Dominate Styles of The Luggage Tags And Their Durability
Leather Luggage Tags
Whether you are going to your next business meeting or simply love to travel with a bit more class, a leather tag can say a lot about both your personality and professional demeanor that you carry.
Typically clad in genuine leather (as many of the ones outlined below are), leather tags can withstand years of abuse. While not necessarily a ‘buy it for life’ purchase, they will last you for around a decade or two (assuming regular travel habits).
Beyond just the material makeup of the tag, leather is also incredibly soft. Therefore if you are carrying a high class bag that is absent of any tag or identification carrier, then the leather luggage tag shouldn’t damage the fabric of the suitcase with extended use.
Metal Luggage Tags
Contrary to leather tags are ones crafted from stainless steel or aluminum alloy.
These tags are definitely going to be the longest lasting of any material type on the market. However, its not without a huge downfall. Metal tags unfortunately aren’t flexible and typically contain rigid corners.
When coming in contact with canvas or leather, a sharp corner found on a metal tag may incidentally cause scratching on the fabric or worse – small rips on the material itself.
Therefore, we generally would recommend metal tags for men out there that are affixing it to a low-quality suitcase or holdall.
Synthetic Tags – A Balance Between Leather and Metal
If you want a tag that will last you forever while also retaining a softer construction, then synthetic tags are definitely the way to go. Typically commanding a much lower price-point than either of the tag offerings covered so far, synthetic tags are great for the frequent jetsetter.
The one drawback to the synthetic tag however, will be around its style and tone it sets when found on a piece of luggage.
Simply put, synthetic tags look extremely casual (almost childish), therefore, if you are a business professional or someone who likes to make a good first impression then you may want to skip the synthetic tag.
Smart Tags May Quite Possibly Be The Best Luggage Tag On The Market
Typically affixed with either an RFID chip or QR code, smart tags can be a godsend to the headaches that accompany a lost luggage conundrum.
With high quality tracking abilities, smart tags can help to locate your luggage instantly to ensure an extra peace of mind when traveling.
No longer do you have to hear a luggage attendant guessing if your bags are in Toledo or Tulsa, you can get the current location of your tag with just an opening of an app (usually for either iOS or Android devices).
Smart tags don’t come with many downfalls, although there are a few. Depending on the construction (as you will see below), they may look a bit too nerdy for some men – so expect to be ragged on if you are traveling with an older sibling.
Secondly, given that these luggage tags incorporate some technology, they naturally will be a bit pricier compared to their synthetic or metal counterparts. However, we found that smart tags hold a pretty similar price point to the high-end leather tags on the market.
But if you traveling with valuables or simply don’t want to go through lost luggage hell, smart chips are definitely the way to go.