Until last month, I had never used a suitcase with wheels. I have been living that duffel bag life since the first time scrunchies were a thing. Duffel bags are great in certain circumstances, like if you have to travel over sand (if you've ever watched a rejected Bachelor in Paradise contestant drag her rolling bag over the beach, intercut with B-roll of an iguana or some shit, you know the importance of a good duffel). But when Raden offered me a suitcase to try out, I was willing to set aside my duffle for the sake of the experiment. And recently, when I had a six-hour lag between landing in Paris and checking into my Airbnb, I was thrilled to have a bag with 360-degree wheels that could hold its own for three miles on cobblestone streets.
Aside from being a very smooth ride, though, the Raden is also super lightweight (8.4 pounds), highly durable, and gorgeous. If you obsess over all things minimalist, the Raden's sleek AF look is definitely going to be your jam. I took it on a trip to visit my sister, and she kept jokingly suggesting that I just give it to her (she was not joking). Lucky for me, she didn't know the combination on the bag's built-in lock.
The pièce de résistance of this bag, though, is its impressive tech qualifications. Raden bags have a built-in battery so you can use the bag to charge your phone or device via two USB ports by the handle (the battery is held in place with Velcro, so it's easy to remove if you need to check the bag — since FAA regulations require lithium ion batteries to be kept in carry-on baggage). The battery will give you up to FOUR full phone charges, which could really come in handy in a Cast Away situation, or if you forget a travel adapter. The bag works with an iOS app that allows you to weigh your bag by lifting it up (which is probably more useful for the larger version of the bag, but pretty cool nevertheless), and which will allow you to track your bag using location sensors. As you'll see in the picture above, I named my bag the Li'l Jessie, and I'm not sorry.
The bag is pretty small — I recently made the mistake of bringing it on a seven-day trip, which basically meant I way under-packed. Lesson learned! For anything up to four days, though, it's just about perfect. If you're ready to swap your duffel for a rolling bag, or if you're just in the market for a wildly futuristic suitcase, I can't recommend the Raden highly enough. —Jessie Gaynor
Get it from Bloomingdale's for $295+ (available in eight colors and two sizes).