Victorinox in Vail: Lightning Round with Fabienne Suter of the Swiss Ski Team

Photo: Fabienne Suter and her beautiful dog admiring their Spectra 2.0 32″!

We’re officially in Vail!

We took some time away from our busy schedules at the Victorinox Vail Pop-up to catch up with Fabienne Suter of the Swiss Ski Team and ask her some questions about her stay in Vail; her favorite things to do while in town; and her experience thus far at the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championship.

Read below to find out what Fabienne enjoys doing on her spare time in Vail!

1. Is this your first visit to Vail?

– No, we often have training sessions here in Vail during November and I also did several races here already.

2. What are some of your favorite things to do while in Vail – and what are you most looking forward to doing during your stay in Vail?

– While here I’m mostly up the hills for training sessions. The conditions here are excellent and I am always very excited to do pre-season preparations here in Colorado. I also like the nice ambience, the hotels and the heart of Beaver Creek with its ice skating field in the center. There are as well cute little restaurants and shops. The race track in Beaver Creek is just breath taking. It is kind of a challenge for us women, I therefore think that the races are going to be great!

3. What do you enjoy most about competitive skiing? What has been your favorite career moment?

– I was always fascinated by the snow, nature and the winter atmosphere. These points mixed with the feeling of a perfect curve in the snow creates a brilliant feeling. Favorite career moments were my 4 world cup wins in Sestriere, Bormio, Bansko and Bad Kleinkirchheim.

4. What are some of the biggest differences between skiing in Vail and the top ski towns in Switzerland?

– The available space in Switzerland is quite small compared to Vail. The tracks are well prepared here in Vail and you have so much space for your own.

5. What is your favorite thing about Switzerland most people would not know about?

– I do appreciate the tidiness in Switzerland and the good food. You get almost everything you are looking for! Delicious chocolate, cheese, sausages and meat in the best quality.

Congratulations to Fabienne for her amazing performance during the trial runs at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship. Of her performance, she stated to the Vail Daily:

“You have to be on the line and you have to attack. You have to find a good mix between these two things…It’s not an easy course. To win here or get a medal you have to be … how do you say in English? Fearless.”
Fearless is right!

If you’re in Vail, don’t forget to stop by 30 East Meadow Drive next to the Sonnenalp Hotel, and join in on the fun at the #VxVailPopup.

2014 Red Dot Award Winner: Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On

31318102__000_L3We are very excited to share the news that Victorinox Travel Gear has won a 2014 Red Dot Award for the Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On!  A 40-member international panel of experts tested, discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries in this year’s competition.  True to the motto “In search of excellence”, the jury selected the best achievements in product design to receive the sought-after Red Dot quality seal.

We congratulate the Victorinox Travel Gear design team who worked so hard to bring this innovative new hardside luggage design to market!

About the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On

Victorinox brings innovation to hardside luggage in the Spectra 2.0 Collection. Uniquely designed to make traveling with hardside luggage more convenient, the case is equipped with an integrated front zippered quick-access door and removable electronics panel to give you on-the-go accessibility to the things you need most while traveling – like a laptop, tablet, tickets, passport and more. This dual-access construction 31318003__000_Falso accommodates your personal packing style and your travel essentials by allowing you to pack two ways – through the front quick-access door using a traditional top down method so you can organize clothing in a neat stack, or through the main opening using the 50/50 split to separate your belongings into two compartments. Engineered to be ultra-light without sacrificing durability, these 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate cases feature a scratch-resistant matte finish, protective corner guards and two layers of premium Bayer polycarbonate which absorbs impact without breaking or cracking. The material is 28% stronger than typical ABS plastic and is also used in football helmets, police riot shields and as a component in bulletproof glass. To ensure a stable roll, the case features eight wheels and an adjustable three-stop dual-trolley handle system. The dual-caster wheels feature a reinforced inner wheel housing and metal ball bearings for a smooth roll across virtually any surface.

Click here to read more about the award in the official press release.

Innovation Opens Doors And Wins Awards

IMG_1110_2We are thrilled to announce that the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On has been selected as Best Luggage in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Design Awards! Victorinox Travel Gear Vice President of Product Strategy & Design, Dan Tarala and Travel Gear Senior Designer, Jacob Lusson accepted the award in New York during the tenth annual Travel + Leisure Design Awards gala last night. 

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A distinguished jury chose the best of the year based on the idea that “innovative design makes travel better.”  We couldn’t agree more. “It’s very exciting that Spectra™ 2.0 has received this award for best luggage design. We really wanted to design a case that is stylish and practical—something that makes travel and packing more convenient. This acknowledgement from Travel + Leisure confirms that we were able to achieve this,” said Senior Travel Gear Designer, Jacob Lusson.

 

The Spectra™ 2.0 Collection pushes hardside luggage design to new heights, offering travelers a convergence of style, protection and convenience. Specifically, the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On is equipped with an integrated front zippered quick-access door and organizational panel to give the traveler on-the-go accessibility to the things they need most while traveling like a laptop, tablet, tickets, passport and more. This dual-access construction also allows you to pack two ways – through the front quick-access door or through the main compartment opening.  Additionally, the entire collection, including this award-winning style, is designed to be ultra-light without sacrificing durability.  These 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate cases feature a stylish, scratch-resistant matte finish along with protective corner guards.  And to ensure a smooth, stable roll, eight wheels and a dual-trolley handle system round out Spectra™ 2.0 to deliver a performance-focused design at every turn.

