When it comes to luggage, there's a whole load of factors to consider in order to ensure a fuss-free journey. Size is one, of course: if your case is too big for the trip you’re about to undertake, it becomes a burden; too small and you’ll be at war with the zip. The way the suitcase is made and what it’s made from are equally important when deciding which luggage is best for your next trip. That’s notwithstanding the look and feel of the case; how to choose something that looks good and stands out on the conveyor belt of boring black and grey luggage bags. It's an evident minefield, so to steer you towards travel success, we’ve enlisted the help of one of the latest brands to land online at OPUMO, Floyd, which has every single luggage box ticked.

Who is Floyd?

In the early 1970s, Los Angeles – and the Venice neighbourhood in particular – became the beating heart of an American cultural renaissance. For so long, surfing was at the root of the community, until the Southern Californian authorities cut down water supplies in the height of the summer and that inspired the same crowd to steer clear of the sea and surf on the concrete basins and empty swimming pools with their skateboards. When Cadillac Wheels introduced a new kind of polyurethane skateboard wheel in 1973, the Venice youth finally had the right equipment to take their casual surfing style to the streets. The new movement inspired a skateboarding revolution worldwide.

The impact was even felt in Bavaria, where two teenagers – Bernd Georgi and Horst Kern – spent their days skateboarding in the streets of their village. Although their skateboarding careers did not gain any real pace, the pair held onto their dreams for an unconventional life and they both pursued careers in lifestyle fashion, founding their own company and producing high-quality accessories and luggage for major brands around the globe.

Fast forward 20 years and with Floyd, the pair have managed to distil that carefree skateboarding spirit and their experience in high-end luggage to return to their roots. Forming a new luggage brand that specialises in understated yet unconventional travel cases on wheels that are inspired and fuelled by the dreams of their teenage days.

FLOYD luggage review

The obvious advantage of the Floyd trolley is the original polyurethane wheels that not only offer a smooth and comfortable ride but offer something new to the increasingly saturated luggage market. But they’re not a gimmick. The special wheels lend the trolleys a bold style and promise a remarkably smooth, soft and silent ride.

The Floyd trolleys are made of premium hard-shell polycarbonate that absorbs any external pressure, always springing back into shape. Plus, each Floyd trolley comes with a super-durable and expandable aluminium handle to offer a number of easy carrying options.

They’re incredibly well-sized, too. Each Floyd trolley is available in three sizes. The Floyd Cabin, perfectly sized for carry-on luggage; the Floyd Check-In, a larger 61 litre volume suitcase that has plenty of space for a week away, and the Floyd Trunk, a  larger-than-life trunk case that's ideal for over-packers or particularly long trips away.

Once you've chosen your perfect size, there's the choice of colour to make. As you would expect, Floyd deviate from the obvious to offer an array of stylish colours, ranging from understated neutrals like Bounty White and Desert Sand to statement-making hues like Sunset Orange and Magic Purple.

Don't stop there: if you want to round out your luggage collection, Floyd has you sorted with its array of bags, all as hard-wearing and stylish as it's travel cases. The Weekender, Shopper and Wash Kit are bright and bold, guarantee to liven up any journey.

Our verdict

Floyd travel cases not only stand-out for non-conforming colours and high-performing polyurethane wheels, but also for their dynamism. Ergonomic and easy-to-use, Floyd luggage promises smooth, fuss-free travel. The perfect travel companion if you’re looking for luggage that will reliably get you from A to B with a smile on your face.

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