With a Family Winter break needed, it seemed a perfect time to review some of the products from the new Spring TUMI collection. TUMI’s emphasis on this collection was ‘design excellence, technical innovation, and unparalleled craft — the qualities that give you the freedom to move through the world however you want.’ The 2 items I equipped for my travels was the ‘Alpha Bravo Lark Backpack’ & the ‘Merge International Front Lid 4 Wheeled Carry-On’.
The brand is embracing Neon as a color story that flows throughout multiple collections, including 19 Degree Aluminum, Alpha Bravo, TUMI Merge, TUMI Totes, and various accessories. It’s these unexpected pops of vibrant color that allow individuals to tell their own stories, giving them tools to truly express who they are.
Like most trips I travel on, I always seem to become the ‘luggage guy’ which I don’t mind. However, it can become a strain if you are the individual holding everyone up through customs at the airport or getting up and down on the plane collecting items that always seem to be at the bottom of the bag. The largest benefit I found from the luggage was the functional superiority. With a lot of backpack space, organisation for the ease of use is key and something I can clearly see TUMI has worked very hard on perfecting.
The new Lark Backpack has dual magnetic clips to keep the bag securely closed and a wide entry for easy packing. The style of the backpack was designed in a way that it can be used to carry daily essentials or to travel the world which is something you cannot say about many other luggage brands.
Travelling around on my trip was great. The 4 Wheeled Carry-On supported the weight of the backpack for most of the time using its built-in connection to keep it in place. Other times when the case was not needed the backpack was very comfortable and supportive with thick padded straps and breathable back material. Most of the time I was carrying a fairly full bag with ease!
The reason I am rating the comfort a 4 out of 5-star rating is only due to the backpack not having a chest strap, which I know is not everyone’s choice but something I do prefer.
The two models I chose for my trip were part of TUMI’s new recycled range. The items were constructed with post-industrial recycled nylon exteriors and interiors made with rPET material (post-consumer recycled plastic bottles) and they looked and felt great!
I unfortunately didn’t have time to test their durability and see the cleaning capability, but I will take TUMI’s word who state, “These suitcases are extremely tough and can stand the test of time.”
These items are created to set a statement and built to last. With the backpack retailing at £425.00 and the luggage at £495.00 it is certainly in the bracket of premium, luxurious luggage and from seeing the items myself I can see why. The time and effort that has gone into manufacturing these items is something I can personally say shows TUMI’s superiority in the luggage industry.
There has never been any doubt that TUMI knows how to manufacturer stylish and quality luggage and this range I feel sets a standard of what we expect from other premium luggage brands.
As much as I was impressed by the 4 Wheeled Carry-On, If I had to choose between the two the Lark Backpack excelled! However, as the headline states, the items together were the Perfect Travel Companion and my first choice for luggage this Spring!
There are many other items of TUMI’s new Spring collection I was unable to feature. To view TUMI’s full collection please visit www.uk.tumi.com