“ Brand: Maisie Moo / Type: Wheeled duffle travel bag / Capacity: 86 litres / Soft Case / 2 Wheels „
After a trip around South East Asia last year where I used an old fashioned travellers backpack and found it cumbersome, heavy and altogether annoying to access clothes from (without simply tipping everything on the floor in a pile) I decided it was time to invest in a quality, usable piece of luggage for the future.
I did a bit of shopping round and looked at luggage in Debenhams (who sell the Tripp range exclusively as a department store). This Maisie Moo for Tripp medium wheeled duffle was priced at £79.99 full price but was exactly what I was looking for. Sturdy, big enough for me for a couple of weeks away (less is more I find these days, I pack a lot less than I used to!) with plenty of access and pockets and, most importantly, wheels and an extendable handle which mean it is very easy to move about even when full.
I was lucky in that shortly after I spotted this item I checked on Tripp's own website where there was a sale on and the same item was available for £49.99. I do realise that £50 is still quite a lot for a single piece of luggage but I see this as an investment and something I will get an awful lot of use out of so actually I was just pleased to have paid around £30 less than I had originally seen it on sale for.
The colour is a benefit to me because I find it easy to identify on luggage belts (although more and more luggae is vividly coloured these days!). The handles are also vividly striped in pink and black and are long enough that if you should want to you could sling this bag over one shoulder like a classic duffle. It only has two wheels not four but they are robust and free running, the extendable handle pushes down neatly into a zip up compartment so when you do not need it it is not in the way.
I love the access to this bag and it is one of the reasons I was so determined to buy this particular design. There are two main compartments, the biggest has a zip which bends around and across the whole body of the bag which means you can get at any part of this compartment easily and without emptying the entire thing. The smaller compartment (at the top in the above picture) is actually big and deep enough to contain a couple of pairs of shoes and your washbag (for instance) and it sort of hangs inside the main compartment if being utilised or will fold flat if not being used at all.
As well as the main compartments there is a small external zip pocket on the side which is big enough for passport or documents and inside there is a matching small zip pocket where you could put valuables. Each of the main external zips has a sturdy puller and all have loops to enable you to padlock as necessary. Only one matching pink padlock was provided with the case but it would be easy enough to obtain another for the top half if you wanted or needed to padlock both.
In terms of actual capacity, this piece of luggage can hold 86 litres and measures H71cm, W37cm, D33cm. It is an item which would have to be checked into the hold.
I find that the material is sturdy enough for what I want - it is of course soft material rather than hard cased luggage but the 600 denier polyester is tough and seems hardwearing. Tripp also offer a 5 year guarantee as standard on all their luggage, so confident are they in the quality of their range.
I absolutely love this and think that for the amount I travel it is a real investment piece. There is nothing about it that I do not like and I will certainly buy from Tripp again - it is worth noting that the lowest prices always seem to be direct from their own website rather than via Debenhams and standard delivery is free across the UK.