TGA Awards Celebrate Innovative, Sustainable Travel Gear

TGA Awards Celebrate Innovative, Sustainable Travel Gear

Sheila Moon Sheila Moon
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The TGA Awards celebrate innovation, functionality, and sustainability. Join us in recognizing the trailblazers of travel gear design who continue to push boundaries and reimagine the limits of travel gear.

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TGA Awards

TGA Awards Best Luxury Travel Product: PROPS Luggage 22” Carry-on

The PROPS® Luggage 22” Carry-on includes its own built-in leg system — an industry first. Not only does the PROPS suitcase boast its own luggage rack, it also becomes an instant work surface for long delays or a table top for refined dining while waiting at the gate.

 PROPS LuggageMaggie Gerth of PROPS

The unique top-lid opening allows for maximum packing space and easy access to all your items. It is lightweight yet durable, features dual-spinner wheels, an interior compression packing system, and expansion zipper to allow for more space. This cool package is completed by a telescopic trolley handle, three carry handles, a TSA-approved lock, and much more. $349.99

TGA Awards Best Travel Accessory: Travel Sentry Foldable Backpack

This stylish Travel Sentry Foldable Backpack can be used as a day bag or as an extra carry-on for the return home. Made of lightweight material, this durable and spacious backpack comes with two front pockets, two side bottle mesh holders, and one inside zipped pocket for maximum organization. 

Travel Sentry Foldable BackpackTim Meade of Travel Sentry

The straps are lightly padded for added comfort, whilst maintaining the foldable nature, and the internal pouch is there so you can fold the bag inward when not in use.

TGA Awards Best Travel Clothing: Pursesuitz Pocketwear Tank

All too often, women’s clothing is either completely lacking pockets or features pockets that are so small they are utterly useless. The Pursesuitz Pocketwear Tank is a unique, patent-pending undergarment which features front waist pockets that create extra storage.

Pursesuitz Pocketwear TankPursesuitz

Breeze through security gates and bypass bag restrictions while still transporting critical items such as keys, wallets, phones, passports, and small cosmetics. Made of recycled polyester/spandex blend fabric, these tanks are comfortable in many different climates, fit snugly under any top, and provide a safe and secure place to store indispensable treasures. $59.00

TGA Awards Best Gear for Photo/Video: D_b_ Photo Pro Luggage Bundle

With the D_b_ Photo Pro Luggage Bundle you can forget carrying heavy loads on your back and camera rollers that look cheap or scream that you are a photographer. Welcome to the new standard in luggage for creatives.

D_b_ Photo Pro Luggage BundleD_b_

This Pro Luggage set includes award-winning Ramverk Front-Access Cabin Luggage, the custom-made Ramverk Pro Front-access Camera insert that fits like a glove, and a numeric TSA-compliant lock for an extra level of security. The luggage top features a padded laptop pocket; quick access pocket for essentials; Hinomoto Ultra Silent 360 spinners; and a sturdy telescopic handle. Level up your game and travel with your gear like never before. $908.00

TGA Awards Best Travel Gear for Children: Northbay Kiddietotes Scooter Luggage

Northbay Kiddietotes Scooter Luggage is a whimsical way for small people to carry their own treasures while zooming through the airport concourse. These cases have durable, scratch-resistant 3D molded front faces, stable steering, LED light-up wheels, and a telescoping handle for secure scootering.

KiddietotesNorthbay

They are light, durable, and offer secure packing with the safety lock mechanism. Folded down, they fit securely into a standard overhead bin. Best of all, they are available in 10 unique kid-friendly designs that are sure to tickle every little traveler and offer a wee bit of autonomy for both adult and child. $129.99

TGA Awards Best Travel Gadget/Electronic: Matador BetaLock Carabiner

Carabiners and locks are both crucial pieces in our travel kit, but carrying a lock is a drag. Locks are cumbersome, slow to use, uninspired, and often get left behind as a result. The Matador BetaLock™ Carabiner was designed to address exactly that.

Matador

It works perfectly as a rugged EDC carabiner and transitions seamlessly into a theft-deterring lock at the turn of a key. It is lightweight and multi-use so there’s no reason to leave it behind. Betalock is available in seven cool colors that match any luggage, outfit, or mood. The most effective lock is the one you have on-hand when you need it. $30.00

TGA Awards Best Food Accessories: HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle

Did you ever wish your empty water bottle would just smush down to nothing and slide easily into your pocket? Your wish has come true. The HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle compresses to a 1.5” thick disc.

