Since its inception in 1977,
Hartmann has secured a reputation for outstanding quality and
durability. From wheels and handles to zippers and stitching,
every component of a product must pass Hartmann's rigorous testing
requirements before being made available to consumers.
Designed to simulate the wear and tear that a piece of luggage
endures when checked at the airport.
This test takes place in a hexagon drum outfitted
with sandpaper, wood, metal and raised edges. A weighted Mobile
Traveler must endure 7,000 drops and sustain no major damages in
order to pass Hartmann’s Tumble Test.
The top and side handles on a Hartmann
Mobile Traveler must be capable of completing a minimum of 30,000
cycles of handle lift testing. The retractable handle on all
Hartmann Mobile Travelers must complete a minimum of 1,125 cycles on
the handle lift test as well as be able to complete 8,000 cycles of
operational opening and closing with no functional impairments.
To test the overall durability of the wheels on a Mobile
Traveler, Hartmann “runs” a weighted Mobile Traveler for 100 miles
at three miles an hour at a 45-degree angle on a custom equipped
treadmill with an 80-grit sandpaper belt. The wheels must sustain
minimal material loss to pass this test and be considered for use by
To determine the tensile strength in pounds on a retractable
Mobile Traveler handle, Hartmann tests the amount of force required
to damage the handle rod by placing it in clamps and measuring the
force required to bend or pull the rod at the center. Hartmann’s
Mobile Traveler handle rods withstand more than 800 pounds of
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