The Brand: Mandarina Duck is an Italian luxury luggage brand which was established in 1977 by childhood friends Paolo Trento and Pietro Mannato . Since then, it has quickly become one of those luggage brands favoured by quality luggage connoisseurs. Owing to the founders’ background in the field of plastic materials and rubber, they are renowned for their bags made out of avant-garde synthetic materials. Fun fact: The duck on Mandarina Duck’s logo represents a particular species that comes from the banks of river Ussuri, on the border between Russia and China, where it symbolises happiness and loyalty. The duck is monogamous, and has a brightly coloured and waterproof plumage.
The Collection: Mandarina Duck’s Tank line of products was launched in 1981. Today it is back with a restyled version of the distinctive, dynamic design that has made it an all-time icon. The newly discovered breakthrough of its thermoformed rubber and fabric guarantees lightweight, but sturdy protection, “with all the energy and protection of a manly hug”. The current set of Tank products were designed by Daniel Valsesia.
Product description: First out is the 8CV02 Tank Trolley which comes in black, titanium (grey), fire (red) and cement (beige). I went for the grey version.
Other dimensions are as follows:
* 3,2 kg
* 15,8×21,7×7,9 inch
* 7,1 lbs
* 9,9 gal uK
Although I wen for the beige one, the 8CV02 Tank trolley can be matched with a similarly coloured 8CT03 Tank backpack, which features the same soft but sturdy thermoformed rubber:
- * 39×45,5×21,5 cm
- * 1,2 kg
- * 15,4×17,9×8,5 inch
- * 2,6 lbs
Luxury Travel Beat’s Review: The more I travel the less I inclined I am to schlepping around heavy luggage. Having recently mastered the art of packing enough clothes to last me a week in a cabin-sized hand-luggage suitcase, I was excited to receive the Mandarina Duck 8CV02 tank trolley and accompanying 8CT03 backpack for review. At just over 7 pounds, the trolley is light enough to not let me incur extra charges with those airlines that penalize one for having hand luggage which weighs more than 10 kg. The fact that it comes with a matching backpack is just the icing on the cake.
Highs: The colours! The tank trolley suitcase is s a nice and sophisticated polished grey colour with a playful yellow zip on the one side, and a grey one on the other side. I’m also thrilled with the size, the separate laundry and shoe bags which will ensure I don’t mix my smelly gym shoes and clothes with the rest of my clothes on the homeward journey. The beige 8CT03 Tank backpack is a mild beige colour, which shows off its superb Italian design, which is also at the top of the list of the advantages of this collection.
Lows: I haven’t found any yet. I’m still in the infatuation stage in my relationship with this particular collection, but I will make sure to write an update if I find one!