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    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

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    Burton Wheelie Flight Deck

    Best 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

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    Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30

    Outside 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

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    Fjällräven No. 4 Large

    Best 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

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    Ogio All Elements

    Best 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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