Feature Article - November/December 2016

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Motivate Top Performers With Luggage & Travel Goods

By Emily Tipping

Material Matters

Hardsided luggage has been trending up for the past several years, and continues to do so, but soft-sided luggage continues to remain a popular choice.

"The most popular luggage choices are between soft-side ballistic nylon and hardside polycarbonate luggage, which offer different levels of protection and weight," Fishman said.

"One of the biggest trends this year is sophisticated and modern-looking hardsided luggage that has split book openings, which provide multiple packing compartments on the inside," Glamann said.

"Hardside is trending," Cassius agreed. "Lightweight polycarbonate is what you want. Some cases are made of 100 percent polycarbonate and some are a mixture of that and other materials. We do a lot of business in this classification both with TravelPro and Zero Halliburton."

Since 1938, Zero Halliburton has been designing iconic luggage, stylish attaches and lightweight polycarbonate travel cases for professionals and serious travelers. Shown here is the newly launched ZRO 22-inch Carry-On 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Case, available through Earth Gear. Each ZRO case is made in the USA, using imported materials, and provides plenty of packing space with an uber-organized and flexible interior. The ZRO Collection is available in four sizes, and comes in gold, gunmetal (shown) or silver.

Available through Premium Bag, you can travel in style with the versatile Bob Mackie Four wheeler hard side spinner luggage set. Constructed of sturdy PAP material, a mix of polycarbonate and ABS, this set includes 25-inch and 20-inch wheeling upright Pullmans, each fully lined and featuring retractable handle system and four wheels for easy maneuvering. Each piece has push-button trolley system, durable and smooth four wheels, top and side handles, TSA lock and full lining with zipper compartment and pocket inside.

Of course, weight continues to matter, with airlines charging flyers who go over the limit. And with many folks choosing to carry-on, lighter weights make it easier to get bags through the airport and into the overhead compartment.

The V3 collection, Tumi's lightest-ever hardside luggage offering, will raise the bar for design and technology excellence and set a new standard for the future of travel. A clear-cut expression and display of Tumi's design leadership, V3 showcases a balance between performance, structure, strength and aerodynamics. Designed for travelers who value Tumi for its time-tested endurance, these bags are constructed from a multi-layer polycarbonate shell, engineered to offer unparalleled strength and impact resistance at a very light weight. The flexibility of the material allows for maximum resistance to cold impact cracking and corner crushing, while the contoured exterior ensures resiliency and reduces signs of wear. Raised, molded rubber bumpers placed on either side of the case add additional protection to the exterior, making these wheelaways the consummate travel companion for any adventure.

Colorwise, Cassius and Fishman agree that black continues to take the lead. "Colors are still trending upward, but will not overtake the basic colors any time soon," Fishman said.

"Black is still king of the runway," Glamann agreed, "but vivid colors like teal and fuchsia are really starting to show up a lot more. Texture is playing a really strong role in the overall aesthetic of hard-sided pieces, with diamond-shaped grain textures that resist scratching becoming very prevalent. A lot of soft-sided luggage collections are incorporating European sophistication by using faux leather accents and luxurious textures on the inside."

With refined lines, vivid color options and an elegant finish, the Comete collection from Delsey, available through Top Brands, creates a striking look. The Delsey Comete 3 Piece Set features a carry-on, as well as 24-inch and 28-inch Spinner luggage. The set is made from durable and lightweight ABS material and features a diamond-shaped grained texture for scratch resistance. The fully lined interior offers two full packing compartments and four spinner wheels provide multidirectional mobility.

He added, "As for the most popular option, soft-side luggage wins, being that it is more flexible and expandable than hardside. If you're traveling and you know you will be bringing back more than what you left with, an expandable case will be your best option rather than buying a second suitcase."

A natural evolution of Tumi's iconic Alpha Legacy collection, Alpha 2 represents the next generation of intelligent travel. Crafted from Tumi's patented FXT ballistic nylon, a symbol of durability and quality, Alpha 2 styles boast more than 30 upgrades and 14 patents for a lighter and more spacious design.