For as often as I travel, I’m horribly inefficient at packing. I always try to cram one more pair of running shoes or an extra jacket into an already full suitcase. It took me a few years to fully appreciate the gear-holding benefits of a rolling duffel bag.
I’ve used the Gregory Alpaca 28 Rolling Gear Bag on almost every trip I’ve taken since fall. From quick overnights, to week-long trips it has carried bike shoes, helmets, pedals and a load of clothing.
The Alpaca has held up well to the rigors of my travels. Its large main compartment has plenty of room, so it fits all of the gear I need to bring.
This minimalistic, yet well-designed bag is water-resistant and easy to handle in the airport or anywhere else my travels have taken me. —Amy Oberbroeckling
The Gear: Gregory Alpaca 28 Rolling Gear Bag
Where To Test It: Use it as checked luggage aboard a plane, or for hauling gear across rugged terrain outdoors
Who’s It For: Gear-intensive travelers who want a bomber rolling bag that maneuvers flawlessly.
Important Specs: Available in 22- and 28-liter options. Water-resistant TPU coated fabric outer. Totally bomber chassis is made of aluminum and hard plastic. A convertible carry strap quickly attaches. External compression straps cinch down so your gear doesn’t tumble mid-flight.
Killer! Its gigantic 4-inch wheels roll over a variety of terrain from snow to wet gravel without getting stuck or bogged down. The ultra-wide handle is as long as the bag itself, meaning it’s almost impossible for the bag to teeter or twist around. This also means that you can throw an extra duffle or backpack around the handle for easy carry.
Flaw: While the base of the bag is made of a hard plastic, the top is soft and compressible. Make sure your electronics or other gadgets are in your carry-on before checking. It’s pricey, too.
Who Should Buy It: Those whose travel agendas might involve time in inclement weather or tough terrain.
Contact Brand/More Beta: Gregory Packs
—Amy Oberbroeckling is an assistant editor.