By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
8:55 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
Name: Eagle Creek Travel Gateway 4-Wheeled Upright 22
What it is: a carry-on suitcase that offers 2 inches of expansion and weighs only 7 pounds. The 14-by-22-by-10-inch bag features an expandable primary compartment with two-way lockable zippers, a large interior mesh zippered compartment and interior compression wings to secure the contents of the main compartment. Externally the Gateway has a slim pocket good for holding a boarding pass, identification and a smartphone plus a padded zippered front pocket that can accommodate a 15-inch laptop. Padded top and side handles along with a bottom handle make the bag easy to grab at any angle. Four multidirectional wheels glide smoothly over tile or carpet when the telescoping handle is extended. Corner bumpers and tough material on the bottom protect the bag when rolling off curbs, stairs or other urban obstacles. The carry-on is designed for integration with Eagle Creek's Pack-It System of cubes, and it comes in black, blue and red.
The good: This suitcase is a delightful carry-on companion because the multidirectional wheels allow me to roll it sideways down a cramped airplane aisle. Its low weight and multiple handles make it easy to hoist into the overhead compartment, and the front pocket is handy for removing a laptop when passing through airport security. I was impressed when it came off the baggage carousel unscathed after checking it on one occasion.
The bad: I'd love to see a small zippered pouch inside for such things as jewelry.
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