Samsonite Scope in the Test Lab

Samsonite Scope in the Test Lab

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 6, 2006

Product: Samsonite Scope
Designer: Marc Newson
Price: @$270

Rating: *Don't Recommend

We like Marc Newson, so it was with a particularly heavy heart that we found ourselves really feeling suckered by his cool, orange Scope carry-on from Samsonite.

When our sweetie needed a new bag to take a business trip to Spain a few months ago, we lept at the opportunity to have Newson's cool design and quickly bought her the Scope, which we'd admired from afar. We should have backed away from the car. After a busy time hopping from plane to bus to plane for two weeks, she hated it.

Why? The bright orange got marked up too easily, some of the hardware felt a bit cheap and worst of all the weighting of the bag created a constant problem with it tipping over (even when she carefully packed the bag). Especially at $250, this all seemed unfair.

Bright spots? The distinctive orange DOES quickly stick out when you are retrieving your bag and the hard/soft shell is a nice material for a bag, which we would like to see more of. AND despite all of our complaints, it still is a really cool looking bag. So if you want chic and not function, this is for you.

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

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