Being a stay at home dad is sometimes a funny experience. One moment, you are playing Doctors with your little girl, the next minute you are answering the door to an actual grown-up, whose job it is to deliver an Antler Prism Embossed suitcase to Blog Of Dad for review.
If you are terribly unlucky, it will have been your turn to wear the ‘glasses’, just before you open the door. And in your haste to transition from infant’s play-mate to functional adult, you may just have forgotten to take off the lens-less, blue plastic eyewear.
Let’s just say that today, I was a little unlucky.
However, my embarrassment quickly gave way to excitement. There, on my doorstep, was a key piece in the puzzle of international travel puzzle – the Antler Prism Embossed suitcase.
Travel Light – Antler Prism Embossed Suitcase
Even in its protective cardboard box, the package felt light. A quick scan of the labels revealed that the cardboard had added an extra 2kg to the total weight, so I was already pretty excited about what I would inside. When I took the suitcase out of the box, I was impressed. In its empty state, the suitcase is large and light.
Naturally, It will be heavy once it’s filled with toddler travel paraphernalia, but crucially that weight will mostly belong to the contents of the large suitcase. The maths is pretty simple – less of the allocated weight spent on suitcase = more weight for items. And that’s a good thing, because this 3.8kg suitcase is cavernous inside.
Did I mention that it’s big? – Antler Prism Embossed Suitcase
Big, massive, gigantic, huge… pick your adjective to describe it. It’s about as large as a suitcase can get, and still be within the requirements of All Nippon Airways – our carrier for our journey to Japan. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly huge, and I think that’s probably down to the light weight and hard shell.
Quality – Antler Prism Embossed Suitcase
With a product like a suitcase, the quality reveals itself over time. I’m afraid you will have to wait for the full review – once I’ve let the airport baggage handlers do their worst, to find out what I really think about the quality. That being said, my initial impressions are that this suitcase is built to a very high standard.
All shiny new things look good, but the key is in the detail. A company that takes pride in producing quality product carefully considers even the small details. There are plenty of those on the Antler Prism Embossed suitcase.
Everything feels sturdy. The wheels are smooth and glide over hard surfaces, the handle slides up and down easily and it locks in place with a satisfying click. The zip feels strong enough to keep working for many years to come.
Antler are pretty confident in the quality of their product. They include a 10 year international warranty. If that’s not a sign that they back themselves, I don’t know what is!
Security – Antler Prism Embossed Suitcase
The Antler Prism Embossed suitcase has a built-in lock. It feels robust and an adequate deterrent from tampering. It is a TSA Certified locking mechanism, which I understand is important for any travel in the USA.
But wait… that’s not all…
An excellent suitcase lock doesn’t do you any good if some opportunistic person decides to take off with the entire thing. Or, equally as likely in Japan, a tired dad leaves the suitcase sitting by the side of the road in his haste to load a taxi.
The considerate crew over at The Cache Group of Companies took care of that for me, with an innovative little device that they call the Luggage Leash. This tiny Bluetooth device provides my Antler Prism Embossed suitcase with an added layer of protection, should the worst happen.
That’s it for now. The real test will come when I hand this shiny, new suitcase over to the baggage handlers of Kingsford Smith Airport. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m quietly confident that the Antler Prism Embossed suitcase is more than up for the challenge.
Disclosure – The Cache Group of Companies provided Blog Of Dad with this suitcase free of charge, for the purpose of review during our Japan adventure. The views expressed in this post are entirely my own views, based on my experiences with the Antler Prism Embossed suitcase. For further information, please visit my disclosure page.