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Tumi : What the Heck is Tumi?

Updated on November 26, 2014

Tumi Business and Lifestyle Accessories Everyone will Like!

So anyone that knows me by now, knows that I am a long time traveler, long and short haul trips and that I like my luxuries when on the road. I consider myself a somewhat expert on accessories for the traveler and I just have to tell you about my Tumi encounters.

I recently discovered a nice sized Tumi Store at Shanghai International Airport and with six hour in between flights, decided to explore and investigate what was on offer.

After a good few hours and the purchase of two products, I walked out with a smile upon my face!

Tumi has awesome products with after sales customer service like no other! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Photo Credit: Bill Armstrong

Tumi Alpha Lightweight Medium Trip Packing Case! - The New Addition to my Tumi Collection.

Tumi is a US Company from New Jersey - Public on the NYSE under the ticker name of TUMI.!

For The Serious Traveler!

Tumi T-Tech Presidio Lombard Boarding Tote
Tumi T-Tech Presidio Lombard Boarding Tote

These guy's fly off the shelf and are pretty hard to get a hold of these days, pop back later if they are sold out, they should be back!


All About Tumi!

A US Company!

Recognized as one of the world's top brands of travel, business and lifestyle accessories, founded in 1975, South Plainfield, New Jersey, Tumi opened their first store in Santa Monica, CA. and are still going from strength to strength.

Tumi now has over 183 stores of which are located in most International cities, and In 2004, was taken over by Doughty Hanson & Co, of London for a staggering $276 Million.

The name Tumi originates from a sacrificial ceremonial knife which is used by some Inca's in Peruvian Coastal Regions. Hanging a Tumi on the wall is said to brings good luck!

Renowned for their high quality leather and black ballistic nylon aesthetic material on luggage, briefcases, wallets, and accessories, in addition to looking good, Tumi products are pretty indestructible and can carry a hefty weight.

One point of interest to mention, Tumi has a licensing agreement with Ducati, the high end Italian motorcycle manufacturers! and has launched Ducati branded name products!

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Alpha Bravo Day Annapolis Zip Flap Bag

Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Annapolis Zip Flap Bag, Anthracite, One Size
Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Annapolis Zip Flap Bag, Anthracite, One Size

I have this guy! Pretty handy if your just going on a short trip and are leaving all the gadgets behind

For short trips I usually just take the iPad of which fits nice and snug in here along with a few other gadgets.

You have a front zip pocket that is rare and handy for producing documentation at short notice, and there is a magnetic flap that covers the open pocket where I throw all my receipts, notebook and papers.

Lots more of pro's for this little guy and would be a great present for anyone!

Tumi Luggage Ducati Evoluzione International Carry-On Bag, Track, Small
Tumi Luggage Ducati Evoluzione International Carry-On Bag, Track, Small

Tumi Ducati carry-on is just right for either international or overnight trips. The shell is constructed of durable polycarbonate with flexible nylon fabric front pockets.

Not only is it a great piece of luggage for transportation of all your items, it's Ideal for those who are after a racing touch of class/style and want heads to turn when transiting through the airports!

Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Everett Essential Tote, Anthracite, One Size
Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Everett Essential Tote, Anthracite, One Size

One bag I am very pleased with and that's this Alpha Bravo Tote Bag, it is a great carry-on bag, soft but tough and is made from Tumi's signature ballistic material. I use this every day for work, laptop and iPad fits no problem, have in fact been known to carry two laptops from time to time.

You have a very nice roomy interior with lots of organizer zip and open pockets, cell phone pocket and pen loop included, with key leash to boot.

When used as a carry-on bag, I pretty much fool the airlines every time, what I carry in my roller, I can usually fit in here, to date it has never been weighed and I can assure you it would be questionable as is my roller most of the time. Simply sling it over the shoulder for a little weight deception!


Tumi Alpha Bravo Maxwell Gym Bag

Tumi Alpha Bravo Maxwell Gym Bag, Olive, One Size
Tumi Alpha Bravo Maxwell Gym Bag, Olive, One Size

Maybe a little expensive for a gym bag but your getting a great bang for your buck!

