Thanks for all of the entries! Congrats to our winner Melissa H.
If you’ve been reading Globetrotting Mama for a while you know I’m a big fan of traveling light.
So you can imagine the grin I broke out into when, while walking through the Vancouver airport this week, a stranger tapped me on the shoulder to compliment my carry-on.
I love your bag!” she said. “It’s cute!”
It’s never happened before, but then this is the first time I’ve had a bag that demanded that kind of reaction.
I’ve been testing out iFly luggage on this trip.
I agreed to try out the funky hard shell suitcases that come in motifs that range from “Hello Kitty” to “New York Taxi Cab” to my cheery “Park in Paris” choice.
iFly Luggage is sold as part of “Viva” – the new online lifestyle brand offering from Best Buy. The electronics and entertainment store is spreading its wings and branching out online to offer products in Personal Care, Health and Wellness, Baby, Naturals, Beauty and Style. The standalone brand was created in response to a growing online customer base who wanted more than just Best Buy’s standard offerings.
The bags are hard to miss and upgraded my hipster status immediately but I wondered if they’d be able to hold up to the rigours of my travel life.
I’ve had bags split on me, weight restrictions trip me up and handles break at very inopportune moments in the past, and trust me when I say that a carry-on bag is no fun when you actually have to lift and carry it everywhere.Three flights in, I’m loving the 20″ iFly carry-on. Here’s what makes it great:
* Durability: I was worried that the bag’s pretty exterior might not survive the rigours of modern day travel. Every time I had to put it on the rolling pins ahead of a security checkpoint I winced. But despite its pretty exterior the bag held up. Not a scratch on its hard-sided polycarbonate coating after three flights in a row.
* 4-Wheel Spinner system: The bag worked well whether walking upright or on a 45-degree angle pull. There was none of the jerkiness that I’d experienced with other bags, only a smooth gliding motion.
* It’s Expandable: A well packed carry-on on the way to your destination that can make room for an extra memento and maybe even handle a ride in checked luggage on the way home? Yes, please!
* Price Point– At $88.99 it’s not a discount bag but for the durability it could be worth it.
*Interior: Keeps things neat with a zippered compartment on one side and elastic tension strap on the other.
· * Lightweight – Weight limits are tough enough. I don’t want a bag that substantially adds to it.
· *Design: Like my Vancouver airport admirer, I loved the vibrant design. It was like having my own personality stamp on a bag. The chances of someone walking away with it by accident was slim to none.
· * Peace of mind: The 5 year manufacturer’s warranty helps here.
But don’t take my word for it. Want a chance to win your own? Leave a comment below telling me where you’d take your carry-on bag and one winner will be selected at random. Want extra chances? Share the contest on Twitter or Facebook.
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Good luck! Draw ends on Halloween (Oct. 31) because nothing is scarier than bad luggage. ;)
Cute suitcases! I would take my suitcase on an upcoming trip to Disneyworld with my kids!!
Very Cute Roller! I would give the bag to my teenage daughter for her 16th birthday and include two airline tickets to San Francisco during the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival.
I would use the bag on our many trips back home!
I would LOVE this! The last time I flew on Porter Airlines, it was tough to meet the carry-on weight limit, and this would help.
Recently found your blog and am inspired by your trips!
I would take this to a conference in New Orleans I plan to go to. I always overpack for conferences so this might keep me on track.
(Sorry for the double post).
Taking my kids to Florida, solo, in March – anything that makes the trip even more fun is welcome!
So very cute! I would take it on my next trip to LA.
I would use this carry-on on our trip to Peru and Ecuador. Love the Canada stamp one!
Firstly, I’m new to this blog but absolutely loving it so far! I’m looking forward to diving into all of the resources on family travel.
I’m headed to Amsterdam in the new year for a semester abroad and a funky carry-on would be the perfect suitcase for weekend jaunts around Europe. Thanks for running such a cool contest – off to share it on Twitter!
Oh…heading to NYC in two weeks:), and I could definitely use a cute suitcase! One of ours exploded on vacation this summer:(…
Loved the review. Can’t wait to try it!
If I was lucky enough to win it would be heading down the road for my VIA RAIL trip of Toronto-Ottawa-Belleville-Toronto then a few hour drive home to small town Ontario. I make this trip at least 2 times a year as we have grown children in each of these cities.
Thank you for the chance to win a lovely piece of luggage, and I sure could use something new.
I’ll take it on my next solo trip and challenge myself to only bring carry-on. It’s a life skill I could use.
Would love to take this to my next [hopefully] trip to Europe. But would definitely take it with me to NYC next year! :)
LOVE these bags. Our next trip is to Jamaica for some needed beach time. The best part about the design – there’s no way that my hubby would take it for his work trips! :)
I’d take it to NYC when I go for New Year.
