My new Delsey Montsouris Expandable Trolley Case from Amara has all the features frequent travelers look for and the space we need.
Digital nomads tend to get attached to things. That’s why, when I had the opportunity to take possession of a new Delsey Montsouris Expandable Trolley Case from Amara, I had mixed feelings. My wheeled duffle, in use ever since we initially packed up and began full time travel, had served me well. Waiting for it to emerge from the bowels of baggage claims all over the world, and then easily spotting its army green visage in the midst of a sea of black, hauling it over cobblestones and up precarious train carriage steps, and subjecting it to all manner of other abuses in more than 35 countries, I considered it an old friend.
But just as you might discover in any relationship, there were things about my beloved duffel I wished were a bit different, mostly having to do with size. (Insert raised eyebrow for those of you whose minds are in the gutter.) The old girl just wasn’t cutting it in terms of handling my packing cube-based organization system, no matter how many different configurations I tried. I compared her with Pete’s expandable suitcase (a match with our carry-ons) and berated myself for not getting one in Bangkok at the same time he did. Still, I persevered.
Upon arrival, the Delsey Montsouris Expandable Trolley Case from Amara was impressive. I was like a kid in the candy store discovering all its features. Worthy of note: its inline trolley wheel system, which is far less vulnerable than spindly spinner wheels (we learned this the hard way, losing a wheel right out of the chute with a brand new suitcase the first time it was checked). Also, its soft main compartment is expandable, yet functionally secure using exterior web straps with snap locks.
The one-piece molded back of the trolley case provides stability, along with anti-tilt feet on the bottom of the case.
The T-handle glides easily and snaps securely into place.
Exterior pockets keep frequently used items organized and handy.
The TSA lock provides an added measure of security.
The best thing about the Delsey Montsouris, though? The fact that I’m going to be able to pack it without struggling.
The interior is roomy. The top section has a zip dividing mesh. Both large compartments are equipped with snap-lock webbing straps, and zipper pouch is handy for smaller stray items. I envision using this for hair appliances.
This minimalist approach is best for those who prefer packing cubes. I tested out a variety of configurations.
Even with several layers of packing cubes there was room to spare. Traditional travelers might be tempted to pack this bag very full, but I’ve learned my lesson.
Even though I might travel with a lot more stuff than more purist nomads might (yes, there are those who only travel carry-on, that wouldn’t be me, sorry not sorry), I still hold to the hard and fast rule that for every new thing, something old must go. The same applies to my new Delsey Montsouris Expandable Trolley Case from Amara. Adios, dear duffel, you have served me well. Here’s to new beginnings!
Disclosure: My new Delsey Montsouris Expandable Trolley Case was provided by Amara for purposes of this review. Shipped internationally, it arrived within days in secure, sturdy packaging. Note that Amara ships orders over $150 free to the U.S. and pays all customs and duty charges. Very impressive. Check out other travel, apparel and home decor items from Amara here.