Should you choose a window seat or an aisle seat? Which credit card is good for booking flights? Are hard-sided goods better than soft-sided ones? Most of these debates don’t have a right or wrong answer; It depends on your travel preferences. And if you prefer soft-sided goods, you may not have many stray pieces in your collection.

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Since launching in 2015, the popular luggage brand has only offered hard-sided luggage — until now. On Tuesday, Away launched its new collection: Softside. Softside marks the luggage brand’s first foray into soft-sided luggage.

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New Softside Collection Designed to be as durable, lightweight and stylish as its hard-sided counterparts. It has all the features you already love about Away, plus some new features. Each piece of Softside luggage is constructed with high-strength, water-resistant nylon that can withstand repeated use while providing some flexibility when you want to squeeze in just one more outfit for your trip.


The Softside bag is available in four colors — jet black, cloud grey, coast blue and clay pink — in every original luggage size from Away:

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  • Softside carry-on ($225): Holds five to seven outfits and fits in the overhead bin of most major US airlines (21.9 inches by 15 inches by 9.1 inches).
  • Softside large carry-on ($245): Holds six to nine outfits and fits in the overhead bin on most US airlines (23 inches by 15.7 inches by 9.1 inches).
  • Softside medium ($295): Fits 10-13 and must be checked for air travel (26 inches by 18.9 inches by 10.6 inches).
  • Softside big ($325): Fits 15-19 and must be checked in for air travel (28.7 inches by 21.5 inches by 11.8 inches).

Luggage in the Softside collection also comes equipped with a Transportation Security Administration-compliant combination lock, polyester laundry bag, 360-degree spinning wheels, black leather luggage tag, and interior and exterior pockets for organization. Each piece also has a wraparound zipper that allows you to expand the suitcase when you need extra packing space.

External pockets are sized to fit items you need easy access to, such as your laptop, tablet and other essentials. Two small internal mesh pockets are built into the compression system. There is also a large mesh pocket inside the lid of the suitcase.

Some travelers prefer soft sided luggage over hard sided luggage for its flexibility, light weight and capacity. Away’s Softside collection delivers all this, plus the durability and functionality that Away goods have provided for years.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone, not of any bank, credit card issuer, airline, or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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