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Remember That Suitcase Thousands of People Were Waiting For? It's Here Now
UPDATE 3/17/17: We touched based with Raden and the brand confirmed that while the waitlist for the A22 suitcase grew to 14,000 people (!) at one point, the "smartcase" is now available for pre-order with some colors (hunter matte, navy matte, navy gloss and bronze) shipping as soon as today, and others becoming available between March 31 and April 18. You read that right people: The world's most amazing suitcase can be yours by spring break!
It’s hard to imagine a suitcase being SO awesome that you’d spend months waiting for it to come back in stock. But if you’re banking more air miles than you can count, having highly-functioning, easy-to-handle luggage is an incredibly important part of the traveling experience. And the A22 Carry suitcase from Raden encompasses just about every “must” a world-traveler insists upon. Light and durable? Check. TSA-approved? Check. Able to weigh itself from home? Check—wait, what?
Now we’ve got your attention! Yes, you read that right, Raden’s A22 Carry is actually a “smart” suitcase that has the ability to weigh itself and tell you when you’re about to tip the scales—saving you the hassle of buying extra (read: crappy) luggage in the airport, or throwing out your blow dryer to avoid paying overage fees. Also awesome? An embedded removable battery can charge your phone up to four times and thanks to two USB ports, dual device charging is a reality. And you can track the suitcase location via the brand’s iOS app—meaning when an airline clerk blankly tells you he has no idea where you luggage is, you can say, “Actually, sir, it’s still at LAX.” Oh, and the app alerts you to flight changes, airport traffic and departure and destination city weather. And it gives you a foot massage, too. Just kidding.
Raden reps predict more units will be coming available in February and March, and for the frequent flier out there willing to wait, you can add yourselves to the list here. For those of us who need a fancy carry-on now, now, now, we’ve rounded up five great options below.
Raden A22 Carry
Away The Bigger Carry-On
Rimowa Salsa Air
Delsey Helium Aero 19” International Carry On
Tumi 19 Degree Continental Carry On
Samsonite Winfield2 Fashion HS Spinner 20