The third in our series of luggage and tech reviews.
This video, recorded at our studio in the UK, discusses the 2014 Tegra-Lite International Carry On from TUMI.
TUMI’s Tegra-Lite is a breakthrough travel collection that combines the highest levels of durability and impact resistance with the ultimate in lightweight ease and manoeuvrability. Tegra-Lite is made from Tegris, a revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by Milliken for use in lifesaving armour, NASCAR race cars and protective gear for NFL players; it is exclusive to Tumi for travel and accessory products around the world.
I take a look at this lightweight, hard-side carry-on as released in 2014, which at the time was TUMI’s most compact wheeled carry-on design and was intended for those who travel both domestically and internationally.
I rated the case as 4☆/5. Whilst light and easy to manoeuvre as promised, this model is lacking in a couple of significant areas. Firstly the lack of a side carry handle leaves the case difficult to lift and carry in a number of scenarios. Secondly, the space and organisation offered are definitely limited given the size and cost of the bag – there really need to be options for expansion, access to pockets from the outside and further solutions for organising the internal contents.
All that said, TUMI has replaced this case in the 2016 range, with the Tegra-Lite Max International Expandable Carry On improving on the original model in all the areas listed above. It retails at $745 or £675.