Away, the luggage and travel accessories company known for it’s functional yet fashionable hard-case luggage, just launched its first-ever collection of soft-sided suitcases. Dubbed “The Expandables,” Away’s newest line of travel gear is made for chronic over-packing travelers who need a little extra room to squeeze in souvenirs at the end of their trip.
“The Expandables” have the same look of Away’s original luggage line, but the suitcases feature a durable nylon material designed to withstand tough travel conditions. Travelers will find most of the same features the brand already boasts on its current hard-case line, like TSA-approved combination locks, 360-degree spinner wheels, interior compression pads and that removable laundry bag.
The biggest difference, however, is that the new soft-luggage has a built-in zipper feature that increases the packing size by 4.5-centimeters. Because of the softer material, this collection also includes a front pocket to store any items you want easy access to.
There’s one big thing to be aware of before you buy: Away’s soft-sided luggage doesn’t come with the option of adding the ejectable battery like the hard-shell suitcases do. Travelers who are worried about staying juiced on their journey might consider snagging a portable power bank to keep in their purse or backpack. After all, travelers need to remove the power bank from the classic Away carry-on if they check their bag anyway.
The Away suitcase quickly became a favorite of frequent fliers and Instagrammers for its practical features, chic aesthetic and median price tag in a world where $50 luggage falls apart halfway through the trip and luxury luggage can easily set you back $500.
Away’s new line of soft luggage is available in the same four sizes as the hard-sided options in four colors (black, navy, asphalt and green) and ranges in price from $275 to $345, a slightly steeper price point than the hard-shell suitcases.