It’s not the newest kid on the block, but this innovative cabin luggage sure got my attention:
With a built-in scooter, you’ll find yourself navigating large airport terminals in a breeze, and transiting flights will no longer be a desperate run with your luggage trundling behind you.
There was a more local test run (hello Singapore!) done by CNet that you can see in this video here
but why on earth they tested it at the reservoir and Orchard Road instead of at Changi Airport is a little puzzling – wouldn’t Terminal 3 be a great place to test the scooter luggage.So I approached the Singapore distributor White & Black Trading about this, and boss Justinna graciously loaned me one to review, and not just a local roadtest mind you – I got to take it out with me on my 5-day Osaka trip!
I did up a little video review of my own, check it out below; you kinda have to see it in action to truly appreciate it. After you’re done, read on for some additional comments of my Scooter Luggage experience.
If you’ve ever had to run for a connecting flight in a large international airport, you’ll definitely appreciate how something like the Scooter Luggage would make life easier for you – instead of running with the luggage banging around your legs or threatening to fly off your trolley, you just scoot right along and get to your departing gate faster and with less effort.
Scooter riding is not difficult to pick up if you have basic balancing skills. I’m not a scooter user on a daily basis, so to ensure I wouldn’t look like a total doofus on the video, I spent some time practicing a little along my very short corridor at home. The steering in particular was tricky – it doesn’t turn like a bicycle’s, instead you lean where you want to go and gradually (and I mean gradually), you’ll turn in that direction as well. So no sharp corners and no tight spaces, the scooter does best over large spaces in a straight-line. Carpets also reduce the effectiveness of the scooter, as I found out in portions of Changi Airport T3’s departure hall area.
It’s well designed – the case is a sturdy Samsonite one which helps protect it, while the interior consists of a larger compartment, and a pocketed-one on top of that where you can easily access your laptop and documents. The scooter bit is Micro, more famous for their range of kickboard scooters. You pull a loop which activates the board and you lock it in place with one click. Pull the loop again to reverse the process, and it’s something you can do quite quickly on the go so you don’t hold up human traffic trying to manipulate it. I don’t look particularly glamorous switching modes because of the way I was kicking the kickboard though…
I packed 5-days worth of summer clothing in here, and it’s probably the smallest bag I’ve carried going overseas, but it was pretty full and I didn’t have room to put my shopping in here on the way back. The scooter portion of this bag means there’s no way you’ll want to check this in because you might damage the wheels and scooter mechanism if it gets thrown around. Carrying other luggage will also be difficult, even if it’s the 4-wheel type, as you’re not going to have enough hands to scoot and pull another bag along!
The scooter luggage works best for the solo traveller – unless your partner or group each has a scooter luggage of their own, you’ll always have to wait for the rest of your group to catch up and that’s no fun. It also works best for short trips, I’d suggest 1-3 days as ideal given the amount of space in the bag. Not surprisingly, Justinna also tells me the buyers tend to be more male skewed and a little bit older, because while the scooter luggage is way cool, it’s also not very cheap, with a price tag of $525 here in Singapore.
I don’t know about you, but as a kid I loved riding on top of the big luggage bag when my parents push it around. And I’m one of those people who sometimes like to scoot around the supermarket pretending my trolley is a scooter… So having a legit grown-up version to zip around in is just awesome! Might be awhile before I get this particular bag for myself though, as I don’t tend to do such short trips – if I did more short trips for business? Definitely!
If you’re interested in purchasing one of thee, check out White & Black Trading to find out more!
Many thanks to Justinna and White & Black Trading for kindly lending me the Micro scooter luggage and letting me test run it overseas, they’re really great to work with. And of course to dear Y for patiently taking the videos, though they are kinda Blair-witchy because she had to film me while dragging her own luggage around at the same time. I did enjoy doing the review, it’s something a little different from the usual trip recaps and it gave this particular journey some flavour =)
If you are interested in The Occasional Traveller testing out any travel products on the go, I do have another trip coming up in December so drop me a note and we’ll see what we can work out!