I’ve recently been selected to participate in a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. In other words, I get free luggage!
The central idea behind this study is to document the shopping process from beginning to end, then share my experiences on my blog and via my social media circles. This is the kind of data businesses are keenly interested in, especially when they’re working with retailers who distribute their products, because it provides them crucial insight on buyers’ experiences. If a retailer is selling products from a particular brand for example, that brand is going to want to know that their goods are being properly advertised and displayed, not stashed in the back of a store somewhere out of a potential buyer’s view.
Which is why yours truly, Captain Awesome-Sauce Adams, King of the B-List Bloggers, will embark on a journey to secure myself new outdoor luggage for my upcoming Rocky Mountain road trip, with a budget of $320 to purchase any kind of travel gear I’d like from the Briggs and Riley’s BRX line. OHHHHH YEAH.
Only thing is, I have no idea what to get.
See, I’m a two bag guy: my backpack and my check-in luggage. Last March I already plopped down for the check-in luggage for my trip to SXSW, so it would be kind of redundant to buy another similar sized bag right now, even though I REALLY like the look of the BRX Expedition. It’s the same size as my current luggage, but it’s actually classified as a rolling duffle bag, so there’s a little bit of extra autonomy there on how I can carry it around. Hmmmmm.
What really interests me though is the BRX backpack. My current backpack is an STM bag that I bought a little over a year ago for my MacBook, and I was never really crazy about it. It wasn’t bad, had a hidden compartment to store the MacBook and all that, it was just… eh. The BRX backpack though is $120, which still leaves me with $200 more to spend. The only bags left in that range are the ones designed to hold your MacBook or iPad. So why not get them you ask? Because they look like man purses. And dude, I am not getting myself a man purse, and you could not convince me, not here, not now, not EVER, that these bags looked like anything other THAN man purses. So… no, just… no.
I could get the duffle bag (the smaller, unwheeled version) but I’d have to take that with me on the trip as well (it’s one of the conditions of getting the free luggage), forcing me to carry around a third bag in addition to my backpack AND check-in luggage. Nope, not doing that, especially since I have to take a couple of buses downtown before I finally get to my rental.
I guess I’m just gonna have to go to REI and see how these bags look myself. If they have them that is. And If I get really wowed by the backpack, I might wind up getting that and just call it a day, even if I do wind up spending only a portion of the budget allotted to me.
What do you guys think? I need some direction here. :-)