If you follow Kickstarter or read any of the travel magazines, you will know that there is a race to design the perfect suitcase. The race is on and since I’m in the market for a new carry-on suitcase for my 17 year old daughter I thought I’d jump in a test out a few.
My first look was at the well-priced (at least compared to the others) $225 Away carry-on bag.
Here is a look at the features promised:
- Low price due to their direct to consumer business model
- Wall adaptor and micro-USB cord for charging the suitcase
- They also offer monogramming which isn’t a practical feature but a very fun feature
- TSA-approved locking mechanism
- Patent-pending compression system
- Removable laundry bag
- 360 degree spinner wheels
Why I returned this bag:
- The suitcase cannot be used as checked luggage because of the battery. While the battery is removable I don’t want the responsibility of remembering to remove it if I make a last minute decision to check my bag.
- The battery, while it has a high capacity, takes a full eight hours to charge, which is too long for me on travel days.
- The way the luggage locks is very frustrating and not easy. I don’t want to be fuddling around with this while I’m at the airport in a rush.
- The material, while lightweight, feels cheap and feels like it would crack with one large suitcase piled on top. I would be afraid to check this bag.
- The zipper feels like it would be likely to break which could render the suitcase useless at a very inopportune time.
So in a nutshell, I was glad to send this bag “away” (pun intended). But I will give the folks at Away Travel credit for excellent customer service, a slick website and outstanding packaging and presentation.