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Feather Light Luggage

Feather Light Luggage

A great bag can mean the difference between a relaxing trip and one spent dragging a too-heavy suitcase, painfully navigating the narrow aisle of an airplane, and straining to lift your suitcase into the overhead compartment. If you’re ready to ditch your rigid, heavy suitcase for a sleek, lightweight alternative, we’ve found the perfect upgrade.

The Feather collection comes from Hideo Wakamatsu, a designer who grew up in Tokyo where his family is the leading maker of traditional Japanese schoolbags, called randoseru.
Before founding his own company, Hideo spent 10 years working with bag makers in Paris. You can see the influence of his artistic upbringing and European culture in his thoughtfully executed designs.

Hideo’s Feather bags are made from a lightweight, water-repellent nylon, reinforced by heavy nylon bands. They have plenty of storage pockets, strategically placed to make packing easier and to maximize every inch of space. Speaking of space, you won’t miss the heavy metal frames that weigh down other suitcases and take up precious cargo room. Hideo’s rolling Trolley bag has none of that. It’s soft-sided without compromising durability or style. You can even cinch the straps to make it smaller when you’re traveling light.

If durable, lightweight and stylish is on your travel agenda, this Grommet’s for you.

— Ann
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Hideo Wakamatsu - Feather Light Luggage
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi

    My name is Yoshi and I work in the US Operations for Hideo Wakamatsu. Hideo is brilliant with his use of fabrics and design functionality. The featherweight assortment featured here today is a particular joy for lightening your load as you travel. You will be pleased with how these pieces perform and last year after year. I'm here to answer any questions you may have.

  • Emily
    Emily
    10/11/2010 12:26 PM

    Do you know the actual weight of the trolley bag?

  • Elene
    Elene
    10/11/2010 12:31 PM

    By chance, does the trolley bag have the option of becoming a backpack?

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    10/11/2010 12:41 PM

    Hi Guys! The actual weight of the trolley is 5.3 pounds, that's roughly the weight of a laptop. The trolley doesn't become a backpack at the moment.

  • Harry
    Harry
    10/11/2010 1:18 PM

    So how much is this fabulous bag (bag set)?????? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/11/2010 1:27 PM

    @Nan - when you click down on the arrow in the options field where you would add the item to the cart, you will see the prices on the individual bags and the set of bags.

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    10/11/2010 1:32 PM

    Can the trolly be used as carry on or as check on? And approx how many days clothes will fit - a few days, a week or more? Thanks.

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    10/11/2010 1:58 PM

    Hi @Jessica, this is a carry-on bag: I take it on 7 to 10 days trips and it works perfect for me. I usually take the boston bag as well to fit more shoes :)

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    10/11/2010 2:10 PM

    Is there a way to use the Boston on top of the trolley when you roll through an airport...a way to attach them?

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    10/11/2010 2:47 PM

    Hi @Sandra, personally I use the bag strap to attach it to the trolley handle and it works perfectly

  • Judy Lane
    Judy Lane
    10/11/2010 4:03 PM

    Wondering how well they hold up if you check your luggage. With nothing to retain its shape how does contents keep from being smashed?

  • yocheved
    yocheved
    10/11/2010 4:21 PM

    can you advise measurements of trolley? does it expand?

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    10/11/2010 4:35 PM

    Also a little concerned, like Judy, about contents. Are there no frames whatsoever?

  • Alexis
    Alexis
    10/11/2010 5:09 PM

    Hi are these bags available in the UK and are there plans for other colours?

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    10/11/2010 5:15 PM

    The dimensions of the bag (full) are 20" tall x 9" wide x 14" length and because its soft sided it can contract and expand. The bag has side clasps to tighten things up in case the load is smaller.

    The back of the bag is protected with a board that holds the handle as well, and the front nylon is thicker so it pretty good at protecting items.

    The Feather trolley was tested thourogly and in fact is our best seller in the US (almost 1,000 sold) and we didn't hear from contents damaged so rest assured your stuff will have a safe flight :)

  • Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    2/25/2011 7:01 PM

    @Yoshi: I really want to buy the Trolley Version of this bag. However, it really needs 360 degree spinner wheels. Could you pass this suggestion onto the Designer and/or do they plan to make the Bag with the Spinner wheels soonish?

