After getting so many tweets, emails and questions via email I thought I’d share a little bit more about my gorgeous luggage from American Tourister… it’s VERY me isn’t it! After I knew my trip to FFFWeek was confirmed I contacted American Tourister via facebook asking if they would be interested in a collaboration. I knew they were experimenting with social media as their facebook page was new and they’d recently done a giveaway with Nuffnang. It never hurts to ask and in the end it worked out well!
I already owned a 73cm Sky Blue Cube Alfa Spinner. I pined for it for about 18 months and it wasn’t until I did a fairly decent freelance job that I invested in it. Steve and I had bought cheap sets in the past as neither of us had done much travelling but in the last 2 years attending conferences and travelling to visit my friends, the suitcases we owned had been used to death and had to be tossed. I was worried that I’d wasted my money but took comfort that American Tourister is a sister brand to Samsonite and was keen to see how it travelled.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much quality luggage advances your travel experience! I’m totally and utterly converted and I told A.T. exactly that when I contacted them. The 360 degree tough spinning wheels, the sturdy retractable and adjustable height handles, the TSA locks, the lightness, the gorgeous glossy colour… I was in love and that was just from a simple trip by train and plane to Melbourne and back! I asked very politely for a matching 73cm Cube Alfa as well as a 55cm carry on sized case for my trip to NYC as Qantas allowed 2x 23kgs of luggage as well as carry on for international flights. That way Steve and I would have our own cases for future trips and Aidan would have the mini one.
The cases did extremely well during my trip. A few people were concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get around with all those cases on my own but this is me showing exactly how it’s done. When I flew over to the US I put my ShutterBag Camera Bag in the carry on case, it’s the perfect size. No one knew it had camera gear in it and it was safe, secure and saved me from lugging it on my shoulder whilst we waited in lines. On the way back I carried my camera bag and that left more room for me to bring home lots of shoes! Even with all the flight changes, taxis and being crammed with all my stuff there wasn’t a single crack, zipper failure or sign of damage. They did get a few black rubber scuffs from the luggage collection belt but nothing a quick wipe down couldn’t remove.
I still couldn’t get over the fact that my suitcases were “Danimezza Blue” and imagined myself sashaying through the airport terminals looking quite posh and proper, a far cry from the battered and broken cases of my past. I decided that even though the cases were shiny and blue they’d still need an identifying marker incase someone else also had fabulous taste in luggage. In the past I’d done the tried and true method of tying a ribbon around the handle but these cases deserved something a little bit fancier.
So I went to Spotlight and snapped up some stick on crystals!
My favourite part is my fancy pants monogram. I only did it to the carry on as I didn’t think Steve would appreciate a bedazzled suitcase upon my return. I didn’t use any special glue, just the adhesive that came on the back of the crystals. I didn’t expect them to stay on, just thought it was a bit of fun but surprisingly I only lost one and the monogram is still intact! I got a lot of compliments and smiles when I spun my little bedazzled case through the airport, from kids and adults alike.
Apart from the luggage being ultra sexy they were extremely secure as well with easy to use Transportation Security Administration (TAS) locks. When travelling overseas if you don’t use TSA locks and your bag needs to be open and inspected your locks are usually broken and zippers run the chance of being damaged upon inspection. With a TSA lock, officials can simply use a key to open the lock, protecting your cases. You can get specific TSA padlocks from places like Strandbags or luggage stores.
If you watch the video clip at the end of this post you’ll see someone running along with their suitcase, they turn a corner, the bag twists and rolls on it side without hurting the person’s hand or the luggage losing it’s balance… it’s SO TRUE. These nifty little wheels are pretty darn awesome. I was concerned about how these would go with other luggage plonked on top, I could just imagine them being snapped off. Surprisingly they’re super tough and haven’t shown any issues at all, even when they were packed to full capacity.
The positioning of the handles provide a well balanced lift and they feel ergonomic. The width of the case is perfect for me to set my camera bag on top of it with the straps wrapped around the extended handle too. The push release button at the top of the handle allows the handle to fully extend and lock into place. It also allows it to lock at different heights so you get the perfect length for your body to safely lug your load.
The extendable handle is pretty and shiny and not flimsy at all. The one my old suitcase had was wibbly and wobbly and often got jammed but I didn’t have any of those issues with these cases. Along the side of the case there is also hard feet to protect it from rubbing against the ground when it isn’t being rolled. The 55cm carry on case fit perfectly on the plane and didn’t take up much room at all compared to what a lot of other people seem to consider carry on size to be. It also easily rolled along the airplane aisle.
The inside of the case is just as luxe as the outside. It’s completely lined and has elastic buckle straps on one side and a zippered compartment also fully lined. I’d never owned a suitcase that had two separate compartments like this and it really made packing easy. I put all my clothes in the elasticated section and all my bulky items like straighteners, toiletries, chargers and cords in the zippered section to avoid them falling out when I opened the case. The 73cm cases look the same as this on the inside too.
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It wouldn’t be fair if I just got a case now would it? I twisted American Tourister’s arm and they’ve allowed me to give away one brand new Prismo Neon Green 75cm Suitcase to one lucky reader and it’s not even released in Australia yet!!* To enter all you have to do is answer this question in the comments section below…
Where in the world would you go and why?
Competition open to Australian residents only. One entry per person. Competition closes 21st July 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winner will be announced in the comments section of this post. This is a game of skill. I approached American Tourister to collaborate and didn’t seek payment for this post (opinions are my own regardless) and I was gifted two pieces of luggage and one to giveaway. Prize delivery will be organised and shipped by American Tourister.
*American Tourister Prismo Spring Colour Range available from August 2012.