THULE ROUNDTRIP SNOWSPORT DUFFEL 90L
The person who first said “it’s the journey, not the destination” had probably never packed for a backcountry ski trip. Finding everything you need, realizing it won’t all fit in your duffel, making concessions, then shuffling to the car or (heaven forbid) through the airport with all your bags is a pattern we don’t love. Thankfully, the RoundTrip makes the whole rigmarole easier.
The standout feature here is organization. There are places for everything: Two waterproof pockets (one on each side) separate your boots from the main compartment and have drainage holes so water can get out. The large, padded main compartment swallows a helmet, apparel, and other equipment, while a microfiber-lined pocket is great for stashing goggles and electronics.
“My favorite feature is the massive, plastic-lined main clamshell hatch, which unzips to the ground so you can stand on it,” one tester says. “It came in handy when I was getting changed at a muddy trailhead in the Pioneers; my socks never touched the ground.”
A padded shoulder strap and two end haul loops provide carry options (we wish the RoundTrip had backpack straps, too). “I used it to haul my gear to Utah, South Korea, and Norway,” one tester says. “Not a single thing broke, and it held up to some vicious abuse along the way.”
The best part? The RoundTrip is only $120, a crazy-low price for luggage this functional. –E.B. $120; 2 lbs. 14 oz.; thule.com