Finally Got To Use My Tiko Carry-On
On our recent trip to Puerto Rico, I was finally able to use my Tiko Carry-On. If you are not familiar with Tiko, it is a newly emerged travel luggage company that is currently based in Austin, TX. They reached out to me during the holidays if I was interested in trying them out. I was in the market for a new piece of luggage, so I figured why not.
Now that I have had a full trip utilizing the Tiko Carry-On, I can provide an honest review of this luggage. The exterior dimensions of this carry-on are 22.7″ x 14.5″ x 9.5″. The interior measures out to be 21.3″ x 14.5″. It fits on most major U.S. airlines such as United, American, Delta, Southwest, and JetBlue.
Before we get started, I had to pack for a 5 day trip. So hopefully this gives you an idea of how many clothes I brought. In addition to clothes for the day, I also brought a couple of workout outfits and a pair of gym shoes.
Tiko Carry-On Review
During my review of this carry-on luggage, I will be breaking it down by the pros and cons. I will start with the Pros of owning this luggage.
Honestly, I agreed to try out this luggage because it was appealing to the eye. It has the minimalist style and doesn’t scream tourist. I know this shouldn’t be the main thing to look for when it comes to buying luggage, but it is a nice perk when the luggage looks good. The minimalist style has a nice sleek and clean finish to it. There are pieces of luggage out there that just look clunky.
Having a lightweight luggage is high on my list. It makes all the difference considering it is something you will be lugging around the airport. It is rare for me to find a soft cover carry-on that is lightweight. Most are hard cases. Although this is made for carry-on, if you happen to check-in the bag, the lightweight won’t add much to your typical max load of 50 pounds. It will be the least of your worries. Also, if you are traveling to Europe, some countries do have a weight limitation on carry-on luggages too. Which means the Tiko Carry-On is versatile to use with international airport rules.
This bag is so durable! Most people associate hard plastic luggage with being durable because of the exterior material. But don’t be fooled with this one. It is made with a durable waxed canvas. And trust me, it feels tough. It passed through some of the toughest abrasion tests. It is also waterproof and water-resistant.
Because it is not made with hard plastic it means it is flexible. It can squeeze and mold into any spot without breaking. This is a really nice feature for a carry-on luggage because this guarantees it can fit in the plane’s overhead compartment. Mine easily and smoothly fit in the overhead compartment, and I stuffed my carry-on as much as possible.
For the size of this luggage, it is impressive how much I can fit in it. I briefly mentioned what I brought, but keep in mind the stuff I brought was pretty bulky. I love flowy dresses and skirts, and those take up a lot of space. I brought a total of 3 pairs of shoes as well. To guarantee more room, I always use these packing cubes. For very bulky clothes, I use the compression packing cubes. As I mentioned, we were there for 5 days, but I brought enough clothes for probably 8 days.
A lot of high-quality carry-on luggages come with a high price tag. The Tiko Carry-On is relatively affordable. You get so much more for what you pay.
Here I’ll share the cons of the Tiko Carry-On.
Lack of Options.
If you look at Tiko’s site, there are barely any options. You can only select the Tiko Carry-On. From there, there is really only one size to choose from. Considering all the benefits of owning the carry-on, I’d love to own another Tiko luggage in a different size. It could be a weekend bag, backpack, or even a check-in bag.
Lack Of Colors.
Again, this could be due to the lack of options. There are only 2 colors to choose from and ultimately they are under the same color hue. There’s a light grey (known as ‘Moonlight’ which is the one I have), or dark grey (known as ‘Charcoal’). What if grey is not your preferred color? I would love to be able to choose from several other colors. Plus, selecting a specific color of your choice helps differentiate your luggage from the rest of the passengers.
No Ejectable Battery.
One of the things I love about Tiko’s competitors is that their luggages offer an ejectable battery pack that is approved by airlines and airports. It’s so convenient to be able to charge your phone (or other electronic devices) from your carry-on. One less thing to bring out. The ejectable battery feature is necessary because every airport and airline may require you to remove the battery, especially if you are flying out to Asia. Some domestic flights may just ask you to show that you can remove it.
My Overall Thoughts
Overall, I am very pleased with the Tiko Carry-On and it will definitely be my go-to carry-on luggage. I really like that I can fit a lot in the luggage. During our international flights, I try to fit as much as I can in my carry-on even though I also check-in a bag. I always have this fear that my check-in bag will get lost and I don’t want to land somewhere with nothing.
Tiko is also a company you can trust. They are transparent with their production cost. They cut out the middle man and sell directly to consumers. This eliminates any potential price markups.
Also, their warranty and return policy is amazing. If your bag fails within its first 5 years, they will repair or replace it. If for some reason you are unhappy with your bag, you have 30 days to return it. They’ll give you a full refund and pay to ship it back. Oh, and I forgot to mention that when you purchase your carry-on, it is always free shipping!
If you end up buying their carry-on, let me know what you think of them. I’m curious to know if you agree/disagree with me!