2014 Luggage Innovations: Design Improvements Address Common Complaints

Locations in this article:  Los Angeles, CA

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.42.25 AMThis month, the International Travel Goods Show  introduced several new products that just might make your trip to the airport a little bit easier. In 2014, many luggage manufacturers are using design to address some of the most common complaints about travel. Luggage innovations are aiming to fix everything from aching wrists to runaway bags and more. Here’s how:

My arm hurts from rolling this bag to my gate. What can I do?

  • Take a closer look at American Flyer, whose Boson Hard Case‘s handle rotates from a straight 90 degrees to 45 degrees, putting less stress on your arm.
  • Travelpro’s Max Light 3 has a new contour grip. Its soft, ergonomic pad makes it easier to push, resulting in less fatigue on your shoulder and wrist.
  • For carrying equipment, Pivotal Gear has a 360-degree rotating handle that lets you choose if you prefer a horizontal or vertical hold.

Sometimes my rollaboard has a life of its own. How can I get more control of the wheels?

  • Delsey’s new Chatelet has a built-in breaking system that prevents your bag from rolling away. A simple switch on the side lets users lock down the bag’s back two wheels.
  • Last year’s TravelPro innovation, MagnaTrac, is now available on its Maequis and Crew10 collection, at more affordable price points. With MagnaTrac, magnets are planced inside the wheels to guarantee that the bag rolls straight.

I’m returning home from a trip and I can’t seem to fit everything in my bag. How can I find more room?

  • Over the years, Briggs & Riley has patented CX technology for its Baseline Case. The bag expands up to 33 percent, then compresses back down to original size so it can still fit in the overhead compartment.
  • In the fall, Samsonite’s Compressor bag will be on the market. The bag will add a full 3 inches around.
  • EagleCreek is introducing a pop top carry-on. The bag expands from an under-seat tote to a full-size carry-on that fits in the overhead compartment.

My hard-shell case should be indestructible, no? Why are there cracks and scratches?

  • Ricardo Beverly Hills designed its new Topango Canyon hardside, which is engineered to hold it shape no matter what.
  •  IT boasts that it’s still the world’s lightest luggage, even with the sometimes heavy hard-sides. Its hard shell cases now offer exterior pockets, as well as designs in many colors and textures.
  • Swedish company EPIC Travel Gear also focuses on the lightweight hard-sides. Bright colors, stripes, new textures, and even Kiss branded hard-sides are being created for U.S. travelers.

Watch as Lily Kosner highlights 2014 luggage innovations, including ergonomic handles, smarter wheel technology, expandable bags, and improved hard-shell technology.

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By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com