In terms of luggage, there are backpacks with wheels and backpack-duffel combinations. But what if you take two separate suitcases–one with dimensions as a carry-on with the other a full check-in size case–and then join them together?
That’s the idea behind the Bugaboo Boxer. It’s basically a modular version of luggage. GQ magazine dubbed it the “Lego of the suitcase world.”
The complete set consists of four parts. The first is the chassis. This is the most crucial part, as you won’t be able to use anything without it. All other parts connect here.
Second is the main big hard-shell case that has a similar size to most check-in luggage, and it has a capacity of 64 litres. It also comes with an inner soft bag to organise your stuff better.
The third component is a smaller case that may be used as carry-on, with a capacity of 30.5 litres it also comes with an inner bag. The last part is a laptop bag.
The two back wheels are larger than the two front ones, but all four can spin a full 360-degrees so manoeuvrability and mobility is not an issue. You can push the set or pull it.
Travel + Leisure specifies that the chassis may be folded for easy storage or compartment/cargo transport. The Boxer has no digital parts such as electronic locks or a built-in power supply, putting the emphasis on simplicity.
It’s also lightweight, as the suitcase is made with a polycarbonate material. Though they seem sturdy, their walls are a bit thin so bear that in mind when packing fragile items.
It leans more on the pricey side as far as luggage is concerned, but the Dutch company is known for making high-end baby strollers that have excellent quality and design so the price of the Boxer doesn’t come as a surprise.
The chassis comes at $630, with the laptop bag already included. The main case is priced at $460 and the smaller one is at $400. A complete set will cost you almost $1,500.
Here’s a 2-minute video of the Boxer that shows the things you can do with the complete set (credit: les Accrospecialistes)
Reinventing ideas is part of our society’s ingenuity. Sometimes even if a product or service already works, there are numerous ways to achieve a fresh or a different kind of result.
Take movies for instance. There have been countless reboots, retellings, reimagining. Whatever you call it, that’s essentially reinventing the originally published piece. Superhero films are great examples, like the Batman movies.
Games as well have been reinvented. Slingo for one, which in itself is already a reinvention of slots combined with bingo, have been further modified to create Slingo Extreme, which executes the spins automatically after placing the bets for more fast-paced game sessions. All in all, this has helped inspire all kinds of industries in finding ingenious approaches to standard products and improving customer engagement.
More tangible examples include clothing, with which the process of remodelling and reinventing styles is almost second nature. And of course, the luggage we have here which is the Bugaboo Boxer.
In short, Bugaboo made sure that their first venture with suitcases was noteworthy. Considering the functionality, portability, and aesthetics of the Boxer, it seems like a pretty nice reinvention.