Meetings & Conventions: Planner's Portfolio July
By Roger Slavens
LUGGAGE THAT'S EASIER TO HANDLE
Designers cram innovations into the latest business-travel
Luggage manufacturers convened in Orlando in February to show
off their newest and hottest products at the annual International
Travelgoods, Leather and Accessories Show. The following bags are
the ones that stood out from the crowd.
Most office-on-wheels bags tend to be carry-ons that push the
airlines' sizing limits. Not a problem, says Briggs & Riley of
its Baseline 18-inch Vertical Office. This bag
features a fully organized interior with filing shelves, accessory
pockets and a padded laptop carrier. A nifty side-entry pocket
allows access to work materials without having to remove the bag
from the overhead bin. A removable padded accessory pouch holds a
Zip drive or CD player.
The Vertical Office also features B&R's exclusive locking
handle system, mounted on the exterior for extra packing capacity.
The large wheels are recessed, making the bag even more compact.
The Vertical Office costs $400 (www.briggs-riley.com).
Samsonite's 550 Series Ultralite Garment Bag
uses the company's new EZ Cart Four-Wheel system that puts the
weight of the bag on the ground, not on the carrier's arm. It
features Widetracker wheels and a telescoping handle for maximum
stability. The garment bag, which has a book-opening design that
makes it easy to live out of, costs $335 (www.samsonite.com).
Featuring "packing" and "suiter" sections, the
Professional Series 26-inch and 30-inch Upright
Suiters from Atlantic Luggage provide the best of both
worlds. A divider separates the suitcase, allowing suits and
dresses to be folded neatly inside one section, leaving ample room
in the other for things that might not have to be packed so
perfectly. The reverse side of the divider has an integrated pocket
that holds shoes as well as enough ties or scarves for two weeks of
The patented retractable handle system and oversize zipper pulls
make the Professional Series bags frequent-flyer friendly. They
cost $440 and $480 (www.atlanticluggage.com).
A similar line of versatile suiters comes from TravelPro. Its
WalkAbout 26-inch and 29-inch Expandable Rollaboard
Suiters feature a removable suit folder with hanger loop
and wire frame for wrinkle-free packing. The expandable
compartments offer more packing space than meets the eye.
Nice appointments include a protective skid pad on the bottom,
handy ticket pocket, ribbed corner guards, three interior zippered
mesh pockets, recessed handle well with a lock-down retractable
handle and recessed in-line skate wheels. TravelPro's bags cost
$340 and $360 (www.travelpro.com).
Traveling with golf clubs in tow has never been easy. Now the
Seven Oars Golf Traveler simplifies the process by
turning a golf bag into a luggage cart that can carry two more bags
with a sophisticated system of clips and ties.
The bag can be pushed or pulled through the terminal on a
patent-pending wheel system. The Golf Traveler is made of 1350
Denier ballistic nylon and provides ample protection for irons and
woods; it costs $300 (www.sevenoars.com).
The research people at Badanco had a wrestler body-slam their
new Handle Protection System luggage at the ITLA show just to prove
how durable it is. The HPS is encased in a pendulum-type system
that gives under pressure, protecting the handle within the unit
until it bounces back. The Ventura Eclipse HPS
line features 2050 Denier ballistic nylon, a honeycomb memory frame
and in-line skate wheels. The line comprises 25- to 30-inch
suitcases and 20-inch carry-ons for $125 to $400 (www.badanco.com).
ROGER SLAVENS was senior associate editor at Frequent
Flyer magazine, a sister publication of M&C. This
article was adapted from FF.
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