Available in two sizes, 17-ounce and 25-ounce, these cool bottles are made of food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic; are dishwasher safe; have a flip top lid; come in five beautiful colors; and are watertight so they won’t leak on your valuable electronics. $27.95 - $39.95.

TGA Awards Best Travel Health Product: COCOON Hyperlight Travel Towel

When traveling off the beaten track, with space and weight of critical concern the COCOON Hyperlight Travel Towel is the perfect alternative to a bulky and not very absorbent cotton towel. These eco-friendly towels are made of 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.

They soak up nearly four times their weight in water and dry rapidly. The convenient strap is equally useful for hang-drying, maintaining the compact roll, or attaching to your pack on a hot and sweaty outing. Best of all, each towel is sand and pet hair resistant. They are available in four sizes and are both GRS and Ökotex100 certified. $18.95 - $39.95

TGA Awards Best Travel Luggage: Briggs & Riley Baseline Essential Carry-On 22”

The best-selling Baseline Essential 22” Carry-On Expandable Spinner features Briggs & Riley’s patented one-touch compression-expansion system that instantly creates more packing space but then compresses for an easy fit in most overhead bins. Features like the exterior-mounted Outsider® handle keep the packing surface flat, while a built-in garment folder keeps important dresswear pristine.

Additional exterior features include: 360-degree spinner wheels that allow for easily navigating the bag through the airport and at every destination, a convenient storage pocket for a battery pack, and a two-in-one transport strap for keeping bags securely tethered. It is backed by Briggs & Riley’s industry leading Simple as That® lifetime guarantee. $699.00

TGA Awards Best Travel Pet Product: Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 Pet Carrier

The Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 Pet Carrier makes traveling with your furry friend easy, comfortable, and stylish. Measuring 15” x 16.75” x 10” it’s suitable for pets weighing up to 22 pounds. This bag features a wide mouth opening for easy access and mesh panels on three sides for great ventilation.

Practical details include a removable and washable cushion, and an antimicrobial lining for excellent odor control. Equipped with two safety straps for secure car travel, an adjustable shoulder strap suitable for hand or over the shoulder carrying, and a smart band which attaches to the handle of any rolling bag. $142.49

TGA Awards Best Travel Comfort Product: Cabeau Evolution S3 Neck Pillow

Introducing the ultimate solution to uncomfortable travel, Evolution S3 Neck Pillow. This revolutionary travel pillow features globally patent-pending innovation, the gravity defying chin-strap technology which allows for maximum head and neck support at all angles while leaving a large opening at the front of the neck for heat to escape.

The Evolution S3 also includes Cabeau’s revolutionary raised side supports and seat strap system that keeps your head in place as you drift off to sleep. This is the only travel pillow that provides 360-degree support, corded ear plugs, and a handy travel case that compresses the pillow to one-third its size. $39.99

TGA Pitch Event Winner: T&S

Since 2002 T&S has set the standard in the Japanese travel goods market, producing the premium luggage brands Legend Walker and World Trunk. When the travel industry faced COVID-19 setbacks, T&S innovated by launching PETiCO, a pet mobility brand that combining "Pet" &"Ico" (meaning "let's go" in Japanese). PETiCO helped pet owners venture safely outside with their pets during the pandemic, quickly becoming a staple for urban travel in Japan.

iCO is PETiCO’s flagship hardside pet carrier, meticulously crafted to cater to the needs of small to medium-sized pets. With its innovative patented wheel stopper, unparalleled safety features, and stylish appearance, iCO is not just a pet carrier—it's a statement of love and care for your furry friends.

PETiCO has since expanded beyond Japan, reaching Taiwan, Korea, and the Philippines, revolutionizing pet travel with its practical, stylish solutions. We're now seeking a partner in the U.S. who shares our passion for pet welfare and travel to introduce PETiCO to a new market. Our track record of innovation and successful expansion demonstrates our potential for transforming pet travel in the U.S. We believe that with the right partner, we can make traveling with pets seamless and enjoyable for American pet owners. Let's join forces to bring this vision to life.

Sustainability Award: Osprey

The Osprey Spring 2024 Collection includes 19 Osprey pack families that are bluesign® Product certified, including best-selling technical packs. In addition, nine Osprey Spring 2024 accessory categories and four special edition pack series will carry the bluesign® Product designation. Consumer products carrying the certified bluesign® Product label are made of bluesign® approved materials and are produced in a resource-conserving way with a minimum impact on people and the environment. 

