Heritage Luggage Brand, Hartmann, Introduces New StrideAlign™ Technology In Glider™ Cases
A Revolutionary Movement in Luggage
25 Apr, 2016, 12:35 ET
MANSFIELD, Mass., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hartmann, the 139-year-old American luggage brand, is introducing an innovative technology system called StrideAlignTM in a new luggage style, GliderTM cases. Hartmann's GliderTM cases will feature the new StrideAlignTM technology in two collections; Ratio and Ratio Classic Deluxe. This unique technology system incorporates patent pending technologies. The GliderTM cases featuring StrideAlignTM were unveiled last month at the Travel Goods Association show and will be available to consumers in department and specialty stores beginning in April.
Hartmann's StrideAlignTM technology has one goal: to ease the demands of travel for the consumer. For decades, luggage has towered skyward vertically, making every piece top-heavy and more prone to tipping and falling over. The new technology includes a unique, low profile and wide wheelbases that provide ease of movement and helps the GliderTM cases remain stable across all surfaces and terrains. Over 172 luggage prototypes were created during the development process before perfecting all aspects of the StrideAlignTM technology which includes details such as realigning the center of gravity, triple ball bearing wheels, wide contoured handles with options of twelve varying heights and ergonomic proportions making carrying the case easier and visual aesthetics.
In the past, luggage has been carried, dragged and rolled; each movement with its own difficulties – heavy and cumbersome, oscillating and swerving. The GliderTM cases mark a new era in luggage, where the traveler conducts and guides movement of the luggage naturally and effortlessly. The new luggage is also exceptionally lightweight making pushing while in line, pulling down a concourse or lifting over a curb, easier and extremely manageable for the traveler.
"Hartmann specifically developed this luggage technology, shape and style with the road warrior in mind," said Mark Salander, Vice President of Design and Product Development of Samsonite, the parent company of Hartmann. "I've travelled through countless airports and have personally watched travelers struggle in the process. No matter how luxurious their luggage is the experience is still cumbersome. Our goal with The GliderTM cases was for Hartmann to provide a permanent solution to the ongoing problem all travelers have. We've created a revolutionary movement in luggage that will improve the travel experience at every twist and turn."
Both the Ratio and Ratio Classic Deluxe collections include eight GliderTM case styles; five carry on sizes and three checked luggage sizes, as well as and one duffel bag. The Ratio comes in True Black and ranges in price from $525-$625 and the Ratio Classic Deluxe comes in Safari with full grain leather details altering the price slightly for this collection from $550 - $650.
For more than a century, Hartmann has been the icon of sophistication for the world's most discerning travelers. Our uncompromising heritage of craftsmanship and innovation continues to exceed the expectations of our consumers, whose investment is rewarded with enduring quality and a level of style and refinement that is legendary Hartmann. In May 2012, Samsonite International SA, the global industry leader in the category, acquired Hartmann. Samsonite is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code 1910.
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