ProtecA Max Pass H: Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Has a Worthy Challenger!
It was a short business trip to Tokyo for our company’s planning session. I had my small Rimowa Salsa Business Multiwheel carry-on with me, a birthday gift I got for myself last year while on vacation in Bangkok with my wife, Jane. I got this small carry-on because I wanted easy access to my laptop and iPad whenever I pass through those dreaded x-ray machines in airports. But this Rimowa model still had to be opened wide to pick up the laptop inside. Hassle! To be honest, I kinda regretted paying P32,000 for this.
So I was again on the lookout for a better carry-on. I considered getting the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual Access Travel Carry-on, which was featured here in Unpacked a few days ago. But I found a better option in Tokyo!
I did a quick shopping run in Mitsukoshi along Ginza and chanced upon this nice carry-on called ProtecA MaxPass H. I’m not familiar with the brand. I just saw on the tag “made in Japan”. Hey, if it’s from Japan, it must be good right? Or is that Seiko? I know the young ones won’t get that. Hehe.
This shiny piece of luggage is made from polycarbonate resin so it’s very light. But let me go straight to why I got this brand – the very convenient laptop compartment!
It easily opens on the upper portion of the suitcase! My 13″ Macbook Pro fits perfectly. I can also put my iPad mini, my handy dandy notebook, passport and even some charging cables. Perfect!
I then opened the suitcase and it had ample space for more gadgets. The left side had a zipped cover and soft cushioned lining. It was just right for my digital camera and computer accessories pouch.
The right side is like any other carry-on. I just placed 3 shirts here but it can fit a pair of jeans, around 5 shirts, some underwear, and 2 pairs of socks. With the 7-kilo limit of most airlines though, I decided to keep my jeans in the check-in luggage.
So off I went to Narita airport.After going through the x-ray machines effortlessly, I still had time for duty free shopping. I stuffed some more goodies in! The ProtecA still had some space for those super crunchy Japanese crackers and that Yamazaki single-malt whisky my friend asked me to buy.
There’s only one catch. No it’s not the price tag. It’s Y46,000 tax-free (less than P20,000) by the way. Consider this as an investment (that’s what shopaholics usually say). Compared to the quiet Rimowa, its caster wheels actually make a bit more noise when you drag it on rough street surface. But I can ignore that since all airports have smooth flooring anyway.
There are four other colors available. The metallic blue was also calling me but I resisted!
So if you’re looking for a cool polycarbonate carry-on that will help you zip through the x-ray machines, then I suggest you fork out the cash for this one. You won’t have to look for a new one in a long time!