Our current carry-on pieces are too heavy to pack properly and still meet the weight restrictions, so I’d love a pretty, fun, light suitcase!
Since we just made it out of the diaper days with my 3-year-old daughter, it would be great to take a carry-on full of my stuff instead of stuffed with diapers. I would take my carry-on to Thailand, where we have been wanting to go since before she was born… And are finally able to, since my husband is an entrepreneur now and can take his work with him for such a long trip. Would love to win this bag!
I would so enjoy being able to trade up my boring and often confused black luggage and take a snazzy carry-on to California or Mexico for my next retreat…flipflops and yoga clothes don’t take up too much space so I know it would all fit with room ;)
I’d give the bag to my parents for their upcoming trip to Regina…then possibly claim it back for myself ; )
Oh I needed this for my PAris trip..LOVE
So cute! My wife and daughter would really love this for a trip to Hawaii!
I love the Park in Paris one too! I’d take it everywhere – it would be perfect for all the university visits that we are doing this fall!
These are adorable! I’d love to take that carry-on with me to Philadelphia, which is my next trip.
I want them all. I will take it to my next trip next month to Miami, Fl so I can fly in Style. Can I have it?
I love it! So much nicer then the ugly black ones we all have.
I don’t have a carry on…so I’d love to try one out. I usually just bring my giant purse and whatever backpack I have handy which is a pain.
It seems to me that since a) my blog is called Traveling Light, b) my carry-on bag is looking a bit beaten, and c) this bag is gorgeous, that d) I need to win!
Great contest Heather. I’m off to tweet and FB this…
Looks like a sweet bag! :)
I would take it everywhere!
Wow!! Pretty suitcase!! I’m going to Hong Kong and Thailan soon and would love to bring it with me!
Love the bag – and since my friend Colleen shared this on her page, I’m leaving a comment for my chance to win a) because it’s been FOREVER since I’ve left the house b) every carry-on I owned has been stolen by one of my four children 3) I love the bag 4) did I mention I haven’t left the house in nearly 6 months ?
Tweeting and Facebook-ing to commence … now.
They are so nice. I have been only on one trip ever and had to use my dads luggage . Now I am taking my brother on his first trip ever! Would be nice if he would have something to use! (Also the hard shell is amazing as I was scared when they were just smashing my bag down on the belt ) :/.
I’d take the suitcase with me to my upcoming trip to Montreal, and if I win, I’ll plan even more trips…Have suitcase, will travel :-)
I would carry it on for a fab vacay in cabo…love the riu palace
Hi Heather! I need a new suitcase- mine squeaks so loud you can hear itin Toronto!! Hope you’re well! – Erica
I carry a leopard suitcase because I love to stand out from the crowd. This seems right up my alley :D
I think this would have to go with me to Vegas! ;)
I would love tis bag, as my current one is wearing down. At least it would be recognizable on the conveyer belt. Thx going to Ottawa, NorCal and the OC. I shared on facebook under Jane Coombs.
I would love to go to the Caribbean this winter to escape from the snow!
I would love to use it for a trip to Chicago!
I’d love to use a carry-on on my next short trip to Washington, DC!
I would take that bag to Barbados for the next Run Barbados 5K in December. Sun, sand, and shoes, y’all…not to mention Coocoo and Flying Fish, LOL!
Love this luggage! I would take it everywhere we have planned over the next year – North Carolina, Belize, Florida, Germany!
I’d take it on our upcoming trip in November – Iceland, Saumur (France), Brussels & Amsterdam…it’s a flash trip, mix of business and pleasure and I too prefer to travel light!!
I am always cruising, so I would take it on my next cruise… which is next week, but if I don’t get it on time, I would take it in January on my next cruise… Or better yet, give it as a give away promo for my clients!
I would take it on my trip to New Orleans later this week but I don’t think you will get it to me that fast so it would have to be my next trip scuba diving…somewhere.
looks great for my planned winter trip to Cambridge, MA!
I think we’ll have to take this bag all over Europe as we travel! If we’re lucky, we’ll even take it with us to Africa soon. :)
Oh I’d be taking this everywhere – love the sturdy design and plus, it’s cute!
i would like to go to Bermuda
I love this, I hope I can win it for my little guy’s next trip!
We want to take it to Disney World!
I would take it to our next visit to see my husband’s 95 years old grandfather.
Take it on a five generation cruise to Hawaii celebrating my big five-O (July)
Disney world! Yeahhhhhh!
I’d take it to a destination wedding in Mexico this December!
I’d take it to London. Looks like it can handle public transit maneuvering!
Venice Italy ! Now that my children are grown, I’m hoping to fit my needs in carry-on. Downsize is the senior buzz word and this suitcase sounds perfect!
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