Rise Up

By nature of the very fact I move around a fair bit, I’m very much used to traveling – typically making anywhere from 4 to 6 trips per year via planes, trains or automobiles. While I’ve learned my fair share of packing tricks over the year, they all kind of pale in comparison to today’s kick ass gift idea for traveling fashionistas.

Rise Gear BagsWhat do you see when you look at the bags above? A carry-on? A roller bag? A duffel? Um well, you’d kind of be wrong, actually. What may appear to be regular, plane-friendly luggage, in reality, these cleverly designed bags from Rise Gear feature a patent pending built-in shelving system. Suddenly, packing is a snap – and so is getting dressed when rushing to a business meeting or getting geared up to be first in line for a day at the theme park.

Rise Jumper BagWhat do I mean by expandable shelving you ask? Basically all you have to do is hang it up from a standard closet bar, and presto – a stack of shelves appears, making it easy for you slip your clothes in and keep them organized, and from getting wrinkled. When you’re reading to pack things up again, no more bunching things up into a little ball and praying they’ll fit; you simply slip things back where you got ’em. Rise bags (like the ‘Jumper’, featured above, $79) are so cleverly designed, they’ve also incorporated a zippered pouch at the top for you to stash things like shoes or toiletries, while the bottom compartment is meant to be used as your ‘laundry hamper’ while on the road.

Rise Weekender BagAs noted above, Rise bags come in three different styles. The Jumper ($79), which I already highlighted in pink above, is designed to be a handy carry-on or a great choice for an overnight trip. For a slightly longer journey, you’ve got the Weekender ($99), a well-priced duffel bag that not only incorporates a built-in shelving unit, it’s also got extra pockets along the front and sides for keeping travel documents and other essentials at your fingertips.

Rise Roller BagFinally you’ve got the Roller bag ($159), which is similar in style to the Weekender duffel, but slightly larger and with its own built-in rolling frame, making it perfect for plane trips or longer journeys. That luggage frame is also an additional storage space, ideal for stashing a special outfit or a pair of shoes you want to keep separate. You may have also noticed all Rise Gear bags are black, but come with three color accent variations – pink, blue, or grey.

Jumper-Blue-Lifestyle_grandeSavvy shoppers might actually recognize this innovative gift idea from an appearance on the very first episode of Dragon’s Den, where founder Lee Renshaw won over the notoriously picky Dragons and gained their help to get his business off the ground. The affordable price point, easy availability within Canada (via the Rise Gear website), and practicality make this a wonderful gift idea for a whole range of folks. Gift one to your kid, or perhaps your niece or nephew, that’s heading off the college this fall – after all, that’s what inspired Renshaw to develop Rise Gear in the first place. If your spouse just got a new gig that’ll see them on the road more often, one of these bags would make an awesome congratulatory gift. They’d also make a cool corporate gift that you could easily take to an embroidery shop to customize. Or if you’re simply shopping for a world traveler, they’ll love the shelves when packing for their next jaunt.

Rise WeekenderIn super exciting news, one of my lovely and lucky readers is going to score a Rise Weekender bag for themselves! If you’re keen on winning this super helpful travel companion, here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment below by September 24, 2014 telling me which Rise Gear bag you’d love to own and why.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 25, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Rise Gear on Facebook and leave a comment about what you think about their product. Link back to your post by leaving a separate comment below to earn yourself one extra entry into the draw.Β 

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Rise Gear on Twitter and Tweet about this contest, leaving a link back to my post and tagging myself (@cdngiftguide) and Rise Gear. Link back to your Tweet by leaving a separate comment below to earn another bonus entry into the draw.

166 Responses to “Rise Up”
  1. I like the Roller-Blue because I would not have to carry it and I would be able to hang it in my closet as I organise my packing

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  2. I like Rise Gear on Facebook – and as someone who organises everything this is a great product

  3. janicour says:

    I want the weekender. Love this, so cool!!!

  4. janicour says:

  5. I want the weekender as I need a new travel bag.

  6. Kimberley says:

    The Weekender Bag in Grey would be great for my son when he makes those trips home from school. I love this idea!

  7. Taps says:

    The Roller Blue is what I can think of gifting may husband, my parents, my brother, my friends.. a very valuable gift..

  8. Julie G. says:

    What a smart idea! I would use the Weekender – Blue one.

  9. May says:

    I would love the Roller in Pink because I need all the space and ease of mobility!

  10. cookie3 says:

    I’d love the Jumper in Pink. It’s the perfect size for my frequent short trips.

  11. Holly says:

    I love them all! I would like the Jumper in blue tho.

