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Micro Luggage might be the most fun you ever have schlepping your belongings from airport to hotel. It also might be the most impractical way to travel for anyone who is embarking on a trip longer than a weekend.

Micro, a Swiss company known for cutting-edge scooters and kickboards, has made the leap into travel gear, combining a carry-on-sized suitcase with a three-wheeled scooter. A YouTube video (watch it below) shows users gleefully gliding through airports aboard the foot-powered scooter, passing other luggage-dragging suckers stuck with standard rolling bags.


Intriguing? Sure.

Realistic? Not so much.

Having never set foot on a scooter in my life, I decided to try it in a safe — flat — environment first: the office. The carpet slowed my roll a bit, which was just fine for this beginner. I worked a little on turns, which was an intuitive process (lean left, turn left; lean right, turn right).

Feeling empowered, I decided to give it a true test: an eight-day work trip. Read on to learn how it fared — and find out how to win one for yourself.

The Bad
Micro Luggage is small — somewhere between the size of a rolling laptop case and a standard carry-on — so I needed to pack an additional suitcase, which meant I wouldn’t be able to use the actual scooter part until after I checked my bag at the airport (you can’t ride a scooter while pulling another bag). While the Micro Luggage pulls behind like a standard roller, it doesn’t roll smoothly or turn easily when using it in this manner. I found myself picking it up far too often because it was “skipping” as I pulled it.

Going through security, I made the mistake of placing the suitcase on the belt wheels down, which caused it to get caught going through the X-ray machine (to be fair, the instructions warned about that; I just didn’t thoroughly read them until I returned from my trip).

The interior has all sorts of neat pockets, but the functionality falls apart when it comes to packing efficiently. You must pay special attention to how you load it, placing heavy stuff in the back and light stuff in the front, to prevent it from tipping over when you’re riding it. The max weight allowed is only about 15 pounds. Also, the handle is large, so you can grip it like a scooter’s handles as you ride it, but this means you can’t slide another bag — such as a laptop bag — over the handle to pull them both at once. I was forced to shoulder my heavy laptop bag, which made my ride feel unbalanced.

It’s completely impractical to ride at full speed (never more than about six miles an hour, as per the instruction booklet) through a crowded airport, unless you want to do some serious damage to fellow passengers or suffer the wrath of security.

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The Good
This thing is fun. The wheels glide so smoothly that you feel like you’re playing a game rather than slogging through an airport. It also gets you from Point A to Point B much more quickly than it would otherwise take. Once you get the turning down, it’s easy to maneuver. I didn’t actually use the brake, finding it easier to stop by putting my foot to the floor.

Micro Luggage is a great conversation starter. If you’re uncomfortable talking to strangers or getting weird looks, you shouldn’t ride a scooter/suitcase through a busy airport or hotel lobby. But if you’re not shy, you’ll make friends who ask about your sweet ride. At my hotel, the bellhops took turns trying it out, and a girl of about 6 boldly proclaimed it was her turn before I crushed her dream (yes, I felt awful, but “This product is not for children!!” according to the instructions).

It’s sturdy. It accommodated my husband (at 6’4″ and almost 200 pounds) as easily as it accommodated me (at 5’7″ and significantly less than 200 pounds). He had fun testing it out in a parking ramp, though we later discovered that’s another no-no, as Micro Luggage is intended to be used indoors only and on flat surfaces.

Carry-On Only? Yes, You Can!

The Verdict
While Micro Luggage is a blast, it’s not suitable for heavy travel use. It’s too small and doesn’t accommodate enough weight to be useful for someone who needs to pack, say, a large laptop, a tablet, a camera and other carry-on essentials. The novelty of it is great, but at a retail price of $249, it needs to be more practical.

Want to try it out for yourself? We’re giving away our (gently used) suitcase! Just leave us a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 15, 2013. We’ll pick one winner at random to win the Micro Luggage. This giveaway is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

– written by Colleen McDaniel

128 Responses to “Bag This: Win a Scooter-Suitcase”

  1. Hi Colleen – I am glad you had fun on the Micro Luggage and thank you for a nice review! We agree entirely with you that the Micro Luggage is best designed for high flyers on a short trip and probably isn’t practical on a long haul. We often take short international trips and I do now gladly pack and check a suitcase in order to ride the Micro Luggage…because of the fun factor but also it helps us make some difficult connections. Anyway, thanks for a great review! best regards, Julie, Kickboard USA

  2. Gloria says:

    I think it’s a great ideal…. but I would not want to use it on the plane.. I think it would be too ackward.

