Away Luggage Product Review

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.


Away locking mechanism
Away locking mechanismHere is a look at the features promised:

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
  • Lightweight
  • Durability
  • Flexibility
  • Patent-pending compression system
  • Removable laundry bag
  • 360 degree spinner wheels
Away interior
Away interior

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.



9 thoughts on “Away Luggage Product Review

  1. I just finally purchased a Tumi and a Samsonite carry-on after much deliberation. Two totally different price ranges but both fit all our needs.


  2. Thanks for this honest review! It was difficult to find any that really talked about the in-person look and feel of the suitcase, so your thoughts were a big help 🙂


    1. I have the away full size bag. I agree completely regarding the zipper and the counter intuitive bag closing. I used it on two international trips and while the bag didn’t break it sure did get scuffed up. As a typical male , I don’t return anything unless it’s trashed. So the jury is still out. I will say I like all the space and the compression technology was great. Opening and closing the bag, not as good.


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