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dec 08

Gear: A new wheelie bag arrives

(Courtesy Timbuk2)

Just in time for holiday travel, Timbuk2 is rolling out its first wheelie bag.

Appropriately called the Checkpoint, the lightweight 22-inch carryon is part of the company's travel collection for Spring 2009.

Made of the same durable ballistic nylon as the company's signature messenger bag, the Checkpoint weighs less than eight pounds. The front pocket provides easy access to your one-quart Ziploc bag of toiletries when you're going through airport security.

Check out this video to see the other features, including a hidden pocket for your jewelry. I especially like how the bag has handles on all four sides, so you can stash it in the overhead luggage compartment in any direction.

The Checkpoint is available at timbuk2.com for delivery before Christmas. The bag, which comes in brown, black, and green, will be in retail stores starting in January. Today is the last day to place orders for free ground shipping. Otherwise expect to add from $14 for shipping.

Timbuk2.com, $250.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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