’17 Summer Gear Guide: The Best in Travel Bags

Our editors curated and personally tested some of the most exciting, innovative, stylish and just plain fun products that Summer 2017 has to offer. Here are our top picks for travel bags.

Cotopaxi Luzon Day Pack ($40)

Photo: Cotopaxi

Why we chose it: One-of-a-kind colorways, creative vision for the seamstresses that craft the packs, and all-out comfort had us stoked on the Luzon Day pack.

Why we liked it: We were impressed by the story of the pack, but we were really blown away by the sheer comfort. The pack is so lightweight, you may be nervous that it won't support all of your belongings. Go ahead and put those worries to rest.

Tester Tip: If you shy away from bright colors, this pack may not be for you.

Dakine Split Roller DLX 85L Bag ($220)

Photo: Dakine

Why we chose it: We needed something that could handle all of our summer travels. We were looking for something rugged, functional, convenient, and something that simply looked good. Dakine’s sterling reputation for all of the above is why we settled on the Split Roller DLX.

Why we liked it: We opted for the Plate Lunch colorway. With all of the luggage on the conveyor belt at the airport, it’s nice to be able to spot yours from a mile away. The amount of stuff we could pack into this 85L bag is ridiculous. Shoes, boots, heavy jackets, sweaters (all of the bulky stuff) fit right inside their own dedicated slots. And with the Split-Wing collapsible brace, when empty, this thing folds flat for storage. Giant when you need it, storable when you don’t.

Tester Tip: Take advantage of the included cinch sack. Keeping your clean luggage away from your other dirty adventure gear is easy with this thing.

Fjallraven Travel Pack ($225)

Photo: Fjallraven

Why we chose it: The saga of discovering the perfect carry on continues into the Summer of 2017, but rejoice searchers: we've found an option that ticks off almost all of our requirements.

Why we liked it: Not only is the pack well proportioned, there was just so much room. Zippers upon zippers opened up new features we didn't expect, giving us plenty of packing options, which is key when you're switching between climates daily.

Tester Tip: The leather handles are a plus, but we found the most comfortable way to carry the Travel Pack was in backpack mode. Just pull out the hidden backpack straps and cinch up, and you're good to go.

Hex Raven DSLR Backpack ($249)

Photo: Hex

Why we chose it: We were looking for a camera-carrying backpack that didn't, well, look like a camera-carrying backpack.

Why we liked it: Two words – sleek and spacious. The Raven DSLR backpack looks great and provides some serious room for your photo quiver. We packed a water housing and a DSLR in here, then removed the housing and fit 3 camera bodies and 3 lenses.

Tester Tip: If you don't need that much shooting power, check out the medium-sized Raven or the DSLR sling.

Osprey Sojourn Pack

Photo: Osprey

Why we chose it: We were looking for a travel bag that would help us get ready for long trips. We wanted something that was spacious and could hold a lot of items, but wouldn' t feel too bulky.

Why we liked it: We fell in love with the functionality of this bag. It has a large main compartment that we filled to the brim.

Tester Tip: If you are planning to use this bag as both a roller bag and a backpack, be sure to order a bag that has waist straps that are the correct size. This bag can easily become too bulky to wear on a hike if ordered too large.

Rareform Rockaway Hip Pack ($32)

Photo: Rareform

Why we chose it: We wanted a bag to take the weight off our shoulders (literally) and were drawn to the eco-friendly appeal in using re-purposed billboards to make the exterior of this hip bag.

Why we liked it: It's waterproof, has an adjustable strap, and is perfect as a hands-free small bag that stays out of the way but easily accessible. Bonus: It's super cute!

Tester Tip: There's a secret pocket on the inside that's perfect for helping organize all your smaller items you don't want to get lost in the pack.

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