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21 Sep No secrets trunk – Crumpler’s Vis-A-Vis Clear

Packing is a skill few of us have time for - although we might make time if we had Crumpler’s latest wheelie - the Vis-A-Vis Clear. You’d think twice about screwing everything up in a ball at the last minute if Uncle Tom Cobley and all can see your mess. It might encourage the slobs amongst us to fold our stuff neatly. Afterall, you’ll look smarter when you get there.  The 68cm polycarbonate Trunk is aimed at travellers with nothing to hide, except dirty laundry and expensive pieces of personal kit, to be stored discreetly within Volume Rebate packing cubes that are included. There’s a clothes compression system, safety straps...

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18 Aug The smart Samsonite Smarttop

Such a clever idea. Samsonite’s Smarttop wheelies (upright and spinner versions) have a large zip-up pocket in the top, by the handle, for all those things you need when on the move. A sort of glove compartment for tickets, passports, sunglasses, paperbacks, phones etc. It means you don’t now need a small bits ‘n pieces bag, and neither will you ruin the line of your clothes. We think the hard sided Smarttop is a smart idea, our favourite the 55cm Spinner; 38L and at 55x40x20, compact enough to be accepted as carry-on with most airlines. Available in four sizes, from 1.8 to 2.3kg and in a choice of colours. £115 - £135...

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25 Nov Rucksack Carry-on – Osprey Ozone 36 Convertible

Carry-on cases are all about compromise.  Wheels and handles spell extra weight when heaviness is cost, and they take up space. Osprey - always at the forefront of sensible luggage design - has seemingly squared the circle with the new Ozone 36 Convertible. Thirty six liters of packing spaces puts Ozone at the smaller end of carry-ons, but at 2.16 kg, despite the wheels, handle and foldaway shoulder harness, it’s right in there with the flyweights. Ideal for minimalist travellers, and weekenders in cities where it’s often more comfortable to wear your bag on your back when negotiating congested streets and metro systems. There’s compression packing inside and a lockable zip...

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30 Aug Osprey Meridian 60 Backpack

Meridian 60 with detachable day pack The Range Rover of wheeled rucksacks can tackle any situation. This 60 litre backpack is the sort of kit you’ll need if you planning on heading out – and don’t know where you’ll end up.  That’s because it’s big enough for long trips, robust enough to tackle cities and the rough stuff, but above all flexible with a removable 20 litre daypack.Student, trekker, camper, city breaker – the Meridian 60 is what all wheeled luggage should aspire to. GG2G has recommended the Meridian 60 to a number of gap year students and they’ve all given it an unreserved thumbs up. The feature list is as...

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