Roam Luggage: The Jaunt Carry-On Bag

If you could design your own luggage, what would it look like? Well, Roam Luggage wants to help you do just that by using its impressive online system to create your own carry-on, spinner luggage. I tried out my skills by designing my very own Jaunt Carry-On Bag. Similar to popular brands like Rimowa and Away, Roam’s products deliver top-notch quality yet give you exactly the type of designer bag you want. That’s because you are the designer. Here’s what the bag is like and how to design your own.

Four-wheel spinner, hard-shell luggage

Roam was created by the founder of Tumi luggage so it is no wonder that top quality, a solid satisfaction guarantee and creative designs are the norm. The exterior of the bag is 100% virgin polycarbonate outer shell and it uses four, extra-durable Hinomoto wheels. That keeps you rolling smoothly no matter the surface.

These bags are U.S.-made. It is a standard, carry-on bag that fit perfectly into U.S. airline bag sizers. The Jaunt features wraparound zippers plus a sizeable interior pocket. There’s a strap to secure things from moving around inside the bag, too. The interior can be removed and washed so your bag is always clean and smelling fresh. I wish the bag had a fully zippered interior pocket though. Instead of the compression boards although either way, The Jaunt can hold quite a bit of stuff.

I really liked the height of the handle, which extends to four different levels so it is comfortable for everyone. The bag has a TSA-approved lock and water-resistant fabric inside as well as a water-repellent zipper.

The exterior of the bag is smooth, which meant it did get scratched up and scuffed when using it. The scratches were easy to wipe away with a damp cloth (for the most part). The bag was especially lightweight (6.6 pounds empty), which is great especially when traveling overseas. Many international airlines unfortunately weigh your carry-on bag. Even when the bag was full, I liked how sturdy the side handle was. That meant that I could lift the bag from either the top or side (or both), and it didn’t feel uncomfortable to lift.

Design your own case

carry-on bagWhen it comes to designing the look of your bag, it is very simple and, actually, very fun. I could not decide on the color patterns I wanted and had a great time playing with the various combinations. You can design everything from the front panel and side handles to the color of the zipper. There’s an option to customize the type of material on the monogram patch on the back (you can monogram the bag for free). You can choose the same color or an accent hue for the bag’s back panel. Then you can test your design skills by choosing a color for the zipper trim.

Unbelievably, Roam lets you return your custom-designed bag within 100 days if you do not like what you designed. That’s an impressive guarantee even though when I unboxed my personal creation, it looked just as I expected.

If you are someone that likes a bit of variety, Roam luggage is a great option. Many bags often look the same, this helps your bag to stand out so that no one mistakes it for their own.

The Jaunt Carry-On Bag from Roam luggage retails for $495, which is comparable to other top-notch bags except this one is designed in the color and pattern you like. The satisfaction guarantee means that the company will help repair any damages. This is a travel bag you can keep for life (or until your personal style changes and you can just order another one!).

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Ramsey

Ramsey Qubein is a travel journalist who has visited 154 countries covering the hotel and airline industry from every corner of the globe. His work appears in travel publications and outlets including Travel+Leisure, Business Traveller, Airways, Singapore Airlines’ Silver Kris, US Airways magazine, Northstar Travel Media, Yahoo Travel, and BBC. He serves as the National Hotels Travel Examiner and writes for numerous blogs and web sites. He travels more than 350,000 miles a year and is highly recognized as an expert in loyalty programs, business travel and the luxury travel segment. You can follow him on Twitter at DailyTravelTips or at his website www.RamseyQ.com.

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