    Thanks,

    Gay Huffman

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    2/28/2011 1:20 AM

    @Gay Huffman: Regarding the Hideo design Feather trolley, unfortunately this model has only two wheels so it is not 360 degree spinner wheels and we do not have any plan for changing model of the Feather trolley.

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    10/11/2010 5:30 PM

    Hi @Alexis, for now this product is exclusive for the US market

  • Maria Morris
    Maria Morris
    10/11/2010 5:40 PM

    What is the weight of each piece of luggage? (very important to know this even before considering this product!)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/11/2010 5:47 PM

    @Maria - I am pulling this information from the Details section below the Grommet story which has the specifications for any featured Grommet. It's always good to have it in more than one place!

    * Trolley: 20" tall x 9" wide x 14" length, weight: 5.3 lbs

    * Messenger: 18" length x 10" high x 5" wide, weight: 1.1 lbs

    * Boston Duffle Bag: 21" length, 13" high, x 6" wide, weight: 2.5 lbs

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    10/11/2010 9:03 PM

    Hi all - I was lucky enough to be the tester for the Trolley. I was out of town for 3 days. I tend to pack light, and as I mentioned in the video had lots of space on my way down. I pulled the sides tight and did not for a second fear that my stuff would be damaged. There's a really solid feeling to the bag and as Yoshi says, it's actually padded and firm (with the bar) at the back which makes it feel even more substantial.

    On the way back, I had purchased a pair of pants, a sweater and a pair of shoes, plus a few things for the kids (2 t-shirts and some big bags of candy). I loosened the straps but still had room. I'd say that from the fully tightened state to the expanded state it added about 4-5 inches for packing (I'll double check and actually measure that when I get into the office tomorrow).

  • Allison
    Allison
    10/13/2010 5:57 PM

    I don't see how we can add the collection. Only the messenger and boston duffle. I want the one you talked about and called the trolley. Is is not available? Please advise. Thanks

  • Allison
    Allison
    10/13/2010 6:18 PM

    How can we buy the trolley?

  • Ian
    Ian
    10/19/2010 7:25 PM

    A guy question - can you pack a suit in it?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2010 6:15 PM

    @Ian - it will fit but would likely need a press or need to hang overnight. It doesn't have a "built-in" solution for suits.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    10/30/2010 12:25 PM

    I purchased all three pieces and they are really lightweight and have lots of spaces. I love the zippers! They are hidden and work very smoothly and there are lots of zippers.. and little hidden spaces inside and out. My only question is the instruction booklets that were attached. They are both in Japanese. I know that in most cases, I don't pay attention to these, however, because I cannot read it, I just know I am missing something important. Do they have them in English?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/31/2010 5:09 AM

    @Lynn McNeill: Thank you for your feedback and for letting us know about the instructions. Yoshi has provided this translation:



    1. Do not throw this suitcase and do not sit on it as a chair.


    2. Be careful when putting stuff over it since it may cause damage.


    3. This material is water repellent but not 100% water proof.


    4. Please avoid packing easily breakable materials such as glass.


    5. Do not leave inside a car or in very high temperatures for an extended period of time.


    6. Avoid checking in a suitcase containing valuables as they may be stolen.


    7. Do not run the wheels on stairs.


    8. Please secure slide handle before pulling.


    9. Do not lift the case by the slide handle as it may cause damage.


    10. Apply a lubricant such as wd-40 when wheels don't move smoothly.


    11. Please contact the airline or your insurance company if they cause the item to be damaged. Hideo Wakamatsu will repair item whenever possible.

  • Lynn McNeill
    Lynn McNeill
    11/3/2010 12:14 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Thanks, Katherine...These instructions do make sense and I feel much better, now. Especially the last line about damage. I am not planning a big trip until February, but I will let you know how it goes. I am very happy with the size and weight. As far as packing goes, I have learned that "less is more than enough!" I have already given away my old heavy luggage.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/3/2010 3:12 PM

    @Lynn McNeill: You're welcome! I think that your quote applies to more than just packing!!

  • Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    11/16/2010 2:26 PM

    I don't see the Trolley available for purchase. Am I missing something?

    Also, is there a way to ask the Manufacturer to make the Trolley with Spinner wheels rather than in-line wheels? Spinners are easier to maneuver and seem like the way to go if possible.

    Thanks for your help with these questions!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/16/2010 4:09 PM

    @Gay Huffman: The Trolley will be back in stock next week. That is a great suggestion about the wheels and I will pass it along!

  • Lynn McNeill
    Lynn McNeill
    3/9/2011 2:17 PM

    I just returned from three week vacation and numerous plane transfers from Detroit to Denver to LA to Auckland, NZ to Queenstown, NZ to Sydney,Australia to Cairns, back to Sydney to LA to Phoenix to Detroit! Plus in and out of buses etc. Had a WONDERFUL trip and my Hideo Trolley luggage held up beautifully. I was able to pack ALL my stuff for the entire trip. The luggage was lightweight and has lots of extra zippers and compartments to place everything for easy access.

    I would recommend to anyone.

    Thanks

    Lynn

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 2:30 PM

    @Lynn McNeill: We love that you put this luggage through its paces, brought it around the world and that it traveled like a pro. Thanks for stopping back to let us know.

  • Paula Roegge
    Paula Roegge
    4/23/2011 7:26 PM

    Will the trolley fit in the overhead compartment of a tour bus? We are going on a trip to Europe, and once we are their, all our travel is on buses. Our bags have to be able to fit in the overhead compartment.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2011 9:34 AM

    @Paula Roegge: That sounds like a wonderful trip. Have the organizers given you the dimensions for the luggage you are allowed? The Trolley's dimensions are 20" tall x 9" wide x 14" length, weight: 5.3 lbs. It is soft-sided and can grow and shrink as necessary. It will probably be an ideal travel bag for this type of trip.

  • Suzie
    Suzie
    7/10/2011 6:18 PM

    Hi, Yoshi!

    I had 2 questions:

    1) Does the luggage have any kind of warranty/ repair coverage?

    2) What kind of (material) wheels are attached to the trolley? Do you sell replacement wheels or repair them?

    So, it turned out to be 3 questions.

    I tried finding these answers in the discussion, but was unable to do so. I apologize if you answered these questions already, but I would appreciate a response when you get a chance.

    Thanks so much for your time!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/11/2011 9:59 AM

    @Suzie: Great questions! I have forwarded the on to Yoshi and will let you know.

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    7/11/2011 5:40 PM

    @Suzie: 1)Yes it does. The limited warranty covers the buyer for one year and we'll repair or replace if necessary. After the warranty expiration we can certainly get the luggage repaired (if possible for free but it would depend on the type of work needed)

    2)The silent wheels are made of a silicon alloy. We do not charge for replacement wheels so we'll gladly ship a pair if needed.

  • Suzie
    Suzie
    8/1/2011 12:37 PM

    @Yoshi Kurimoto: Thanks so much, Yoshi!

  • Nina Wikstrom Aguilar
    Nina Wikstrom Aguilar
    9/16/2011 3:27 PM

    I am not able to *listen* to the videos, but watched all of them. Reading all this discussion, with the frequent responses from Yoshi, makes me feel very reassured about possibly buying this luggage. However, I am in a quandary: should I buy the 3-piece set of Featherlight? Or should I buy the 2-piece Heavyweight set, in the bright colors. I am certainly drawn to the colors, because everyone else in the world has a set of big black suitcases. I would love to get the whole set in blue, and wish the Featherlight also had this option.

    Grommet, thanks for all you do! And Yoshi, please give Mr. Wakamatsu my best regards.

    Sincerely, Nina in Texas, USA

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/16/2011 5:21 PM

    @Nina: That is a big decision! I am drawn to the bright colors of the tarpaulin collection as well, but absolutely love this featherweight assortment. You may just have to flip a coin because you can't go wrong with either. I will pass your note along to Yoshi. We're glad that you stopped by today.

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