As a frequent flyer I really put my luggage through its paces. Over the years I have used numerous cases, from the super cheap (usually bought as a last minute panic purchase at somewhere like Walmart), to the high end ‘designer’ brands like Tumi. It might not surprise you to learn that hands down the high-end cases have worked so much better, and are still going strong today. But let me explain exactly why it is so worth ignoring the sticker shock and investing in quality travel luggage.
The designers at Tumi have spent many years researching the best materials to use to make their products. Tumi initially became a market leader in this arena due to their innovative introduction of “a soft, ultra-functional, black-on-black ballistic nylon travel bag”. But as technology, airline luggage restrictions, and travellers needs changed, so Tumi developed and enhanced their products.
The latest generation of Tumi luggage, the Tegra-Lite, is positioned as the most durable product on the market. Tegris© is a ‘revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by Millken for use in lifesaving armour, Nascar race cars, and protective gear for NFL players’.
In addition to the quality and design of the materials used, Tumi has a wealth of extra features that will make your travelling days easier, and certainly more organized. How many times have your wheels failed on your luggage? When you try and pull your suitcase over an uneven surface and the wheels lock, or worse still your case doesn’t even have wheels and you have to carry it! (horror). The new ‘spinner’ type wheels, with four larger sized casters rather than two, make maneuvering your luggage from A to B so much easier. The new style double turning wheels offer effortless 360 degree mobility.
Another problem area is often the luggage handle. I have had handles break off, or get stuck and not want to come out of their hideaway compartment. Tumi have a patented handle tube system that will protect the telescopic handle during transit. The aircraft-grade aluminum forms a protective, impact absorbing structure that virtually eliminates damage, with the added bonus of reducing the overall weight of the case.
Tumi has a couple of really cool features that show their understanding of the ongoing changes in the travel industry. The new Tegra-lite bags include their patented Omega style zipper closure system complete with TSA lock. TSA agents are able to unlock the bag with their special keys, but other unwanted prying eyes are shut out.
Tumi’s Omega style zip closure system has been designed to dramatically reduce the risk of damage to the zipper, making any potential damages far cheaper and easier to fix. Should the zipper get caught in anything during transit the zip pull is designed to break away from the bag rather than the entire zip breaking.
Have you ever lost your bag in transit? As over 3 million bags are lost or misplaced each year, chances are if you haven’t yet, you will someday! Tumi introduced a complimentary Tracer© product recovery program to help reunite its customers with their luggage. Each piece of Tumi luggage has a tag with a unique 20 digit number that can be registered via the Tumi website. Should the bag need to be reunited with its rightful owner, Tumi can match the 20-digit number with the owners’ information.
Tumi offers a 5-year limited warranty on their entire range of luggage. With a few limited exceptions, Tumi will make your first year of ownership worry free. Any damage to your Tumi luggage will be repaired with no out of pocket expense to the owner. From years 2-5 owners are covered for manufacturer defects and normal wear and tear.
A Tumi suitcase is designed to last well past the five year mark so should yours need a little TLC, then contact the customer service department to find out more information about refurbishment options.
Tumi demonstrate that they stand behind their product and as such have gained many loyal customers who return to make additional purchase as and when their needs change.
There is no denying that Tumi bags are stylish and stand out from the many generic bags that tumble down the baggage conveyor belt. There are now vibrant colors to choose from with distinctive designs. Bag collections come in a variety of sizes so that you can create matching sets. Many of the bags can be monogramed for additional style points.
I love that I can maneuver my carry on bag down the center isle of the plane easily with one hand as its spinner wheels float along the carpet. The lightweight material gives me additional flexibility to overpack (and who doesn’t?) without fear of incurring additional baggage handling charges. I feel that Tumi really have combined style and substance beautifully.
Do you have a favorite bag? I hope that by reading my 5 reasons why quality luggage is worth the investment you will now consider making a purchase. I would love to hear your thoughts so please share in the comments below.
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