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Away just released a new canvas luggage collection in time for summer vacation

By Leah Groth, Kaylyn McKenna

June 7, 2023 / 2:55 PM / Essentials

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If you're looking for a stylish piece of new luggage for, it's hard to go wrong with Away's new collection. The popular luggage brand just released a new summer collection featuring canvas travel accessories and two new canvas-inspired luggage colorways.

The two new summer shades, Shell (a canvas-inspired white design with brown trim) and Sun (a cheerful yellow with brown trim), join Away's neon summer shades released last month. These chic styles are perfect for summer travels or local adventures.

Shop these limited-edition summer styles from Away while supplies last.

Shop the Away Canvas collection

The Canvas Tote and canvas The Everywhere Bag make great beach bags with easy-to-clean materials and plenty of compartments to organize all of your beach-day must-haves. Take a look at these and more of our favorite picks from Away's new limited edition summer line.

Looking for the perfect bag to take on a short weekend trip, or just looking for a new summer bag to carry your stuff to and from the office? Check out The Everywhere Zip Backpack, which looks great in the new Shell colorway.

One verified buyer says, "I got this to take as a carry on for trips. It has so much room, tons of pockets and is more stylish than the average backpack. Same quality as other Away bags! Loving it."

The Everywhere Zip Backpack (Shell), $235

The Canvas Tote is a stylish choice for bringing your sunscreen and other essentials to the pool or beach, especially in the new Sun colorway. Made from washed canvas, it features a zipper closure, front slip pocket and interior zipper pocket. Measures 15" x 25" x 8.5".

You can add on a pair of canvas pouches in the new Sun and Shell colors for $45 more.

The Canvas Tote (Sun), $105

The canvas bag with leather accents features a detachable padded shoulder strap with concealable D rings and large top handles. The exterior padded laptop pocket fits computers up to 16 inches with a magnetic locking zipper for security. Measures 20.9" x 11.8" x 9.4".

Says one buyer: "Absolutely awesome for long weekend getaways. Not too big, not too small. Perfect!"

The Everywhere Bag (Shell), $295

Away has become one of the most recognizable brands on the luggage carousel. If you're in need of new luggage for your next vacation, consider the top-rated Away options below.

Away carry-on bags offer great features for a great value. The more compact of the two, the 22-inch version, holds three-to-five days worth of clothes while the 23-inch "Bigger" model boasts four-to-seven days worth of space. Need more room? Check out the "Flex" styles, offering a zipper flex feature that makes an additional 2.25 inches of space. Those who like to stash travel documents and gadgets might prefer the pocketed version, equipped with a water-resistant nylon front pocket.

Exterior features on Away luggage include 360-degree spinner wheels, a TSA-approved combination lock and telescopic handle. Inside the suitcase you will find a removable liner (which comes in handy in case of spills, said one CBS Essentials staff member), an interior compression system, a removable laundry bag and a few zipper compartments.

Away The Carry-On, $275

Away The Bigger Carry-On, $295

Away The Carry-On Flex, $325

Away The Bigger Carry-On Flex, $345

Away The Carry-On with Pocket, $325

Away offers a few checked bag options. The Medium, a 26-inch version that holds one-to-two weeks worth of gear, and "The Large," a 29-inch vessel sized for longer trips.

Both are available in "Flex" versions, expanding for an additional 1.75 inches worth of space.

Away The Medium, $345

Away The Large, $375

Away The Medium Flex, $395

Away The Large Flex, $425

Away's upgraded Aluminum Edition might be a splurge compared to the polycarbonate suitcase, but it serves as a more wallet-friendly alternative to Rimowa.

The aluminum version comes in four sizes: two carry-ons and two check-in. It's available in three metal tones: silver, onyx black and rose gold. The smaller carry-on weighs 10.1 pounds and the medium-sized 10.6, while the smaller check-in weighs in at 13.3 pounds and larger version, 16.

Away Aluminum Edition The Carry-On, $625

Away Aluminum Edition The Bigger Carry-On, $645

Away Aluminum Edition The Medium, $725

Away Aluminum Edition The Large, $745

Looking for more than luggage? Away makes customer-loved backpacks, bags, pet carriers and duffles.

Looking for a backpack to coordinate with your Away luggage?

The Everywhere Zip offers a minimalist look constructed out of water-resistant nylon material with leather trim. The backpack zips open like a clamshell, offering easy access to all your items. As for functionality, an interior padded laptop pocket holds a 15-inch computer secured by a magnetic locking zipper. Other pockets hold water bottles, travel documents and essentials.

Choose from three colors.

Away The Everywhere Zip Backpack, $195

The line between a carry-on bag and personal item often feels blurred. However, this multi-use bag was designed specifically to fall into the latter category.

With a padded laptop pocket, detachable key clip, pockets sized for water bottles, other gadgets and accessories and a detachable padded strap, it makes the perfect travel companion. Slip it onto the handle of your Away suitcase while wheeling it around the airport.

Choose from two carry-on sizes.

Away The Everywhere Bag, $195

Away The Medium Everywhere Bag, $225

Away The Large Everywhere Bag, $245

Away's Pet Carrier offers the same sleek look as the brand's luggage, a super cozy interior for your pet to travel in, safety features for their security and interior and exterior pockets for organization.

This pet carrier is lined in a water-resistant material with removable plush, sherpa bedding. Strap the carrier into a car seat belt via latches or attach it to the top of your Away luggage via a trolley sleeve.

Available in three colors. Fits pets up to 18 pounds.

