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Gear Gift Ideas: Patagonia Travel Bag
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Patagonia Travel Bag

Illustration: Best Gear SealPatagonia weaves ruggedness and style in its new Overhead Shed travel bag ($245; Constructed of heavy-duty two-layer nylon, the 2,150-cubic-inch (35,232-cubic-centimeter) carry-on absorbs friction to prevent wear, and the bathtub-shaped foam-and-plastic bottom makes for an easily packable form. Add to that wheels, a telescoping handle, and a wet compartment, and you've got the perfect go-bag.

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