I waited until I passed the prying stares of the TSA to drop the kickboard of my new Micro Luggage onto the freshly waxed floor of Bradley International Airport in Hartford.
Seeing the suitcase in its cruising state sent me into a world of excitement and nervousness. On one hand, this was one of the coolest concepts I had ever seen—a 21st century twist on a 1950s fruit crate scooter that transforms easily into a traditional wheeled carry-on suitcase. On the other, I grew up in the 80′s, a time when skateboarders were considered enemies of the state. I’ve been kicked out of a lot of places but never an airport, even at 12 years old, we knew better than to mess with the that badge.
So as I stood there looking down the painfully long, empty hallway to my gate (it was 7 a.m.)—one foot on the Micro Luggage, the other on the airport’s virgin linoleum—I wondered how long before I’d have some quality time with airport security. As a result, my first push was timid; just a little something to get going, but that was all I needed to start rolling smoothly down the hall. With every push I became more confident, as I rolled past airline employees, business men, young children and pretty much anybody else you might encounter at the airport.
It should have been no surprise that the Micro Luggage handled and felt as good as it did, since it’s designed by one of the most popular scooter makers in the world: Micro. The four polyurethane wheels are perfect for the concrete and linoleum floors of the worlds’ airports, making the ride extremely smooth, quiet and sturdy, while providing the right amount of grip for maneuverability. Steering is handled by shifting your weight from one side of the soft grip handlebars to the other, which creates an intuitive and easy way to navigate through airport crowds. Additionally, the kickboard also comes equipped with a break; though, I found it easier to use my kicking foot to slow or stop by dragging it lightly on the floor or setting it down.
For the luggage component of the scooter, Micro teamed up with Samsonite to ensure that the Micro Luggage, unlike the slinky and pogo sticks, was not just some travel fad, but instead a reliable, stylish piece of luggage that would look good in the overhead compartment of business class as well as economy. The inside of the suitcase features a main compartment for your clothing and a front compartment that is perfect for laptops, documents, electronics and anything else you may need from your briefcase or messenger bag. Ideally, the suitcase is best for a weekend getaway or short business trip, anything longer than that may be hard to pack into the bag.
So far, I’ve taken the bag to St. Kitts via Puerto Rico International Airport, through several airports in Ontario, Canada, and Boston’s Logan International Airport, and I have had no complaints with the bag thus far, nor have I encountered any complaints from airport security or TSA. And despite it being tossed into a handful of overheads as well as being placed under a small island hopper in the Caribbean, the luggage compartment and scooter both look like new. The Micro Luggage is an easy bag to recommend for anyone taking a short trip who wants to breeze through the airport in style. It’s easy to use and makes travel days a lot more fun.
Check out the photos and video below for a better view of how this bag works:
This bag is sleek and works like a charm! The photo on the left shows the rolling suitcase with the kickboard extended. The photo on the right shows the kickboard folded up turning the luggage into a rolling suitcase. There is a small fabric pull in front of the extended luggage handle that allows you to drop the kickboard down when you want to use it. When out of use it stays locked in the up position.
This bag features three compartments. The main compartment is shown on the left. The image on the right shows the main compartment zipped up with the office compartment. The office compartment is roomy and has a pocket for your laptop, files, books, etc. The laptop compartment is also fully padded which is nice touch. (Please note that your computer will not stick out of the laptop compartment as shown here – we actually put a pillow in the bottom of this one just to show the laptop in the appointed sleeve.) The third compartment in the front of the bag is a large mesh compartment perfect for additional clothing.
The other unique feature of this bag is the side zipper shown below. If you’re traveling with a laptop this little detail makes the airport security line a breeze because you don’t need to fully unzip your bag to get your computer out.
These last photos show the bag from the back with the kickstand down and the sleek side profile with the kickstand raised.
(For the best viewing results, set the quality setting to 720p and put in the video into full screen.)
*While we were provided a review copy of the Micro Luggage, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.
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