Best Wearable Luggage Jackets Reviewed: beat airline baggage charges
Skyscanner reviews the best luggage jackets and wearable luggage options
Ever since some airlines started charging for check-in (hold) luggage, people have been looking for ways to save money and beat the baggage charges.
This has spawned a new generation of ‘wearable luggage’ or ‘luggage jackets’ – essentially clothing with lots of pockets that allow you to stash your belongings on your person, so you can travel with hand-luggage only (especially if you combine a luggage jacket with a Cabin Max bag - read our Cabin Max review).
We got our hands on four different wearable luggage jackets and put them to the test.
Capacity: 4/5 The Rufus Roo has four large, deep pockets, and two smaller ones, which were enough to get a Scotsman’s entire wedding gear inside, including kilt and shoes, and the Roo’s pouches can easily handle a weekend’s worth of clothes, plus a laptop, books and toiletries. The makers recommend you carry no more than 10kg in it – which is plenty.
Ease of use: 5/5 This is wearable luggage in its simplest form: a waistcoat with very large pockets. Just slip it on, fill your pockets, and then slip off and stash once you board the plane.
Durability: 3/5 The Roo is made from very lightweight polyester, great for packing it away, but we suspect it wouldn’t stand up to much punishment if you’re a frequent flyer, as the material is quite thin. Not built to last as long as the other jackets we tested.
Style Factor: 2/5 To get the most out of the Rufus Roo, the makers recommend buying a large size. The baggy fit certainly allows you to bulk it out with your belongings, but the oversized, loose-fitting waistcoat isn’t exactly the hottest look on the catwalk.
Value: 5/5 At £29.95 for an adult Roo, this is the cheapest luggage jacket in our test and with the cost of checking in a 20kg bag on Ryanair as much as £45 (or £140 if you do it at the airport!) – you’ll be making savings straight away.
Best for: bargain hunters A very keenly priced way to beat the baggage charge, the Roo is simple to use and has a large capacity. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to beat the baggage charge and don’t care about looks, this is the jacket for you.
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Capacity: 3/5 The Stuffa is designed more as an additional storage space rather than a replacement for a bag, but the 12 pockets concealed within the lining of this bodywarmer (which can hold up to 5kg of clothing) along with the two external pockets for your phone, passport or tickets, offer a considerable amount of supplementary storage space, allowing you to travel lighter.
Ease of use: 5/5 The bodywarmer’s mesh pockets can be stuffed full of clothes very easily, then just slip the jacket on: simple.
Durability: 5/5 The Stuffa is a well-made and nicely designed product that looks the part and should stand the test of time.
Style Factor: 5/5 By far the most stylist garment in our test, this looks like a normal item of clothing (rather than a bin-bag) and you could happily wear this out and about without getting any odd looks.
Value: 4/5 It’s twice the price of the Roo – but for that extra money you do get a stylish jacket, albeit one with slightly less capacity.
Best for: stylish light-travellers If you want to save money on airline baggage charges, and look good whilst doing it, the Stuffa is the luggage jacket for you.
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From £69.99 (adult size)
The Bagket takes the wearable luggage one step further; it’s a jacket that converts into a bag – or a bag that transforms into a jacket. This means that you can pack it and carry it as a bag until you get to airport check-in. Once there, you convert it and slip it on as a jacket, bypassing the baggage charge, and once on board the plane, you convert it back to a bag and stash in the overhead locker.
Capacity: 5/5 The Bagket is big – with 22 pockets of various sizes, including those big enough to take a laptop, trainers and clothing and can be packed with up to 7kg of gear – but we suspect it could handle even more.
Ease of use: 4/5 It can take a little practice to get the distribution of you gear correct and if you don’t, folding it into a bag can be tricky. But once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s a simple procedure.
Durability: 5/5 The Bagket is made of 100% polyamide, and has a sturdy, heavy-duty feel. The zips look tough and the carry strap is made from what looks like seat-belt material. We reckon the Bagket is built to last.
Style Factor: 3/5 The makers claim the Bagket is ‘fashionable’ but whilst it did score better than some of its rivals, we’re not convinced that it will be appearing in Vogue any time soon. In Jacket form it’s a bit boxy and you might be mistaken for a baggage handler at the airport, but in its bag form, its looks ok.
Value: 4/5 At £69.99 you’ll need to use this for a couple of trips before you make your money back, but the Bagket is built to last so you’ll be making savings for years.
Best for: travellers who want capacity and comfort It’s big, easy to convert between bag and jacket and built to last. A good comprise between form and function.
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Like the Bagket, the Jaktogo is designed to be used in bag form for most of its life, then converted to a jacket to pass through check-in and boarding - thus saving you money.
Capacity: 5/5 The Jaktogo has several massive pockets, and had the biggest capacity in our test. You could probably get a week’s worth of gear in here or more.
Ease of use: 3/5 It was a little tricky converting this from jacket to bag form, and slightly more difficult than the Bagket due to the numerous Velcro straps. Though we managed it in the end, it will take a little practice to do it quickly, and the design could be improved.
Durability: 5/5 The Jaktoko is made of polyester, which makes it reasonably light, as well as water and wind resistant. We think this would stand the test of time.
Style Factor: 2/5 It’s big, bulky, has no shape, and there are straps dangling off it; you won’t be winning the ‘best dressed at the airport’ award wearing this. For the ladies there is the ‘Dresstogo’, which looks not unlike a large bin bag and didn’t impress our female tester. However, the Jaktogo does also come in leather and denim versions which look marginally more stylish (but are about twice the price).
Value: 4/5 Similarly priced to the Bagket, the Jaktogo is good value and offered the most storage space per pound in our test.
Best for: family travellers (it carries a lot of stuff!) The Jaktogo’s biggest selling point is its huge capacity. If you’re looking to carry a lot of gear and don’t care what you look like, the Jaktogo is the one for you.
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