Let’s face it: Skiers haul a lot of junk around. On any given ski trip, we need jackets and layers to cover conditions ranging from snow to rain and enough socks and T-shirts to go for a week or two without laundry access. Plus, there’s bulky gear like helmets, ski boots and shovels. You need a piece of luggage big enough to push the airlines’ 50-pound limit and tough enough to keep your gear from disgorging all over the tarmac. Oh yeah, wheels. It’d better roll.
WHAT IT IS:
The Osprey Shuttle 32 is “the biggest, most easily manageable piece of luggage, designed in the lightest way possible,” says Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer. It holds 110 liters of stuff and rolls on 4-inch-high urethane wheels, and when it’s empty, it tips the scales at just eight pounds. It’s stable standing on end or rolling over the cobblestone streets of Chamonix. The Shuttle is tall, rather than wide, at 16-inches across. “It’s the right width for the size and load,” Pfotenhauer says. “Any narrower and it would tip over; any wider and you couldn’t maneuver it.”