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Away Luggage: The WTP Review

Beloved by stylish urbanites for their sleek suitcases and hella-cool branding, Away luggage is the "it bag" of travel. The company—a brainchild of two frequent flyers and former Warby Parker execs—disrupted the industry back in 2015 with their first carry-on. Today they offer a full line of luggage, smaller bags, storage cubes, dopp kits, and other travel accessories, along with producing a glossy magazine and a podcast (because of course). While similar startup luggage brands Raden and Bluesmart have folded, Away has kept going strong, showing plenty of substance behind their eye-candy style.

Pros

  • Trendy and affordable, with oodles of options to monogram and customize bags
  • Built-in ejectable battery (optional) that meets TSA regulations, plus two USB ports
  • Durable construction and high-end designer spinner wheels on all suitcases
  • Interior compression bag and removable laundry bag that keeps dirty clothes separate
  • 100-day trial and lifetime guarantee to fix or replace anything that breaks

Cons

  • Heavier than hard-shell styles from some competitors
  • Polycarbonate advertised as scratch-resistant, but it does get scuffed
  • Some customers complain that handles are a bit wobbly

 

Style Overview

Let’s get real, if you’re shopping Away luggage, it’s largely because of the way they look—glossy, streamlined, Instagram-worthy. Curved corners and the minimalist Away logo give a luxe vibe. Their ribbed, hard-shell carry-on is the original trendsetter, and strutting around with one wheeling behind you can make the airport terminal feel like a runway.

Deciding on a color will be a total time-suck, if a fun one. There are 12 to choose from for most bags, with a range of on-trend neutrals plus wildcard shades like violet, evergreen, and brick-red. Then there are the monogramming options to nail down (hand-painted by an in-store studio artist) and special-edition stickers to consider. Expect to lose more time playing with the custom-design mock-up tool on their website.

All suitcases have spinner wheels made by Japanese designer Hinomoto, which are typically featured on bags that cost well over $1,000.

Three Items We’d Buy

AWAY luggage The Carry-On
1

The Carry-On

This is it—the O.G.—Away's original carry-on. The hard-shell polycarbonate suitcase glides around on four spinner wheels. It opens up clam-shell style with two main packing compartments. On one side, there's a zip-around mesh section for bulky objects like shoes. On the other, there are pull-down straps with built-in compression to squeeze in clothes. Sandwiched between the two is a pocket big enough to hold a laptop. Plus a hidden laundry bag folded into the rim of the interior can keep funky dirty clothes separate. An ejectable battery for phone charging (which meets current TSA regulations) pops out behind the telescopic handle. (Like all Away bags, skipping the battery is always an option.) Those who like extra security will appreciate the TSA-approved combination lock. Just don’t set it to 1, 2, 3, 4.

  • Exterior dimensions (including wheels): 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 inches
  • Interior dimensions: 20 x 13.5 inches
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs.
  • Primary material: Polycarbonate
$225 at Away
The Carry-On with Pocket AWAY luggage
2

The Carry-On with Pocket

The most common complaint with Away’s original carry-on? No outside pocket. This suitcase solves all that. Made from water-resistant nylon, the exterior pocket here is essentially a laptop case super-glued to the front of the bag. It has a zipper that locks, an outer section with a slipcase for a boarding pass or other papers, and a padded interior that can hold a 15-inch laptop, tablet, or a magazine. There's also an extra inner pocket to stash your phone or passport. The clam-shell interior is the same as the original model, but there is a jump in weight from the classic to this revamp—the pocket adds an extra 7 ounces. Note: This model only comes in five colors instead of the full 12.

  • Exterior dimensions (including wheels and pocket): 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 inches
  • Interior dimensions: 20 x 13.5 inches
  • Pocket dimensions: 15.75 x 10.6 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs.
  • Primary material: Polycarbonate
$275 at Away
AWAY luggage The Everywhere Bag
3

The Everywhere Bag

Away’s carry-ons hog the spotlight, but we think this handy shoulder bag deserves its own shout-out. Sized to perch perfectly on top of the brand’s suitcase, this bag gives an easy, accessible place to stuff all your in-flight doodads, from magazines to laptops to gum. The dimensions here are small enough to count as an airplane’s personal item, yet large enough to hold a change of clothes for an overnight jaunt. But it’s the smart little extras that really make us swoon, like the waterproof pocket for umbrellas or the exterior pocket that slips over carry-on handles, locking it in for the ride.

  • Dimensions: 16.3 x 7.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Primary material: Nylon
$195 at Away

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