English company OneLuggage makes gear for business travel, some of which looks useful for commuting cyclists. The Practical Shirt Carrier is just that: and it's not hiding its light under a bushel. It is indeed a practical way of carrying your shirt so that it doesn't get creased and rumpled in your bag on the way to work.
OneLuggage draws, so it says, on over 20 years of business travel to make stylish, practical luggage. Its kit is modular, meaning different bits work together, and you can mix and match to your heart's content.
The shirt carrier measures 29 x 24 x 5cm - about the size of a small laptop or a freshly-bought shirt still in its packet. The outer is a durable black fabric, with a padded inner. It's a soft shell with a slightly reinforced frame that will protect your shirt up to a point, but I wouldn't recommend shoving it into a bag stuffed full of pointy and bulky objects. I carted one around for a couple of days in a moderately full bag with laptop, papers, and books, and it was fine.
How well your shirt emerges depends, to a certain extent, on the quality of your folding. The shirt carrier comes bundled with a stiff, transparent perspex inner, which gives shape and tautness to your shirt. Handily, it has instructions for folding printed on to it, so you're never going to have to improvise. Essentially, what you do is slide a raised tab under the collar, fold the arms and sides of the shirt over one at a time, and then tuck the bottom up. It's easy to follow and easy to do.
Are you a champion folder? I have to say, I'm not, and even after a full day in a bag the shirt came out fine. You might say that's over-testing, since you'd only ever carry it to work and then wear it.
If I have any reservations at all, it's only that a while back we tested a rival product, which had specially curved edges to eliminate creases. This seemed like a good idea at the time and it still does. That said, the lack of curved edges did my shirt no harm in the OneLuggage product and it's smaller, neater, and a couple of quid cheaper. If you're really pernickety about your shirts, you're probably a more accomplished folder than I am, and your shirt would be A-OK.
The OneLuggage shirt carrier also has room for a tie, and a little pouch for cufflinks and other gubbins, and it will integrate with the company's clothes carrier and other pieces of luggage. All in all, very useful.
Does the trick very nicely. Small, neat, easy to use.
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Make and model: oneLuggage Practical Shirt Carrier
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Says the website: "This range of practical luggage has been designed specifically for the frequent traveller who is looking for reliable, and easy to carry luggage. The compact Shirt Carrier is designed to carry a "ready to wear shirt", a tie and a few other travel essentials. The Shirt Carrier is ideal for carrying a shirt to work, the gym or kept in the office for those unexpected overnight trips."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Durable 1680D ballistic polyester twill exterior
Unique shirt frame keeps a shirt ready to wear
Pocket for underclothes and socks
Supplied with collar stays and cufflinks
Dimensions 29.00 x 24.00 x 5.00 cm
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Well. Chucked it around a bit in the bag and still came out with a very wearable - if not box-fresh shirt.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The lack of non-crease edges on the folding board might be a concern to some sticklers.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 31 Height: 1.78m Weight: 65kg
I usually ride: Cinelli Strato road or fixed commuter hack. My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,