By Ken Hegan for MSN Travel
Ever sprinted through an airport with a suitcase in hand? Wish there was a better way?
Then you’ll appreciate the genius of this cool new travel invention:
It’s a suitcase that doubles as a scooter.
So while you glide and navigate to your gate, the rest of us suckers must run, huff and puff while dragging our old-school rollie-suitcases that keep flipping over and slamming into crying kids and airport shoe shine guys.
Entitled ‘Micro Luggage’, this collection of sleek gadget suitcases are the result of a partnership between Samsonite and a Swiss company called Micro Mobility.
Their suitcase operates two ways:
1) It works perfectly well as a normal, unassuming rolling suitcase
2) It hides a retractable kickboard that you release to transform it into a scooter
Sure, the Micro Luggage suitcases may look small but they’re built for adults, handle up to a 100 kilogram load (220 lbs), roll on hard rubber 12-centimetre wheels, and boast a height-adjustable handlebar.
Watch their dreamy promo video. You’ll be hooked.
I see only two downsides to this invention:
1) If you like to carry hot coffee when you roll through airports (like the redhead riding the scooter in the video), you’re asking for scalding trouble.
2) It doesn’t come with an engine (yet) so you still have to use your legs. Sorry.
These are minor quibbles, of course. As their website says, the greatest problem with the scooter suitcase is other people’s jealousy: “Beware – this is not for timid people, as you are sure to be the centre of attraction.”
The scooter suitcase retails for $249.99 USD ($246.54 CDN). Not a bad price, given the expense of missing the last flight out of Moscow and having to stay there for the long cold night. Not to mention the expense of having to live in Moscow all winter if heavy snow shuts down the airport until June.
I’m sold. Any suitcase that lets me roll through airports faster than those beeping senior carts is alright by me.
For more information, roll your cursor to Micro Mobility’s website.
— Ken Hegan
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Photos courtesy Micro Mobility