The Swiss company Freitag has made a name for itself creating multifunctional bags out of old truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts. Recently, the company expanded its offerings to include an inflatable travel bag that stands out from anything else at baggage claim.
Zippelin is a rolling bag made of hand-cut recycled truck tarpaulins for a look that is truly one-of-a-kind. Freitag wanted to keep things lightweight, but that was tricky for a bag of this size with a traditional frame and wheels. The company solved the problem by discarding the heavy frame for a bicycle inner tube that inflates quickly and easily using a standard bike pump. The pressurized air provides sufficient support for a packed bag with a capacity of 85 liters. When not in use, it folds up tight for easy storage.
The water-repellent bag weighs about eight pounds empty and measures 16-1/2 inches by 33-1/2 inches by 10 inches when inflated. Its wheels are easily removed at the airport and stored in a special compartment in the bag; they can be reattached without tools when the user is ready to roll. The bag features zippered compartments for organized storage. For more information, visit www.freitag.ch.