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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:

    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.

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