In a world of business travel, more and more people choose not to check their luggage but to take it with them. This way you can work on the plane and get faster out of the airport. In a world like that – you need a carry on bag that you can rely on – because you know it will be in use.
The Best – Briggs & Riley Baseline Commuter Expandable Upright
In the overall, from all the bags we checked, this is the best carry on bag in our opinion. It has a compression technology, sturdy wheels and the company assures a warranty for a lifetime. It may look like a regular bag from the outside but you know what they say – you can’t judge a book by its cover. This phrase applies here since the internal space is what makes it so special. The bag can expand so there’s actually more space than what you originally think. After packaging, you can compress it back to normal size. Inside the bag, you’ll find panels that will hold your clothes so you’ll find them fresh and without wrinkles upon your arrival. On the outside, the bag is made of ballistic nylon so no need to worry about your vulnerable.
The Fastest – Travelpro Platinum Magna Express Spinner Suiter
What’s special about this bag is its set of wheels – it has four wheels and the company’s “MagnaTrac” technology uses magnets to keep all wheels aligned, so it gives you the option to push and pull to every possible way without tripping with your bag. But that is just one advantage to this bag. This carry on is rather light and has zipped compartments on the inside for your smaller stuff. The design of the handle is ergonomic and makes it easy to carry for your arm. You can also expand the main compartment and add some more space to the bag in case you need it. The outside is coated with ballistic nylon to prevent water coming into the bag, and Travelpro also gives you a worry-free warranty.
The Versatile – Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel
This one is a real transformer – you can choose to use as a backpack, a duffel bag or a rolling carry-on – depends on your needs. When you need to pass quickly in a crowd you can carry it on your back, and if it’s too heavy you can easily open the telescoping handle and roll it. The inner space is quite large and the materials the bag is made of are strong. You can get the bag in two sizes, and the medium will fit most airlines carry-on regulation. You will also get a lifetime warranty from Timbuk2.
The Worker – Incase Eo Travel Hardshell Roller
This one is our recommendation if you travel with a laptop and its perfect for business travelers. When the main difficulty usually comes when you need to go through security and take out your laptop – this carry-on makes it rather easy. The bag has an exterior made of polycarbonate and besides protecting your belongings, it’s also a laptop sleeve that gives you the option to take out your computer easily, with it. There are also dedicated compartments to other devices and cables such as chargers and adapters. The main space of the bag expands and compresses depending on your needs.
The Affordable – American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner 21
This carry-on is a really good option if you’re on a budget. It focuses on functionality and not the extras, so it has everything you really need – fine mobility with its rollaboard, zipper extensions, and nice color option to choose from. It has hidden internal pockets for your smaller stuff, and it’s weight is 9 pounds, so it’s not too heavy for its size. There’s not a lifetime warranty this time, but the reasonable price makes up for it.