We have followed the debuts and performances of several smart luggage pieces and collections over the past few years and have often been asked if their sky high price tags are really worth it. Well, for some of them we think not, but when you look at the price tags of the Away pieces, we think you won’t immediately dismiss them as unaffordable. This collection doesn’t focus on just smart features, but also thoughtfully solves a few other regular travel problems. Our Away Luggage review will look at the pieces individually to help you decide whether any or all of them are right for you.
The Away travel luggage brand comes from two female frequent travelers who interviewed hundreds of people about their packing habits and problems to come up with the perfect luggage that doesn’t cost a bomb. Sure, this is not a budget brand and you can find many of the features and quality construction on other luggage, but those brands like Briggs and Riley or Tumi are unaffordable for the average traveler and they do not as yet have any collection that includes smart features. The Away pieces range from $225 for the standard carry on to $295 for the large checked bag. You’ll save even more if you buy them as a 2 or 3 piece set.
That’s why in just over a year, Away grew to be a success. Without compromising on quality, an Away suitcase offers a slew of great features for your next trip. How do they do it? The company keeps the prices down by completely cutting out the middleman. However, they have a slew of investors, like Jay-Z, to help them expand into travel accessories. If you like what you see with your first Away smart luggage bag, then you should keep an eye out for more good products from them.
Just to be clear, only the carry on pieces include the one smart feature, i.e. an in-built battery charger for electronic devices. If you’re looking for more smart features that come with your luggage, take a look at these other options.
They currently offer two carry on bags, and two checked sized bags. All are hardside spinner bags. You can also have any of them personalized with a 3-letter monogram or you can buy two or three of them as a set. Check out the Away online store for everything, including some cool color options.
Key Features of the Away Collection
Away Luggage Carry On Bags
There are two sizes of carry on pieces to choose from.
The Standard Carry On is allowed on both small regional planes as well as international flights and easily fits in overhead bins. It measures 21.7” x 13.7” x 9” (including wheels and retracted handle), weighs 7 lbs and has a capacity of 38L. This is enough to hold clothes and accessories for 3-5 days. The telescopic handle is 19.5″ tall when fully extended.
The Bigger Carry On is meant for large US airplanes or if you’re traveling by train or car and you need the extra packing space. it measures 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6”, weighs 7.3 lbs and has a capacity of 46L – enough for 4-7 days. This carry on also features a loop for hangers on the left side of the interior.
Both carry ons come with a built-in 10,000 mAh lithium ion battery to charge your electronic devices while waiting for your flight in the airport. It is connected to two 5V USB 3.0 ports, where one is 2.1A and the other is 1A for quick charging. This gives you enough juice to charge a smartphone 5 times over! The battery can be recharged using the included wall adapter and you don’t have to remove the battery from the bag to do it. Just open the battery cover and plug in the adapter using the included cable. The Away luggage battery is UN38.3 certified and allowed to be brought on board or checked in by the FAA and TSA.
Away Luggage Checked Suitcases
There are two sizes of checked suitcases – the Medium and the Large.
The Medium measures 25” x 17.5” x 10.5”, weighs 8.5 lbs and has a capacity of 62L – good for 2 weeks. It is very easy for just about anyone to handle and maneuver.
The Large measures 28” x 19.5” x 12”, weighs 9.9 lbs and has a capacity of 86L. This is great for long trips or if you’re moving or if you want one checked bag to carry belongings for 2-3 people.
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