  12. aketch says:

    The ‘weekender’ would be wonderful for trips to the cottage!

  13. A great idea – i would love the Weekender Bag (any color) – thanks!

  14. Miriam A. says:

    The Risegear is so different and unique than other weekender bags. I would love to win one!

  15. Holly says:

    I liked them on FB but couldn’t figure out how to post my comment to here πŸ™‚

  16. Susan says:

    I would love to win the Roller Bag as it would be perfect for week-long trips overseas!
    Great price points on these bags and wonderful design.

  17. Aria says:

    The Roller in Pink is super cute. My sister is a figure skater and I could see her using this.

  18. Susan says:

    I posted on the Rise Luggage Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/RISEgear#

  19. LINDA says:

    I love the Weekender bag!

  20. stellar says:

    I’d love to own the Roller-Blue as I constantly travel to visit my boyfriend who lives two hours away. The compartments make it so much easier to stay organized. Brilliant idea! I will get this bag even if I don’t win!

  21. diane says:

    I would love to have the Roller Pink. I would make quick trips to the cottage so much easier.

  22. Erin McSweeney says:

    I would love the ROLLER-BLUE, one bag that can hold everything I need is priceless

  23. stellar says:

    I tweeted!

  24. Susan T. says:

    I like the Jumper in pink because it is just the right size for a weekend getaway!

  25. Tanya Grosz says:

    I would love the roller bag….very nice.

  26. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the roller bag. It would be so much easier to use on those trips when you have to walk a mile in the airport.

  27. Angela Mitchell says:

    These are so brilliant! I wish I’d thought of this! I’d love the Roller -Blue. It’s gotta have the wheels for me.

  28. Sherry K says:

    I would choose the Jumper. I like a small bag that I can carry on my shoulder. It is so much faster in airports and on trains. I am travelling with very few items now and love the idea of the shelves to keep things organized.

  29. Sherry K says:

  30. Elaan says:

    I think the weekender is just about perfect!

  31. Elaan says:

    Followed and tweeted on Twitter:

  32. Alison K says:

    I’d love to own the Roller-Blue Rise Gear bag ‘cos it would be a great alternative to the luggage I already have … as long as it’s carry on compatible ‘cos I do like to carry-on!

  33. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed Rise Gear on Twitter and Tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/509496840417722368

  34. David says:

    I would love to own the Roller Bag, because it would help me to see everything I have without unpacking when I’m in a hotel room. Very convenient and cool idea! Not only does this bag rocks, it actually rolls as well!

  35. Joan G. says:

    I like the Weekender in Blue. It’s the perfect solution for those 2 or 3 night getaways where you don’t want to waste time unpacking and putting things away on arrival and scrambling around when you leave to make sure you have taken everything.

  36. Mike Mottishaw says:

    I totally am loving The Roller Bag! What a cool concept with the hang-up feature – gotta win one!

  37. Jessica e says:

    roller bag in pink! this looks so handy and i travel a lot on short trips!

  38. Myra says:

    Would love to travel with this bag

  39. GARRY S says:


  40. Rise Up Giveaway! http://wp.me/pXaoj-31j via @CdnGiftGuide Would love to win one of these bags!! The Roller bag is my favorite!!

  41. Kevin B says:

    Would like the roller in blue. Looks handy and stylish

  42. Sylvie Rozon says:

    Roller bag would be a good choice.

  43. Annie Demill says:

    They are all fantastic but I would probably use the weekender the most. Great idea

  44. Annie Demill says:

  45. Margaret H says:

    What a great idea Just right for short trips or when you need to pack very carefully

  46. Tracey says:

    I would pick the roller bag because it would be ideal for my travels.

  47. Ashley O says:

    The Weekender-Blue Is My favorite one! I work 48 hour shifts as a residential support worker with the disabled. I stay in the home with them, and sleep there two nights a week! this is EXACTLY what I need! I carry around a huge duffle bag that is very uncomfortable, heavy and bulky!
    This would be perfect! I have never seen anything like it before!
    The roller-blue is ALSO fantastic, the added space is a BONUS for sure πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the incredibly useful & awesome giveaway Canadian Gift Guide & Rise Gear !

  48. Ashley O says:

    I liked and comment on Rise Luggage Company’s Facebook πŸ™‚
    Ashley Osmachenko

  49. Suzanne G says:

    I would love to have the Roller Blue as it would keep me organized in the hotel room. This is the perfect and only bag I would need for travelling.

  50. Suzanne G says:

    Liked Rise Gear on FB and commented.

