The big game is finally coming over the horizon and you’re totally excited. You’ve got your giant foam finger hand thingy (lets everybody know you’re number one), the obligatory team logo’d jacket, knit or baseball cap, t-shirt or sweatshirt, and you may even be carrying the really cool mug with the logo on it, to be filled with whatever drinks you prefer.
You’re ready to do some serious tailgating at that point, right? Hold on there, diehard fanatic. Your ensemble may be missing the coolest trend in sports apparel: COLLEGE OR PRO TEAM SPORTS LUGGAGE!
If you’re a sports fan and you enjoy tailgating gatherings with friends and family – and if you need to do some traveling in order to get to a sports event that involves a bit of parking lot socialization – then why ever in the world would you hit the highway or airport with anything other than quality luggage featuring your favorite team’s own logo?
Any sports fanatic worth his or her salt knows there’s nothing that catches attention and strikes up a conversation better than having all the proper gear, and that includes carry-on bags and duffles. Now that you know just how short you may have fallen by not already having a set, let’s me share a few hints on the kinds of features you should look for after you run out to buy some immediately after reading these juicy suggestions.
Of course, you can expect to look for baggage with plenty of pockets and sturdy zippers, so we can skip that. What’s going to be really important are…
Genuine Sports Team Logo – Whether a college team or professional franchise, there’s nothing gained when settling for knock-offs and forgeries that have been altered just enough to avoid lawsuits. The logo should be large enough in size, clarity, and color to attract the eye from clear across the airport concourse. After all, you’re supposed to be expressing pride in your team, correct? Then why hide the fact that you’re rooting for them? Ensure your logo graphic is significant and solidly attached so that there’s no fraying or coming loose after only a year of so of use.
Super-Solid Fabric Quality – When you shop around for sports luggage, especially online, the first thing you should make sure of is whether the fabric itself is going to hold up under the rigors of travelling from town to town, airport to airport, being tossed around baggage claim, abusively cast about taxicab trunks, and banged repeatedly by elevator doors or, oopsy, dropped down flights of stairs by hotel bellhops. Plus, the fabric has to look good while it protects your sports-themed attire and various unmentionables.
Rugged Frame Construction – Whether it’s some form of polycarbonate or maybe a less reliable type of aluminum or steel, the frame that moulds the shape of the luggage bag is kind of like the skeleton that holds up your body, absorbing a lot of the pounding that would otherwise do damage to the internal contents. You don’t want anything that will bend easily, and yet if it’s too rigid with no flexibility then that could have drawbacks when you need to squeeze the bag in between others with little room to spare. A technological balance between strength and flexibility is the key here.
Clear, Long Term Luggage WARRANTY! – One way to know that you’re getting a high-quality piece of sports luggage is whether or not the manufacturer offers a product warranty to protect your purchase and provide you with peace of mind. Companies that make cheap, unreliable luggage have no faith in their own product so they either offer no warranty or one that is limited in coverage and timeframe.
With much luggage in the marketplace similarly equipped with typical pockets and storage compartments, the most important factors to look for are high quality fabric, superior quality frame construction, and a super sweet warranty that will cover you if the gear fails to hold up under normal travel usage. When your bags look great, you look great, and you can feel proud in supporting your favorite team.