Has anyone used the Sologaard suitcase with the removable "closet" for a 3 week trip? Looks interesting, but not sure if there is enough room. Thanks in advance.
I assume you're thinking of the checked-in size. The weight (11 lb., and I don't thing that includes the shelf section at over 1 lb.) makes it a definite "no" for me. There are too many times when one must lift a bag over a curb, up a few steps to a hotel lobby, etc. I see the theoretical advantage of being able to leave clothes folded on the shelves, but the lightweight summer tops I take often need to be hung up and misted to eliminate wrinkles, so I would be unpacking some things anyway. I'm also wondering whether having a bag full of fixed compartments would make it hard to pack. I like to take as small a bag as I can get away with.
In short, I wouldn't like a bag like that, but I'm sure it would work for some folks. People have different needs.
Too much structure and way too heavy empty for me for me to wrangle. Even their international carry-on closet weighs 7.5 pounds empty and 8.3 pounds with the shelves, but only has a listed capacity of 39 liters.
The plastic shell of the Sologaard looks slick and hard to manage, with only 2 places to grab it for putting it in the overhead bins on the plane or racks on trains.
I pack for a week and do laundry along the way. My trips are for 4-6 weeks. I own no bags that are so big or heavy that they have to be checked or that I can't manage on my own.
My current 3 carry-ons have 2 wheels and multiple places to grab them which make them easy for me to manage on my own.
If I want to go "big" I use one that weighs about 5.5 pounds empty. Unexpanded, and I never need to expand it, the capacity is 41 liters.
I prefer my international sized bags which each weigh about 4.5 pounds. One has an unexpanded capacity of 37 liters. The other one doesn't expand and its capacity is 38 liters.
You can do much better than the Sologaard carry-on in terms of empty weight, manageability, capacity and price. And I think you can organize what you pack better with packing cubes than by using those gimmicky shelves.
acraven, does misting work better than hanging clothes in shower? And if so, what mister do you take with you(empty of course, if in carryon). Thanks
Not acraven but I feel a mister works much better than hanging in a shower. I just take a small spray bottle that might have come in a toiletries kit years ago. It also allows me to target a particular wrinkled area.
My nephew got one of the Sologaard’s but he’s 6’5” and young so no problem with his lifting it. It’s his first “suitcase” having always used duffles before. I think the organizational aspects appealed but not really necessary for an experienced traveler. I didn’t realize it was so heavy but I just looked at the “closet” and didn’t pick it up. I’d not say anything about weight as he was so very proud of the “adult” purchase. He’s used it a couple of times for work trips.
Same as Pam--I just use a small squirt bottle that emits a rather fine mist. I have a super-tiny bottle (4-1/4" tall, 5/8" in diameter) passed on to me by a friend; I think it was included in some sort of cosmetic set. It appeals to my desire to minimize bulk and weight but has to be refilled annoyingly often. I also have a larger bottle that's at least 1" in diameter--a gift, possibly from one of those empty-bottle sets sold in drug stores, or from The Container Store; it takes up more space in the suitcase. Either is a big improvement over my previous technique of sticking my hand under the faucet and flicking it in the general direction of the garment.
I squirt just the areas that are obviously wrinkled. I travel in the summer, so my tops are mostly lightweight fabric that dries very quickly. I think that targeted dampening is probably more effective than just hanging the clothes in a closed bathroom during or after a shower, but I can't say that I've done an experiment to compare the two. An actual electric mister would do a more professional job, but there's no way I'd ever take something like that to Europe.
I quickly looked up user reviews and yootoob clips. The "reviews" are from shills and the video clips are mostly dumb unbox-and-gush formulas. The real world illustrations are generally from new travelers who think they've found the ultimate tool or from folks on cruises where the packing can be more liberal. This object is not going to appeal much those around here who take two bags. The solgaard company has found a certain niche, though. Buy it and post your experiences.
After an initial gush of icky love, an "experienced traveler" had this to say after using it for a few months:
" Since starting to use this, I have stopped using the internal closet system. It is handy and can help with organizing but it requires me to fold my clothes into smaller spaces than I’m used to and I found that I wasn’t getting into my bag while traveling to grab a shirt so it was a bit more of a hassle for me than the convenience it added. "
Betsy, many international airlines have weight limits for carryon bags too. For example, as I recall, Lufthansa limit is 8 kg (17.6pounds) so the weight of these bags would be a problem for me. Whether they enforce it or not, is another story. I can see the usefulness of the organization of it for a business traveler, but on a 3-week trip, it seems like things will get mixed up anyway.
I'll just add that the hilarious thing is that I've started getting ads on FB from Sologaard. I have NOT gone to their website nor looked at any reviews online, I just got a demo from my nephew, lol. I guess it's a coincidence and maybe that's how he first came to know about them.