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Gregory, the leading pack maker for over 35 years, has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its annual Active Travel Awards. The Alpaca 22 was honored as “best luggage.”
“We designed the Alpaca 22 and the entire Axis Travel Series to cater to the needs of adventurous travelers taking the trips of their dreams,” said John Sears, director of product development at Gregory. “With its wide-handle platform, oversized wheels, and rugged construction, the Alpaca 22 is a rolling duffle that can take whatever you throw at it. We’re glad that the editors at Outside agree and have presented us with this notable award.”
To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped its global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road traveling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises, mountain epics, stunning beaches, airline deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The result is 42 fresh trips that will change your life, plus smart travel strategies, the best travel gear, and five exciting new frontiers.
“Outside has long been one of the world’s most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers,” says Outside Editor Christopher Keyes. “In addition to truly award-worthy destinations and travel providers, this year we unearthed a handful of amazing new frontiers in active travel. Our annual edit franchise honors the year’s best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.”
The 22-inch, 55-liter Alpaca 22 Roller Duffle from Gregory is a burly, no-frills gear and clothing hauler suited for any travel adventure you have in mind. Constructed from bomber TPU fabric that is both abrasion and water resistant, this carry-on sized bag offers the protection you need when faced with the unexpected. The Alpaca features the Gregory Custom Chassis with wide handle design to maximize interior space and deliver stable rolling. This design moves the handle frame that typically cuts through the middle of wheeled suitcases to the exterior of the bag, so that the bottom of the bag is flat. The wide bag-width handle design provides greater stability when rolling the bag, along with more hand positions for greater maneuverability. The handle also provides a generous and stable platform to support additional bags. The Alpaca’s oversized custom injection molded ball bearing wheels are designed to roll just about anywhere, but when faced with a steep staircase or other obstacles, the bag’s deployable padded strap allows you to sling the bag over your shoulder, or wear it as a backpack.
The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands today, and at Outside Online.