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Tested: Victorinox Swiss Army Alpineer Wheeled Duffel

Not far behind the invention of the wheel, in terms of ingenuity, is the wheeled duffel. The problem is, most wheeled duffels are either good at wheeling or good at holding gear, but seldom both; that's not to mention most have a hybrid appearance that neither looks stylish on the concourse nor rugged in the outback. But that's not true of the Victorinox Swiss Army Alpineer Wheeled Duffel ($250), a bag we’ve dragged around three countries and four mountain ranges since June.

Integral travel companion

Tested: TUMI Tegra-Lite International Carry-on

I have terrible luck checking luggage, and the list of destinations where I’ve arrived with only the clothes on my back spans the globe: Iceland, Sri Lanka, Portugal, Germany. The problem is, most carry-on bags are unwieldy, anonymous “roll-aboards” or lumpy backpacks that are better suited for campus or the trail. The TUMI Tegra-Lite ($595) bucks those trends and has quickly become my second favorite travel companion, behind my wife.

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Baggage for a lifetime

Canvas & Leather: A Visit to J.W. Hulme

It’s no secret that it’s boom time for American-made heritage products, and companies as diverse as Stormy Kromer, LL Bean and Randolph Engineering are making the most of it. Even within this resurgence of handmade Americana, there is a further niche: Minnesota-made. Maybe it’s the popularity of the urban lumberjack aesthetic or a just a fondness for Midwestern honesty, but there’s no denying that brands from America’s icebox are hotter than ever.

We’ve highlighted some Minnesota companies before — Red Wing Shoes, Duluth Pack and Faribault Woolen Mills — but we recently got a chance to visit another venerable company nestled right in the gritty urban heart of Minnesota’s capital, St. Paul: J.W. Hulme. We stopped in, hoping to see what this bespoke baggage maker is all about.

Pocket locker

Tom Bihn Travel Tray

Tom Bihn spends a lot of time thinking of ways to make travel easier (though he has yet to make plane seats wider). The Seattle-based travel gear/luggage company that bears his name tackles both big and small jobs. One small but

Dry bag for a wet world

Dakine Cyclone

Whether you’re bike commuting in Seattle, doing a surf photo shoot in Maui or boarding a dive boat in Fiji, you’re going to need to keep your gear dry. The trick is to find a waterproof bag that holds all your

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

Year of the Ruck

Kit: One Year with the GORUCK GR1

We've written about GORUCK and their tactically inspired gear a number of times. Made in the USA, bomb proof, with a life time guarantee, they're the kind of company we love to support. Enough said. But one of the best

Travelocity

Osprey Meridian 22

Do any amount of traveling and see the poor luggage choices people make. Too big, too small, nondescript, completely impractical... they run the gamut. Preferring our travel light and agile, but prepared, this traveler prefers a bag provides key travel functions,

Claim in Style

Moleskine Luggage Tags

Our ever-tasteful friends at Cool Hunting brought this new travel accessory from one of our favorite notebook brands to our attention. Much to our pleasure, these 3.75 x 2.25 pay direct homage to the company’s classic hard cover journals and

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

Style Pick: Blue Claw Co. Worton Weekender

Blue Claw Co. is an upstart bag company out of Maryland that was born out of an inspiring trip to Argentina. Their current line is made entirely in the USA and provide an upscale look without breaking the bank. Leather and

Won't Kill The Messenger

Tom Bihn SuperEgo Messenger Bag

Messenger bags can either be a huge help or a huge pain for cyclists or commuters, depending on quality and design. We've been through my fair share of them in the past year to know what works and what doesn't.

GP goes on location for our first travel gear review

9 Days in Vietnam, 9 Gear Essentials

Want to be taken away? Well, you must consider Vietnam. Take everything you've come to know or partially understand about the country as you've seen through the mass media and turn it all on its collective head. This picturesque sliver of

A Positive Spin on Excess Baggage

Billykirk Sienna Carryall

We had the opportunity to interview the founders of Billykirk back in 2009 and ever since we've been in love with their products. All of their leather inspired wares are made with a sense of craftsmanship that's sadly all too

You Can't Have Too Much Waxed Cotton

Barbour Waxed Cotton Holdall

In the market for a classic holdall that, if properly maintained, will last you the rest of your well-traveled life? Then allow us to recommend the Barbour Waxed Holdall ($190) made from the Barbour's famous waxed cotton, which we can't gush

Tame Your Packing Mess

Flight 001 F1 Go Clean Travel Bag Set

Packing before a trip tends to be easier because everything that goes into your luggage is "supposedly" clean. Once you've worn everything on a week-long vacation though is when things get tricky. The shoes you took to the beach still have grains

Old Ruck Come Anew

Altadena 802 Daypack

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The Altadena 802 Rucksack ($275) is a new backpack that looks old, and that's a good thing because it looks damn good doing it. It's a top loading tube shaped ruck, with a zip open pocket on the top flap.

A Bag with Taste For Trips in Haste

Earsdon Weekend Bag

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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

So Your Stuff Can Travel First Class Too

Paul Smith Ltd Edition Westbourne Holdall Bag

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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,

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Hail...

SealLine Urban Backpack

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The urban commute can be a harrowing and dirty business, even when the weather's nice. When inclement weather comes a calling though, it's a challenge to keep yourself dry, even more so your beloved gear. The SealLine Urban Backpack is

The Style Maven | 2007 Gift Guide

gp.gg.stylemaven.jpg Style Maven GiftsTim Gunn of Project Runway (not that you or I watch the show) would tell you that he's a style maven. We might agree with that, but a sense of style is appropriate

Samsonite Graviton Luggage

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Samsonite Graviton luggage is tough. Good luggage should be. Good luggage also has plenty of interior lining and features to keep up

UDG Producer Bag

udg_producerbag.jpgThere are a lot of guys out there who have to carry a lot of gear. Sometimes this gear is for work and if you work in the creative industry, then electronic and media centric. If that's the case then the UDG Producer

Tumi Travel Power Kit

tumi_powerkit.jpgOn the go and on the move. It's seemingly an increased part of our lives in addition to the number of gadgets we carry. Keep the hassle of charging them all at bay with the Tumi Travel Power Kit. Tumi's power kit provides a

Morgan Gray’s Laptop Case

morgangrays_laptopcase.jpgNowadays it's tough to go anywhere without the need to bring along your laptop. A sad notion yes, but an inevitable one. That said, you might as well make sure that what you're bringing is sheathed in something durable and stylish.

Morgan Grays bags

Banana Republic Canvas Travel Shoulder Bag

Banana Republic Canvas Travel Shoulder Bag Stop shoving everything into that gym bag of yours and pack your clothes into something nicer this weekend. When it comes to weekend bags, follow our advice and never go black. It's not a funeral

J.Crew Great Point Messenger Bag

J.Crew Great Point Messenger Bag Every guy has to walk out the door with his stuff in tow. Stop looking like you just landed from Norway carrying a man-purse (unless you actually have) and make an understated statement with a bag

G-Star Raw Rescue Bag

G-Star Raw Rescue Bag We can't help but love the natural look of the G-Star Rescue Bag. There's a military undertone to the whole look from the oversized buttons to the contrasting adjustable strap and snap front pocket. Cost: $64.40 @ Standard &