It is not everyday that you come across a suitcase that is both stunning and smart…that’s why when we got a chance to test drive the Raden we were more than a little excited to try it out! We first came across the Raden brand on Instagram and like everything they do, they do it with both style and flair, in a completely unique and original way. Their Instagram feed fills us with gorgeous imagery of anything from architecture to the desert and a couple of their suitcase close-ups for good measure. As we were already hooked on the cool, clever branding and stylish designs we had high hopes for the A28 carry on suitcase so read on to find out how it measured up.
First things first the suitcase arrives in a minimal grey cardbox box, which ones you get through leaves a big suticase cover with the case inside. The suitcase itself is the average carry on size, and you can choose between a huge host of colours and finishes depending on whether you prefer to keep things matt or more glossy. We had the lovely navy in a gloss finish that looked great as well as being incredibly light and easy to handle. The case as expected comes with a built in lock system which was easy enough to use, and sturdy zips and handles.
The interior is just as nice as you would expect, labelled with the Raden branding, including a mesh grey lining, and a little pouch which includes an eye patch, earplugs and a charger connector…all the little details we love about the brand. All in all from both the exterior and its interior the Raden is a super stylish piece of luggage but where it really starts to get interesting is looking beyond this and onto everything the suitcase can do.
What has really made Raden so well known so much so that even Oprah raves about these suitcases is in all the special features. Once you download the Raden app you can have the ability to weigh your suitcase, saying goodbye to any overweight luggage fares and hello to smart scales! Beyond weighing your suitcase you can also plug in to charge your phone or laptop into the suitcase itself just in case you are running out of juice after a long flight. Finally the app also allows you to easily track the location of your suitcase so you never have to lose it again..dreamy!
Since we got to trial the Raden A28 carry on over a number of different trips over the Christmas holidays as well as some short-haul Europe flights we feel confident in assessing the luggage and how it shaped up. Transporting the suitcase itself was a dream; not only is the suitcase still lighter than most at capacity, the wheels and handles mean it seems to glide across airport floors and was a major plus. In terms of packing and unpacking the 2 lined internal flaps meant this was pretty easy and the mesh helped identify what we had in each pocket. Something to note though is that the charger unit battery in one side of the suitcase did take up a fair amount of space so you are left with about 10% less room than a regular carry-on.
Having the functionally to weigh our case was fantastic and really helped us throughout our trips, particularly with the many different requirements different airlines had. We only ended up using the location service on the app once and to be honest for a carry on is a lot less necessary than a checked in case but a nice to have all the same. The charger on the other hand was a life saver! After losing battery on our laptop after a long train ride this was amazing and really allowed our productivity to increase by actually being able to get straight back to work no matter where we were, which previously would have jsut been lost time.
All in all we can safely say we have found THE ONE; in the luggage world anyway! and rather than dread packing and carrying a suitcase around the Raden actually gives us great pleasure to use. If you are interested in the Raden we reviewed find their suitcases here.
The Raden A28 in navy was gifted but all opinions are our own.