Love, lust or just a really great suitcase? The Tranverz L stole my heart but is keeping it very safe.
It’ll come as no surprise that, as a travel writer, I love to travel. Long-haul, backpacking, cheeky weekends, leisurely holidays – I’m down for it all. I realise that this is not an uncommon love but it’s certainly a deep one. In fact, one and a half years ago I took the final step into digital nomad-ism and am now permanently on the road. Woohoo! And if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from constantly hopping about, it’s the need to travel light, pack broadly and invest in the right kind of suitcase.
I can’t recall the amount of times straps have snapped, handles have bent, wheels have jammed and zippers have ripped apart but I do know that it always happens on a busy subway, right before checking in for a flight, halfway up a flight of stairs or running to catch a bus. It’s the pits and turbocharges an already stressful element of travelling (getting from A to B in a foreign land).
So, what makes a perfect long-haul suitcase, I pretend to hear you ask? Well, if I were to write a list (and you know I have!), I’d start with: durability, large yet lightweight and easy maneuverability. If I were to write a wish list then I’d also look for eye-catching materials so that it’s easy to spot, strong security features and a uhh… a 30-year warranty?
You may see my requirements as naïve fantasy – hell, even I did until recently – but all this means is that you’re yet to feast your eyes on the absolute baggage majesty of the EastPak Tranverz L suitcase – a travel companion that’s beautiful inside, out and in the fine print!
Clocking in at an impressive 121 liters, the Tranverz L still manages a featherlight 3.6kg, which leaves plenty of space and weight allowance for both contingency packing and can’t-leave-behind souvenirs. The double-decker storage compartments mean that you can stay organised, while the soft shell makes it ridiculously easy to store when empty. The durable fabric is water-repellent and available in a large variety of colours and eye-catching designs. Each suitcase comes with a TSA-accepted lock, acting as a terrific anti-theft deterrent as well as allowing baggage checkers easy access to your bag (without having to rip the thing apart if you’ve accidentally left your electric toothbrush on).
How about that 30-year warranty, though? Rigorous quality testing is what made the EastPak brand such a firm favourite with intrepid travellers, and after 5,000 zipper tests, 500 handle tests, 50 drop tests and a 50km wheel test, this offer isn’t just overconfidence – it’s a guarantee.
Suffice it to say, I’m head over heels with my Tranverz L and I don’t think it is just puppy love… you could always check back with me in 29 years, but I’d say that the smart money is on this honeymoon period being as long as my travel list!
Melanie Chenoweth is a London based, freelance food writer and photographer. If you can eat it, she’ll snap it. Then eat it. Then write about it.
Photographs courtesy of EastPak