Sunday, July 8, 2007

An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.

WHAT: The Case Logic LLR-22 roll-aboard.

HOW MUCH:$179.99.

BEST FOR: Overpacked, under-hydrated travelers who can't leave home without their electronics.

BUT DOES IT WORK? We were initially drawn to this bag for what, in retrospect, is a cool but relatively benign feature: the little zippered pocket on its side designed for a water bottle (or soda can, or juice box, or whatever). It's handy, for sure, and if you're liquid-free, you can just stick your passport or plane ticket in there for easy access.

But we'll keep using the LLR-22 for its other traveler-friendly amenities, including its light weight (8 pounds 2 ounces) and spiffy in-line skate wheels (we jampacked the 21 1/4 -inch bag in several tests and found it remarkably steady). A large, zippered fold-out panel is lined with organizational pockets (stuff them with magazines, notebooks, pens, iPods, etc.) and includes a case that fits most 15.4-inch laptops. But we left the computer at home and found an even better use for this space: It fits a mean amount of dirty laundry.

-- John Deiner

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