Free Your Life of Useless Baggage
We have written a few times here about luggage. If you travel even somewhat frequently, it’s nice to have a solid travel bag, but the standard issue rolling bags most travelers prefer are bulky as hell when stored. They are big, empty volumes that take up considerable storage space in their downtime, which, even if you travel a lot, can be the vast majority of their lives. A new Kickstarter project called Néit is creating a pretty simple, solid rolling travel bag that collapses when not in use, freeing up tons of storage space in homes large and small.
The bag comes in two sizes: cabin and checked sizes; the former shrinks 50% from its fully formed shape when collapsed and the latter 70%. There are other collapsible rolling bags out there, but few have Neit’s rigidity. The bags’ distinctive polycarbonate hard shells are designed to mimic the look and structural properties of an armadillo shell. An aircraft aluminum frame also ensures your stuff is safe from the unloving hands of baggage handlers.
The checked version weighs a reasonable 10 lbs and has a cavernous 90 liters/5500 cubic inches cavity; the cabin version weighs 6.5 lbs and holds 38 liters/3200 cubic inches. The bags have four wheels, making them easier to maneuver, and their handles allow them to be hung on a hook or hanging rack for easy storage both on and off the road.
The bags are GPS enabled, working with an iOS or Android app to show where your bag is should it get lost. This is a funny feature in our opinion. Should the airline lose your bag, you can see where it is, but whether this feature helps your ability to retrieve the bag remains to be seen. The app also enables you “to store your boarding pass, book additional flights and hotels, check the status of your flight, map your route from airport to hotel and find out location specific tips on things-to-do at your destination” according to Néit.
You can still get an early bird specials on the cabin and checked bags for $212 and $269, respectively. Shipment is expected to be at the end of 2016. Visit Néit’s Kickstarter page to order or for more info.