Easyjet adds two routes to Ljubljana
Top 11 tourist mistakes in Paris (and how to avoid them)

Live Luggage Hybrid AG Bag has optional motorized wheels

Live Luggage Hybrid AG Bag
ABOVE: If your packed suitcase weighs more than you do, power-assisted wheels may be a necessity.

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.

Live Luggage Hybrid AG powered suitcases 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

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.