If one journey involves carry on bags being restricted to 45 linear inches or less while another journey allows just 20″ by 15″ by 8″, why should you be forced to buy a bag that conforms to the lower size? Or, why should you have to buy multiple bags in order to maximize packing space for every airline?
For example, airlines like Delta allow you 45 linear inches whereas Southwest allows 10 x 16 x 24 – a whole 5 inches more. On the other end of the scale, Spirit airlines doesn’t even allow a free carry on bag. You can only take a personal item measuring 16 x 14 x 12 inches or less on board. Anything bigger and you have to pay. The same goes for European carriers like Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you probably use several different airlines, depending on where you’re flying to and maybe its cost. Do you buy 2 or 3 different carry on bags so that you maximize your baggage limit every time?
UK brand USB International solves this problem for you by creating 3 types of bags in the Cabin 1 collection that expand or contract to different useful sizes all by the pull of a few zippers. Just buy 1 of these bags to suit your needs and have it adapt to each trip that you take. Do you want a tall but narrow bag? Easy! Just expand the top one or two pockets! Need a short but wide bag? Collapse the top and expand both or just one side section! If you prefer a thicker case, expand the front. Can only take a personal item on board? Collapse and zip up all sections to make a compact bag.
The other advantage you have with this bag is that you can travel to your destination with a smaller sized carry on and use the same one but expanded it to bring back those souvenirs!
The Cabin 1 collection consists of three carry on bags – a backpack, a single rod retraction handle wheeled bag, and a dual rod wheeled bag. If you’d like to see some products that switch from backpack to wheeled bag or backpack to duffel, take a look at our reviews of hybrid bags.
Features of the CABIN 1 Adaptable Carry On Travel Bag Collection
- There are four separate sections that can be expanded on any of the bags. The top section features two expansion zippers to let you adapt the bags to three different heights. The bag is at its shortest when both zippers are closed and tallest when both are open. This top section is a separate compartment and has its own opening via a single horizontal zipper right on top.
There are two separate side sections that collapse and expand by vertical zippers. Open either both zippers for dual side expansion or just one. These sections are just extensions of the main compartment to give you additional packing space there.
The last expandable section is the front where you can add more volume by allowing the bag to become fatter when unzipped.
- There are double lockable zippers for the main compartment and double zippers for the front pocket where you can store your passport and travel documents.
- The expansion zippers are different from the closing zippers and are clearly marked as such so you won’t accidentally use the wrong one in a hurry.
- All the bags have a top carry handle for you to grab and go.
- The colors available are black, red and blue.
- In its smallest state it measures 17.7″ x 13.7″ x 7.8″ and has a capacity of 32 L. When fully expanded it measures 21.6″ x 17.7″ x 9″ and has a capacity of 57 L. It will fit every possible carry on size restriction in use today when you expand and/or collapse each section.
Executive Adaptable Carry On Wheeled Trolley Case
- It has a dual pole push button extending handle that retracts into its own zippered compartment.
- Two inline skate wheels and front feet to keep it upright when stationary.
- It has an ID tag holder at the back.
- It weighs 4.6 lbs.
- Check Amazon for price of the Cabin 1 Executive Wheeled Trolley Case.
Adaptable Carry On Wheeled Trolley Bag
- It has a single pole extension handle that retracts into a zippered pocket on top.
- Two inline skate type wheels and small front feet for wheeling and keeping upright respectively.
- Two small feet on the back of the bag to let you lay the bag down on its back without getting it dirty.
- It weighs 3.6 lbs.
- Check Amazon for price of the Cabin 1 Wheeled Trolley Bag.
Adaptable Travel Backpack Bag
- It features adjustable shoulder straps with a sternum strap for comfortable carrying.
- It weighs 2 lbs.
- Check Amazon for price of the Cabin 1 backpack.
- Good for keeping your clothes and accessories organized.
- Each piece is very lightweight.
- Very affordable luggage.
- If you’re looking for a carry on with one large regular shaped main compartment, this is not the bag for you. Since you have to arrange your things properly within the various expandable sections, it’s not the easiest bag to pack in order to maximize space.
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