TRIED & TESTED LUG­GAGE

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TUMI Lat­i­tude Short Trip Pack­ing Case

BACK­GROUND

With much fan­fare (in­clud­ing a brand am­bas­sador in the shape of Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Alexan­der Skars­gård) Tumi launched its Lat­i­tude col­lec­tion ear­lier this year. Hyped as the brand’s light­est lug­gage col­lec­tion to date, the hard-shell col­lec­tion claims to “defy dura­bil­ity and en­gi­neer­ing stan­dards” with its sig­na­ture bal­lis­tic ny­lon ma­te­rial.

In­cluded in the col­lec­tion are the In­ter­na­tional Carry-On Case, a Short Trip Pack­ing Case and an Ex­tended Trip Pack­ing Case, avail­able in black, navy and sil­ver.

STYLE

Tumi has man­aged to keep the look sleek and stylish. A ridged wave ef­fect cov­er­ing the sur­face of­fers a dis­tinc­tive de­sign fea­ture, which is fur­ther en­hanced by a more dis­creet tex­tured square pat­tern.

As usual, Tumi has steered clear of ob­vi­ous logo place­ment, opt­ing in­stead for a sub­tle brand name em­bossed on the han­dles and be­neath the leather tag. The over­all im­pres­sion is a case that is pro­fes­sional and ver­sa­tile, mean­ing it wouldn’t look out of place with ei­ther busi­ness or ca­sual at­tire.

DI­MEN­SIONS

The Short Trip Pack­ing Case is the medium-sized lug­gage in the col­lec­tion, mea­sur­ing 68 x 45 x 28cm (26.75 x 17.75 x 11in). As a ref­er­ence, IATA guide­lines for cabin-sized lug­gage are

55 x 35 x 20cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5in), so this par­tic­u­lar vari­ant will need to be checked in.

In terms of weight, Tumi has been true to its word, with the case weigh­ing just 3.7kg. This pro­vides am­ple ad­di­tional al­lowance for the ac­tual con­tents of your lug­gage be­fore you hit the stan­dard 23kg check-in limit of most air­lines.

QUAL­ITY

Tumi uses its self-re­in­forced polypropy­lene ma­te­rial (SRPP Bal­lis­ticTM) for the Lat­i­tude col­lec­tion, a highly durable ma­te­rial that is both light­weight and ro­bust. To test just how re­silient the case was I han­dled it roughly, gave it some de­lib­er­ate hard knocks and even­tu­ally stood on top of it – with all 88kg of my weight press­ing down – but didn’t man­age to cre­ate a sin­gle dent.

The eight cor­ners also have hard plas­tic cov­er­ings to give these more dam­age­prone ar­eas ex­tra pro­tec­tion from the rigours of the bag­gage carousel.

If you were to scratch the out­side of the case, the ridged de­sign and pat­tern would likely ob­scure most blem­ishes.

IN­TE­RIOR

Each case in the Lat­i­tude col­lec­tion is se­cured us­ing a sin­gle zip and opens up in a clamshell style to re­veal two sim­i­larly sized halves with a grey in­te­rior. On one side, there are two mini com­part­ments that are per­fect for stor­ing smaller items such as a nail clip­per or in­ter­na­tional charger. The ex­tend­able han­dle did take up some of the space in­side the case, though it wasn’t in­tru­sive.

On the other half of the suit­case there is a zipped sep­a­ra­tor, which also comes with an out­side pocket suit­able for stor­ing ac­ces­sories such as ties or belts. This side doesn’t fea­ture any ad­di­tional pock­ets or pouches, mean­ing you have the full vol­ume at your dis­posal in which to pack your bulkier items. There’s also a hanger bracket on the in­side al­low­ing you to bet­ter se­cure suits in­side the case to pre­vent creas­ing.

DE­TAILS

Over­all, the case is smooth to pull along, both on all four sets of wheels, or just tilted on two. The case moves in a straight line with­out veer­ing off to one side and has ex­cel­lent bal­ance.

A plas­tic han­dle is lo­cated on the top of the case, ac­com­pa­nied by a sec­ond on the side. The tele­scopic han­dle has four pre­set stages, giv­ing a rea­son­able de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity. The case also comes with a lug­gage tag that’s at­tached di­rectly to the case on the same side as the se­cu­rity lock.

SE­CU­RITY

The TSA lock is easy to set and un­lock and the lug­gage also comes with a Tumi Tracer bar and QR code lo­cated on the bot­tom of the case. This unique 20-digit in­di­vid­ual prod­uct num­ber can help to re­cover lost or stolen lug­gage.

VER­DICT

The dura­bil­ity of Tumi’s Lat­i­tude lug­gage is im­pres­sive, of­fer­ing a great deal of peace of mind, while its no­tice­ably low im­pact on the scales means you can pack more in­side be­fore you hit your check-in limit. Valerian Ho

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