Tumi Merge In­ter­na­tional Ex­pand­able Carry-On in Ocean Blue

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Tried & Tested Luggage - Tam­sin Cocks

BACK­GROUND

Tumi’s brand-new Merge col­lec­tion launched in Jan­uary 2018. The col­lec­tion has been in­spired by the Cal­i­for­nian land­scape, cities and laid-back vibe.

DE­SIGN

Not as eye-catch­ing as some of Tumi’s other brands (the beau­ti­ful 19 De­grees col­lec­tion for ex­am­ple), but it’s smart enough for a busi­ness trip and re­laxed enough for leisure travel too. It’s a neat, stylish case with­out be­ing os­ten­ta­tious. A use­ful zip ex­pander in­creases the depth to 28cm, with an over­all ca­pac­ity of 38 litres. The soft-shell case is quite light­weight at 3.7kg, but has been cre­ated with dura­bil­ity in mind and the pri­mary ma­te­rial is Bal­lis­tic Nylon – a thick, sturdy form of wo­ven nylon orig­i­nally used as body ar­mour in WWII be­fore the cre­ation of Kevlar. The ma­te­rial is hard to scratch, though be­ing a tex­tile, prob­a­bly wouldn’t fair too well in rain. The in­side of the case felt ex­tremely roomy, with ad­di­tional pock­ets for or­gan­i­sa­tion, and the top-down for­mat was ef­fi­cient. The front of the case has three ad­di­tional pock­ets, mak­ing it easy to pri­ori­tise items you may need to grab quickly.

HAN­DLING

The stand­out fea­ture of this bag was its fan­tas­tic bal­ance and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity thanks to the four sets of du­al­swivel wheels. Even when fully ex­panded and packed to the brim, I could twirl the case like a bal­le­rina with the tini­est ex­er­tion. It also han­dled it­self well over rougher ter­rain, such as un­even pave­ments. There’s a three-stage tele­scopic han­dle, plus re­tractable top and side carry han­dles and a bot­tom grab han­dle – par­tic­u­larly use­ful for yank­ing your bag off a crowded carousel.

SE­CU­RITY

My main quib­ble with this case was the dis­crete TSA com­bi­na­tion lock – easy to lose and un­able to se­cure all of the ex­te­rior pock­ets to­gether. A neat iden­tity tag is buck­led onto one side and the bag also features a TUMI Tracer – with bar­code and QR code.

VER­DICT

A good choice. The case looks good, is a dream to ma­noeu­vre, can hold plenty of items – par­tic­u­larly if util­is­ing the ex­pander – and of­fers op­tions to pri­ori­tise im­por­tant items. My only com­plaint was the un­at­tached lock.

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