Niche luggage brand beats big names to award
Monday 21 March 2011
A unique luggage brand designed to allow users to lean on it has beaten industry giants Samsonite and Tumi in a readers' choice poll conducted by About.com, it was announced March 16.
Fans of the Walkin' Bag luggage line, whose products are designed to allow users to rest on them during use, voted the brand top spot in a poll conducted among over 10,000 users of the New York Times-owned About.com.
Walkin' Bags use a curved lean-on handle that allows users to easily support themselves on the bag during use, and some designs even feature a fold-out seat which allows travelers to sit on their luggage during lines or waits on the go.
The concept was dreamed up by Etsuo Miyoshi, a polio survivor who needed a bag that could be leaned on and designed the first bag in 1996 - the bags are currently sold at retailers in the US and are available further afield online, priced from $170 (€120).
They amassed nearly 5,400 votes, roughly 1,000 more than the closest competitor, Victorinox Swiss Army luggage, and over double the third place entry, Briggs & Riley.
Samsonite and Tumi were the lowest-placed nominations, amassing less than 100 votes each in final votes.
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