Packs, duffels, and rollers that shake off abuse.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Lexicon Hardside Global Carry-On ($460)

VSA’s 34-liter carry-on is the ultimate hard-sided, four-wheel roller. For those who value their belongings (and who doesn’t?), the 100 percent polycarbonate shell is virtually indestructible. The Lexicon is slim, so it fits easily in overhead storage, yet it doesn’t sacrifice interior space, thanks to efficiently designed handles and wheel wells. Compression straps and mesh pockets keep toiletries and other small items secure, and a waterproof divider pocket is useful for damp bathing suits and yesterday’s skivvies. The Lexicon has plenty of bells and whistles, including a hardy lock and a USB port you can connect to a third-party battery pack for recharging devices on the go. Not to mention that your purchase includes free registration in VSA’s bag-tracking program, which assigns your suitcase an ID number and provides a 24-hour, toll-free number that whoever finds it can call to have it routed back to you. Naturally, since it’s a Swiss Army bag, there’s a multitool hidden in the handle. (We used the toothpick-size pen to fill out paperwork at customs.) But more than anything else, we were sold on the Lexicon’s puncture-resistant zippers and polycarbonate construction. This bag will be with you for decades—it’s that well made.

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(Courtesy Filson)

Filson Dryden 2-Wheel Carry-On ($295)

Best weekender

In step with Filson’s Seattle origins, the Dryden is at once rugged and sophisticated, weatherproof and handsome, city-worthy and adventure-ready. With 36 liters of capacity, this roller combines lightweight, water-repellent ballistic nylon with leather accents and off-road-capable, molded plastic-composite wheels that rolled with equal ease across rocky driveways in Hawaii and the snowy resort towns of British Columbia. Nylon cinch straps on the front ­allowed us to compress and expand the bag’s size as needed, and the large ex­terior pocket was perfect for stashing last-minute items without having to open the main compartment.

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Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel ($199)

Best soft roller 

On an eight-day trip in Kauai, the 48-liter Quest stood up to everything we threw at it while oozing quality craftsmanship. The coated-nylon exterior is water-resistant, and the bag tips the scales at just 5.5 pounds—even with burly zippers, reinforced handles, and double-stitched seams. Handles on all sides help it function perfectly as a duffel. But if you don’t feel like toting it around, the Quest has two large wheels that rumble over anything and a sturdy double-pole handle system. A shoe pocket fits a pair of sneakers and two pairs of flip-flops, and mesh inner pockets swallow smaller items. If that isn’t enough, the Quest also comes with a lifetime warranty.

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(Courtesy Douchebag)

Douchebag Carryall 40L ($179)

Best duffle-pack crossover

The 40-liter Carryall is both the perfect oversize pack and, with a tuck of the straps, the quintessential duffle. Mesh pockets inside the back plate and at the top (for headphones and other accessories), plus a separate spot for shoes, give it nearly the same packing capacity as a bag 30 percent larger. Testers liked the durable construction, comfortable straps, padded back plate, abundant pockets, and sleek, minimalist styling (the brand was founded by Jon Olsson, a Norwegian product designer and professional skier). Despite the company’s unfortunate name, this has become our favorite bag for everything from short, gear-intensive trips to longer jaunts that call for traveling light.

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The Best Cameras and Drones of 2018

Tools to capture your most cinematic adventures. (Courtesy Sony) Sony a7r III ($3,200) Best for the pro Sony is the new tornado of the industry, tearing profes­sional photographers away from their Canons and Nikons. Astonishingly, small cameras like this one are how the company has managed it. The a7r III captures massive RAW images (up to 42.4 mega­pixels) at blistering speeds (ten frames per second)—stats never before seen in such a small package. Add niceties like 425 autofocus points, dual SD-card slots, 4K video, and days-long battery life, and you’ve got a finely tuned picture-making machine. Buy Now

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The Best Sunglasses of 2018

Look good and see better with these seven specs. (Courtesy Vuarnet) Vuarnet Tom Nightlynx ($310) It takes some serious optical voodoo to make me go, “Whoa!” I’ve been reviewing shades since before the turn of the millennium, putting hundreds of pairs to the test. Until now, nobody won big at night—the intended milieu of Vuarnet’s deep yellow Nightlynx lenses, which are tinted and optically tuned for when the sun don’t shine. A shortish hop down the 405 and on Hollywood Boulevard made me a believer. The lenses worked wonders with oncoming traffic. But the Nightlynx do more than tame

