A few months back, Carin had to pack for a trip to a conference. She was flying on a chartered flight and for some reason that was eventually explained to us but has since slipped my mind, the luggage weight limits were just a shade north of are you kidding!? As a result, the two of us spent the better part of several hours agonizing over how we were going to fit the necessities and nothing more into the bags she was allowed without causing the plane to drop from the sky like a fiery hunk of screaming doom. We eventually did it, but picking up a suitcase and weighing yourself with it gets to be a pain in the arse after about the 16th repeat of the process, especially when you’re only a shade under half done at that point. what I wouldn’t have given for one of these self-weighing suitcases.
To make things a whole lot easier, the TUL suitcase gives a running total of its weight as you throw things in, so there are no surprises.
As far as Kickstarter projects go, the TUL seems like one worth backing, especially if you fly a lot and are constantly battling overweight luggage fees at check-in. A pledge of just over $200 will get you a medium-sized TUL suitcase come December (a larger size will be available too) which isn’t exactly cheap. But airlines’ overage fees aren’t either.
The TUL seems well-equipped with a weatherproof outer hard shell, ample zip-shut pockets lining the interior, and a TSA-approved combination lock for protecting what’s inside once the bag leaves your custody. And to protect the LCD display on the outside of the case, it includes a soft-side velcro-secured protective cover that easily slips on and off.
If they raise enough money, it’d be absolutely glorious if they’d make a talking one.