A recent topic of conversation among a group of my more geeky friends was the fact that it took so long to come up with the idea to place a few wheels on a piece of luggage in order to wheel it easily through the airport.
Can you even remember how you ever found your way to your gate without the use of rolling luggage?
The rollaboard idea is usually credited to the founder of TravelPro, Robert Platt, a former NWA pilot, but the patent is held by Bernard Sadow. While Bernard had the idea first, Robert had an audience and started making these for other crew members in 1987. Pretty recent – eh? Such a simple idea that we now take for granted.
While I’ve owned many other brands of rollaboard luggage, truthfully, I hadn’t ever owned a piece of TravelPro until recently. I’ve now got the Travelpro Walkabout Lite 4 22” Expandable Rollaboard.
First, this bag is relatively lightweight at 8.3 pounds and at 22″ it’s just the right size as a carry-on for most airlines.
The folks at TravelPro have taken great care at adding extra features that are big bonuses for me. This includes:
- Interior mesh pocket with a zipper (so simple, but such a great feature!).
- Two rather wide and deep front zippered pockets, one large enough for magazines, the other for paperwork such as your boarding pass.
- Expandable main compartment which gives you an extra 2 inches of room (perfect for when you return home with souvenirs).
- Removable garment suiter keeps clothes wrinkle-free. This can also be used as a divider between clothes.
- Handles on the top and side for easy grabbing from an overhead bin.
The only criticism I have of the bag is that it seems just slightly cheaply made in terms of the fabric and zippers. The website states, however, that it’s a “Nylon fabric with DuraGuardâ„¢ coating featuring stain and abrasion resistance for greater durability” and that the zippers are a “self-repairing nylon zipper system ensuring flawless operation and providing consistent closures.”
Until this goes through some pretty rigorous trips with me (i.e. checked through to some off the beaten path destinations), I won’t know for sure how well it will hold up. But I’ll be sure to report back 🙂