 

To learn more about this collection and its innovative design, check out the exclusive interview with the collection’s designer and visit spectra.victorinox.com.

Victorinox and T+L Design Awards
Nancy Novogrod Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, American Express Publishing, Editor in Chief, Travel + Leisure presenting the award to Victorinox Travel Gear Senior Designer, Jacob Lusson. Photo: Diane Bondareff / Travel + Leisure.

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Designer’s Corner: Inside the Spectra™ 2.0 Collection

spectrasketches“Innovation is in our blood here in Switzerland – since the beginning, we’ve always tried to make things better” says Mr. Elsener, chief executive officer of Victorinox, in an interview from 2010.  This statement still rings true today.  The all-new, Spectra™ 2.0 hardside luggage design has taken the Spectra™ Collection to new heights, with endless packing possibilities and unique travel solutions. We sat down with Senior Travel Gear Product Designer, Jacob Lusson, for an exclusive sneak-peek of this collection, which is set to launch this fall.

1.    What was your inspiration behind the redesign of the collection?

To be honest, the success of Spectra™ was the inspiration. We listened to feedback from customers and retailers and tried to build upon all of the positive aspects and remedy any negative ones.  Automotive, sport and consumer electronic trends also influenced the design.  The new matte finish was a product of that.

 2.    What is your favorite feature of this collection?

My favorite feature is probably the one that will go least noticed by most users: the new casters.  We went through several iterations where we tweaked the durometer of the outer tread material to get it to roll perfectly regardless of what surface the case is on. Little, obsessive stuff like that is what I’m most happy with.

 3.    The Spectra™ 2.0 carry-on is now offered in two styles, one with a Quick-Access Door and one without.  Which version fits your personal travel and packing style?

I’ve switched to the Quick-Access version. I occasionally use the electronics panel but most of the time I still prefer to carry my laptop in an Altmont™ backpack, so I remove the panel that separates the front pocket from the main compartment and just load everything through the front Quick-Access Door. I can just cram all my clothes in and go.

4.    How do you pack your hardside case?

I pack in the same way the Man Vs. Food guy eats a sandwich. It’s chaos. That’s what’s best for me. I know Dan, the Vice President of Victorinox Travel Gear Product Design, likes to roll his clothes and then separate them by type of clothing using the case’s 50/50 split divider wall.  I would expect that most people would pack this way, too. This way you stay organized and can utilize the compression straps that keep your items from shifting during travel and the zippered pockets for smaller items.  To each their own…

5.    Where have you traveled with this bag and where did you take it?

My Spectra™ 2.0 case has seen three continents so far. And Wisconsin. Is Wisconsin a continent? It should be. Go Pack Go!

6.    What color of Spectra is your favorite?  

It’s so hard to choose; I like all of the variations of Spectra™ 2.0.  I tend to travel with a black Spectra™ Dual-Access Global Carry-On, so I would say that is my favorite.

7.    In the past, the Spectra™ Collection has introduced many limited edition colors. Will this continue to be the case with Spectra™ 2.0?

The red, black and white colors are tried-and-true, but we will do limited editions for more adventurous folks.  That’s all I can say. I’ve said too much as it is.

8.    The Swiss Army Knife heritage of this brand is very engrained in this collection.  When designing this luggage collection, what inspiration comes from the knives? 

The Quick-Access styles are the Swiss Army Knife of luggage, for sure. It’s a bag equipped for any travel situation.  They can be business bags with sleeves for your laptop and tablet; pockets for phones, pens, and chargers; and they hold enough clothes for short trips. You wouldn’t even need a briefcase or backpack.  They are also a great choice for leisure travel.  They are stylish, lightweight, protective for any souvenirs you may acquire and they offer great packing flexibility.

9.    Not only is this bag lightweight, it is very strong and durable. What kind of testing is performed to ensure its durability?

They are thrown through the wringer; abused in more ways and more times than even the most disgruntled baggage handler would have the energy for.  And then we do it again to make sure the results are repeatable.  We have the highest testing standards of anyone in the industry and our testing lab upholds these standards to the fullest.

10. Tell us about the Spectra™ 2.0 material

It is made from two layers of 100% virgin Bayer polycarbonate. Meaning the polycarbonate hasn’t been recycled and remolded. Recycling materials greatly reduces the integrity of the material and weakens it.   A pure polycarbonate on the other hand creates a high-quality, high-impact resistant travel case that can withstand the toughest of travels.  Another benefit of polycarbonate is that it can bend. Through testing, we have determined the ideal thickness of polycarbonate to allow it to flex and absorb impact without breaking or cracking.  What I’m trying to get across, in many words, is that this material is protective, lightweight and durable; that’s why it’s commonly used in football helmets and police riot shields and it’s why we currently use it for our hardside luggage.

11. What obstacles did you face when designing this collection?

Whenever you change something that’s been successful, you run the risk of screwing it up. So we made sure everyone who came in contact with the new cases during development felt they were even better than the first ones.

12. What was your favorite part of designing the collection?

The best part is always the beginning; you have a blank sheet of paper and the possibilities are endless.

13. What’s the future of hardside luggage?

It’s here, with Spectra™ 2.0.

Thank you to Jacob for this exclusive insight into the newest generation of our popular Spectra™ Collection; coming to www.victorinox.com this fall!