Exciting luggage news

My trusty wheely suitcase has served me well for three years, carrying my underpants across the world, from San Fran to Tashkent, Warsaw to Addis Abbaba and Heathrow to Milton Keynes.
Lately though, it’s been frowned at by check-in staff for its size, its wheels have started to seize up and it’s begun to look a bit tatty, so I decided it was time for a change.
What did I want in the case that was to replace it? Well, I’m a professional traveller who wants value without sacrificing performance. I needed designers who had applied this philosophy to every piece in their collection, including new business and lifestyle silhouettes designed to enhance both my trips and my trade.
I popped into Jashanmal in Sprawl of the Emirates and got a nice new Victorinox bag for 25% off.
It’s pretty cool – super lightweight, easy to wheely along and with a nice suit carrier thing built into it. It also seems to have the same capacity as my old one, but looks smaller – something that will be particularly useful when trying to persuade the check-in staff at Emirates in Vienna that it’s going to be carry on luggage. (Emirates staff elsewhere don’t seem to mind, but their Viennese colleagues always seem fanatical about the subject).
The only problem is that my laptop bag keeps falling off the top of it. My old bag’s handle had two poles, providing a nice platform on which another bag could nestle. This bag has one central pole, causing anything on top to lost its balance. I could strap the laptop bag on lower down, but that won’t be so practical.
There is, of course, another answer – buy a new laptop bag! As Mrs Saul wisely pointed out, my current laptop bag has lots of space, which apparently means I just fill it up with rubbish and make it too heavy. I will be rushing down to Jashanmal this weekend to see if I can find a smaller one that matches and is designed to integrate with the case, giving me two ‘luggage solutions’ – and doubtless yet another ‘lifestyle silouhette’ to enhance both my trips and my trade.
I’m not usually one for getting excited about spending cash on this kind of thing, but for the first time in my life I feel I can splash out on some cool luggage. No plans to emulate Mr Aaron however, with his huge collection of bags of varying capacity, wheel count and side pocket for every possible trip length and type.

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6 Responses to “Exciting luggage news”

  1. Bluey Says:

    http://duckside.mandarinaduck.com/category/shops/
    these guys have pretty funky stuff. not sure of resiliance….

  2. ottomeister Says:

    So the little pop-up stabiliser at the base of the pull-pole (http://www.swissarmy.com/pages/ProductEnlargeImagePopUp.aspx?category=carryonwheeled&product=30093W&product2=&type=10) doesn’t keep the laptop bag steady?
    Perhaps this explains why the Swiss Army never invades anyone.

  3. DocTeger Says:

    I need a new carry-on myself to replace the leather over-the-shoulder bag I’ve been schlepping around for years. But $200? I think I’ll check out Ross Dress for Less. I’d rather put the extra cash towards a new Mac.

  4. Alan Hargreaves Says:

    Be very careful of a smaller laptop bag. I had the unfortunate experience of having my Ferrari in it’s backpack and someone slamming their carry on luggage into it in the overhead lockers. I now have a nice crack right down the middle of the screen 😦
    Protection of the unit is probably more important than size of the bag.
    Alan.

  5. Alan Hargreaves Says:

    Be very careful of a smaller laptop bag. I had the unfortunate experience of having my Ferrari in it’s backpack and someone slamming their carry on luggage into it in the overhead lockers. I now have a nice crack right down the middle of the screen 😦
    Protection of the unit is probably more important than size of the bag.
    Alan.

  6. Chris Says:

    @otto – the little pop uppy thing doesn’t quite pop uppy enough to keep the bag on, unfortunately…
    @DocTeger – it is a bit pricey, but considering I’m on a plane three weeks out of four, I think I can allow mylself to indulge a little.
    @Alan – wise words, I will make sure there’s plenty of padding…

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