Updated May 24, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Carry-Ons For Men

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or occasional globetrotter, chances are you’d rather not spend a fortune on checked bag fees. Avoid the carousel with our carefully considered list of carry-ons for men, which includes attractive, quality options designed to keep everything from your suit to your electronics safe. We’ve included items in a range of sizes, styles, and budgets to meet every need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best carry-on for men on Amazon.

10. Hynes Eagle 38L

9. S-Zone Oversized

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds

7. SwissGear ScanSmart

6. Osprey Farpoint 40

5. Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable

4. Briggs & Riley Baseline-Suiter Duffel

3. Tumi Alpha Bravo Nathan

2. London Fog Kensington Two-Wheel

1. Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright

Special Honors

Globe Trotter Trolly Case If you long for the days of steamer and rail travel, you'll appreciate the aesthetic of this option, which comes in a lovely sky blue color with navy leather accents. The inside boasts a nautical pinstripe theme with a simple divider to help you organize the main compartment. In keeping with modern needs, however, this model does feature a pair of wheels and a telescoping handle. globe-trotter.com

Lotuff No. 12 Weekender For quick two- or three-day trips, this may be the only bag you need. It comes in eight colors, and you can request swatches of any of them to see how they look in the real world while also getting a feel for the leather quality. The company can also add a monogram to the exterior in one or two initials to add that personal touch. lotuffleather.com

Ermenegildo Zegna Leggerissimo Black Cabin While the exterior of this model is a rugged polycarbonate, its handles are made of Pelletessuta, an in-house fabric made of extremely thing strands of leather woven together like a traditional textile. It's both durable and soft to the touch, giving you a little luxury feel every time you pick it up. zegna.us

Editor's Notes

May 22, 2020:

While we had to say goodbye to a few of the models from our previous ranking due to things like durability issues — especially around zippers — we also found opportunity to upgrade here and there, as with the Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable, which is a big upgrade to the previously included Samsonite, which had some problems around a few of its seams. I've always found Samsonite's hardshell bags to be among their best offerings, as well, and among some of the best hard-sided luggage on the market. They do scratch a bit more easily than I'd like, but it's a small price to pay for what is otherwise a durable selection.

Among the new additions to our list, we included the London Fog Kensington Two-Wheel, which just screams English elegance with that window pane pattern, and that offers a nice system for accessing certain necessities when flying, like snacks or even moisturizer (it gets dry up there; if you're not moisturizing on your flights, you're doing it wrong). We also added the Briggs & Riley Baseline-Suiter Duffel, which effectively combines all the best parts of a duffel and a garment bag for anyone who needs to regularly travel with one or two suits. It's small enough to serve as a "personal item," allowing you to combine it with one of the larger options on our list like the same company's Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright and still meet airline restrictions.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 24, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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