In some weird distant future, suitcase archeologists will surely marvel over the cumbersome bags we once used to haul inappropriate clothing from one side of the world to the other. “How did we go from ancient steamer trunks to the laser-guided hovercases we use today?” they’ll ask themselves. Then eureka! In the ruins of what was an ancient burial ground, or possibly Chicago O’Hare airport, they’ll find the fossilized remains of the luggage world’s missing evolutionary link.
And, just maybe, it’ll look like the new Bugaboo Boxer.
It’s no stretch to say that the last year has been a great year for luggage, with manufacturers unpacking several bold innovations that would be welcome on any traveler’s Christmas list. This is, after all, the year of the suitcase you can ride around the airport. And the one that follows you around like a robot puppy.The Boxer is part of this new wave of innovation, but unlike these borderline novelties yet to hit the stores, it’s been available to buy since September — and doesn’t require batteries. It’s the creation of Dutch manufacturer Bugaboo, which made a splash back in 1999 with a stylish range of modular baby strollers that changed the world of posh parenting forever. Seventeen years on, Bugaboo wants to make the same impact with a new luggage range that draws on its baby buggy heritage to do something simple yet revolutionary to the wheeled suitcase.
The big concept? Push instead of pull.
The Boxer allows combinations of cases to be clicked onto a four-wheel trolley that tilts the luggage weight back over the wheels, allowing it to be propelled effortlessly with one hand. When it’s time to stow away, a foot lever pops away the leading wheels. The back wheels fold discreetly away when the handle is collapsed.
A price tag nudging $1,500 for its “fully loaded” edition — including a hardshell check-in, a carry-on and a laptop-protecting organizer — clearly aims it at upscale travelers. (CNN)