It basically does everything except book your flight.
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Away, the buzzy start-up from Warby Parker alums Jen Rubio and Steph Korey, is shaking up the luggage scene with its tech-savvy offerings. All products feature an exterior shell composed of Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate, a seriously strong but lightweight material, while inside, Away's patent-pending compression system and special compartments for laundry and electronics free up space. Best of all, the bags come with a removable battery and two exterior USB ports—no more slumming it on the terminal floor to sneak a last-minute charge before your flight departs.
Mass-minimal Japanese retailer Muji boasts a dedicated international fan base, but its limited retail presence in the United States makes its luggage section a bit of an undiscovered gem. At
$160, the brand's hard-case carry-on punches far above its weight; it's composed of a polycarbonate-blend shell and features an array of user-friendly features, like a wheel lock and TSA-compliant zipper lock.
Didn't realize Eastpak made suitcases? Neither did we, until we discovered this slick carry-on that bridges the gap between hard and soft luggage. Eastpak's signature "Tranzshell" material, a durable blend of canvas and foam, resembles the same spongy padding found in your favorite elementary school backpack—but it's sturdy enough to keep up with your travel adventures.
Tranzshell Multiwheel 39cm Carry-On Case by Eastpak, $215, mrporter.com.
French luggage maker Delsey rounds out the pack with its Embleme collection, made up of mod, hard-case travel bags with rounded edges. The Embleme carry-on is packed with luxury details—a polycarbonate shell, TSA locks, and interior pouches to maximize precious cargo space—but at $99, it's the most affordable style on our list.
The latest arrival in the smart-luggage space is Raden, whose bags combine sleek exteriors with cutting-edge technology designed to ease the stress of airline travel. With the assistance of a smartphone app, users can weigh their luggage before arriving at the airport, and, through proximity sensors, track a bag's arrival on the baggage claim carousel. The designs—which are available in seven colors and two finishes—also feature USB chargers, waterproof zippers, and virtually indestructible wheel bases.