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Taking the Alpha Out of Beta

Testing the Tumi Alpha 2, Concourse-Style

Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements — ranging from overdue to practically invisible — in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.

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Getting attached to GORUCK's Weekend Bag

Tested: Trekking Across Cuba with the GORUCK GR2

On my first night with the GORUCK GR2 ($395) we slept together in a bus station — and we’ve been going steady since. Specifically, after a flight from Cancun to Havana and midnight bus from Havana to Santa Clara, in the geographical center of Cuba, I looped a carabiner through the side webbing of the GR2, clipped it to my jacket’s pit vents, rested my head gently against her rugged 1000D cordura, and knocked off for six hours in a metal row chair.

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Travel rightly

Lexdray London Garment Bag

If you spend more time flying the friendly skies than an Angelino behind the wheel, then you already know that the right bag can make you a model of airport efficiency. The Lexdray London Garment Bag ($540) goes one step further — maintaining your travel savvy even after you land, by eliminating the hassle of…

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Go-Go-Gadget globetrotter

Incase EO Travel Collection

After years of making stylish and functional cases and bags for our coveted gadgets, Incase enters the carry-on luggage fray with their new EO Travel Collection ($150+). The five bags of the series range in size from a weekender duffle to an extended trip roller, but all include padded pockets for a MacBook Pro and…

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Rolling up, rolling out

eBags Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on

While we love a good weekender or duffle, there are times where several days worth of gear necessitate a hard side carryon with wheels. The thing is, a great hard side case (like those from Tumi or Rimowa) don’t come cheap. Enter a surprisingly achievable solution. The in-house line of Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on from…

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Smooth and Ready

Tumi Tegra-Lite

Travel enough and you come to appreciate the advantages of hard-shell luggage. Their no-nonsense design, impact-resistance and durability go hand-in-hand with the frequent traveler routine. The problem is, hard-shell cases often weigh more than their soft-shelled counterparts. Tumi aims to change all that with their new line of Tegra-Lite ($595-$795) luggage. Made from an armor-like…

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Noel Nomad

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Traveler

The person who coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun”, clearly never had to travel by air, train, bus, or car during the holiday season. No amount of planning can ever guarantee a smooth journey, but having the “right tools for the job”, as they say, will go a long way towards making…

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Have Bag. Will Sustain.

F. Rock Bags

We like our gear custom whenever possible, and if it can have a low impact on the environment, even better. That’s why F.Rock Custom Carryalls have caught our eye. Conceived, designed, and constructed in Boston, each bag is made from 100% reclaimed materials. They combine leather scraps from factories and fabric from suitors.  F. Rock…

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A Bag with Taste For Trips in Haste

Earsdon Weekend Bag

Made of 100% cotton canvas and accented by leather strapping and antique brass metalwork, the Earsdon Weekend Bag is a great looking option for spur of the moment trips. Available in classic barley shown above or a more striking Watermelon shown below, the bag measures roughly 23 inches long by 18.5 inches tall and 12…

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So Your Stuff Can Travel First Class Too

Paul Smith Ltd Edition Westbourne Holdall Bag

Sampsonite, Victorianox, and Tumi, may dominate the luggage market thanks to their practical design and wide swath of retailers, but in our opinion there’s something to be said for packing with style. As part of Paul Smith’s limited edition Westbourne collection, this Holdall mixes the classic look of Smith’s well known tailoring with the vintage…

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Tumi T3 Ducati Carry-On Duffel

The Tumi+Ducati Collection is an award winning line from Tumi that rocks out high-performance Ducati inspired design sculpted in Tumi’s exclusive, abrasion- and stain-resistant Hybrix fabric. The T3 Carry-On Duffel has easy-to-pack duffel styling in a convenient carry-on size. It includes a myriad of interior and exterior pockets and a removable shoulder strap. Other Key…

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Tumi T-Tech Pulse West Broadway Wheeled Carry-On Convertible Backpack

We promise the case works far better than saying the name. Ballistic nylon goodness from the stalwart manufacture, Tumi. It fetaures multiple pockets for accessories–even a water bottle–plus hide-away shoulder straps. Best of all, it’s available in Flame Orange only. Exterior Features: Two front zip pockets Vented water bottle pocket Side pocket Ergonomic, padded, stow-away…