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Chicago Tribune Featuring – Meridian Suitcase – March 1, 2011

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Chicago Tribune Featuring – Meridian Suitcase – March 1, 2011

March 17, 2011

Gearbox: A backpack on wheels

Name: Osprey Meridian suitcase

What it is: A 22-inch-long roll-aboard suitcase that doubles as a backpack. It also features a detachable smaller backpack. With that removed, the main bag fits in an overhead airline bin.

How it works: The Meridian is yet another version of an increasingly popular bag: the suitcase that doubles as a backpack. You can roll it through the airport or unzip the back, pull out the straps and wear it on your back through Paris.

The good: Sturdy construction and a solid frame, which includes the large, gripping wheels and a secure, extendable handle. It is comfortable on the back for short periods, even if it initially rode high for me and I had to adjust it into a more agreeable shape. The backpack straps zip up tightly to make this a compact and easy-traveling bag. The detachable day pack includes a padded slot for a laptop. I recently stayed at a remote lodge that required a half-mile hike to the front door. This would have been perfect.

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