  3. Linda S. says:

    It’s intriguing. The promo seems to show its use in an outdoor parking lot, but I can understand that it would be safest on level indoor surfaces.
    One problem might be that airport concourses are typically so crowded that you might not have enough clear space in front of you to use it.
    But there might be other applications, for work or in a shopping mall.

    • Billi says:

      Wow what a great idea. I am going to be traveling to Europe for 3 weeks this year and something like the Micro Luggage would be awesome. Would love to try it out.

  4. Connie Williams says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you for your review and the opportunity to try and win something so helpful.

  5. j Meckle says:

    I love it!! It would be a fantastic way for me to get around in airports, malls and other large places. I have medical issues with my feet making even moderate distance a literal pain! What a great solution.!

  6. Shereen says:

    OMG! I want one so bad even though it’s totally unnecessary!

  7. Nancy James says:

    It’s a great idea — all be it limited use — but it is the way of the future. Should come with a bumper stripper “I’d rather be riding my luggage”.

  8. I can see school systems banning these. I want one to use on moving sidewalk at national.

  9. Melinda Tavernier says:

    Looks like an interesting product. My son and daughter are getting ready to take an international trip. I would love for them to get the chance to try this out as they travel to Europe. Their skateboarding skills should come in handy as they use this unique carry on!

  10. Dan Wingo says:

    In my late 50′s, I’m still a kid at heart. It’d be great to show this off to my kid at heart friends.

  11. Laurent says:

    I can definitively use one of these for my travels. Great design.

  12. Jessica Rehberger says:

    I didn’t know this existed until you wrote about it. Thanks for sharing! I think this would be fun to use!!

  13. bernardina sims says:

    interesting luggage, would love to try it!

  14. loralee roberts says:

    love to have one

  15. Beth Cotler says:

    thank you for the chance to win!

  16. Pam Hamilton says:

    Sounds like fun to me.

  17. Holly K says:

    I travel full-time for work and have a disability that makes trudging through airports tough. I’ve found I can’t book flights too close together as I just can’t walk as fast as other folks do. I’ve tried using wheelchairs, but they do not always arrive promptly and I run into the same problem of missed connections. I’m wondering if this could be a solution? I can stand comfortably enough and I usually check my bags because of my walking issues. If I could balance on this and zoom to my next flight, it might just be worth it!! Let me know what you think?

  18. We have one suitcase everyone uses and fights over This one out does the old one. We would truely enjoy

  19. Judy S. says:

    Love this scooter case!! If I had one, it would be easier to keep up with my husband on his mobility scooter!

  20. Roanne Coplin says:

    I would love to win the scooter suitcase. Would solve a lot of problems for me. Thank you.

  21. Jude Curtin says:

    Now that’s bring fun back into travel!

  22. Kathy Palmer says:

    WOW! What a great way to move with ease when doing international flights with multi time differences. I am always so tired, I feel like I am never going to make it to my gate number. It will also help bring this grandmother into the “cool zone” with the grandchildren! No longer will I be the grandma that travels but I will become the one that travels with the skateboard like carry on!!!Talk about a product with a plus!!

  23. Next on the invention list is a suitcase robot that could carry you to the gate, retract its arms and fit in the overhead bin. Now that’s multitasking.

  24. Rtchie Perkins says:

    I’m not to keen on this idea. At 61 I have finally learned the fine art of packing light. My packing advise is to go bald, the space and weight saved in luggage is amazing.

  25. Mary Villalba says:

    My very bad knees belie my six-year old spirit and to be able to move around an airport smoothly, instead of hobblying like an old lady would be fantastic! My travel mantra is “less stuff, more money…you can buy it when you get there”, so I’ve learned to travel light and this would be the perfect way to fly!

  26. Bill Sleater says:

    Most of my trips are 4 days, so I don’t pack much. My current case is about 8 years old so it is time to replace. Let me try the Micro Luggage. Ciao!

  27. Dan says:

    Interesting concept. My son would love it (although I bet I end up carrying it when he isn’t riding).

  28. mandie says:

    So excited to hear about this! !! Please choose me. I would love to try this!!

  29. Leigh Belk says:

    Great idea. I would love to have one on my upcoming trip to Europe.

  30. Jeff says:

    Very tempting. I have often wished I had my blades handy as I try to make close connections.

