Review: Raden A28 Check Luggage
Earlier this year I was able to travel with the Raden A28 Check suitcase, and all in all, it was a fantastic experience. Here’s why.
A Brief Word on How I Travel
I travel a decent amount for my job, but I’m not one of those road warriors who leaves early on Monday and flies back on Friday or even sooner. I admire the way these people operate. I see them in the airport, toting an impossibly small carry-on with all of their essentials, laptop bag hugging the suitcase handle.
I am not one of these people.
When traveling through the airport I am all about dropping off my luggage with the friendly bag check people as quickly as possible. I want to be walking around the airport unencumbered by any sort of wheeled suitcase. Nope, it’s just me and my Herschel Supply backpack. That is all.
In the Box
With that in mind, the team at Raden was kind enough to send me their A28 Check suitcase in matte black. As the product name implies, the A28 is – yup – 28 inches long. It’s a good-sized piece of luggage, but it’s not like some of these trunk-type bags I see people lugging up to the counter at Gerald R. Ford International. And at just 13 pounds, the A28 Check is quite light for its size.
The A28 Check comes in a box, but inside it’s packaged in a very nice drawstring bag, which itself doubles as a laundry bag when you’re out on the road. There’s also a nice welcome card which directs you to a Welcome Aboard page on the Raden website. It’s all very welcoming. Plus, they’ve included some other little travel accessories as well.
The App Side
I followed the steps to power up the built-in 7800 mAH battery pack and other integrated electronics and then proceeded to download the Raden app (App Store link). First up, my bag had a software update! After installing I got started with checking out the Check’s unique functions.
The case has two USB ports for powering up your various devices, but I can see this being way more valuable for the Carry version, as it’s a carry-on and you’d have it with you at all times. I actually never used this feature, but I might have had I been waiting for a Lyft ride once I arrived at my destination.
A28’s handle has a built-in scale that displays the weight of your luggage on the app. Wonderful feature. Before heading to the airport I knew exactly where I stood with regard to the 50-lb. limit.
Raden uses Bluetooth proximity to notify the app when your luggage is close to your phone. I was able to confirm this during setup, but the suitcase never notified me when it came through the flaps at baggage claim. I hope to try this again on a future trip, as I suspect it’s extremely useful.
Giving it the Old College Try
I enjoyed traveling with the A28 Check! The suitcase looks great, it’s made to be strong, and I loved having 360° wheels on the bottom. Rolling the case upright next to me was pretty awesome.
You can fit a ton in the case. One thing that took getting used to is that when you open it up, both sides of the suitcase are basically the same dimension. Each side also has a zippered lining to keep it self contained. I was able to fit everything I needed for a week away, including a suit jacket and three pairs of shoes.
I was expecting the case’s trip through various baggage handling facilities to do a number of its exterior finish, and well, it kinda did. However, a quick wipe-down with a damp paper towel was all that was necessary to bring back Raden’s original finish and minimize any scratches it had sustained.
At $395, the Raden A28 Check is not an inexpensive piece of luggage, but I do believe it’s a good value for the money. The case is solidly constructed, attractive, and highly functional. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, check out the A22 Carry ($295), or snag the whole set for $595.
The kind folks at Raden were gracious enough to provide me with a complementary Check unit for the purposes of this honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.