The Tech Traveller reviews: TUMI Tegra-Lite International Carry On (2014)

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21 Oct

The Tech Traveller reviews: TUMI Tegra-Lite International Carry On (2014)

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.

TUMI Tegra-Lite Max International Carry-OnAll 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.