Published on February 8th, 2011 | by Gbemiga0
Ful Roadie: A Duffel With More
We regularly travel, between tech tradeshows and wine tastings. Next week, we’ll be attending the NYC Toy Fair, and there’s always the obligatory trips home to family, summer vacations, and overnight stays in Tahoe. And one item makes more of a difference when on the go than any other (except, perhaps, our laptops): luggage.
Ful (pronounced fuel) makes a wide variety of duffels, messenger bags, slings and backpacks. You’ve probably seen various famous musicians carrying them around, and the bags are tagged with various names like Heartbreaker and Brickhouse. We haven’t had a chance to check them out before, but recently have been putting theFul Roadie Duffel through the paces. And we’re happy to report that it is among the better duffels we’ve used, especially in this price range.
On opening the Roadie you are first greeted with two large capacity compartments, which are just great for those of us who like to have their luggage organized. Compression straps held things down and prevented items from moving about or shifting. Inside and outside the Roadie were multiple pockets that were just great for smaller objects, and the large pocket on the front was perfect for magazines and boarding passes, for things we needed to get at quickly and easily.
The Roadie also comes with a retractable handle and inline wheels. We would’ve preferred a more durable handle, as this one feels a bit cheap and wobbles a bit. The wheels also could’ve used an upgrade. Larger bags tend to get heavy and easily unbalanced, and the Roadie wasn’t immune to balance issues. But stair handling was good, and the wheels were smooth, making the bag easy to pull around corners. We were able to pack a ton inside, and easily get at the contents. Zippers were so-so though; we’ve seen better and worse and duffels do tend to get strained a bit. Handle placement is smart, and though they could’ve used a bit of cushioning or grip, they got the job done. Our bag was red, though a variety of colors are available (even if they don’t seem to show up on their site).
With all its features, we know you’ll enjoy the good-looking Roadie, even if you’re not on tour. The Roadie comes with a one year warranty and runs around $100-$120, widely available online.