What's New, What's Hot: January 2014

By Joe Rosen
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for January.

Traveler Duffle: You won't find a better-looking, more durable carry-on than this leather and canvas duffle made by Will Leather Goods, the Portland, Ore-based creators of hand-crafted leather goods and operators of a flagship store in Venice, Calif. Part of the Will Leather Goods Signature Canvas & Leather Collection, the Traveler Duffle is constructed of vegetable-tanned, bridle leathers; sturdy, 18-ounce washed, cotton canvas; 10-ounce twill backing; and steel-molded hardware. Additional rivets, reinforced leather corners and box stitching ensure this bag will, in the words of Will Leather, "stand the test of time." The Traveler Duffle, which measures 18 by 14 1/2 by 12 inches, has two large front pockets, leather pull handles and a comfortably soft, padded shoulder strap. It is available in three colors: black, black/brown and tobacco. $395; www.willleathergoods.com.  

Traveler DuffleVis-a-Vis 78cm (30.71-inch) Trunk: The big daddy of the new line of Vis-a-Vis luggage from Crumpler that includes a smaller version, a carry-on and an attache case, this hard-body trunk weighs only 11.9 pounds and boasts almost a 5,500-cubic-inch carrying capacity. Other features include a unique clothes compression system; comfortable, heavy-duty fabric handles; four-corner glide wheels; and a built-in TSA-compatible lock. In addition, two zip-safety straps relieve undue pressure on the trunk's heavy-duty zipper while providing a fail-safe system to guard against the case's inadvertent opening. And it doesn't hurt that the colorful red straps guarantee that your bag will stand out on a crowded luggage carousel (less obtrusive black straps are also available). $495; www.crumpler.com.  

ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint Headphones: Audio-Technica, the company behind these redesigned, noise-canceling headphones, says it has at once enlarged the diameter of the ear cups for a more-comfortable, over-ear fit while giving the ear cups a slimmer profile. Whatever Audio-Technica has done, the headphones seem to wear lighter than ever while providing up to 90% noise cancellation, a boon to anyone on a long-distance flight or rail journey. The ATH-ANC70, unlike some other well-known noise-canceling headphones, works in a passive mode (non-noise-canceling) without its standard AAA battery. The headphones, which include a mic (built into an ear cup) and controller for handling music and answering calls, come with a protective case, a detachable cable, a stereo adapter and an airplane adapter. Light weight, compact and foldable, these headphones are ideal for travel. $199.95; www.shopaudiotechnica.com.  

BottleWise Rollup: Designed for "gourmet travelers," this practical product enables you to pack a bottle inside checked luggage and not worry that the bottle will break or leak onto packed clothing during a long-distance flight. Reusable, light weight and versatile in that it can protect up to a 1-liter bottle of wine, spirits, oils, etc., the Rollup, which has a padded, insulated sleeve and a liquid-tight liner, lays flat when not in use and weighs only 8.6 ounces when empty. $15; www.bottlewise.com.  

Faren Driving Cap: What better time to outfit yourself for spring than the dead of winter, so it is that this sharp-looking headwear from Nobis, a Canadian apparel company, is worth bringing to your attention. With a sturdy peak made from recycled materials, the Faren Cap features piping and paneled details, a quilted panel, an adjustable D-ring strap, a quick-dry sweatband, satin lining and a Nobis metal bar branding. Whether you plan to wear it while taking your Maserati out for a spin or for seeing the sights while on vacation, the Faren Cap can only enhance the experience. One size fits all, it is available in blue (nylon), gray (cotton/linen), purple (nylon) and denim (cotton). $40; www.nobis.ca.  

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