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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. 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!

  2. Celeste R says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. Robyn says:

    Sounds like a fun easy way to pack and get around

  5. 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!

  6. Judi says:

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

  7. Angie Schmidt says:

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

  8. Raye Newman says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. Cindy Hodson says:

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

  11. 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).

  12. 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!

  13. laura says:

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

  14. Sara Light says:

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

  15. Linda says:

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

  16. Irina says:

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

  17. Andrew P says:

    This seems like fun, and surely a conversation starter!

  18. 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”!

  19. Liz Pastula says:

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. mika says:

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

  25. 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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