Going far and going big? This is your bag. The three-foot-high, 140-liter behemoth stowed a week’s worth of backpacking meals for eight hungry editors, and the big (4.1 inches) wheels and sturdy handle made it easy to roll hefty loads around airport terminals. Four external and two internal compression straps helped secure bulky cargo to maximize stability, and five sturdy haul handles (placed on the front, sides, and top) make it easy to grab from any angle.
A mesh divider separates supplies into two compartments, making it easy to segregate apparel and town stuff from equipment you’ll only use on the trail; the divider collapses when you want to fill it like a duffel. The bomber construction (a combo of foam-backed, PU-coated, high-denier nylons and polyesters with recycled-plastic corner guards) buffered bags of cereal and wine bottles from rough handlers. The front panel opens wide for easy access, speeding the process when customs officers wanted to search the contents. Cons: The bag was tippy on uneven surfaces, and it’s heavy, which makes staying under the airline’s bag weight limit that much harder. $335; 140 liters; 11 lbs. 8 oz.; eaglecreek.com