Away The Pet Carrier, $225

Away recently segued from travel to adventure with their outdoor collection, For All Routes, or F.A.R.

The outdoor travel essentials, which include duffles, backpacks, convertibles and more, seamlessly balance technical performance with modern design and function. Each piece is durable, lightweight, easy to pack and store, and made from recycled components.

For example, the convertible backpack weighs just over three pounds and doubles as a carry-on with space for three-to-five days worth of gear. Wear as a backpack, carry as a duffle or even across your chest with included straps. Interior compression straps help you pack the maximum amount of gear, while interior and exterior pockets, including a compartment for a 15-inch laptop, help you stay organized.

The Duffle, available in three sizes, makes a great throw-it-all-in bag for camping or road trips, with features including interior compression straps and detachable padded straps, transforming the bag into a backpack.

Shop the Away F.A.R collection

Away F.A.R Convertible Backpack, $220

Away F.A.R 70L Duffle, $190

Great travel accessories simplify packing and unpacking. Away offers an extensive collection of gear, from laptop sleeves to packing cubes.

Shop all Away accessories

Made out of water-resistant nylon with a spill-proof interior, this hanging toiletry bag offers three mesh pouches and a clear, removable pouch for liquids.

Away Hanging Toiletry Bag, $75

Packing cubes help keep clothes organized and compressed in your suitcase to maximize space. This set of six is made out of water-resistant nylon and are sized to fit within Away suitcases.

Away Insider packing cubes, $65

Keep your jewelry from getting tangled while you travel with this adorable jewelry box from Away. The box has multiple organizational compartments including a flat panel for earrings, a padded cord for small rings and clasps and slip pockets for necklaces.

Away The Jewelry Box, $85

Away suitcases generally come well-equipped. Currently, the brand offers two materials: Polycarbonate and aluminum. Away also make a few travel bags and backpacks out of water-resistant nylon.

The polycarbonate suitcases come in multiple core color options and limited edition seasonal colors. The aluminum model is offered in silver, rose gold and black.

Away luggage offers high quality at a reasonable price point, competitively priced compared to other DTC luggage brands.

Currently the smaller Monos carry-on retails for around $245, while the similarly sized Away carry-on sells for $275. However, the Away does offer one thing that Monos, and most other competing brands, don't: Away Carry-on suitcases are equipped with a removable battery for charging gadgets.

Away offers free UPS Ground on all orders (suitcases and accessories) and returns within the contiguous United States. The company also offers rush shipping for an additional fee. According to our shopper, the luggage ships out fast. "Shipped on the 13th, arrived on the 14th fast," she noted.

While ultra fast shipping might be a great perk for most people, it complicates canceling your order or changing your shipping address. "Once you hit the buy button, there really is no going back," said our shopper, who struggled to get in touch with customer service to intercept the suitcase. "There is zero wiggle room. No chat option, no easy way to change an address if you accidentally got it wrong. And because items ship so fast, there's a good chance that if you get the address wrong you won't be able to change it in time." So do that double-check before you hit the buy button!

"Our team moves quickly to get your order shipped out ASAP, which means that we aren't able to cancel or make any changes to an order once it's been placed," explains Away in the Q & A section of the website. "If you're traveling soon, we recommend that you place a new order for the color or size you would prefer, and we can assist with a return of the original order."

Away offers a 100-day trial period for all luggage. If you aren't happy with your purchase, returns are accepted for items within the warranty period with the exception of personalized items. All you need to do is fill out a return request to start the process. You will be refunded the full amount of your order, minus any shipping charges. In order to exchange an item, send your original order back as a return and place a new order online.

Away suitcases are guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty covering any functional damage to the shell, wheels, handles, zippers, or anything else that impairs your use of the luggage. The battery is covered by a two-year warranty, while other bags and accessories come with a limited one-year warranty, offering repair or replacement.

"We recommend reaching out to us 2-3 weeks prior to travel as all replacement orders are subject to our standard processing and shipping times. Our stores are not able to process replacement orders," the brand states.

If Away isn't able to provide an exact replacement, a product of equal value will be offered.

Are the above Away suitcases not quite right for you? No worries -- your friends at CBS Essentials have compiled a number of luggage roundups designed to help you shop for your next bag or suitcase. Check out our luggage coverage here:

First published on June 7, 2023 / 2:55 PM

Related: How we select our products Shop the Away Canvas collection The Everywhere Zip Backpack The Everywhere Zip Backpack (Shell), $235 The Canvas Tote The Canvas Tote (Sun), $105 The Everywhere Bag (Shell), $295 Away The Carry-On, $275 Away The Bigger Carry-On, $295 Away The Carry-On Flex, $325 Away The Bigger Carry-On Flex, $345 Away The Carry-On with Pocket, $325 Away The Medium, $345 Away The Large, $375 Away The Medium Flex, $395 Away The Large Flex, $425 Away Aluminum Edition The Carry-On, $625 Away Aluminum Edition The Bigger Carry-On, $645 Away Aluminum Edition The Medium, $725 Away Aluminum Edition The Large, $745 Away The Everywhere Zip Backpack, $195 Away The Everywhere Bag, $195 Away The Medium Everywhere Bag, $225 Away The Large Everywhere Bag, $245 Away The Pet Carrier, $225 Shop the Away F.A.R collection Away F.A.R Convertible Backpack, $220 Away F.A.R 70L Duffle, $190 Shop all Away accessories Away Hanging Toiletry Bag, $75 Away Insider packing cubes, $65 Away The Jewelry Box, $85