Jetting Off In Style: 2010 Carry-ons
Luggage used to be a long-term commitment. But now with new colors, two and four wheelers, high-tech locks, and techno-smart hard sided cases, it's time to upgrade.
The new metallic blue Crown Edition by Heys BioCase has what's dubbed "fingerprint access to locked bags." This means that only the owner's fingerprint will unlock the bag. The shell is sleek, futuristic and nearly indestructible as its made from 100 percent German polycarbonate. The case comes with a U.S.B. cord and power adapter you can use to recharge the lock when necessary. $2,200, www.heyusa.com/crown.
The Asprey Londoner roll-on manufactured in England by Globetrotter is over-the-top good looking with its metallic purple case and purple crocodile trim Tough and sturdy, it is lined with durable hemp linen. Order by calling Asprey at 212-688-1811; www.asprey.com.
The Tumi Vapor International carry-on is a lightweight, hard-sided case with a triple layer polycarbonate shell. Even in the coldest climates, it has maximum resistance to cold impact cracking. With its high gloss finish and striated effect, any surface scratches will be easily concealed. More important, its four wheels are much better than two for stability and maneuverability. The Tumi Vapor International Carry-on is $395; www.tumi.com.
The 012 Hideo Wave 25 has a sturdy hard shell and a TSA approved lock. The Hideo Waka Matsu Wave is a shiny Matisse red; $339; www.wejetset.com.
T. Anthony has several carry-ons but the best looking is a chic alligator embossed calfskin case, an easy roller with two functional advantages. For a start, the retractable handle closes on the outside rather than using up valuable space in the interior. The case also comes with a garment bag and hanger for one suit that in its own separate compartment. The case is $1900; 212-750-9797; www.tanthony.com.
Carry-on luggage regulations are rewritten so often that what works on one overseas flight might be rejected on the next one with the same airline. So before you even think about new luggage, check with the airline and establish what size carry-on is now permitted. Aside from checking size, find out what weight is acceptable. A luggage scale is the new must have to avoid charges for overweight. Also, check the weight regulations for carry-ons as different airlines have different rules. Several portable luggage scales with a handle and a hook are available from www.ebags.com.