The Passenger is a new entrant to the crowded trolley-suitcase market, with the additional selling point of being small enough to qualify as cabin-baggage on most flights. Now as any traveller knows, the trolley-bag has, over the last decade, supplanted the standard suitcase as the first choice of those in the know so frankly, what has this new product got to offer that they myriad of other choices out there don't?
Well I decided to take this baby on a weekend trip to Dublin and give it a good work through that might just answer that question.
Let's get the boring details out of the way first. The Passenger has tough looking blue synthetic fabric shell (easier to spot on the baggage conveyor than the standard black) and measures around 20 cm by 35 cm by 55 cm, fitting easily into a British Midland "checking rack". Alas, I was flying Aer Lingus, and they have a smaller rack, to which the Passenger does not fit into to.
However, that problem aside, the Passenger is surprisingly roomy for a cabin-sized case, offering enough volume for a weekend break for two - and if you need to carry more on the return journey, it can be expanded out, as shown in the picture below.
The Passenger, with top lid expanded
But enough of all that. Let's get on to what I know you all want to hear: how does it perform?
Well I have to say that Passenger is a delight to pull. The multiply extended handle is long enough that I could avoid the back-breaking stooping that many suitcases induce and the smoothly contoured handle sat snugly in my hand, comfortable to pull but with a responsive feel.
And in stability terms, the Passenger is a winner. This is quite simply, the most stable trolley-case I have ever had the pleasure of pulling. Where other trolley-cases will launch themselves into a wrist-snapping flip upon the encounter of even the slimmest of cigarette butts, the Passenger could be pulled at speed across broken pavings and pavement braille bumps without fear or discomfort.
Whatever I threw at it, the Passenger's chunky and wide-spread wheels just lapped it up.
The Passenger's wheels
As we were going through Dublin airport I took advantage of the terminal's shiny floors to give the Passenger a pretty punishing test, pulling hard and aggressive into each twist and turn through the customs area, but succeeded merely in demonstrating the Passenger's predictable behavior. Even when pushing it way beyond its limits, it wouldn't flip; instead the backend just broke smoothly away into a graceful, controllable, and dare I say it, satisfying, powerslide1.
Several long and fun powerslides later, including a pretty wicked one just entering the taxi rank, the truth was clear. This is a trolley-case that is not going to flip.
This is a damn good all-rounder. It's clearly never going to compete as a family suitcase for longer holidays, but if you're looking for a "weekender" offering good volume for her shoes while still offering the sporty performance and agility you deserve, then you'll be hard pressed to find a better choice than the Passenger.
Rating **** (4/5)
1For some reason, my other half didn't seem nearly as impressed with the Passenger's ability to powerslide as I was.