Introducing Marlon. French for little falcon, pronounced like Marlon Brando. Light, spacious, and uber functional, it's the last carry-on you'll ever want.
Three years ago we set out to design the perfect carry-on for the modern traveler. At the onset we asked ourselves and fellow wanderlusts, what do travelers really care about? The feedback was surprisingly consistent:
- More packing space
- Amazing wheels
- Light weight
- USB charging
- User-friendly compartments
- Modern, clean design
With these features front and center, Marlon was hatched. While over the last few years we’ve seen quite a few new luggage brands take flight, we’ve been surprised by the focus on cumbersome tech gimmicks. A tracker, biometric sensor, or built-in laptop charger seem cool at first glance but in practice, they just add complexity, price, and weight without much added value.
Marlon is different. Instead of rushing to the market with the fanciest features we could think of, we kept our heads down as long as necessary to design the very best carry-on in the market. A case that actually will make traveling simpler and better. Not a case that reports traffic conditions — that's what Google Maps is for...
Marlon is your new best travel mate, championing what you care about most:
- Packing space – The truth is we’ve all had an overpacking moment. With at least 35% more space than comparable luggage, Marlon introduces assisted compression technology (ACT), allowing you to painlessly pack more with just one click.
- Weight - At under 7 lbs, Marlon is the lightest carry-on in its class.
- Wheels – Marlon’s wheels are three times the diameter of traditional luggage wheels creating a host of benefits, including easier movement over varied surfaces and enhanced durability. Not to mention they are virtually silent with an amazing glide. And should they ever break, they're easily replaceable.
- Charging – Dual USB ports and a built-in, easily removable battery charge your devices.
- Compartments – Marlon has tons of practical spaces including a quick access pocket for the security line and a padded sleeve for a laptop / tablet.
Design – Most travelers prefer softside luggage for its flexibility and versatility. But let’s face it, softside luggage tends to be an eyesore. Not Marlon. Minimalist construction and clean lines are enhanced by a refined color palette.
ONE CLICK ASSISTED COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY (ACT)
Overpackers, rejoice! Marlon’s game-changing feature is its patent-pending exterior ACT, which helps you pack in more clothes than any other carry-on. You simply pack while Marlon’s expanded, then press down to compress to carry-on size. This eliminates the need to sit on your luggage while struggling to force the zippers closed, often breaking them. Though seemingly simple, this mechanism is the cornerstone of Marlon and has undergone extensive development and modification over the last three years. Utilizing a proprietary gradient lever and banded grip mechanism, Marlon is easily compressed and expanded. The mechanism is very robust and benefits from a security zipper to maintain the case's minimalist design and mitigate unnecessary stress on the internal components. The first time you travel with it, you won't know how you ever traveled without it.
EXPANSION - TRANSFORM MARLON TO CHECK-IN LUGGAGE
Like most travelers, we do whatever it takes to travel with carry-on luggage, and don’t even own check-in luggage. However, in the rare instance that you need to pack a bit more, Marlon’s expansion feature converts your case into check-in size.
REMOVABLE BATTERY + 2 USB PORTS
Technology can integrate beautifully with luggage, and that’s why we opted to include a charging function, as this is one of the most practical features we've tested. Designed with connected travelers in mind, Marlon comes with a 10400mAh removable battery and two USB ports. Unlike other connected luggage, Marlon’s battery pack is easily accessible and has no internal wires. This means you’ll breeze through security without being interrogated.
One of the chief designs we explicitly pursued was two oversized wheels that are easily user-replaceable rather than omni-directional wheels which have become a popular gimmick. They provide three critical advantages:
1. More packing space. Omnidirectional wheels occupy at least 20% more space.
2. Greater mobility on rough surfaces. Two large wheels with a stronger attachment to the body can better handle rough terrain and survive longer in impact tests than four small exposed wheels.
3. Stability. Two wheels will never tip or roll away from you on an incline like omnidirectional wheels. Have you ever seen someone on the metro or AirTran desperately trying to stop their luggage from flying around? Not a good look.
