After a year of staying put, if we keep up with mask-wearing and handwashing and social distancing and vaccinating, it seems we might finally return to something like normal life come summer. President Biden has even said as much, suggesting that continuing such behavior means we should be able to visit family and friends in time for July 4. Whether you’re planning a family visit or some other getaway, you’ll need some luggage to take with you — and after being stored in a closet or under the bed for a year, your old suitcases might be looking a little, well, old. Perhaps anticipating folks’ desire to rid themselves of such baggage, Nordstrom has gone and made huge markdowns on lots of different Tumi luggage, including this sleek duffel bag from the brand’s Alpha 3 line (which we’ve written about before). Tumi’s stuff is recognized as the best of the best when it comes to durability, functionality, and looks, and the duffel is no exception. Its gray-and-black palette is a little more unexpected than the basic black Tumi suitcases you always see in baggage claim, and the carry-on friendly bag can be carried by leather top handles or a shoulder strap. For those who like to pack a little more (or who like to shop while they’re away), it has zippers that expand it to free up new space. If you’re traveling with a rolling suitcase, the duffel also has a sleeve you can slip over the handle so it can conveniently catch a ride on top of your wheeled bag. And it’s made from a durable ballistic nylon that the brand claims has been subjected to 30 rigorous quality-control tests. At an impressive half off, its $425 price tag drops to a much more palatable $204 — an actually good deal we can’t imagine will last long.
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