  31. darleen scutella says:

    this sounds like a fantastic idea taking a family trip to the exotci caribbean this summer and would love to show this off this is the first time i have heard of your product going to check it out might be time for something different

  32. Oh wow, this sounds fantastic … would love to try it!

  33. Gisele Phipps says:

    This sounds like it would make a chore a lot more fun. Maybe I could keep up with my long-legged husband as we cross the vast expanse of the airport!

  34. Cathy says:

    Looks like fun! I’d use it for sure!

  35. teresa scarborough says:

    nice product, would love to win,

  36. Judy says:

    A great item for short trips and uncongested airports. Would like to win this.

  37. Karen Kennette says:

    Looks like so much fun! Would love to try one out! Close connections, here I come!

  38. Kelly says:

    How fun it that! I would love to scoot past everyone else instead of running like an idiot. Very innovative!!!!

  39. D A Hoffmann says:

    Love it!

  40. renee winston says:

    The micro luggage looks fun. My 2 kids would love that while we are traveling in the airport. Great concept.

  41. Ruth says:

    This is so cool and would love to have one.

  42. Sheila Foster says:

    It looks fun and a great conversation starter

  43. jackie Cope says:

    I am 77 and would love to use this scooter suitcase because I travel a lot.

  44. Susan Lockwood says:

    Hello,
    Sounds like a wonderful piece of luggage and definitely would love to win!

  45. debbe says:

    very cool! what a great alternative to schlepping the bag..too bad it doesn’t hold more, but could become motivation to tightent up my packing

  46. Penny Mapp's says:

    As a frequent flyer and with a boyfriend who is always last minute this sounds like a winner!

  47. Stephanie M. says:

    This is a clever little idea and I would love to have one for my frequent travels What a great product!

  48. Bruce says:

    Off we go to the mall, I think. Can’t have the scooter sitting around gathering dust between trips.

  49. Lalita says:

    Where’s the motorized one?

  50. Scott Robinson says:

    I was force to retire early (55) no benifits.I was wondering how long the batteries would last.

  51. Joan Hager says:

    I husband is convinced I am a luggagaholic. I think he might be right if I bring home a micro-luggage scooter. Most people do not appreciate how important the correct luggage is to the success of traveling simply. I think Micro-luggage is on to something with the scooter and If I could manage to sneak one into my dedicated luggage closet I would in a heart beat!

  52. Roxana Lewis says:

    I am in the travel business and am always looking for the next new bling.

  53. Frank Adams says:

    This company should partner with Segway to create a powered version which could be marketed as a powered scooter or as a foldable Segway. (humor is intended)

  54. carole says:

    What a fun idea, and what a wonderful suitcase this would be, to use in my preschool! Sounds like it would be the perfect size to carry around my supplies and give **me* a ride!

    Carole

  55. Lucille G. says:

    Hi, Thanks for a great review of a new travel product. It sure would be great for getting from point A to point B in the airport especially when changing terminals. I’d love to win, it would replace suitcase damaged on my last trip. Thanks again for this great opportunity.

  56. Patricia says:

    Such an innovative way to navigate through the airport….I can see me using it at Heathrow, Schipol, LAX, O’Hare, and DIA…..well, for that matter, just about ANY huge airport that requires many footsteps!! I like the design. “Have suitcase – will RIDE!”

  57. Lauren says:

    Wow, this is really cool! Motorized would be even better!

  58. Anne says:

    Finally, a way to have fun at the airport! Will it count as my exercise for the day? :-)

  59. Eric Bloch says:

    If I win I will have to buy a second one for my wife to keep up!!

  60. Barry says:

    Looks great – would like to try it out for size, see how it rolls & how much I can pack for long travels . . . THX

  61. Kathi Spence says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. This gadget could certainly make my travel days lighter and more enjoyable. Thanks again for all you do!

  62. Norman McKenna says:

    No more getting stuck behind non-walkers on the moving sidewalks! Only one problem with the Micro– I didn’t think of it, and I still ride shopping carts in grocery stores!

  63. Andy says:

    Way Cool! Where Can they be purchased? ( If I don’t win)

  64. Donald Schoengold says:

    Really want it.

  65. Steve Costner says:

    Novel idea! It would be extremely useful to use and my wife would especially make use of it. By providing them to various people for their usage would enhance your sales by making their availability known to the market i.e. other travelers. I hope that you are successful!

  66. Frances Perry says:

    WOW! I love it! That would be great for some of those huge airports with close connections.

