Founded by former Samsonite execs in 1999 and currently home to more than 85,000 products, eBags has seen more than our fair share of suitcases. So when a luggage brand gets the attention of our in-house travel experts, you know it’s really something special. Here are four travel gear gurus turning heads at eBags this fall—get the WHAT and WHY below.
WHAT: Bluesmart Black Edition
Introduced in 2014 after a $2M Indiegogo campaign, the Bluesmart One was named “The iPhone of Luggage” by the BBC and declared “Best Travel Gear” by Fast Company. The Bluesmart Black Edition, launched in 2016 via an exclusive partnership with the Museum of Modern Art, was hailed as “the best piece of smart luggage on the market” by Digital Trends.
WHY: One with Everything
Billed as the “World’s First Smart Connected Luggage,” the new Black Edition is a sleek, durable soft/hard hybrid carry-on suitcase with an app-enabled location tracker, remote locking capabilities and a built-in battery charger and digital scale. A TSA-friendly front compartment and smooth-rolling hubless wheels make the Bluesmart Black Edition a favorite of stylish frequent flyers.
WHAT: CASED One 22-Inch Carry-On
In 2010, the founders of CASED traveled around the world, visiting 22 countries in three months. They found themselves craving a suitcase with the sleek sexiness of a hard-sided bag, but the friendly functionality of a softie. It didn’t exist…so they made it!
WHY: Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t
Small enough to meet airline carry-on requirements but offering two additional inches of expansion, this eye-catching bag is made from virtually indestructible polycarbonate. Its trim, modern design forgoes unnecessary features and focuses on the things travelers need most: interior storage, convenient top entry access, a TSA-friendly front pocket and smooth 360-degree spinners.
Barracuda, the newest “big fish” in the San Francisco Bay, was conceived in 2014 by Silicon Valley engineers and realized by a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised close to $2M and garnered pre-orders from more than 40 countries around the world.
WHY: The New Mobile Office
With a built-in battery that holds up to five iPhone charges, a patented ergonomic Halo Handle System®, optional location tracking and a collapsible frame for slim storage, the Barracuda is THE bag to beat this fall. We especially love the dual drink holders and laptop trays that are tucked away in the handle—perfect for those long biz-trip layovers.
WHAT: The Antler Atom
With more than 100 years in the luggage game, Antler is not exactly the new kid on the block. The respected UK-based company pioneered hard-sided luggage back in 1964 when the Beatles were still our favorite import from across the pond. Today, the remarkably light, reassuringly strong Atom is an eBags exclusive.
WHY: Beautiful AND Bomb Proof
With its gorgeous metallic finish and double-take hexagonal pattern, the Antler Atom is one of the most arresting bags that’s crossed our concourse in a VERY long time. It’s fitted with luxurious hardware, including a magnesium handle and premium Hinomoto spinner wheels.
But here’s the real news: the Atom is the first bag in the world to be constructed of Armordon, a virtually indestructible material developed by the ballistics industry to withstand a bomb blast—thatmeans it’s both incredibly lightweight and SO strong. We didn’t have any explosives lying around the office to test Antler’s “bomb proof” claim, but we did throw a 30” Four-Wheel Upright off the roof, just for kicks…see what happened here.
While pursuing her graduate degree in Creative Writing at CU Boulder, Staci took a part-time job crafting trip itineraries for an extreme travel company—and so embarked upon an adventure that continues to this day. In the ensuing two decades, her passion for journey and destination alike took her everywhere from the Far East (backpacking in Cambodia) to the Wild West (wrangling horses in Colorado). Work and family permitting, Staci is devoted to her ongoing quest to find the perfect taco and the perfect point break. Fair warning: if she finds them in the same place, she’s probably not coming back.