The travel gear market: key figures, history and our wish-list for the holiday season

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Every fall, we hope that the end of the year holiday season arrive as soon as possible. From thanks giving to christmas and the new year’s eve, we all make plans for traveling. Check here our fall selection of the best Travel Gear items you should have in order to travel in great conditions of safety, use and style.

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Travel means trouble if you do not have the right Travel Gear to carry your personal belongings. And as usual, we wonder if we have what it takes to spend a night, a week-end, a week or more somewhere. You probably also realized that last holidays were not great because your luggage was not appropriate. So you might want to do something about it before the next ones. So here is a focus on what we call the “Carry-on”. It is usually the small size of wheeled travel gear, your best companion for a couple of days. It became a very popular segment of the Travel gear industry as people use to travel more and not necessary for long time. With a overall forecast of 48.8 billion by 2015, the travel gear market is slowly but surely growing. Despite the fact people tend to extend their luggage life cycle, they are looking for high-value brands which offer guaranties and service.

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In the past 40 years, the Travel gear market changed a lot and in each decade, trends were reflecting people’s lifestyle and also the evolution of transportation. Here is a short historical flashback.

The 70’s – From science-fiction to design

While space travel was not a dream anymore, luggage tended to mirror what science had to offer at its best. So almost every single new luggage looked like a spacesuit. Also this decade saw the arrival of the first “designer luggage”. So logos on luggage were important! Planes became faster, so speed was essential. Luggage manufacturers had this in mind and the first Carry-on made their entrance in the market. This compact and clever travel gear would allow people to avoid check-in, so they could go faster in airports.
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The 80’s – Show me your luggage and I will tell you how much your earn

With the 80’s and the arrival of new golden boys and girls, success was expressed at all levels. Consumption was reaching the maximum. In terms of luggage, it should reflects one’s wealth, taste and status. Fashion brands also started getting interested on this market, so the introduction of certain materials like tweeds and leather was completely on the decade trend. Also the use of certain specific colours like earth-tones, burgundy, melon or pumpkin started.

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Since the 90’s – High-tech started leading the way.

For the past 20 years, every luggage company started developing technology and innovation started leading the way. In order to match travelers expectancies of today, luggage became stronger, lighter, clever and designed oriented but always ruled by functionality. We added wheels, first with 2, then 4 and now we have even gear with 8 wheels. Composite materials like kevlar or carbon fiber started reshaping the travel gear landscape and some brands became strong players thanks to their innovation. Today, thanks to communication technologies we are adding power-source plugs (to charge your electronically devices), lcd screens showing the weight or even travel information (temperature, altitude or barometer) and even WiFi so your travel gear becomes a hotspot!

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The years 2000 – key market figures for Travel gear

Here bellow some key figures about the Luggage market. It is taken from a study made by Frost & Sullivan.

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 Top Carry-on luggage for your holiday season

As said previously, the Carry-on luggage became a crucial segment on the travel gear business. People travel more and more yet on shorter distances or travel duration.

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So the carry-on, both for business and leasure reasons, is one perfect solution. No need to check-in so you save your time at the boarding and the landing times. Here is our wish-list for this holiday season on Carry-on luggage.

 

Samsonite Cosmopolite Spinner 55cm Dark Blue

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This is probably the lightest and strongest collection ever done by Samsonite. The patent shell is inspired by nature and provides an unique look. Here are the specs:

  • Available in 5 colours: Red, Dark blue, Emerald green and Silver
  • 40.0 x 20.0 x 55.0 cm
  • Volume: 36.0 L
  • Weight: 1.88 Kg / 4.14 lbs
  • Made with Curv technology (exclusivity by Samsonite)
  • 4 multi-directional wheels
  • Fixed 3 digit TSA combination lock
  • Protected zippers
  • 10 years global warranty
  • Check the website here for more information

Visionair PodPal 55cm Dark Grey

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Probably the most high-tech look for a Carry-on that safely cradles all current available electronic tablets. Between a retro-futuristic look and a super high-precision material used to protect your belongings, the Visionair PodPal is a perfect travel friend for the modern business man or connected person.

  • Available in 1 colour, Dark Grey
  •  36.8cm x 26.7 cm x 55.9cm
  • Volume: 36.0 L
  • Weight: 2.8Kg / 6.20 lbs
  • Ergonomically designed, light-weight, impact resistant material
  • 4 dual wheel spinner system
  • 3 digit built-in TSA combination lock
  • Check the website here for more information

 Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On 55cm Red

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Victorinox is well know for being the inventors and the makers of the original Swiss Army knife. From this amazing and unique invention, they took the essential values, like innovation, quality, iconic design and multi-functionality, to inspire new categories of products like Timepieces, Fragrances, Fashion, Kitchen cutlery and in our case here Travel Gear. For such cleverness and outstanding manufacturing, the new Spectra 2.0 is our Editor’s choice as an absolute must have for the season. Here we picked up the Carry-on with the Extra-Capacity option, being a perfect equation between compact, practical and still space for your precious belongings.

  • Available in 3 colours: white, red and black
  • 38.0 cm x 20.0 cm x 55.0 cm
  • Volume: 29 Liters
  • Weight: 3.21 Kg / 7.08 lbs
  • Made with 100% Pure Bayer Polycarbonate for endless resistance
  • 8 multi-directional wheels
  • Dual-access construction allows the case to be packed two ways, one through the front quick-access door or through the main compartment.
  • Meets IATA carry-on regulations
  • Digital TSA built-in lock that goes along with a Recovery code program provided by Victorinox
  • Swiss Tracker Bag free program that recovers your lost bag everywhere in the world.
  • 10 years Global warranty
  • Check the brand website here for more information

Tumi Tegra-Lite Continental 56cm Carry-On

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This Fall, Tumi is revealing the Tegra-Lite in their exclusive Toffee stripe print. Very sophisticated and edgy for all travelers to whom style matters! It is an unique Tumi sublimation process that allows a long-lasting colour impression.

  • Available in one colour: Toffee stripe print
  • 40.0 cm x 23.0 cm x 56.0 cm
  • Volume: 30 L
  • Weight: 4.7 Kg / 10.5 lbs
  • Made with Tegris, a polypropylene thermoplastic composite
  • 4 multi-directional wheels
  • Digit TSA built-in lock
  •  5 years of warranty
  • Check the brand website here for more information

 Delsey Flaneur Cabin Trolley Case 55cm

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With a little retro touch, this streamlined and modern carry-on will follow you every where. Delsey matches colour trends so you will be always on the edge of fashion style yet elegant and with a timeless design. A very pop collection with the accent on roundness.

  • Available in 3 colours: black, red and blue
  • 40.0 cm x 20.0 cm x 55.0 cm
  • Volume: 41 L
  • Weight: 3.1 kg / 6.8 lbs
  • Made of hard-resistant composite
  • 4 multi-directional wheels
  • 3 digit TSA built-in lock
  • 2, 5 or 10 years warranty (depends on the product)
  • Check the website here for more information

So now you have the perfect wish-list for the next holiday season. Do not hesitate to place your comments bellow and share your experiences. Wishing you all a safe and stylish travel !

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Info sourced at all brands website, business.highbeam.com,hkexnews.hk, Euromonitor, Frost.com. All content is copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. Image from Ryan.

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