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    Best Luggage

    Smart and tough travelers for life on the road.
    Will Palmer

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    Eddie Bauer Maximus 90L

    This is a serious expedition bag ($149) made from tough, waterproof, TPU­coated polyester. Testers appreciated the four padded grab handles, which made it easy to yank on and off roof racks, as well as the legit backpack straps. Bonus: when you’re home, this 90­liter duffel collapses to become its own storage pouch.

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    United by Blue Trafford Weekender

    A throwback in the best ways: vintage looks, organic waxed canvas, and leather straps and trim ($148). It’s big enough for a getaway (roughly 30 liters) but compact enough to take to the coffee shop. The “Blue” in United by Blue? For every product purchased, the Philly startup removes a pound of trash from waterways.

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    Eagle Creek EC Lync System 22

    You can wear this transformer ($260) as a bona fide backpack that’s as comfortable as any overnighter in your closet. Or, with five minutes of assembly, strap it onto an aluminum frame to make it a carry­on­size roller. You’d never know this 43-liters bag wasn’t built that way to begin with.

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    Marmot Lightning Carry ­On

    This sharp-looking, 22.5-inch carry-on ($249) does what so many small bags fail to do: maximize space. Credit the inner zip compartments and tie­down panels that put everything in its place. The 40-liter, nylon­outer bag, with Hypalon reinforcements on the corners, shows restraint by including only one outer pocket.

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    High Sierra Adventour 26" Hybrid

    Protection, organization, and a smooth ride: the Adventour ($180) nails that holy trinity. It has a flexible but tough EVA drop bottom that lets you compartmentalize your stuff, burly skate wheels that glide effortlessly, and a soft but durable front to keep the weight down (8.7 pounds for a bag that holds 96 liters). Two side-loading pockets quarantine two pairs of muddy shoes.

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    Granite Gear 22" Wheeled Carry­On

    A carry-on with a detachable pack may sound gimmicky, but with integration this seamless it makes perfect sense. The 28-liter daypack ($180), with its load-absorbing foam straps, unzips so you can pull the main bag—or unfurl the shoulder straps and hipbelt to make it a second, 46­ liter backpack.

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