Trunkster – Zipperless Luggage with GPS, Battery, Scale

Meet the next generation of luggage industry

Dan Ahn 2015-01-10

Trunkster – Zipperless Luggage with GPS, Battery, Scale

Trunkster is a new zipperless luggage that you probably haven’t seen before, and that’s because it’s different from the traditional ones we’re used to. Whether yours has zippers or fancy combination locks built into it, they often jam and break over time since you probably pack more than a luggage can handle. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Trunkster offers zipperless entry that lets you open and close the luggage with a sliding door. In addition, it offers many high tech features like a built in scale, a battery pack, and an optional GPS for you to track down the missing luggage! Let’s look at the video:

The sliding door is nice to reach or put away things from the luggage with ease instead of having to unzip a traditional luggage, open it up on the floor, etc. That’s the main highlight that differentiates Trunkster from others in the market, but its built in scale will save you from troubles of having an overweight bag in the airport. Being in US, I haven’t seen airlines weighing carry-ons for domestic flight but hey, still a nice feature and definitely useful for checked bags.

Trunkster is available in two flavors: carry-on and checked sizes. It’s worth noting that the removable battery and USB charger is only available on the carry-on, but I imagine myself using the carry-on more. While you can carry more with checked bags, it usually will cost you money and time at the baggage claim, and worst case scenario, go missing. This is when the GPS tracking could definitely shine so you can tell the clueless airlines where the bag is. The handle on my current luggage becomes flimsy when stretched out all the way and I also think the wider handle that goes from edge of edge of the luggage will be nice.

You can check out the current fundraiser here and I’m excited to tell you that a full review of Trunkster will be available here sometime in August or so. Do order one now or if not, definitely make sure to check back for the review!

  • Tamara Spitz

    I received the Trunkster just prior to leaving on a trip. I am truly disappointed I am with the Trunkster product.

    – The handle is not what was televised originally. It is not conducive to hanging anything on it the way all other pieces of luggage with collapsible handles do. The handle is too cumbersome and should not be the width of the bag.

    – The wheels are awful. It does not roll well on carpet. I wound up carrying the bag more often then rolling it. I have Samsonite spinner luggage pieces that are extremely easy and manageable when rolling on any surface. The wheels on the Trunkster do not perform well.

    – The construction is very poor with regard to how it opens. While I love the concept of a top sliding area, when items shift inside the luggage, they cause the sliding part to jam and not open. The quality of the sliding area is poorly constructed and easily bulges.

    – I purchased the tracker and there are no detailed instructions explaining how to use it. More than that, nothing was labeled on the box it came in.

    – The small attached card that came with the luggage was vague and should have been laid out better with instructions and a simple diagram in English, explaining all of the components of the Trunkster and how they are used. It took me quite a while just to find out where exactly the area to attach an additional lock was.

    – The locking mechanism is useless. It looks flimsy and doesn’t always hold the locking mode.

    – While I understand there is an additional way to lock the luggage with your own tsa lock, it is near impossible to lift that small rectangular piece that slides to lock and unlock in order to enable TSA lock to be put through the hole. I always have to use a pen or screwdriver to lift that black piece up to enable a lock to go through the hole. The piece you have to pull up is flimsy and looks like it will break easily. The metal part of a TSA lock barely makes it through the hole. It is almost impossible to use your own fingers (especially if you have nails) to pull up that piece to use an additional lock. Not only have I broken my nails trying to do it, I have broken the tips of pens as well trying to lift up the black piece. Luggage this expensive should have a built in combination lock.

    – The weight of the carry-on luggage is quite heavy compared to other spinner carry-on pieces. I’m glad I did not order the larger piece of luggage because I would have been doubly disappointed.

    – The USB ports are literally bent, making it challenging to plug a USB into.

    This item is not worth the money. Many of the reviews from those who have received a Trunkster coincide with my experience.