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Which Suitcase is Right for You?

Air Canada enRoute editors put five wheeled bags to the test and offer their recommendations.

The Sidekick

Jacinthe Dupuis, Associate Editor

Lipault Paris 2

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ULTRALIGHT at only 1.9 kilos, it’s a true featherweight.

SLIM its 25-centimetre width makes it easy to stow underneath seats and even easier to store in your closet when empty.

ATTACHABLE the add-a-bag strap allows you to slip it over another bag.

THE TRIP Weekend getaway to Bermuda.
IN THE BAG My full summer kit: four books, two magazines, sportswear and a very large sun hat.
BEST ASSETS With quasi-invisible mono-chrome wheels and a hidden monotube telescopic handle, this is a roomy satchel you can easily carry upstairs or wheel across the terminal. Plus, just the bright colour of this bag puts you in a vacation frame of mind.

Lipault paris 2-wheeled 20-inch satchel in aqua, $195, 
jet-setter.ca


The Perennial

Matthew Fox, Digital Editor

Rimowa Limbo Cabin Multi-Wheel

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ORGANIZED flex dividers keep items separate while safeguarding documents.

SECURE tsa combination locks on latches.

DURABLE nearly indestructible polycarbonate casing.

THE TRIP Ten days in Melbourne and Sydney (and seven total flights) for a business conference.
IN THE BAG Because of tight connections getting to Australia, I was determined to travel with just a carry-on but still needed both casual and dressy outfits. Tightly rolled tees and sweaters fit perfectly in the ridged bins. Coming home, the two-half structure conveniently separated my dirty clothes, with enough room to stash duty-free bounty.
BEST ASSETS The carry-on moves smoothly over bumpy sidewalks and tram tracks on caster wheels. With latches instead of zippers, it closes easily, even when overstuffed. 

Rimowa limbo cabin multiwheel, in red, $915,
taschen.net

The Enabler

Caitlin Walsh Miller, Passport Editor

Briggs and Riley International Carry-on

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COVERED no-strings-attached lifetime guarantee against any kind of damage.

BRILLIANT the bright orange lining is a quick cue that the boarding card and passport-size front pocket is open.

HANDY a pocket behind the handle is roomy enough to store liquids, chargers or anything else requiring easy access.

THE TRIP Five days in Orlando for a travel media conference.
IN THE BAG Clothes for three diffeent activities: meetings during the day, events at night (everything from formal dinners to a Disney World outing) and pool time since it is central Florida after all.
BEST ASSETS The mechanical compression system replaces the need to sit on your case as you struggle with the zipper. Expand the bag during packing – adult-size Mickey Mouse ears take up a lot of real estate – then zip it shut and press on both ends of the bag to bring it down to size.

Briggs and Riley international carry-on expandable wide-body upright in olive, $599,
blackbooktravel.co

The All-Terrain

Sarah Musgrave, Executive Editor

Tumi Alpha 2 Large wheeled split duffle in black

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TRACKABLE tumi tracer with personalized registration number.

STURDY flexible internal frame.

STEADY recessed wheels for lower centre of gravity, so it’s not too tippy despite the slim profile.

THE TRIP Four days of soft adventure in Western Colorado with a six-year-old.
IN THE BAG Travelling in high-mountain backcountry, I knew our stuff ould get dirty. I put dinner-worthy wear in the top half and packed the bottom zipped compart-ment with outdoor clothes, boots, toys and exploring gear, like binoculars.
BEST ASSETS This ballistic nylon duffel with its reinforced corners is sturdier than most bags. It’s big enough for two to share and can hold bulky items, such as bike hel-mets. The custom leather accents kick it up a notch above sporty. 

Tumi alpha 2 large wheeled split duffel in black, $895,
ca.tumi.com

The Minimalist

Ilana Weitzman, Editorial Director

Samsonite's cure spinnner

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SPACIOUS the handle retracts on the outside, maxing out the interior space.

SECURE integrated lock, so there’s no fussing with zipper pulls.

ULTRALIGHT one of the lightest hard-shell cases on the market at 2.9 kilos.

THE TRIP Two days in Washington, D.C., for a leadership meeting.
IN THE BAG I’m an editor after all, so my wardrobe gets the same treatment as the stories I trim to size: just a change of pants and tops, PJs, two pairs of shoes and a dinner jacket for a couple of days on business.
BEST ASSETS No stress if the overhead bin is full: This slender hatch-style case slid under the seat on my Embraer regional jet. Three latches make popping it open and shut effortless. The interior is no frills; one side zips shut for clothes, the other can hold a laptop underneath the tethers.

Samsonite s’cure spinner 20 in dark blue, $290,
samsonite.ca

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