THULE ROUNDTRIP SNOWSPORT DUF­FEL 90L

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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

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