First came the wheels. Then the polycarboante. Now there's the smartest era in carry-ons yet: models equipped with charging stations, expandability, and even better locks. Here, our 'port laureates:
1. Geo Aluminum 2.0 by Zero Halliburton
The old-school, weightier aluminium case deploys heavy-duty lever latches (rather than zippers) to seal your stuff from the outside world.
2. The Carry-on by Away
You no longer need to fight for a wall outlet at the departure gate. From a new company founded by two Warby Parker alumnae, this has a rechargable batter beneath the handle and two USB terminals.
3. Limbo by Rimowa
A polycarbonate pioneer, this German brand outfitted its carry-on with retractable straps so that you can confidently tow along a breifcase or other bags.
4. Spectra by Victorinox
You can pack more into this, given its expandable zippers. And when you do, the multipocket central divider helps you keep track of the important stuff.
5. V3 by Tumi
Sometimes the fundamentals are enough. At just 6.4 pounds, this is Tumi's lightest full-sized carry-on ever.