I fell in love with the concept of Rise Gear when I first saw them on Dragon’s Den. An overnight bag that kept you organized on your travels.
Genius. Absolutely genius – But can it keep up?
6 weeks: 4 trips, 8 flights, and countless layover miles
Everything fit. I packed for as little as 2 days and as much as 5 – and always had room to spare. The interwebs advise you should unpack when you get to your hotel and with Rise that was easy-peasy. Unzip, hang up. Voilà!
It stood the test of time, overhead compartment wars, checked luggage boxing matches and me. Seriously. I have a tendency to break just about everything.
What I’ve learned
The Rise bag is very sturdy, but it does have its limits. Word to the wise? Don’t put your heaviest stuff on the top shelf. Hair styling tools, shoes, and the half-gallon of facial cleanser just don’t belong there. Try one of the side pockets or the lowest shelf.
Most US airports CHARGE for the use of a luggage cart
(I love me some Canadian airports!)
Make sure your stuff is on wheels.
I had to lug this bag around across terminals and navigated unknown transit systems with my bag… on my shoulder. The bag itself is very comfortable to carry around – but I hate checking luggage on short business trips and if I do, no more than 1 bag.
The result is ONE very, very, heavy bag. Thankfully they’ve come out with the Roller – a bag on wheels for the well-traveled. I have several speaking gigs next year and you can be sure the Roller is on my list to Santa.
You will be THE coolest roommate
A few girlfriend’s & I always share a room when we’re travelling together. ‘OMG you have to come see my roommate’s bag’ is something I heard often. I’ve made friends with complete strangers who stopped by our room to check out the bag everyone was talking about (don’t worry mom – they were all bloggers…. at the same conference).
This isn’t your typical overnight bag and the quality is outstanding. You’re not getting Walmart quality, so don’t expect Walmart prices.
I’ve destroyed many bags in my travels – most only last one trip, two at most. At $139 for the Weekender and $199 for the Roller, you’re getting great value at a price-point that won’t gouge you.
Bottom line: Get it. Now. No seriously, what are you waiting for?
You’ll be looking for reasons to use it.
Sending your kids off to Grandma’s for the weekend? Rise Gear. Impromptu road trip with the hunny? Rise Gear. 3 of your kids are in the holiday pageant? Rise Gear – those shelves will save your sanity!
Best. Bag. Ever.