Aer’s 2022 Go group is officially a local race

There is an art to travel: combining the skills of knowing yourself and your habits, maintaining mental flexibility and learning to pack in the most efficient and beneficial way possible, will result in enjoyable and enlightening travel. approx every-time. (There are no guarantees in life of course, but you know what I mean.)

There are countless articles and videos online that teach packing best practices, but the way I see it, it’s all fuss unless you have the right bags to suit your packing inclinations. If you haven’t been satisfied with rain boots, backpacks and slings just yet, there’s hope in the shape of the new travel-focused Aer range.

The 2022 Aer Go collection is the brand’s second generation of lightweight, packable luggage, straddling the line between outdoor and city travel. Featuring more elegant shapes and upgraded materials, the Go range is available in three colours: black, lunar gray and olive.

I tested three of the new bags on a recent weekend trip to Big Bear, California. That’s what I thought of the all-new Go Pack 2, Sling 2, and Go Duffel 2.

The Sling 2’s internal storage fits my wallet, pocket knife, cash, and other essentials, while still maintaining its slim shape, even when it’s full.
Hayley Helms

AIR 2022 GO COLLECTION

Secure zip and YKK zippers make accessing the contents of the Sling 2 a breeze.
Hayley Helms

What’s so good about Aer’s New Go

The Go Collection system makes filling simple and straightforward

My favorite feature over the new Aer line is undoubtedly the pocket and organization. The Go Pack 2 features a roomy main compartment, a hanging 16″ laptop pocket, an interior zip pocket for secure storage, an easy access front pocket with magnetic closure, an easy access top pocket for small essentials, and two exterior water bottle pockets. Big pocket total? Huge Seven – Even more surprising when you consider that the bag itself weighs only 1.3 pounds.

The Sling 2 packs five pockets into its small 9.5″ x 5.0″ package, making it easy to separate cash, cards, sunglasses, and a smartphone with ease. The Go Duffel 2 bag holds 35 liters of clothes and toiletries for 4 days with room to spare, and it allowed me to separate items by category and hygiene. I can’t stand mixing dirty and clean clothes while traveling, and the new Air system has allowed me to immerse myself in this tough side of myself.

AIR 2022 GO COLLECTION

The Go Pack 2’s easy-access top pocket easily stores sunglasses, pens, and other EDC supplies.
Hayley Helms

The Go range is high quality and affordable

Each of the bags I tested from this collection was under $100, but Aer didn’t skimp on quality to achieve a decent price point. The Go Pack 2, Sling 2, and Go Duffel 2 are made with a bluesign-certified 210D Cordura crimped nylon exterior, equal parts durable and flexible. The wrinkle aesthetic hides any travel wear and protects your gear.

Each bag is equipped with smooth-moving YKK zippers, as well as an easy-grip Hypalon zipper that gives you a nice feel. The Sling 2 in particular has become my new favorite EDC option: It carries all my essentials, and feels like you’re at home just for a quick stroll as it roams town after flight.

What’s not perfect about the new travel-focused Aer bags

Go Collection bags lack opportunities for customization

Each Go Collection bag is only available in one size, which can seem limited, especially when I want to take longer trips. A duffel bag, backpack, and sling are useful as is, but if I wind up taking a multi-week trip, I’ll have to reach for another bag of a larger size (or learn to pack a lighter one).

The new Aer bags are so useful that if the larger duffel is released, I’ll cut it up right away. As it stands now, these bags are the new favorite for quick car camping trips, business trips and weekend getaways, but when the long trips come along, I’ll have to leave them at home reluctantly.

AIR 2022 GO COLLECTION

The Go Duffel 2 fits easily for four days of clothing and travel essentials, with extra room. Pockets on both ends of the bag, plus one on each side, provide plenty of organization options.
Hayley Helms

Aer’s 2022 Go Group: The Verdict

The Aer’s Go 2022 range features functionality, streamlined design and affordability. Bags won’t catch the eye at the airport or campground, and for me, that’s the point. The Go collection aims to integrate seamlessly with your travel plans and lifestyle, and to provide organization, durability and a clean aesthetic wherever you go. If you’re the kind of low-key looking for a bag system to clean up your travel routine, this is your sign.

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Air Go Duffle 2

  • Fits my clothes and toiletries for a 4 day trip easily
  • The fabric is soft compared to hard, but protects against the elements
  • Not big enough for long trips or extra packages

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Aer Go Sling 2

  • EDC Basics Hide Easily
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear
  • The straps can be a little tricky to adjust the first wrap

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Air Go 2 . Pack

  • The straps are comfortable and easy to adjust
  • The bag is surprisingly spacious
  • Inner pockets can sag when full, making it difficult to get your laptop in and out

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