What's New, What's Hot: April 2017


TRS Ballistic Luggage by Club Glove: Luggage with a difference -- several differences, in fact. The first notable feature is its built-in "train" system that allows several of the wheelable bags to be connected and pulled by one person. Designed and balanced for ease of movement regardless of how much weight is in each bag, the luggage is ideal for solo travelers with lots to carry or people traveling with others who have difficulty managing a bag on their own. The second notable feature is the material that covers the soft-sided bags: It's military grade, tear-resistant ballistic nylon. Each of the distinctively shaped bags in this line (they're narrow in width, but deep) comes with detached packing modules to keep things organized. The bags are made in the USA by Club Glove, the choice of many professional golfers. $699 to $799, wheeled bags; $399, overnight bag; $350, backpack or shoulder bag; www.trsballistic.com.

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Picture Keeper: Family and vacation photos taking up too much memory in your smart phone or tablet? A good way to free up storage space is to plug the Picture Keeper into your device and download your images to it without the need of an internet connection, a digital cloud or other ethereal photo bank. The Picture Keeper, whose models offer 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, works by connecting with a dedicated app on your device that at your command backs up photos, videos and contacts and renders them secure and at your disposal. Compatible with IOS, Android, Windows and Macs, the Picture Keeper enables you to share your favorite images without cutting into any of your precious data allowance or to restore your photos to a new device. $117.99, $139.99 and $179.99; picturekeeper.com.

Thunderbolt Mark II Jeans: These jeans sport many advantages for the casual traveler. For starters, they are made of a four-way stretch fabric and have a fleece-like lining for comfort. In addition to being unusually light weight (about 16 ounces), water-, dirt- and stain-resistant, the Mark II Jeans feature a hidden zipper on the right rear pocket large enough to safely carry a passport and, according to the manufacturer, will maintain their insulating properties even when wet. Available as traditional jeans, black and gray. $200; www.thunderboltsportswear.com.

1 Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask: If repeating the name of this product 10 times fast does not put you to sleep, wearing it as intended could do the trick. Stuck in a crowded airplane near a crying baby or a snoring seat mate, just slip on this eye mask, connect it by cable to your favorite soothing sounds on a smart phone or mp3 player and tune out. The 1 Voice is made out of memory foam and soft velvet that works to blot out light while its sound disks are layered with foam for comfort. The eye mask, which does not require a battery, is machine washable and has an adjustable velcro strap to keep it in place. Available in gray, black, pink and blue. $49; www.1voicenyc.com.

Thule Subterra Carry-On 40L: Well designed for a weekend jaunt, the Subterra can be carried as a backpack or a shoulder bag; has a removable protective sleeve for a laptop, tablet, power pack and accessories; a zippered mesh divider in the main compartment; and a space to keep shoes and laundry separate from your other contents. The soft-side (nylon) carry-on's portability is enhanced by top-side and bottom grab handles as well as a pass-through panel that enables easy attachment to the collapsible handles of rolling luggage (and shelters a hidden passport pocket). External pockets are zippered and recessed. The specs: dimensions: 8.3 by 13.8 by 21.7 inches; weight: 3.5 pounds; volume: 2,440 cubic inches. $199.95; https://www.thule.com.

Correction: The 1 Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask is available in pink, blue, black and gray; an earlier version of this article only listed grey as an available color.


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