Great new case and idea, but could still use some adjustments.
Differences from the “older” Trekking cases:
The New Trekking case only has one storage area compared to the two on the other model. The single storage area is located on the front side of the case and is expandable. The storage area has a small zip pocket that can hold a metronome/tuner, an area for etude books, and sheet music—sadly it cannot hold music folder. There is another padded zip pock along the under shell of the case—ideal for reeds, breath builders, reed tools etc.
The clarinet housing of the new case differs quite a bit from the other model. On the other model the A clarinet was on the top and the Bb was on the bottom. On the new model it is backwards.
Barrels are house standing up rather than on the sides.
The spots for the different joints of the clarinets are not placed in the same spots and do not look uniform a very minor issue. Lastly the extra storage for pencils and what not is a lot smaller on this new model—unfortunately that is where I would put my shot glass for my reed water and the space is too small to do that.
There are not buckles on the exterior of the case compared the older model. I feel like the buckles gave me extra piece of mind that the clarinets were security.
There is not an extra handle on the top of the case, only on the side.
Pros: Smaller, more compact design—ideal for flying.
The underside of the backpack straps are made from a material that provides traction between your shoulders and the straps—you don’t have to worry about the straps falling off of your shoulders.
Cons: No extra buckles on the exterior.
No handle on the top of the case, only on the side.
No place to house a reed water glass.
The readjustment straps for the back pack straps are extremely long—it gives you lots of material to work with for adjusting the case on your back but there is way too much excess.
Overall I think that they’re heading in a good direction but I feel that whenever they release the 2.0 version it will be great.