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EBags Fortis Pro Carry-On: Affordable Style and Functionality

eBags Fortis Pro Carry-On Price and Where to Buy: The Ebags Fortis Pro is $199 on Ebags.com.

How the EBags Fortis Pro Carry-On Rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. The eBags Fortis Pro carry-on offers budget-conscious travelers flexible utility and plenty of extras. With zip-out accordion section for expansion space, built-in TSA lock, and external USB port, the carry-on matches or exceeds features on many more expensive bags. Internally, the Fortis Pro has a clamshell design with an extra feature—one side is zippered, and the other has a divided interior and compression straps to hold items. But the compression straps are actually two zippered compartments, which both hold items in place and offer extra storage. The carry-on also comes with its own separate laundry bag.
  • Value: 10/10. Ebags has tapped into a niche in the market by offering a sleek hardsided suitcase with plenty of bells and whistles for well below competitive brands. It was the least expensive of our best new carry-on bags for 2018, but held its own easily.
  • Durability: 9/10. Hardsided suitcases are known for being durable, but they also tend to show scuffs and marks. The Fortis Pro Traveler spinner offers that hardsided strength and disguises potential scuffmarks with an external ribbed pattern.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. Hardsided suitcases are on trend right now, and the sleek look of the carry-on (plus five color choices) offers style-conscious travelers an affordable option.

Final Verdict: Sleek looking and smooth rolling, the affordable eBags Fortis Pro carry-on delivers on functionality and style.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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