  51. SandyS says:

    The Roller Bag is my bag of choice. We all have a tendency to over pack which calculates into “weight”. The rollers are a lifesaver and a welcome addition to this well organized bag.

  52. Kristen Heacock says:

    Would love the roller in pink. I love the organization, no more digging for things that always work their way to the bottom.

  53. Donna L. says:

    I love the Roller Pink bag because it is so handy to organize my stuff, and I don’t have to lift the bag with my bad back because of the nifty wheels !

  54. Donna L. says:

    I Liked Rise Gear on Facebook and commented on their timeline as Donna Lyn.

  55. Clvn says:

    The weekender, looks perfect for small couple day trips also that built in hamper would come in handy instead of bringing a separate bag to store dirty clothes

  56. I love the roller bag for its slightly larger size and of course the wheels. My kind of style. Love it.

  57. joyce s. says:

    I like the roller bag with the insert – great way to keep stuff organized without really unpacking.

  58. Neils Thor says:

    I like the Roller-Blue because we are travellers!!

  59. Here is my tweet:

  60. Kevin says:

    The Weekender is the newest product I didn’t know I needed. I’m always lugging bags around to the cottage and stuffing my clothes anywhere I can fit. This would be great not only for transport, but for a tidy place to store my belongings, too.

  61. Graham Babe says:

    The Weekender looks like about the right size for most trips. The concept of these bags is very ingenious.

  62. Mathew Koshy says:

    The Rise Roller bag looks really good, with enough space for an extended trip!

  63. Mathew Koshy says:

    Here’s my Twitter post:

  64. Laura says:

    I’d love to own the Roller-Blue because it can fit so much.

  65. debbie f says:

    I would love the roller bag. This would be great for wheeling through the airports.

  66. Lawrence says:

    The roller bag, for sure. Super convenient.

  67. Cary Lee says:

    I’m loving the “Jumper.” Looks to be the perfect size for a weekend trip.

  68. Mandeep Chadha says:

    Wow soo cool i Need that

  69. Phyllis W. says:

    I would love the Roller bag in blue. Would be great for my business trips for a week as well as for holiday travels. Awesome idea!

  70. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love the Roller-Blue! It’s a great size!

  71. Rachel Cartwright says:

    I would love to own the Weekender bag – it would be perfect for weekend trips, as the name implies! Much better than my current setup. Looks spacious and organized.

  72. I would love to win the Rise Gear Roller bag to give as a gift to my dad who is always travelling. It would help him a lot with packing and setting up as he usually stays at hotels for about two days and such a bag would help him be able to pack up and leave in a snap. Would be a great gift for him.

  73. mousecat says:

    I would love to own “The Jumper”. It would be so perfect for me and my travel needs!

  74. Randall Wong says:

    I would love to win the Rise Gear Roller bag to give as a gift to my dad who is always travelling. It would help him a lot with packing and setting up as he usually stays at hotels for about two days and such a bag would help him be able to pack up and leave in a snap. Would be a great gift for him.

  75. Ryan Spencer says:

    Definitely the roller bag

  76. John C says:

    Roller Blue please, because it’s the perfect size bag for a carry-on

  77. John C says:

    Bonus Entry for twitter

  78. jan says:

    the Weekender in Grey for all my short 2 – 3 day work trips

  79. John C says:

    Sorry! I posted the wrong twitter link earlier.

  80. Myra says:

    I like the roller bag

  81. I would love the weekender, can’t believe it can turn to shelves. I can never find anything in a suitcase, perfect solution

  82. i LOVE the jumper in pink, so practical

  83. Barbara Hall says:

    While I love all three bags, the weekender would suit my lifestyle the best. What a fantastic idea!

  84. Sara says:

    The weekender, since I tend to take more weekend trips than anything else. How cool is that shelving??

  85. Lynn L says:

    I love travelling and these products all fit the bill perfectly I really love the weekender!!

  86. Heather Ritz says:

    the roller bag for sure I wouldn’t have to carry it

  87. Marilyn Legault says:

    Love the Weekender

  88. Marilyn Legault says:

    Love the weekender because of the closet hanging feature and wheels

  89. Lana says:

    The roller bag is the one for me. Its like having your own little closet on wheels.

  90. twitchyq says:

    I would use the Rise Weekender. I tend to go on short trips to my cottage or on a roadtrip and it’d be perfect!