  67. As I am always looking for simplificaton as I travel,either on my own, or escorting a group, this looks like something that would be fun to try. If I could get the carry-on compact enough to fit in this luggage, it looks like it would serve me well on my trips.

  68. te says:

    Looks worth a try

  69. Michael says:

    Great idea especially for those times I am running late.

  70. Pat Dulski says:

    Would absolutely love, love, love this! Sounds perfect for me.

  71. Margaret Weinand says:

    It looks like fun, though might not hold enough for my overpacking habit. Would love to give it a try though.

  72. Pat Dulski says:

    An ideal suitcase for me! Really want it!

  73. Wanda Henley says:

    WOW! What a great idea! Next time I travel, this would be a great help in getting around in the cruise terminals! I injured my hip about 4 months ago and this would take some of the pressure off when those long walks are necessary, getting from A to B. Also sounds like just the right size for all the things I tend to carry on. I really enjoyed the review. It was very informative. If I win this in March, I can take it on vacation in April and YES, I DO like to meet and talk to people! What a conversation starter!! I am fascinated with this innovative idea!

  74. Gladys says:

    This would solve many travel problems for me huffing and puffing through mile long airport corridors. I’d also like to know where it may be purchased.

  75. MA says:

    The kids and I would love to see who gets to the gate first on these…perhaps the company would consider buy 2 get one free….that aside it is a great idea…i can just see it in the next James Bond movie!…MA

  76. Sue says:

    Ideal suitcase for me. Just had Endovenous surgery on right leg and am flying soon. Greatest carry on I have ever seen.
    Thanks

  77. Sue says:

    Ideal suitcase as carry on. Have recent surgery on right leg and it looks perfect. When I broke my leg 5 years ago I used a leg scooter. Such a great way to get around in airport and looks sturdy too. Perfect.

  78. B. Stein says:

    How cool is that! If a complete family (Mom, Dad and the little guys) had them to zip through the airport like a gaggle of ducks, everyone would be wanting them! Would be quite a show stopper!

  79. It would be a privilege to win this travel Micro Luggage scooter and be able to navigate it through airports and cruise terminals.

  80. Panu Lansiri says:

    I love it! It would make going through the airport more fun. Plus, I would love to add it to my luggage collection.

  81. Jill Miller says:

    I broke my ankle & foot about a year ago, and still have trouble walking long distances…..as in airports. This would be an awesomely fun alternative to having my husband push me in a wheelchair!!! Thanks for the review.

  82. PatrickJ says:

    I take alot of short trips with youth groups and this would make me “King of the Travelers”

  83. Jim R says:

    Gee! I hope I win. Looks like fun.

  84. Mike Kuhl says:

    This is really a great idea!

  85. lei silva says:

    This scooter-suitcase and a backpack could be all I need for short trips!

  86. Candace says:

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to try it!

  87. Karl P says:

    I always wanted to try a scooter! Might as well be on smooth airport hallways! Thanks for the ooportunity!

  88. Cindy Weaver says:

    When traversing the Atlanta airport from one end to the other, this would be fantastic to reduce the concourse fatigue! Great product!1

  89. Sharon L Stern says:

    It would definitely have to be a bit bigger for me to use it. It does look like fun though.

  90. AMC says:

    Would love to have one!

  91. Shelia says:

    I travel lots! This sounds like it would be the perfect piece of luggage! I really could use it. My luggage is no way as nice as this! I could stand on my head until you pick me…but I’m leaving town for the week-in to see my two grand kids in Tennessee. Last week-in I was in Ky. to see my four grand kids. Nana sure does need this cool piece of luggage!

  92. I would love to have this to get me quickly through the airports. Having fun at an airport now that’s a switch!

  93. Colin J says:

    Retired and ready to TRAVEL! This would be a great piece of luggage

  94. Carolyn says:

    Perfect timing. I am taking my elderly mother-in-law on a cruise to Denmark to see her great-grandchildren and she refuses to ride in a wheelchair. This could be the solution!

  95. CL says:

    Looks really neat and fun!

  96. Travel Xena says:

    Nifty idea! With a few more tweaks they could definitely have a winner. In this day and age of repeats, something different while managing to be sleek and goofy will always bring a smile to my face.

  97. Robbie C says:

    It looks like fun! I bet you will have everyone looking if you get one! It would be great to win!

  98. Gerry S says:

    Ok! I am game. Where can you get one? But it would be better to win it. Bon Chance!

  99. Ralph Harju says:

    Wow! This is just the thing for one night away from home when some walking is necessary.

