There’s something seriously cool about aluminium luggage.
Sleek, stylish and long-lasting aluminium cases are an investment — and feature on our airline proof luggage list!
Smart luggage has rarely been made from aluminium, though. It was attempted in a Kickstarter by Novi — which ended disastrously with a patent infringement.
Fortunately, instagram friendly and smart luggage experts Away Travel have made an aluminium smart luggage case that is everything you could ask for. The Aluminium Edition Carry On.
This guide looks at the key features, and why it’s the best aluminium smart luggage you can buy right now. Their aluminium luggage also got a makeover for 2021, with Away Travel pairing with audiophile brand Master & Dynamic to produce a limited edition set of headphones and luggage — including their aluminium smart luggage.
Quick look — Aluminium Edition Carry on features
|Style||Carry-on compliant, 4-wheeled spinner|
|Locks||Zipper-less TSA approved catches|
|Size||54.5 cm x 34.5 cm x 22.8 cm|
|Battery||Rechargeable 10,000 mAh battery|
3 reasons this aluminium smart luggage is the pick of the bunch
- Unlike many aluminium cases — this is truly carry-on friendly!
- Significantly more durable than Away’s normal carry-on range
- Virtually the only aluminium smart luggage around, offering an easy to remove battery
Summary — This is the best aluminium smart luggage you can buy
When you buy an aluminium smart luggage case you’ll know that your tech is safe — no zip failures, cracked cases or torn sides here — and the Away Travel carry-on in aluminium ticks all the boxes for us.
It’s significantly cheaper high-end rivals such Rimowa, and virtually the only aluminium luggage with an easy access rechargeable battery pack.
There are a couple of subtle differences in the aluminium smart luggage version, from Aways ever popular Carry-on bag:
- A different internal mesh divider with hooks not zips (that I prefer)
- More sturdy telescopic handle
- Leather lined carry handles
Equally, with the aluminium case you get no zippers and instead two sturdy TSA approved catches and a rubber seal around the two aluminium clamshells to keep them sealed. It’s not advertised, but it virtually means the bag is waterproof, as the traditional weak point of a leaky zip is removed.
The case is heavier than the standard carry-on version by 1.4 kg — at 4.8 kg vs 3.4 kg. However, the durability from the aluminium case is arguably worth it and weighing under 5 kg total weight means that there is still plenty of room in most airlines weight allowances. It feels quality rather than heavy.
Overall, this is arguably the best aluminium smart luggage available to buy today. A reliable brand, hassle-free device charging, and an aluminium suitcase that will turn heads and last a lifetime.
Equally, and fresh for 2021’s adventures, the Master & Dynamic limited edition looks really slick, and will certainly turn heads.