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If You’re a Frequent Overpacker (Because Who’s Not?), Away’s New Flex Collection Is a Dream Come True

published Aug 18, 2021
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Boarding pass? Check. Face mask? Check. New Away luggage? Yes. With (safe) summer travels recently taking off again, the cult-favorite brand just unveiled their latest (and potentially greatest) additions — expandable hard-sided luggage.

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That’s right: As part of the new Flex line, you can now shop Away’s beloved polycarbonate pieces with even more packing room to spare. Available in four sizes — The Carry-On Flex, The Bigger Carry-On Flex, The Medium Flex, and The Large Flex — each features the same sleek exterior style you know and love, but with an all-around adjustable zipper. This adds an extra 2.25 inches to the two carry-on pieces, and 1.75 inches to the two larger bags.

An extension of Away’s softside expandable series, this marks their first-ever hard-shell iteration. And, naturally, it wouldn’t be an Away bag without the amazing add-ons: the Flex collection also boasts a TSA-approved lock, 360 degree wheels, and an interior laundry bag and compression system.

The only downside? Depending on the airline, you’ll likely have to check these bags, even the carry-ons, once expanded. But, just think about all the extra space you’ll have for any potential trip treats (three words: vacation shopping spree). Whether you’re already an Away enthusiast or are in the market for some long-lasting luggage, check out the collection and all four colorways below:

1 / 4
Away
$255.00

With black or navy options, the smallest of the Flex luggages shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s compact enough to replace your go-to getaway bag, while still fitting plenty of essentials. It’s also only $30 more than its non-expandable carry-on counterpart.

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Away
$345.00

Size up a tad bit more and take your pick of four different hues with The Bigger Carry-on Flex. You really can’t beat the whopping 2.25 inches of built-in extra space, too.

3 / 4
Away
$395.00

For checked bags, consider The Medium Flex your new keep-for-years, take-anywhere luggage. It’s perfect for longer trips (aka more to pack), or even paired with a matching carry-on.

4 / 4
Away
$355.00

Away’s popular The Large luggage gets, well, even larger with the Flex collection version. This one has the same measurements, but with 1.75 more inches to spare — and it’s totally worth the splurge. Plus, who wouldn’t want to scope out this pretty Petal pink at baggage claim?