  100. LINDA BUTLER says:

    What a clever idea! I would love to win this. Thanks for such an informative review.

  101. Dorothy Wayne says:

    As I get older, I have some trouble getting around as quickly as. I lik. I love the idea of a gray haired graanny upping through the airport on aa scooter!

  102. Celeste R says:

    I’d love to win this! It looks awesome. It would make travel so much easier, and not to mention funner!

  103. Annette Jacques says:

    My husband and I are planning a trip around the world for our 50th wedding anniversary. Micro Luggage sounds like the perfect anniversary gift!

  104. Robyn says:

    Sounds like a fun easy way to pack and get around

  105. Jonene says:

    Traveling with three kids, this may be the best bribe I could have to get them to cheerfully handle their own carry-on!

  106. Judi says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. Would love to try it.

  107. Angie Schmidt says:

    I travel alot and what l lifesaver this would be getting around large airports!!!

  108. Raye Newman says:

    When at an airport I use a wheelchair. This bag would help my husband keep up with me.

  109. Thomas N Garrett says:

    I am 65 and have CPOD and heart issues, also on oxygen. This would be a god send as I travel about four times a year, and walking takes my energy and wind. Thanks for the chance to win this.
    Thomas

  110. Cindy Hodson says:

    I love the concept. Sounds great for a teen weedend trip too.

  111. Linda D says:

    There are so many people who commented who would greatly benefit from this travel suitcase. The price is more than many would pay. It is a great prize (even gently used).

  112. Angela Vallero says:

    This brings a smile to my face. No more trudging through the airport, a quick glide, the wind in my hair, and I’m at the gate. My bum knee would love this!

  113. laura says:

    This sounds great for making flight connections where one gate is usually far far away from the other one.

  114. Sara Light says:

    This suitcase sounds like so much fun. I would love to glide through airports with it.

  115. Linda says:

    Does it come with a warning horn (for those in your way in the crowded airport)?

  116. Irina says:

    Micro Luggage woud be a fun idea traveling with small kids. They could rest and ride and have blast.

  117. Andrew P says:

    This seems like fun, and surely a conversation starter!

  118. Billy Holdson says:

    I can see this as a great tool which would practically eliminate my aversion for DFW Airport. The one where consistently your connecting flight is in 15 minutes and 36 gates away with no courtesy cart in sight! Then once you reach your gate in a panting sweat, come to find out your outbound flight has been changed back to the gate right next to where you arrived! I can see the Scooter turning this scenario into a glide rather than an anxiety attack. (I’d probably attach a little bicycle bell for fun) “Ching, ching”!

  119. Liz Pastula says:

    What an amazing idea. It would make going through airport terminals fun again!!!

  120. Kim Hawkins says:

    What a brilliant idea. Travelling makes people grumpy..line ups, wait times, rushing.this could put a smile on traveller’s faces!

  121. SMW says:

    Thanks for the review! The price seems a bit steep, but might be worth it for my older kids. They would enjoy riding this through different airports around the world.

  122. Jane Jenkins says:

    I love meeting people in airports and swapping travel stories and insider tips. Coupled with the fact that I tend to travel light, this could be the perfect bag for me!

  123. Jacquelynn Franklin says:

    Thank you, for holding such a wonderful giveaway, I truly appreciate it! I am a 3 time cancer survivor (age 10, brain tumor[Menegeoma], age 21 Uterine Cancer [discovered when I was 6 months pregnant], age 36 skin cancer), as well as a Service Connected Disabled Veteran (US Army 6 years). I currently am battling Fibromyalgia, Chronic Neuropathy, arthritis and Compressed Disc’s in my back (I am 3 inches shorter than I used to be). However despite my medical problems, I have succeeded in losing 115 pounds!!
    I take short trips, but find most airports are so sprawling that trying to get from end to another can be exhausting. I would LOVE to win the Scooter-Suitcase, as I pack light and there are times with my fibro that getting around an airport can be simply exhausting. The Scooter-suitcase sound perfect for someone like me!

  124. mika says:

    I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!

  125. Michelle says:

    Going on a trip this Sunday with 2 kids. Two things I’m figuring to pack and haul: their car seats and scooters. Bought travel bags to zip in the car seats and folding up the scooters to place on the seat. It would be awesome to have the car seat attached on the scooter instead, just like the micro luggage, and have the kids scoot them through the airport… or mom and dad scooting the car seats with the kids on it! I’d call it Macro Lug-it ;-) Patent, anyone?

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