Here it sits, looking chic in its nylon python-printed glory. I'm full of hope that this stylish new carry-on will save my back--and transform my trips on jam-packed airplanes. "The Voyageur" by Tumi ($495) is supposedly lighter than traditional models: It weights in at 7 pounds and is 20 inches long, with two inches of expandable potential for the return trip--when I inevitably have more to pack than what I arrived with.

This new design will certainly appease my style Jones, and it actually starts off pretty light. Now, if I can just limit its contents, I might be able to lift it in the overhead compartment without asking for help. Available soon at

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