-WHEEL CARRY-ON: ULTIMATE TRAVEL FLEX
Louis Vuitton started as a trunk manufacturer for wealthy Parisians. The firm now sells all the signs of a modern lifestyle brand, but baggage is still its expertise. Marc Newsom’s sleekest carry-on, the Horizon, was designed to resist TSA check-in. It’s lightweight, airtight, and covered with the damier pattern.
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