July Baggage Review: Lightweight, Customizable Carry-On Luggage
We love well-designed, well-thought-out and stylish carry-on luggage. And as travel is once again part of our lives, there’s no better time to check if your current suitcase meets everything you need – and more importantly, what you want. Because these days you don’t have to sacrifice anything when it comes to your suitcase.
This is where July comes in. The Melbourne-based brand launched in 2019 but arrived in the United States this month. And while Away, Calpak, Paravel and other trendy travel brands have been creating attractive, high-quality luggage for years, July’s products feature a handful of unique features that we haven’t seen anywhere else. A few key differentiators right off the bat: The brand currently offers the world’s lightest double-wheel carry-on suitcase, customization options in 12 different languages, and an ejectable USB-C power bank that will charge your laptop and phone. .
âThere isn’t a company that doesn’t see the United States as the place to be,â says Athan Didaskalou, founder and chief strategy officer at July. “Like other Australian expats, we are delighted to be here and give the travel scene an injection of Australian design.”
Read on to learn more about how July mixes up the luggage category and a breakdown of the brand’s bags you’ll want to pack on your next adventure.
Sometimes being a newer brand in a saturated market can be a bonus. Before creating their luggage line, the July team read thousands of reviews on existing suitcases. Then he decided to fix the things that weren’t working. Suitcases that start to break down after a few trips? Inconvenient handle heights? Do the wheels jam or break? The unique characteristics of July’s suitcases are a response to specific issues in the travel experience.
Didaskalou points out that this idea of ââhelping people travel better is an integral part of what July is. âSuitcases look great, but more importantly, we design new things from scratch,â he says. âWe try to innovate every day.
For example, the unique eggshell shape of July’s suitcases is a direct answer to a problem with more angular suitcase shapes: weak spots at their elbows and corners. The unique, curved design of July suitcases allows for more bounce and ultimately a more durable suitcase that better protects your belongings. Additionally, the cases are reinforced with custom aluminum bumpers for even more protection and a scratch-resistant German polycarbonate exterior. Because July aims to create an unbreakable suitcase that will last you a lifetime (not just a few years), it also backs its luggage with a lifetime warranty.
One thing that July offers that no other brand offers? An unrivaled level of customization options. âIt’s all about the personalization,â Didaskalou told Underscored. âAnd personalization doesn’t just mean English words. It means being really personal to the person who uses it. Personalization is available in 12 different languages ââ(and emojis!) For all of the July carry-on options. Plus, you can choose from nine different fonts, countless color combinations, and three different locations for personalization: the back, side or top of the suitcase. July also uses a special printing process for your personalization, which means it won’t wear out or fade, even against the elements.
The impetus behind these varied offerings is rooted in inclusiveness. âWe live in a cultural center of mixed races and people, and what is personal for some is often their mother tongue,â explains Didaskalou. âMultilingual personalization is the next step towards an inclusive travel product. ”
July’s signature suitcase, the Carry On, is a 46-liter carry-on suitcase designed to hold as many things as possible inside the cabin. It comes in 12 different colors, from stylish neutrals to bright and fun options. The exterior is elegant and features the July branding prominently on the front of the suitcase.
The Carry On comes with an ejectable battery integrated into the top of the case, under the handle. There is also an integrated TSA lock in front of the handle. Both components are configured very similarly to Away’s carry-on suitcase, but July’s clever design has a few unique advantages. The first is that the ejectable battery is accessed by pushing into a clip, which then releases a flap. This contrasts with other ejectable batteries, which simply use standard flaps that we have found can actually open during travel. The clip is much more secure which is a must have when traveling. The other big draw is that the July battery comes equipped with both standard USB and USB-C docking stations, so you can charge both your phone and your laptop. Plus, it’s already been approved to fly on all major airlines, so you don’t have to worry about whether it will cause you any safety concerns.
Two external characteristics of the case that are really worth noting: The SilentMove wheels are indeed completely silent and extremely smooth; they were actually created by the July team because they couldn’t find the âperfect wheelsâ anywhere else. But the handle is perhaps our favorite detail – it’s a multi-stop telescoping handle, which just means the height is almost completely customizable to what best suits your height. It’s super soft to fit and completely comfortable to hold, thanks to the soft-touch rubber grip.
