- Luggage has one job: get your stuff from here to there. We put 54 bags to the test to find the ones that can be counted on no matter what.
By Will Palmer
Burton Wheelie Flight DeckBest for: frequent fliers
The biggest challenge with carry-on bags: getting them shut after you've overstuffed them. The flight deck makes this easy, thanks to stretchy material flanking the zippers. Coming in at just under the max carry-on size for most airlines, this 45-liter Burton roller also features velvet-smooth (and replaceable) skateboard wheels and a bombproof back panel made of composite plastic. $220
Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30Outside travel award winner
Our usual gripe with soft-sided, high-capacity trunks is that they lose their shape after a few trips. Not so the ORV, which is sheathed in ballistic fabrics and reinforced at the corners and bottom. Add a skid plate and burly wheels and this 102-liter crate can handle anything but a war zone. Our favorite feature: sealed compartments that can safely contain a soaked wetsuit on that long interisland ferry ride. $350
Fjällräven No. 4 LargeBest for: tossing in the trunk
Think of it as your dad's old gym bag on steroids. This duffel is constructed from the Swedish company's water-resistant waxed canvas and features sturdy leather handles and a beefy zipper with a quick-grab ring handle. At 50 liters, No. 4 is just big enough to swallow what you need for an overnighter at your in-laws' beach house. Better yet, it's tough enough to carry your camping kitchen on a canoe trip to the boundary waters. $175
Ogio All ElementsBest for: bike commuters
Do you need your everyday pack to be a fully sealable nylon drybag? Perhaps not. But consider what else you might do worry-free with such a sack: take it rafting, hike a creek, set it down under your barstool. The All Elements' roll-top closure kept our gadgets dry when we pedaled through a rainstorm, and the padded straps made it comfortable on long walks across town. $125
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