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Published on February 8th, 2011 | by Gbemiga


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.

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In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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