Train Reaction lightens the load
Monday, February 8, 2010
Golfers who’ve hauled their clubs and a suitcase or two through a crowded concourse know their cursed fate.
But what once called for a Herculean show of strength now requires just an easy, one-handed – if not one finger – tug.
That’s all it takes to move Club Glove’s Train Reaction luggage, which connects several travel bags together and allows them to be wheeled almost effortlessly. As much as 100 pounds of luggage can be maneuvered, even in tight turns, without toppling or uncoupling.
It’s the latest innovation from Jeff Herold, Club Glove’s founder and president, who has supplied six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and whose products are widely used on the PGA Tour.
“We’ve always been asked, ‘How can we make the (travel) experience easier?’ ” said Herold, who over the years has enhanced his products’ durability and convenience with additions such as skid plates and clothing organizers.
The genesis of the Train Reaction simply came from watching travelers attempting to stack their luggage or hook their golf bags to rolling carry-ons. Herold, who designs all of the company’s luggage, started fiddling with Club Glove’s snap handles, buckles and straps to find a better way. Through trial and error, he discovered a certain configuration balanced the bags and made them feel practically weightless.
“Even though I never went to college, I’ve got a bit of an engineering brain,” Herold said. He anticipates the most popular luggage combination to include Club Glove’s carry-on ($289), shoulder bag ($179) and either a rolling duffle ($249) or golf club travel bag ($289).
The Train Reaction, he says, eliminates stress, aches – and even tipping of the financial kind.
Said Herold: “When you check into a hotel, you can tell the bellhop, ‘No thanks. I’ve got it.’ ”