It's 100% Ballistic Nylon, and comes with plenty of zip pockets as well as a shoe pocket that is kitted out with waterproof lining.

There's a water bottle pocket, cell phone pocket and key leash. You have nice long carrying handles which are complimented with a leather wrap.

A great gift for any guy or girl who is a gym rat!


Women's Cortina Nylon Boarding Tote

Tumi Voyageur Cortina Boarding Tote, Pool, One Size
Tumi Voyageur Cortina Boarding Tote, Pool, One Size

For the Lady who likes to travel in style.


Tumi Tracer Product Recovery Program

For the Serious Traveler!

When you purchase your Tumi bag(s) check it has the metal plate secured inside with your unique 20-digit registration number (see enclosed picture). As soon as you are home or have an internet connection register your purchase on line at Tumi Tracer!, fill in your contact details, along with unique digit registration number and submit, you will then have your product(s) registered in Tumi's central data base!.

In the event of loss or theft, (report immediately) should your bag be recovered, Tumi contacts you and advise how you can have it returned. As these will be considered desirable/high end items, why not take a photo of your products as an additional preventative measure!

After Sales Customer Service! - Tumi - For the Serious Traveler!

Up and until Five (5) Years purchase from an authorized dealer, customers are covered by Tumi's limited Warranty (Original Owners Only). All is explained below, this has got to be some of the best after sales customer service I have come across!

In all cases, you should consult the Tumi Consumer Service Manual that shall be provided when purchasing a Tumi product!

  • Your First Year of Ownership

    If product is damaged during the first year, including wear and tear, damage by the airlines or any other transit method, repair expenses shall be covered of which includes shipping costs to and from repair locations. If Tumi determines that your product is beyond repair, they will replace it free of charge. In the event that your product is no longer available, it shall be replaced with an equal valued product. So in short, as long as you do not damage your product through abuse, your covered!

  • Two - Five Years of Ownership

    Owning your product between 2 - 5 years, and for a nominal processing fee, Tumi shall repair your product that is defective in material/workmanship. Wear and tear is not covered during this period unless it is the result of defective material/workmanship. During this period, if damaged by any carrier, you should hold them responsible!

  • Tumi is dedicated in keeping their customers happy with products and service. You can reach a customer service representative 24/7 at 800-781-TUMI (8864) or at

    Remember to hold on to your receipt as proof of purchase and warranty requirements, I recommend you scan a copy and save electronically as in time original receipts fade.

Tumi Luggage Alpha Companion Tote, Black, Medium
Tumi Luggage Alpha Companion Tote, Black, Medium

Comes with a top zip closure, it's a great bag for the ladies every day use, can expand up to 4.5 inches more and comes with adjustable handles which gives you the option of carrying by hand or over the shoulder.

Very nice interior.

Which lady could not like this?


Tumi 'Alpha Bravo Kingsville' Deluxe Leather Briefpack! - Tumi Leather Luggage!

Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Kingsville Deluxe Brief Pack, Black, One Size
Tumi Luggage Alpha Bravo Kingsville Deluxe Brief Pack, Black, One Size

Supplied with zip around closure, adjustable shoulder straps and a top carry handle, you will be pretty pleased with this one!

Equipped with lots of pockets inside and outside, space is provided for your laptop and iPad. Whether you want something for the professional approach or student scene, you wont go wrong with this Tumi leather luggage/backpack!


The Tumi Poll!

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Tumi Luggage Dror Extended Trip Packing Case

Tumi Luggage Dror International Expandable Carry-On Bag, Onyx, Small
Tumi Luggage Dror International Expandable Carry-On Bag, Onyx, Small

I am a world wide traveler, short and long haul flights, as well as the occasional sea and road trip. I have been traveling for most of my life, and one of my biggest mistakes was my choice in the luggage department!

Over the years I have wasted so much money with the choice of baggage that I used for various trips, and most if not all of my choices ended up fraying, getting ripped or merely fell apart.

