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Robert LianBy Robert Lian
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Robert LianBy Robert Lian
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       My Hitch is especially useful if the gate is far away.  You can easily make U-turns!

        If you normally carry one roller board and are willing to travel with a belt or tight waist band, then My Hitch allows you to walk to your gate hands free.   Simply attach the top behind your waistband in back and then put your luggage handle in the bottom hook.    Now, you have the freedom to carry your coffee and talk on the phone, while your luggage follows behind you.

                                       Invented by an airline pilot!

To use My Hitch you need:

A belt or a tight waist band.

A roller board:

--with a standard luggage handle (two upright bars with the handle in between).

--weighing 25 lbs. or less

--nothing on top of the roller board.

--nothing attached to the roller board.

  If you're not wearing a belt, use clothes with a tight waist band.  The women who enjoyed using My Hitch were either wearing a tight skirt or their tightest pair of jeans. Moving My Hitch to one side makes it fit tighter. Try it out at home with your full luggage.

                                           Take the hassle out of traveling!

                                                        PATENT PENDING

Production model.     From 6/15 update.
Production model. From 6/15 update.
From the 3rd update.   Regardless of KS results, the product will  go to market.
From the 3rd update. Regardless of KS results, the product will go to market.
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                                                      Long walk with luggage.

FAQ's

     How far can I walk with my bag using My Hitch?

     There's really no limit.  I've walked 2-3 miles demonstrating my product around Miami Airport.    If I wasn't hungry, I could have walked more.

     Can I turn around with my bag while using My Hitch?

     You can easily make U-turns or even walk in circles, if you want.

     Can a person be either too tall or too short to use My Hitch?

     In our tests, it worked well for travelers whose height ranged from 5’0” to 6’4”.

     Will My Hitch work with any luggage handle?

     My Hitch is designed to work with a standard luggage handle—two upright bars with the handle inbetween.

     Can I put other bags on top of my roller board?

     My Hitch is designed to carry one roller board weight 25 lbs or less, by itself.  We recommend against placing even a jacket or purse on top.   Since, it could fall off or be stolen.

     After I’m done using My Hitch, how quickly can I remove my bag?

     It’s quick and easy, for most people, to remove their luggage handle from the hook.  It should take no more than 2-3 seconds.

     Won't using your product cause your pants to be pulled down?

      If you are wearing an elastic waistband, then it certainly would.   However, the product works well with either a tight waistband or a belt.

     If I put My Hitch in the middle of my back, I won't be able to see my bag.    Could someone break into my luggage without me noticing?

     Even with your bag directly behind you, if someone tried to unzip your bag, you would definitely feel it.    Another option is to wear My Hitch off to one side, and glance at your bag every so often as you walk.    

     When you carry a bag, does My Hitch dig into your back?

     You feel almost nothing in the back.   Though with each step, you do feel a slight tug on your waistline.

     Can I use My Hitch anywhere?

     My Hitch works well on paved surfaces that are level, or close to level- like you find at airports.   It will also work on the kind of carpeting you find at many airports.    It’s not designed to work on dirt or paved surfaces that have an incline or decline.

       NOT FOR USE WITH CHILDREN OR ANIMALS

       NOT FOR USE ON STREETS OR NEAR VEHICLES

       NOT FOR USE IN ELEVATORS OR ESCALATORS

     Tips for using

      You could either wear My Hitch in the middle of you back or off to one side.   Wearing My Hitch in the middle allows you to walk more naturally.   Pretty soon, you'll forget you’re at an airport and feel like you're strolling thru a mall.

       Those who want a tighter fit could either wear My Hitch off to one side, or, if wearing a belt, could tighten the belt one notch.   

     Tips for storing

     After you arrive at the gate, you will need to store My Hitch.  Remember, you may need to squeeze your bag in the overhead.  So, place My Hitch somewhere that it wont be affected.

  Why carry luggage, when you can Hitch it?

       History of My Hitch:

      I work as an airline pilot. One day, as I was walking over a mile thru an airport, I thought, "Why aren't there any products designed to carry your luggage for you." So, I designed one and found someone with a 3-d printer. Early prototypes were more difficult to use and didn't turn easily. With each new prototype, I changed the design and refined the measurements. I patented the product. Friends and co-workers tested the product for me. I would also take it to Miami airport and walk a few miles around the terminals.

Box full of prototypes
Box full of prototypes

      Finding the right partner 

       By far, the most difficult part of launching my business was finding the right people to work with. I made hundreds of phone calls trying to license it or manufacture it on my own. Even though it worked well, no one wanted to license it. When I called about manufacturing it on my own, it was very expensive and seemed likely to involve many rookie mistakes. Finally, I spoke to the owners of Life Gear Design.  They made manufacturing affordable.  Later on, Magi and her team helped with the naming, final design and distribution! 

My Hitch mold-- ready for production.
My Hitch mold-- ready for production.

Risks and challenges

We used the same factory that makes Aero-Tray and other luggage products. The molds are complete. I made a few sample products. The money will be used to pay for the first mass production run. Distribution is being handled by LifeGear design.

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