Best Bet: Tarpaulin Carry-on


As any public-school student could tell you this week, spring break is a glorious and fleeting thing. Which means you shouldn’t be wasting time at the airport luggage carousel waiting for your checked-in bag to show up. Hideo Wakamatsu’s slick nineteen-inch tarpaulin carry-on ($190 at Flight 001) smartly combines the maneuverability of a rolling suitcase with the moldability of a duffel. The water-resistant tarp shell is lighter than metal-frame models and can be compressed for squeezing into an overhead bin or expanded to make room for any items you acquire en route. Plus, a color-blocked storage unit, a clever picnic blanket, and more in this week's issue. [NYM]