Enough was enough, and I decided to invest a little more money into a much more reliable and reputable set of luggage.

I did check out many top brand names, names such as Samsonite, Victorinox and Nautica etc, but after in depth review and taking into consideration my personal requirements as well as my past experiences I decided to splash out on the more upscale and designer luggage of Tumi.

My next stop is the Extended Trip Packing Case of which will need to be purchased fairly soon as my present is fading fast. At this moment in time I have my eye on the Dror Extended Trip Case and have actually tested and tried within various stores.

I am definitely in need of a roomy hard-side case, one that will withstand all the abuse when traveling by air, one that is light in weight (16.6 lbs), has a four wheel system for maximum maneuverability, a retractable handle, reliable, trustworthy and stylish.

Tumi tends to stand out wherever you go, it causes heads to turn, sporadic conversations to take place, but most of all it oozes style and certainly stands out on those dreaded luggage belts at the airport.

Granted the cost may be a little off-putting but I for one am no longer willing to throw good money down the drain with purchasing more inferior pieces of luggage that hardly last a year or two.

If you can afford Tumi then I say go for it, you wont find a better packing case!


Traveling Innovations


Tumi Luggage Alpha Long Wheeled Garment Bag

Tumi Alpha 2 Long Wheeled Garment Bag, Black, One Size
Tumi Alpha 2 Long Wheeled Garment Bag, Black, One Size

To be truthful, unless you are carrying some pretty expensive clothes, I'm not entirely convinced Tumi has done itself justice here, maybe lowering the price by a couple of hundred dollars might attract some attention to this.

Don't get me wrong, it's certainly a first class piece of luggage and I certainly would not turn one down if gifted ;)


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    • sharonbellis profile image

      Sharon Bellissimo 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great info because I had not heard of this brand.

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      4 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Brite-Ideas: Aren't they just, apart from my own purchases, I regularly get them for family and friends as gifts, have a few in line for this Christmas, thanks for the visit

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wow, these travel bags are beautiful - great to know about them for potential gift ideas for the avid traveler in my family :)

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @brandon armour: Your not wrong there, I made the mistake of going cheap at the start with the quality of luggage, no more, will be going Tumi all the way, thanks for the visit

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @TonyPayne: Totally agree and have learned my lesson over the years and at a cost. All my travel bags will be Tumi very soon ;)

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      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look nice, I think it's important to get quality luggage, because if you fly often cheap luggage can easily fall apart, and it's good to travel with the same bags if you fly regularly as well, makes packing a lot easier.

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      brandon armour 

      5 years ago

      Wow, looks like some really quality stuff!

      It seriously saves money down the line buying quality stuff from the start.

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @nightbear lm: Actually there are lots out there who have never heard of Tumi, such a pity as they make very good products, thanks for the visit

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      nightbear lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow, I am pleasantly surprised to find out what Tumi is. A nice education.

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @patinkc: They are in a class of their own huh! thanks for the visit

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      5 years ago from Midwest

      Love the boarding tote!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      Very nice luggage, and I could sure use a new set!

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @CruiseReady: Love my Tumi products, thanks for the visit

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      5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Tumi sounds like just the thing for the frequent traveler... I made four trips last month alone!

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Susie05: Thanks for comments and visit

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      5 years ago

      I Love this luggage!! Nice Lens!

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @getmoreinfo: Your welcome, thanks for the visit

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the information about tumi products for travelers

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MikeRobbers LM: Indeed it is, love my Tumi products, thanks for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      Some nice looking luggage there..

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      5 years ago

      I really love this brand , ideal for travelling

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @chas65: It sure is and the good thing about it is that it was born in the USA! Thanks for stopping by

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      5 years ago

      Was not familiar with this brand before. Looks like it is a hidden treasure.

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @SheGetsCreative: It sure is, I am just annoyed at not getting Tumi products before now;) thanks for visit

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Tumi's tracer program is a great idea for travelers.


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