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The Best Travel Shoes of 2018

Footwear for roaming in style. (Courtesy Seavees) SeaVees Legend ($78) Want a sneaker that you can throw on for a quick errand or dress up for a night at the water’s edge? There’s no wrong way to wear this minimalist, with its stripped-down style, white piping reminiscent of eighties running shorts, and lightweight, breathable poplin-twill upper. Men's Women's (Courtesy Nisolo) Nisolo Alejandro ($178) Hand-woven in León, Mexico, this classic leather espadrille has been a staple of experienced travelers since the days when Ernest Hemingway chased toreadors through Europe. It’s snug at first but breaks in nicely and feels tailor-made after

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The Best Hammocks of 2018

Hammocks have come a long way since that crocheted thing hung from a metal stand in your weird aunt’s backyard. These days they’re lightweight, they pack down to the size of a beer can, and you can set one up in a couple of minutes. All of which makes the humble hammock the most underrated piece of gear we own, serving as both camp chair and elevated shelter. (Courtesy Sea to Summit) Sea to Summit Ultralight XL ($100) The best designs—like the Sea to Summit Ultralight XL—offer both portability and ease of use. The XL is made with burly

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The Best Summer Night Gear of 2018

Cool and casual warm-weather gear. (Courtesy Yeti) Yeti Hondo Base Camp Chair ($299) Nothing beats slipping into a comfy chair after a long day on the move. Made with Yeti’s typical “overbuild it!” philosophy, the Hondo has joints as thick as a car door’s and mesh fabric claimed to withstand 500 pounds. Excessive? Probably. Do we still want one? Most definitely. Buy Now (Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Brodeo Beanie ($35) Patagonia’s take on the classic beanie, the Brodeo is fashioned from a nylon-wool blend, making it soft, warm, and durable. We appreciate the subdued colors and easy steeze. Buy Now

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The Best Watches of 2018

Timepieces to keep you on track. (Courtesy Orvis) Orvis Adventure Chronograph ($129) The first thing you notice is this watch’s sporty combination of blue and orange. But the mineral-crystal Adventure packs more than just good looks at a handsome price. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters, and the three-dial design lets you mark time zones, 24-hour cycles, and days of the week. Buy Now (Courtesy Bulova) Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph ($595) The Lunar Pilot re-creates a Bulova watch worn by Apollo 15 astronauts. It uses one of the most precise quartz movements available, reducing second-hand lag for more

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The Best Men’s Travel Kit of 2018

VIP style and comfort, even in the cheap seats. (Courtesy Tucker and Bloom) Tucker and Bloom Miller Cable Organizer ($36) Your weapon against a rat’s nest of cords, this handsome pouch has a Velcro strap to keep things nicely coiled. Buy Now (Courtesy Trew) Trew Weightless NuYarn Shirt ($65) We’ve touted merino’s funk-fighting properties for years. When you’re crammed into the middle seat on an ocean-hopping flight, there’s nothing better for feeling fresh on arrival. Buy Now (Courtesy NEMO) NEMO Fillo HQ Travel Pillow ($50) The foam Fillo isn’t inflatable, so you might balk at bringing it along when

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The Best Women’s Travel Kit of 2018

VIP style and comfort, even in the cheap seats. (Courtesy Osprey) Osprey Ultralight Travel Set ($60) One way to pack: throw all your crap in a duffel. A better way: throw it in this three-piece travel set, which keeps nice clothes nice, play clothes separate, and everything else together in one place. Includes a bag for folded apparel, plus medium and large packing cubes. Buy Now (Courtesy Vuarnet) Vuarnet Ice Sunglasses ($340) Vacation shades are for bold statements, and there’s nothing subtle about these. The lenses are big and round, the side shields are red (not glacier bound? they’re

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The Best Travel Accessories of 2018

Survive planes, trains, and automobiles with these essentials. (Courtesy Voke) Voke Tabs ($7) Don’t have time for coffee but need a pick-me-up? These chewable tablets offer a fruity (if somewhat bitter), naturally caffeinated boost to get you through a long day of shuttling between gates and hailing rickshaws. If you find them habit forming, don’t fret: Voke offers a monthly subscription service (from $28). Buy Now (Courtesy Sea to Summit) Sea to Summit Travelling Light Eyeshade ($15) Some luxuries are worth carving out carry-on space for, especially if it means squeezing in a few more hours of sleep. This

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