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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. 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!

  2. Roxana Lewis says:

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

  3. 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)

  4. 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!


  5. 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.

  6. 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!”

  7. Lauren says:

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

  8. Anne says:

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

  9. Eric Bloch says:

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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. Andy says:

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

  14. Donald Schoengold says:

    Really want it.

  15. 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!

  16. Frances Perry says:

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

  17. 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.

  18. te says:

    Looks worth a try

  19. Michael says:

    Great idea especially for those times I am running late.

  20. Pat Dulski says:

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

  21. Margaret Weinand says:

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

  22. Pat Dulski says:

    An ideal suitcase for me! Really want it!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. Sue says:

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. PatrickJ says:

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

  33. Jim R says:

    Gee! I hope I win. Looks like fun.

  34. Mike Kuhl says:

    This is really a great idea!

  35. lei silva says:

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

  36. Candace says:

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

  37. Karl P says:

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

  38. 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

  39. Sharon L Stern says:

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

  40. AMC says:

    Would love to have one!

  41. 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!

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

  43. Colin J says:

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

  44. 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!

  45. CL says:

    Looks really neat and fun!

  46. 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.

  47. Robbie C says:

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

  48. Gerry S says:

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

  49. Ralph Harju says:

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

  50. LINDA BUTLER says:

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

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