If was asked by a PR person for Gate8 to review their trifold cabin bag that is currently on sale on their website for $149.00.
The Gate8 Trifold Cabin bag consists of a main luggage portion along with a zipaway laptop bag. It also included a sturdy shoulder strap and a clear pouch for toiletries.
A long, telescoping handle comes out of another zipped up pocket for pulling the bag. Once again, the handle feels very strong and sturdy.
The overall feel of the bag was high quality with strong zippers and lots of pockets.
The handles for the zipoff laptop bag are cleverly hidden behind zipped pockets.
The laptop bag has plenty of room, even for big laptops. My 17 inch Dell fit nicely in the laptop sleeve.
The main compartment has room for two full suits to be hung on hangers and includes a shoe pocket.
In each corner is a zip up pouch to hold items.
I was able to fit my size 14 Allen Edmond shoes in the shoe pouch without any issue.
A sturdy hang up hook is at the top concealed behind another zipper.
Easily separated from the main compartment, the laptop bag is sturdy with lots of outside pockets and very light. I really wish the Tom Bihn bag that I’ve been using had outside pockets like this.
As a test, I packed in 1 suit, 1 Dell laptop and 1 pair of shoes and zipped it all up. This is where some problems occurred. The bag would not stand upright and kept falling as you can see from this video.
I tried putting it at different angles but couldn’t get it to stay upright.
My only recourse was to put the telescoping handle down and then it would stay upright.
Performing in real life situations
I took this bag on a trip last week to Southern California. My remedy for the bag tipping over was to detach the laptop bag and hang it from the handle. This seemed to help counterbalance the bag.
In our tiny CRJ-900 on Skywest, the bag fit into the overhead compartment without any issue.
Overall I would say that this is a very sturdy bag, will strong zippers, lots and lots of pockets and storage room. It’s overall well built and for $149 seems very nicely priced. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get it to stand upright with my suit, laptop, and shoes in it.