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Something of a fad
on 7 October 2017
The Trunki range of ride-on traval cases turns out to be something of a fad. As a frequent flyer with small children the idea sounds great in theory but just has not been used much in practice. It is too bulky for a child to properly manipulate themselves and is not easy enough to weave around a busy airport while pulling someone small along. Considering most airlines permit buggies to be brought right up to the gate there is no particular need this box fills.
The Trixie version of the Trunki does look ok in pink. When it first arrived it drew attention and interest from a 4 year old who filled it with various toys and accessories. In the time since, a backpack has done the job better and is easier to slide under a seat so is much more accessible whil travelling. A Trunki needs to go in an overhead locker which is fine but no real help if a child gets bored on board.
The only real use this Trunki has had is being pulled around the house in simulation of using a suitcase. Even then its inability to turn corners is a pain so it has not really been the focus of play.
The structure of Trixie is fine. It is solid enough and seems likely to hold up to use. The wheels are fine in a straight line and the strap has held up to its minimal usage.
The problem is just that there is not much of a need for this product. If it did have real value it would be seen at airports all over. For the kind of flyer with status due to frequent flying, it just never really seems to be being used by other travellers as for small children it is less useful than a buggy and for slightly bigger ones it does not have the versatility to help when navigating a crowded airport.