A few weeks ago, we wrote about Size Zero suitcases from Antler, a British luggage manufacturer, which are designed--in our words, which reflect a fondness for Imperial measuring units--to "shave pounds from packing." We subsequently received a Size Zero carry-on for field testing, and we can say unequivocally that it's the lightest wheeled suitcase that we've ever lifted.
More recently, we received a press release from another British baggage firm, Live Luggage, that seems to be pursuing an altogether different strategy: making big "three-in-one" suitcases that accept add-on bags, with an optional "flat motor technology built into the wheels to assist when going up gradients, curbs, [or] steps."
The optional motor and its rechargeable battery add 3 Kg of weight to Live Luggage's Hybrid AG Bag, making the suitcase less than ideal for airline travel unless your elite frequent-flyer status exempts you from excess-baggage fees. (If you travel mostly by car or train, the extra 6.6 pounds are less likely to be a dealbreaker, although you may regret the added weight when you lift the bag into your car or taxi.)
We'll admit that we're skeptical about the utility of a powered suitcase that's heavier than than a conventional bag and needs recharging to stay on the move. Still, if you're a technophile or the kind of person who zips around on a motorized skateboard, visit the Hybrid Series page on Live Luggage's Web site for more information.
Photos: Live Luggage