Beat the budget airlines: New Stuffa jacket encourages travellers to wear their luggage
PUBLISHED: 16:06, 1 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:06, 1 August 2012
There could a be a new – much more stylish – way to beat luggage charges by budget airlines with a new jacket from a British designer.
Dubbed a ‘walking suitcase’ the Stuffa, created by Sandro Cafasso, is a sleeveless puffer-style jacket, with 12 built-in storage compartments for clothes, eliminating the need for a carry-on bag.
Technology website Gizmodo declared the design a success when they managed to fit in a pair of jeans, a light hoodie, a pair of long shorts, four t-shirts, six pairs of socks, four pairs of ‘gentleman’s undergarments’, and a winter scarf.
Walking luggage: The Stuffa jacket can store bulky clothing items for a flight
The jackets, which come in red and black for both men and women, include four large internal panels in the back and eight small ones in the front, with two pockets as usual on the outside.
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The compartments are made from an elasticated netting, making it possible to stuff the items in and ensuring they stay in place.
But you won’t be able to buy the jacket yet, Mr Cafasso is currently looking for more investors so it can go on sale in November.
Secret storage: The jacket has 12 compartments in which to place items
It is set to be priced at a rather steep £94, but with Wizz Air charging £5 each way for large items of hand-luggage and the likes of Ryanair charging from £30 each way to check in a suitcase, it could be a handy investment.
Mr Cafasso first announced the design in May this year, posting on his blog: ‘Here at Stuffa we are designing a jacket, the Stuffa Jacket.
‘Its designed to carry clothes in it and look like a normal jacket that can be used everyday not just when traveling.
‘It’s for all forms of transport and we think it’s gonna change the way you travel. It might even make traveling better. Which is nice.’
Mr Cafasso was inspired by an incident when travelling with a low-cost airline and seeing a fellow passenger charged for going over her luggage allowance.
He said: ‘It was funny to watch but also frustrating that the airlines were charging so much,’ he said. ‘Nobody weighs the passengers.
‘I mean, I am 6ft tall and weigh almost 100kgs. There was a girl who I had worked with all winter, almost half my weight being asked to pay an extra £120 ($179) because she was 6kg over!’