Gregory Border 35

Gregory Border 35 best luggage of 2013 summer buyers guide

Gregory Border 35     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

For weekend jaunts outside the city, nothing beats a backpack, especially when it comes equipped with padded slots for both laptop and tablet—in other words, one designed for gadget-addicted geeks like us. Compared with the other travelworthy packs we tested, the carry-on-size Gregory offered more space for the weight and some distinct airport­security features, like a clamshell design that zips in half to facilitate quick scans of your tablet while it’s still inside the pouch. We also liked the outdoor-style pack’s beefy zippers and heavy 840-denier weave. But it all came down to on-the-fly convenience, with handy details like a system for securing it to a wheelie bag, an ID slot within easy reach, and a zippered clothes organizer. 3.1 lbs.

DURABILITY: 4 
PERFORMANCE: 5

Brand: Gregory $179

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