  91. Chelsea V. says:

    I would love to win the ROLLER-PINK! It looks so cool & would help me stay organized while travelling! πŸ™‚

  92. Carole Dube says:

    I would love to own the Roller Blue

  93. Carole Dube says:

  94. karen petrychko says:

    one of the most amazing pieces of luggage i have ever seen

  95. Susan Jang says:

    Roller bag which has extra room for shoes:)

  96. i would like the weekender blue

  97. Vicki H says:

    I really like the Jumper

  98. Andrea says:

    The Weekender!

  99. beewbedard says:

    I love to get Roller-Blue – it would be great to take on holidays

  100. Ronit Soroksky says:

    The Rise Up bags look awesome! They will make travelling much easier and speedy to pack up! I like the duffel on wheels the best.

  101. Bryan says:


  102. James Robb says:

    I like The Roller version the best. So convenient to roll through the airport and then set up your clothes at the hotel with easy access.

  103. Tamara Mullen says:

    I like the Jumper bag the best. It is so nicely designed and looks like a pleasure to take travelling with you.

  104. BlessedTA says:

    Jumper-Blue because it can be used as a carry-on bag

  105. Tanis S says:

    I’d love the Jumper – Blue as it would be perfect for carrying around things for my baby!

  106. The roller version because it looks like you can travel with your things being organized, and looks easy to use.

  107. maria says:

    id love to own the weekender bag because im always out and about

  108. Lily says:

    I would love the Jumper Blue. It’s the perfect size and shape.

  109. lorne harvey says:

    the roller bag great for weekend trips/ black with blue accent

  110. I’d get the Roller bag in blue. I like that it’s stylish, but looks sturdy (and like you can stuff a lot into it :0)

  111. I’ve liked Rise on Facebook, and commented:

  112. I’ve Followed RISEGear and tweeted:

  113. the β€˜Jumper’, featured above is amazing.
    lots of compartments

  114. smirnoff says:

    Loved this bag ever since I saw it on Dragon’s Den. The WEEKENDER-GREY is the best looking one imo.

  115. I like the roller bag because the bags are getting to heavy for me to lift as I get older

  116. aly3360 says:

    I like and would want the JUMPER in GREY. I most want it for gifting to my brother in law. He does a lot of travelling and this a very cool bag. I think he’d appreciate it and get a TON of use of it. I love the way it’s designed – very smart!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  117. SueSueper says:

    I like the Weekender-Blue because it is compact. These bags are so nice because they keep you organized while you are on the go. <– That's my reason.

  118. SueSueper says:

    Left a facebook comment on Rise Luggage page

  119. SueSueper says:

    I follow RiseGear on twitter and posted the giveaway

  120. Erin W says:

    I’d love a Jumper because we just bought a little trailer and it would be perfect for storing our clothes in it!

  121. Lisa C M says:

    I like the Roller-Blue because I would not have to carry it (and I’m not a big fan of pink)

  122. Cara W says:

    I would love to own the Roller Bag in blue! It has such great compartments, I love the shelving system, and it would be just perfect for the next time I travel!

  123. Chris MacDonald says:

    I love the weekender! Great size and weight and colour!

  124. Kevin L says:

    Definitely the Roller. Like probably a lot of people, the most inconvenient part of my travels is my luggage. Really impressed from the pictures of the versatility of the Roller, it would really help with packing, unpacking and lugging it around!

  125. Richard Macdonald says:

    The roller, because it looks like it would fit everything I plan on carrying.

  126. Nicole says:

    I would love the roller bag, never seen anything like it! Would keep me organized!

  127. Athena says:

    I like the Roller bag, it’s just so handy and convenient

  128. Athena says:

  129. What a fantastic idea!

    I would love to own the weekender bag for short getaways!

    I also really like the roller bag – more room, and of course the wheels and telescopic handle – but I could not determine if it meets carry-on luggage requirements.

  130. Betty S says:

    Bonus entry. I think this gadget is unique, and would totally buy it as a gift, but not for myself

  131. Nancy says:

    I would love the Roller Bag for easy carrying

  132. Mayda says:

    I love the roller bag, as it is easy to transport

  133. The roller bag will make life wayyyyyy easier for me to get around and make trips that much more enjoyable!!!! http://www.risegear.com/products/roller#.VA7b0_ldXh4 Thanks!!

  134. Megan Young says:

    I like the jumper bag. I would like it because it would be great to take on weekend get aways!

  135. Andrew says:

    I would love the Roller Bag – great for weekend travel and airports

  136. Lori P says:

    I think the ‘Jumper’ would suit my needs best. Like to travel with the bare minimum and my trips are seldom extended, so this model would be ideal!

  137. Jeremy Link says:

    I like the weekender. So organized and convenient.

  138. sylvia says:

    i like the pink roller bag, imagine not having wrinkled clothing!

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