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Samsonite OutLab launches 2009 Spring/Summer Collections

Once again, Samsonite OutLab combines its technical know-how and flair for stylish design by introducing four fantastic summer collections within its offer of performance outdoor travel bags.

June 2008. Once again, Samsonite OutLab combines its technical know-how and flair for stylish design by introducing four fantastic summer collections within its offer of performance outdoor travel bags.

Samsonite has always been at the heart of the true adventurer. In 1910, when the company was founded, travel was for the brave and the intrepid – true explorers. The company’s products reflected the harsh realities of travel in those days. That idea of exploration is at the heart of the latest initiative in the outdoor offer of Samsonite OutLab. True to its heritage, Samsonite OutLab presents new lines that bring modern outdoor design, contemporary style and unrivalled functionality to life. Unique and innovative technologies are introduced throughout these new collections, bringing a complete offer of outdoor travel bags made for all those adventurous outdoor exploits. For Spring/Summer 2009, Samsonite OutLab presents:

SLOTH: This is an extremely tough, durable, and water resistant collection using innovative construction techniques such as SuperFabric® and Armalith® materials. Designed for the more extreme outdoor traveler and explorer, it is a highly technical collection; extremely reliable, durable, and functional in the most extreme outdoor conditions. Fully bonded seams and zippers, refined details give each style a very smooth appearance. New for 2009 is a new hybrid bag that combines the strength of a hard bottom shell with a lightweight functional soft top made entirely from Armalith®. The Sloth Upright Armalith is probably one of the world’s toughest and strongest outdoor bags.

Samsonite OutLab has worked with one of the world’s great explorers, Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of renowned captain Jacques Cousteau, in the development of this highly technical line of luggage. Fabien Cousteau uses and tests these bags on his expeditions throughout the globe, from the Amazon to the Arctic Circle. Fabien Cousteau commented, “I was really inspired by the idea of working with Samsonite OutLab, applying my experience and knowledge, to help develop and design a new outdoor range. During our expeditions we encounter some of the most extreme and remote conditions on this planet. There’s no better real world test for man or gear.”

X+: A technically innovative collection of strong packs and luggage for the adventurous traveller who prefers to get off the beaten track to explore nature, the great outdoors, and the local culture in comfort. A passion for the outdoors drives Samsonite OutLab to create strong bags made with lightweight and abrasion-resistant materials. Therefore new technologies have been integrated into these collections, bringing even more functionality and durability, such as the brand new Aerowave back panel which is used in all backpacks for greater comfort and ventilation, the unique new Spring Wheels used in wheeled luggage to soften the blow on rough terrain, the Adjustable Back Length used in the exclusive Travel Pack designed for extreme outdoor travel. And new this year: the first Samsonite OutLab spinner – with four multidirectional wheels for zero effort – especially designed with a strong outdoor twist, probably the very first of its kind.

Terrea: Samsonite OutLab presents a new eco-friendly line that embraces simplicity and natural beauty. This collection reflects Samsonite OutLab’s personal commitment to respecting the planet by ensuring that the materials and components used are recycled or reclaimed. To begin, all fabrics used in the bags are 100% recycled. Other unique and environmentally-friendly features include: recycled foam padding throughout all back panels, handles, and shoulder straps, recycled buckles and clips, recycled wheel housings, studs, pull handles with injected wood, use of natural coconut fiber in shoulder straps. This is a technical yet functional line, to be used on an outdoor weekend trip, or any adventurous expedition. Great style and design, recycled and reclaimed materials, and better for the environment.

Median: Tough and stylish, Median is the line of travel gear for outdoor enthusiasts and every day city jungle explorers. Its trendy look is a style in itself, with innovative features and modern design details that are in perfect “fusion” with the legendary Samsonite durability.

Samsonite OutLab will exhibit at the Outdoor Retailer in the USA and at the European Outdoor Trade Fair. In addition, Samsonite OutLab will be joining forces with the European Outdoor Trade Fair to promote the respect and protection of our environment by collecting and recycling all plastic slips from name holders of visitors to the show, and rewarding the participants who will be able to win a free bag from the eco-friendly Terrea collection.

About Samsonite OutLab
Samsonite OutLab combines Samsonite’s 98 years of heritage, unrivalled travel expertise and technical know-how with an unbeatable depth of expertise from the outdoor world. Modern outdoor design, contemporary style and unrivalled functionality and technical details ensure a unique signature. Aimed at today’s everyday and professional explorer; Samsonite OutLab marries Samsonite’s heritage of equipping early explorers and adventurers, applying these values and experience with modern-day travel expertise to deliver an unrivalled choice in travel outdoor performance and lifestyle bags.

About Samsonite
Samsonite is the worldwide leader in superior travel bags, luggage and accessories, combining notable style with the latest design technology and the utmost attention to quality and durability. Utilising top designer expertise from around the globe, Samsonite creates unparalleled products that fulfil the travel and lifestyle needs of the sophisticated traveller. For 98 years, Samsonite has continued to build upon its rich design heritage. Samsonite markets products under the Samsonite, Samsonite Black Label, Samsonite Outlab, Lambertson Truex, American Tourister, Lacoste and Timberland brands. Samsonite. Life’s a journey.