Outdoor Retailer Preview: Adventure Ready Luggage
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Is your old Samsonite looking a little dogeared? Are you ready to replace your black roller board with something that's easier to identify on the luggage carousel? We'll be checking out new luggage this week at the Outdoor Retailer show. Here's a preview of a few of the pieces we're most excited to see.
Osprey Ozone Series: If you're schlepping stuff around, it's hard to beat Osprey. We've been big fans of the company's technical packs and travel luggage for years. If you're looking to upgrade you current, old, and heavy roller, you might wan to hold out for Osprey's new Ozone series of luggage. Osprey says that the new bags, available in sizes suitable for carry-on or checking, are the lightest rolling luggage on the market. And Osprey didn't sacrifice features to keep the weight down—Ozone bags have plenty of organizer pockets inside and out. Available fall 2012,
Gregory Border: Much like Osprey (above), Gregory also has a reputation as a purveyor of exceptional backpacks. In 2011, it introduced a new line of TSA-compatible travel packs. And now the company is building on the collection. The coolest thing about Gregory's Border travel pack is that it unzips to lay flat, so your computer can stay in the bag in airport security. The 18L size holds 13-inch laptops and tablet-sized devices. 25L and the 35L versions comfortably carry 15-inch
and 17-inch laptops respectively. Bonus: two smaller organizer pockets, which means that you can keep electronics cords separate from your phone, wallet and other small items. Available Fall 2012, $90-$159, gregorypacks.com
Briggs and Riley Exchange 20 Duffel: More of a duffell man? A smaller version of Briggs & Riley’s Exchange 26, the new Exchange 20 easily converts from duffel to pack, without looking like an awkward conversion backpack. Four side zips expand or contract its capacity 10%, and it mates with other BRX bags to make carrying two bags as easy as carrying one. Big interior compartments hold odd-shaped items, bulky gear and clothing, and a full-length zipper pocket on side panel further aids the disorganized organization. And, it fits TSA carry-on guidelines. Available fall 2012, $155, briggs-riley.com