As for the interior of the suitcase, it sports all the organization you would need (and more). Features include a stain resistant liner and a hidden laundry bag that can be stowed in a small zip bag on the side of the suitcase (and when not in use the bag works well as a cable pocket or accessories). The left side of the suitcase is a zippered mesh compartment, which is so useful when it comes to storing things like shoes, toiletries, or accessories that you don’t want to squish with the rest of your stuff. clothes. The right side of the suitcase is an open compartment, which includes a mesh compression pad that is attached to a sturdy Y-strap to keep everything in place and secure. Our only gripe: While the compression pad is great for organized packers, it’s a shame that you don’t have the option to detach it from the Y-strap when you might want to forgo the extra piece.
July Carry On Pro
The Carry On Pro is essentially the same suitcase as the Carry On with one major addition: it includes the detachable SnapSleeve from July – a dream when it comes to storing your laptop and any other little essentials. The padded laptop compartment is made from a ribbed fabric that is resistant to scratches and water and dirt. It can hold up to a 16 inch laptop as well as any other smaller items in the exterior zippered pocket. To remove the pouch, simply unzip it from the suitcase and remove it by pulling on an internal tab. The integrated German magnetic technology is a first for luggage – it is both very secure and easy to handle.
For those who enjoy being on their laptop in the air, the Carry On Pro is a huge win in terms of convenience and streamlining your packing process. For some, this can completely eliminate the need for an extra bag. Especially when paired with the case’s ejectable battery, the SnapSleeve and battery are a perfect match in travel paradise.
July keep on the light
The world’s lightest two-wheeled cabin suitcase, the Carry On Light weighs just 3.96 pounds. Read: absurdly light. âThis is something that a lot of customers have asked of us,â says Didaskalou, who adds that the suitcase was actually developed during the pandemic lockdown. The carry-on comes in eight different colors and can hold up to 38 liters, which is considerably smaller than the Carry On’s 46-liter capacity, making it the perfect size for weekend trips or simply when you want to pack lightly.
If you’re not into the bells and whistles of the Carry On, the minimalism of the Carry On Light is definitely appealing. The left and right compartments can be zipped with a mesh divider, allowing for simple but efficient organization. And it includes all the essential features of the Carry On that make it so convenient for traveling: the telescopic handle, smooth wheels, integrated TSA lock, and polycarbonate shell.
July luggage compartment
Finally, for those seeking luxury when it comes to luggage, the Carry On Trunk turns heads. It comes in three timeless colors and features an enameled polycarbonate shell, which is even sleeker than the standard polycarbonate shell used in other July suitcases. It has the same 46-liter capacity as the Carry On, but weighs a little more at 8.4 pounds.
The big appeal of the Carry On Trunk (aside from its luxurious appearance) is that it doesn’t have zippers. Instead, there are two integrated TSA latch locks as well as protective feet on both sides. All the other main features of the Carry On: ejectable battery, telescopic handle, Y-strap compression system and more.
If you’re looking for a larger registered bag, July offers three different sizes: the Checked (an 80-liter option), the Checked Plus (a 110-liter option) and the Checked Trunk, a larger version of the Carry. On the trunk. All three are available in a range of gorgeous colors and with the same customization options as carry-ons.
July ticks all of our boxes when it comes to practicality and style. The brand’s innovative details make it perfect for all kinds of travel, while the range of color and customization options is a lot of fun. While July’s suitcases might not be the most affordable on the market, July’s lifetime warranty is a huge plus – you can be sure you’re making an investment that will literally last a lifetime.
Throughout July, July is offering free shipping, free personalization, and a free Carry Me (a chic and durable travel bag) with the purchase of any suitcase. And if for some reason the suitcase isn’t right for you, July also offers free returns and a 100-day trial for customers in the US. So if you’ve been hesitant to upgrade your luggage before your next post-pandemic trip, rest assured, there’s never been a better time to do so.