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Product Design
Published: 10 Oct 2017

Freitag's Inflatable Suitcase

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Zeppelin inflatable travel bag from Freitag

Swiss company Freitag has invented a clever inflatable trolley bag that can be rolled up for compact storage when not in use. 

The Zippelin is the first suitcase-style product to be added to the brand’s collection of bags and accessories made from recycled truck tarpaulins. During the prototyping stage, the designers realised that a conventional suitcase frame would make a bag made from their signature durable and waterproof material far too heavy. So instead, they developed an innovative frame based on a bicycle inner tube that, when inflated, creates a rigid, yet lightweight structure.

Before packing the bag, the user simply inflates the inner tube using a standard bicycle pump. The frame expands to create a cuboid-shaped container that, with an 85-litre capacity, is designed for long-haul travel. Made from heavyweight tarpaulin, the bag is designed for durability, featuring practical side straps and pockets and a pull-strap on top that replaces the conventional pull-up handle.

The case’s wheels can be removed and stowed in one of the pockets during flights, and can simply be reattached on landing without using additional tools. When not in use, the Zippelin can be deflated and rolled up for easy and compact storage – a significant advantage for urban consumers living in small homes.

See Products on the Move: Travel Accessory Trends for further insight into the innovative luggage and product launches that enhance on-the-go lifestyles.

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