Osprey is also expanding its Earth Program to promote more renewable materials and sustainable processes. Earth Program packs support the market for more sustainable materials and ultimately, decrease Osprey’s environmental impact. The Daylite™ Earth ($80) and the updated Talon Earth™ ($170) exceed the criteria for a minimum of 90% bluesign® approved fabrics or yarns; a minimum of 20% bluesign® approved accessories; and all remaining fabrics, materials or components are sourced from qualified suppliers. Each pack also helps reduce ocean waste with their main body and bottom fabrics woven from ocean-based or ocean-bound plastic (100% recycled polyester made primarily from ocean-bound PET bottles, and 100% recycled nylon made primarily from discarded fishing nets).

In addition, in Spring 2024 Osprey has reached nearly all of its Phase 1 sustainability goals:

  • 98% of textile products will have 100% recycled content in main body fabric.
  • 96% of textile products will have bluesign® approved main body fabric.
  • 100% of DWR coated textile products will have treatments made without PFAS.
  • 98% of lined textile products will have 100% recycled content in the liner fabric.
  • 99% of lined textile products will have bluesign® approved liner fabrics.

Sustainability Award Honoree: Ami Vitale

National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale traveled to more than 100 countries to celebrate wildlife conservation and document the heartbreak of war.

Ami received the Magazine Prize in the International Photographer of the Year awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, is a six-time World Press Photos award recipient, and was named to InStyle’s “The Badass 50,” alongside Jane Goodal, Christiane Amanpour, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ami is also the founder of Vital Impacts, supporting conservation and humanitarian efforts.

Sustainability Award Honoree: Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author.

Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.

People’s Choice Honoree: Visionair Luggage

Visionair Luggage features two practical travel hacks: the Beverage Pal and the POD Pal. The Beverage Pal is a patented built-in cup holder that allows you to have a drink within reach while freeing up your hands to access your phone, tickets, keys, money, and other essentials.

The POD Pal is a built-in attachment that allows you to use the POD Pal Luggage as a portable entertainment center or office on the go. Just place your tablet on the carry-on luggage, and now you're free to view a video hands-free.

People’s Choice Award: Nomatic

Since its founding in 2014, Nomatic has relied on a close relationship with its customers. Nomatic started with a single innovative product — the Nomatic Travel Bag. Two cousins, Jon Richards and Jacob Durham, launched a crowdfunding campaign hoping a few dozen people would support their idea.

To their surprise over 6,000 people backed the product, and the Nomatic Travel Bag became the most funded travel bag in Kickstarter history. Crowdfunding has been a strategic part of Nomatic’s success, with more than $15.7M raised as of 2023. This allows Nomatic to push the envelope on design, materials, and quality while staying responsive to the needs of their customers. The company has continued to bring innovative photography, travel, and everyday carry bags and accessories to the global market.

Best New Product Award: Eagle Creek

For nearly 50 years, Eagle Creek has equipped travelers with responsibly designed, durably built, functionally superior adventure travel bags, luggage, packs, organizers and gear. Eagle Creek is committed to preserving and protecting the places we live, work and travel. From community partnerships to sustainable materials and solutions designed to last a lifetime, they’re on a mission to positively impact local cultures, environments, and the planet for future generations.

Eagle Creek designs products that exist in the intersection between innovation and durability. Their No Matter What® lifetime warranty is their promise that Eagle Creek products will hold up no matter where the journey takes you. And by building gear that lasts, Eagle Creek eliminates waste that might otherwise end up in a landfill, and protects our planet for years to come. Eagle Creak also focuses on packing solutions to help travelers stay organized – because when your stuff is organized, things just seem easier.

TGA Awards Travel Product of the Year: Briggs & Riley Baseline Essential Carry-On 22”

The best-selling Baseline Essential 22” Carry-On Expandable Spinner features Briggs & Riley’s patented one-touch compression-expansion system that instantly creates more packing space but then compresses for an easy fit in most overhead bins. Features like the exterior-mounted Outsider® handle keep the packing surface flat, while a built-in garment folder keeps important dresswear pristine.

Additional exterior features include: 360-degree spinner wheels that allow for easily navigating the bag through the airport and at every destination, a convenient storage pocket for a battery pack, and a two-in-one transport strap for keeping bags securely tethered. It is backed by Briggs & Riley’s industry leading Simple as That® lifetime guarantee. $699.00

 

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