Designed in London using only premium materials, Marlon is built to last. The central material is a molded 1000D weather proofed, triple coated ballistic nylon. This proprietary nylon construction is perfectly balanced for light weight and abrasion resistance. In addition we use industrial grade aluminum and premium, custom YKK zippers. The Aquaguard zippers also allow you to lock the bag using a standard TSA lock.
Our robust handle with a soft-touch, ergonomic grip, looks as good as it feels, even when rolling Marlon at its heaviest.
Marlon's interior gives you the largest packing compartment in the market plus two mesh pockets on either side for socks, underwear, or anything else you don’t want to lose track of.
Marlon has a versatile, full-access compartment that tailors to your needs. Whether you're storing button down shirts, shoes, makeup and accessories, or dirty laundry, this space gives you the flexibility to adapt your packing for any trip. Also, the exterior of this compartment houses two additional mesh pockets for organization.
If you're a minimalist traveler, Marlon lets you go backpack- or tote-free by storing your laptop and tablet in a padded sleeve for protection. The front, gusseted pocket is also ideal for a pair of running shoes, sandals, notebook or documents, or other semi-flat items.
Outside of the laptop sleeve is a designated quick access pocket to store your phone and loose items at the security line. No more grabbing one of those little buckets to throw your phone and watch into last minute.
Marlon even has a concealed back pocket that stores the battery and provides an out-of-sight holder for your phone while it’s charging.
The truth about most warranties in the luggage industry is that they contain confusing fine print about what gets covered. As luggage is naturally one of the most exposed products to wear and tear, we want to take a new and straightforward approach in order to take the stress out of dealing with damage.
Welcome to Marlon Care. Marlon Care is a first of its kind warranty program in the luggage industry. Simply enroll in the lifetime protection program, and at any time receive a replacement or repaired Marlon. If your handle, wheels, or zippers break, we've got you covered.
Please note. Shipping will be charged upon the conclusion of the campaign through a fulfillment platform called BackerKit. Soon after the campaign ends on August 26, you'll receive a survey to confirm your quantity, color, and shipping address, as well as have the option to add Marlon Care and the Marlon Laundry Bag.
The team at Morrama have worked with established brands including Virgin, Homeserve, and Braiform as well as upcoming start-ups and entrepreneurs, to take their ideas from concept to manufacture. With over 15 years of industry experience, the multidisciplinary team have brought their understanding and enthusiasm for great design to Marlon Travel, helping to develop the connected compression carry-on. With the tooling data ready for production, it is only your financial support needed to make Marlon a reality.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing a product is a highly complex undertaking, not for the faint of heart. As full-time designers and engineers we should know. We have used the last three years to iterate Marlon obsessively, collect feedback, and make improvements. We’ve self-funded the development up until this point, including production quality prototypes. In addition, we’ve already sourced our contract manufacturer and component suppliers.
Unlike many Kickstarter creators, we're an experienced product development team that possesses the knowledge to create a beautiful, functional product from the first production run. Having already overcome the product development learning curve with previous products from clients, we couldn’t be more prepared. We’re hawks for efficiency and timelines and have already coordinated with all partners to ensure a timely delivery. We have all our logistics partners in place, including a freight forwarder, customs broker, and fulfillment center.
As soon as our campaign concludes, we will immediately begin the manufacturing process which involves injection molding and technical testing. Next is an alpha and beta pilot production run to optimize assembly efficiency. This process can vary widely in timeframe, depending on a multitude of variables; but, given our experience and our supplier’s 30+ years of manufacturing knowledge, we’re confident in our ability to deliver in the conservative timeline we’ve proposed. With that said, manufacturing a new product always brings surprises and it is impossible to predict a precise delivery date.
We’re intimately aware of the dangers of crowdfunding and have studied past Kickstarter failures to avoid the same pitfalls. We pledge to keep our backers well informed of every major development. We're grateful for your support and can't wait to deliver the best suitcase you'll ever own.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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