First impressions: Forward of a visit to Mexico final yr, I used to be in determined want of a brand new large-size bag that may maintain me going for 2 weeks whereas providing loads of further room for nifty purchases. I’d seen the Danish model Rains pop up on my Instagram account for weeks and I used to be completely digging it. Regardless of being a reasonably colourful and sunny kinda man, I want my garments and equipment to be extra refined, muted, and low-volume. And Rains, which is predicated in Denmark, utterly suits this mannequin. Its attire, which incorporates sleep parkas, well-tailored anoraks, and hip puffers, are practical, sensible, and simply plain cool.
Rains makes a bunch of groovy baggage items, however I opted for his or her Massive Journey Bag (in black), which was an immediate complement to each my wardrobe and journey agenda. Whereas it’s formally tender shell, the bag consists of some laborious shell options—akin to a sturdy rear silhouette that permits the bag to face upright when wanted. In different phrases, even when your palms are full with journey gear (or children), the bag won’t ever tip over and trigger you extra stress.
My expertise: The bag arrived a lot because it appears to be like on-line—tender higher, laborious rear, with many (however, mercifully, not too many) zippers, buckles, and snaps to maintain the whole lot tucked in. Inside, the bag is roomy with a pair of predominant compartments, each with mesh enclosures for added softness and one with an elastic cross band to maintain your garments (and souvenirs) securely tucked in place.
The bag greater than lived as much as its model promise—large enough to pack for 2 weeks touring via the Mexican cities of Merida, Oaxaca, and Mexico Metropolis itself (we had been fortunate in Mexico Metropolis to remain at Casa Teo, chef Enrique Olvera’s ultra-stylish Airbnb). We took a number of flights all through the journey and whereas my bag might have been darkish black, its signature styling meant I by no means confused it with another person’s bag on the baggage carousel.
The underside line: To be frank, if not a drop fawning, there may be actually nothing I might change concerning the bag. In a phrase, it completely delivered. It’s posh but sensible, practical with out being fussy, and completely trendy, however utterly not showy. In different phrases: baggage that lasts. I can’t wait to get again on the street and use it once more.
[Editor’s note: The Large Travel Bag I tested is no longer being produced; but equally stylish and useful is Rains’ new Small Travel Bag, which features the same high-tech fabric and design in smaller proportions (H 21.3 x W 11.8 x D 9.4 inches vs. H 25.9 x W: 14.9 x D :12.2 inches).]
Tester: Sam Cochran, world options director
What I search for: Pandemic however, I’m fortunate sufficient to journey most months—for work and for pleasure. Not too long ago, I used to be off to Quintana Roo, the place I scoped out the lately unveiled Etéreo, an Auberge property, and Habitas Bacalar resort. This previous December, I used to be in St. Barths, staying on the Lodge Le Toiny and Rosewood Le Guanahani. And a number of instances a yr I fly to Minneapolis to see my household. Irrespective of my vacation spot or the period of my journey, I satisfaction myself on packing mild: carry-on solely. I want a tough shell, which doesn’t let me cheat these dimensions. I play by the principles of size x width x depth. Nothing fills me with extra dread than seeing a fellow passenger wrestle to stuff their big valise into an overhead compartment. That stated, if I’m solely touring for a couple of nights I’ll go along with a small duffel.