Tumi’s new Tegra Lite suitcases boast outer shells made from a material also found in NFL pads and Nascar body panels. The thermoplastic composite, called Tegris, is made by weaving polypropylene yarn into sheets. It’s as moldable as carbon fiber yet more impact resistant, and it costs about one-tenth as much. Plus, it’s completely recyclable.
We took the largest case in the Tegra Lite line (the Extended Trip model, not the carry-on shown above) from San Francisco to Switzerland and back, through the baggage-handling badlands of JFK, and neither the suitcase nor our suits showed any signs of abuse.