Review: Tumi Alpha Classic Garment Bag

Walk through any airport today, and you’ll see an endless train of little black roller bags scuttling through the concourses. While these two-wheeled wonders are certainly easy to haul around, they also have their downsides. Foremost amongst them? Space issues: Just try to cram more than a couple outfits and sundries into that meager storage cavity. Traveling with a suit? Might as well change your name to Rip Van Wrinkler.

What ever happened to the good old garment bag? It was a smart choice for a generation of business travelers, and recently I’ve rediscovered the joys of the design. It’s easy to get a week’s worth of clothes into one and it easily tucks into the overhead bin. (Provided you’re not the last person to board your flight.)

This Tumi model is one of those products that instantly puts you in a good mood when you use it. The build quality is practically perfect, shrugging off the rigors of travel. But even better, it’s extremely well-conceived. Every time you might think, “Gee, it would be cool to have a pocket here,” you find that there is one. It will make you wonder why you’d ever take anything else on your next trip.

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