May 01, 2012 19:12 ET

Outside Magazine Names eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner Among "The Year's Best Gear"

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Online retailer -- the world's largest online retailer of backpacks, handbags, luggage, and laptop cases -- announced that one of its signature private label models, the eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner, has been named among "The Year's Best Gear" for luggage in the 2012 Outside Buyer's Guide.

Called "an agile hauler that protects like Fort Knox" by Outside, the eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner stands with just six other bags featured as "The Year's Best Gear" in the luggage category. Outside designated a crew of gear testers who were responsible for putting each piece to the ultimate test. "Not only is the EXO the most durable and versatile spinner we've ever tested, it's also the safest," Outside said after a 13,000-mile trip being dragged, pushed and carried over smooth airport floors, Barcelona's cobblestone streets, and everywhere in between.

The eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner is recommended by 95% of customers who have purchased the product and maintains a "Best of the Best" rating on "Best of the Best" products are determined by eBags customers who've provided ratings of products they've purchased. In order for a product to receive this designation, it must meet the criteria of having: 1) an overall rating 4.0 or above (out of 5.0 maximum), and 2) 90% or more of all customers stating they would buy the product again.

"A designer designs a product with the utmost thought and attention to detail to ensure its success and longevity, but not really knowing if the market will embrace the unique characteristics that make it special," said Bernard Majeau, director of product development for since 2000. "To achieve this critical acclaim twice from such an industry-leading source as Outside is truly an honor for eBags."

Considered the most trusted source in the industry, the Outside Buyer's Guide reviewers put hundreds of products through rigorous testing every year. Only a small fraction of these products deemed "The Year's Best Gear" make it into the annual Buyer's Guides. Published twice a year, Outside's Buyer's Guides deliver the world's most comprehensive review of gear, tools, and technology that are essential to enjoying the active lifestyle.

"eBags products are designed from the ground up with travelers in mind. We refuse to cut corners and we build products that we love to carry ourselves. The fact that Outside recognized the EXO Spinner is validation that our focus on exceeding consumer expectations is delivering results," said Peter Cobb, senior vice president and co-founder of

The eBags EXO Hardside Spinner collection comes in 6 colors (black, green, red, yellow, blue, and grey) and is available in two different sizes, equipped for the rugged travels of the road warrior.

  • eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner (MSRP $179.99)

  • eBags EXO Hardside Spinner Carry-On (MSRP $149.99)


eBags is the world's leading online retailer of luggage, handbags, business cases, backpacks and accessories for all lifestyles. With over 13 million bags sold and 2.3 million unbiased customer reviews, eBags features over 40,000 products from 500 brand names such as Fossil, Samsonite, Tumi, The North Face, DAKINE, JanSport, Kenneth Cole, Vera Bradley, kate spade and Nike. eBags is also a proud supporter of the fight against breast cancer and donates 10% of the retail price of each pink product towards breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. For more information on eBags, please visit

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