From the 2011  Travel Goods Association trade show, I present the 2nd place award winner in the Product Innovation Awards:  Shelves To Go.  Click here to see the video of this marvelous contraption, er, invention. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a spare 2½ feet in my closet for hanging this thing while I pack, and I’d be a tiny bit concerned about wrinkling.

$99; (according to the website, however, the smaller version is $0, which might be a reasonable deal).

See it here: Shelves To Go

Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh? Your thoughts?

And in case you’re wondering, the 1st place product was the Thule Crossover Rolling Duffel. That’s the good news; the bad news is that I can’t find a product with that specific name on the Thule website, but I believe this is it.

TGA Press Release here.

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11 Comments on 2nd place winner – Product Innovation Awards – TGA 2011

  1. Adriano says:

    Mmm… My first impressions, without a hands-on experience.
    Possible Pros (as stated or implied by the producer)
    – Easy to use
    – Packing and unpacking in seconds
    – Never use hotel drawers any more.
    – Never forget anything.
    – Everything stays fresh. No wrinkles (they say…).

    Possible Cons
    – Wrinkling.
    – Room in the trolley isn’t optimized (too many empty corners, which would be impossible to use).
    – Weight (didn’t find any indication).
    – Price.

    Why I think this wouldn’t do for me:
    – I never unpack, except for shirts.
    – I cannot understand how this system would prevent me for forgetting things… As I don’t unpack, nothing can remain hidden in drawers, whereas something can still be lost under the bed, in the bathroom, etc.
    – I’m not sure It’d fit in my pack-which-turns-backpack (Osprey Porter 40).
    – The “no wrinkle” claim needs to be proved.

    The only advantage I really see is that, while at home, your clothes don’t need to remain packed in your ready-to-go luggage, maybe for weeks, thus staying fresh inside the wardrobe… No big thing, actually, as you have anyway to adapt your luggage to weather, journey purpose etc.

    Would I buy this? Not now… But a review by an actual user (who replies to all my doubts) would be very useful and it could change my mind.

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  2. Maria says:

    Hum? Imaginative yes. But useful…? If one is a frequent traveller: you are already quite organized, know what you need without searching in the closet, and perhaps already have the basics packed and ready to go – such as a personal toilitries, important documents, basic clothing, and even spare electronic chargers packed.

    Personally, this item does not appeal to me. Packing cubes can be just as quick and neat. This looks like it takes up too much space, and wrinkles would be an issue. Unless you do laundry in the sink each night or send it out to be cleaned – does one then place dirty clothes on a separate shelf? Nah – just keep them in a spare extra large zipper-lock plastic bag or something like that.

    I suspect this may become a one-time use product. Someone buys it thinking it’s a “new mouse trap invention”, and then using it and realizing it’s not as efficient or practical as the old standards.

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  3. K-eM says:

    Definitely a gimmick. Reminds me of those TV commercials for the kitchen gadget that does everything.

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  4. Adriano says:

    Kevin,

    Price is not 90 USD, but 36,95 USD for the large version and 34,95 for medium. Free delivery for orders of 90 USD and more.

    In any case, still can’t find the usefulness.

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    Kevin Reply:

    Adriano, You’re right. I will swear on a stack of shelves to go that last night the price for the Med. unit was $0, and I am fairly certain the large unit was $90. In any event, I just checked their website and the prices are as you say.

    I still think it’s a piece of crap (Is that harsh? I don’t know about these things.), no matter what the price is.

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    Adriano Reply:

    Kevin,

    I am sure it was like that… Besides, their website is catalogued by fortguard (a website filtering service) as “spyware/malware” (but this can be a mistake).

    As of your “harsh” expression – English is not my mother tongue, and as such I lack of that sensibility. It is damned (!!) easy for us to use inappropriate (or taboo) expressions in the wrong context. For example in this case I’d have used a four-letter word beginning with S!! ;-)

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  5. Scott says:

    Can you cut a soda can with it and then still cleanly slice a tomato? If not, I will probably pass.

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    Kevin Reply:

    LOL

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  6. Adriano says:

    Kevin,

    I’d suggest that the Thule bag is this one and not the one you linked. Very few differences: picture is virtually the same. It’s an 87 liter vs 56. But the price corresponds to the one stated in the press release.

    Did you check the link to the third place? It brings to a page linking to for sites which all have a temporary, we-are-working-for-you message…

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    Adriano Reply:

    “four” not “for”…

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  7. Phill Wheels says:

    It just looks too gimiky for me … also you can buy proper shelving for less than that. not as transportable but they will last a lot longer and get more use.

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