Kapten & Son, ultimate cabin bag for the modern voyager

ByAndrea Thompson

May 17, 2024

What do you look for in a cabin bag?  Roomy enough for that long weekend or city break.  Lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and small enough to fit into the plane’s overhead lockers.

We tried and tested the Kapten & Son Heathrow cabin bag on a short weekend break to Lake Garda in Italy.  From cobbled streets to vineyards to pebble beach this cabin bag was vigorously tested.

There is a lot to consider when buying a suitcase, particularly cabin luggage as size restrictions varies greatly between airlines.  In addition to weight and dimensions the type of suitcase depends on the travel you are planning.

History

Founded in 2014 the company started as a watch manufacture and branched out into stylist travel products for those with a passion for travel and adventure.

Function

Lightweight cabin bag for a long weekend and to fit into the overhead locker of a plane

Colour

We tested the Black Heathrow cabin bag, this is also available in muted grey and sandstone.

Style

Heathrow Cabin

Dimensions

  • 55(H) x 38(W) x 23(D)
  • Weight 3.14kg
  • Volume 33l

Quality

Crafted from eco-friendly, black German-engineered premium polycarbonate, this suitcase boasts a durable hard shell. It is fitted with aluminium caps for enhanced impact resistance and features four smooth wheels.  Also has a height-adjustable telescopic handle for effortless manoeuvring.

Moveability

The suitcase features four highly stable 360° rotating wheels, which are not only interchangeable but also have an impressive 10-year guarantee.

Interior and internal storage

72 litres of storage space, sliver grey lining with contrasting black zips.  Zip side pocket for laundry bag and zip mesh compartment divider and straps

Lock

3-digit TSA combination lock.  This proved delightfully straight forward to reconfigure and the instructions given to set the lock was very clear.

Accessories

Free laundry bag and four custom packing cubes (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) worth £39.90 included.  Can also be used in conjunction with the Windsor toiletry bag.

Verdict

This suitcase is a traveller’s dream, featherlight and perfectly sized for those budget airlines. Gliding effortlessly across carpets, escalators and walkways.  It is a cinch to hoist into overhead lockers or a car boot. Even after a trek across cobblestones, through muddy vineyards, and down to Lake Garda’s pebbly shores, it emerged unscathed, without a single mark or scratch.  We only had to dust the wheels off.

Lounging at the terminal, my feet resting on my trusty suitcase, I smiled at the thought of the epic escapades it had endured and its remarkable resilience. Can’t wait for our next adventure together.