In those days, traveling with a suit or two wasn’t easy. There were no wheeled carry on bags just the standard, bulky,unwieldy double or triple fold garment bag. While today we fight for overhead space, in those days we fought for closet space to hang our garment bags.
Fortunately, I no longer have to travel that way but still feel bad for those who now have to try to fit a suit, or two, into a standard carry on bag. (The suit, especially if there is a suit carrier attachment inside, takes up most of the room.)
A few years ago I heard about a new product called the Skyroll. Rather than fold the garment bag, it was rolled around a core. Rather than me explain it, watch the video Skyroll created explaining how it works:
This bag is designed for the business person going on a short trip but must bring serious business clothes. It is not for the leisure traveler looking to travel light.
For $150, you get the garment bag, toiletry bag and shoulder strap. It’s made of 1200 denier ballistic fabric, measures, according to their website at 22 x 8.5 empty, and weighs just over 4 lbs. empty. Add the toiletry kit and it’s just over 4.5 lbs. Add a suit and my Skyroll measured 23.5″ x 9.5″.
My opinion is that if you are looking for an alternative from the standard garment bag, you should definitely consider getting this. If it was available when I had to wear suits, I would have probably purchased one. I know the “filled measurements” are a little bigger than standard carry-on but I doubt this bag will get a second look from gate agents. Whether or not you should take that risk is up to you.
Photos and videos are courtesy of Skyroll who provided the bag for review. Opinions are our own.