Product Type: Argos Travel Bag
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OK, but improved slightly with my 'accidental' modification.
Argos Set of 3 Garment Carriers
Member Name: Randal
Argos Set of 3 Garment Carriers
Date: 30/09/11, updated on 30/09/11 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and cheerful
Disadvantages: Strong PVC smell and thin material.
I do a fair amount of travelling with business, and at times this can involve an overnight stay or two in various hotels. As a result, I've sort of got into this routine of doing all my ironing of shirts etc at home, and hanging it all in the back of the car. Then when I arrived at the hotel, I could then just transfer it all to my hotel room. In that way, I'm not ironing shirts at home, then folding and creasing them into a case, only to unfold them and re-iron them again at the hotel. But then I had the problem of carrying all my clothes etc on hangers through the hotel reception. So I saw these Garment Carriers in the Argos catalogue for £11.99 and thought that they would be the answer to be predicament.
These come as a set of 3 Garment Carriers from the Argos Value Range, or perhaps more accurately as a set of clothes protectors, where their use is actually detailed in Argos as 'protects clothes from damp or dust'. They are made from black PVC, where 2 of the carriers are the same size at 91 cm long, 58 cm wide and 7 cm deep, making them ideal for shirts or suits. The third carrier is the same size but slightly longer in length at 120 cm, making it more suited to dresses or coats etc. There is a sort of diagonal zip running across the front of each carrier, and each carrier also has a small hole in the top allowing you to feed the head of a hanger through.
What are they like to use? Well the first recommendation I would give is to get them out of the packet when you first buy them, open them up and give them a good airing before you put any clothes in them. The problem is that when they are new and unused, they have a strong PVC 'plasticy' smell, which will transfer to your clothes if you don't air the carriers first. I left my carriers out on the washing line for about a day, and that seemed to get rid of the smell.
Putting clothes into them is fairly easy and straight forward, and the recommendation from Argos is that you should only put one garment in each. What I have found is that whilst the width is acceptable to accommodate a shirt or a suit on a hanger, the length of the carrier is perhaps just a little short, meaning that the bottom of your suit/shirt gets scrunched up in the bottom of the carrier. By how much it gets scrunched up would depend on how long the clothes are - taller people have longer clothes etc, but I think Mr Average might find theses carriers a little on the short side.
In terms of longevity and durability, I suppose they would be good if you were just going to hang clothes in them and then just leave them in your wardrobe to use them to 'protect your clothes from damp and dust' as Argos say. In my case, I put my clothes in them and then carried them to the car and then into a hotel etc time and time again, and in this respect they're ok, but don't seem to be that durable. Whilst the zips have remained functional with no snags, the PVC material is quite thin, and after a about 6 months of use, the holes in the top where the hanger comes through started to rip, and in another instance I managed to snag a carrier on a door handle which then, very easily, caused a large rip across the bottom of the carrier - unfortunate, but it did solve the problem I was having with length and the carriers being too short, because my jacket now hanging out of the bottom of the carrier!! (Perhaps I should recommend that modification to Argos??)
In summary, for the price I paid, these carriers are adequate for the use that I have for them, but a few more months of use and they will need replacing again because I don't find them to be that durable. However, if you are going to use them to just protect your clothing in your wardrobe and not move them around to your car/hotel or take them on holiday, then they are ideal for purpose. So overall, a 3* recommendation.
Summary: OK as long as you don't want to take them out of your wardrobe.
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