Summer’s here and, unlike last year, that means summer trips are almost upon us. Or maybe fall trips. Or maybe right now trips to make up for the lack of spring trips. The fact is, your luggage needs an upgrade (or it will after you work through your travel backlog).
Kabuto is here to help you slake your wanderlust with the Trunk: a full-sized, hard shell suitcase with a magnetic mounting point for a laptop sleeve or backpack. Weighing just over 10lbs., this voluminous suitcase has all kinds of hidden features that make it perfect for every traveler.
Just looking at it, you can tell the Trunk is a little different. Instead of a pop-up handle sticking up from the back of the suitcase, it sits flush with the exterior, leaving the entire top area of the bag as an ad-hoc workspace. It hinges open, with wheels on either side so that you can access the contents without flopping it on the ground or your bed.
And let’s talk about those wheels. With double ball bearings and rubber tires, they roll smoother than you’d expect from a suitcase. They’re virtually silent and soak up bumps with aplomb. They’ll be able to keep up with you no matter if you’re strolling between gates or sprinting to make a connection.
The front pocket has a spot for a battery pack. Either a 30W smartphone model or a 60W laptop-compatible battery. Both can easily be accessed via the hub on the top of the bag. Speaking of, that hub also contains a fingerprint sensor. There’s no combination to forget or key to lose, the TSA-certified sensor can store up to 10 fingerprints for a somewhat addictive instant unlock (seriously, I can’t stop playing with it on the Carry-on bag).
You can also accessorize with packing cubes and a suit sleeve for modular packing in the Trunk, allowing you to pack even more or just keep everything from sliding around.
The real showstopper though is the integrated magnetic mount on the front of the Trunk. There you can connect a laptop sleeve or Kabuto’s new backpack. The backpack looks like a casual briefcase at first glance. With a hidden snap, you can easily convert it to an expandable backpack. There are no zippers to fiddle with; the bag expands as pressure from the contents pop the magnets hidden in the side. It’s an elegant, hassle-free solution that gives you all kinds of options.
The backpack is no slouch either when it comes to organization. There are pockets throughout to keep everything stored away securely. It’s also water-resistant.
The Trunk from Kabuto is exactly the kind of bag I like, a full sized, hard shell suitcase with tons of room, integrated smart features, and hidden versatility. Pair it with the new backpack and you’ve got a travel duo that will have you ready for whatever challenges you encounter in your travels.
Of course, if you need a bag right now, I’d also recommend the Kabuto Carry-on currently available on their site. It’s expandable and has an integrated laptop sleeve that contains a USB-C cable for passthrough charging your computer or tablet when it’s docked with the bag. It also has the biometric fingerprint lock as well as the smooth-as-butter dual-bearings and rubber tire wheels.
Kabuto’s Kickstarter was funded almost immediately this morning and has 29 days left to go. If you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait. While the Trunk and Backpack are both impressive, they’re also quite expensive. Kabuto is running an early bird special right now for $859 for the combo. Once that’s done, there will be a Kickstarter price of $1,059. Full retail price will be $1,359 when Kabuto starts selling the Trunk and Backpack from their site after the September crowdfunding fulfillment.