Unitasker Wednesday: Shirt Shuttle

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

I have no doubts in my mind that this week’s selection works well. I am certain it is water resistant and keeps your shirt completely dry. I am certain it won’t wrinkle your shirt’s collar or introduce any nasty creases into the body of your garment. I am certain it is easy to hang in a closet and won’t get destroyed in your suitcase. I am not certain, however, that anyone needs a Shirt Shuttle:

This large case holds one shirt and it costs $48 in the US or £30 in Britain. If you’re going on a business trip for more than one day, you would need multiple Shirt Shuttles to protect all your shirts, and a nice size piece of luggage to contain all your Shirt Shuttles. It might be fine if you just want to take a single shirt to the gym, but I don’t know many guys heading to the gym who don’t know how to work a hanger or shove their shirt into the steam room to get out any wrinkles that may have inadvertently been acquired during transport.

I don’t like ironing, and neither does my husband, so we avoid the entire need for a Shirt Shuttle by getting him non-iron dress shirts from the Brooks Brothers outlet store. Yes, the non-iron shirts cost a little more than regular dress shirts, but they don’t cost $48 more per shirt, even at the retail stores and certainly not at the outlet locations.

If you want to protect your suit coat, tie, and slacks from wrinkles and the elements, I am sorry to report that there are not currently Coat Shuttles, Tie Shuttles, or Slack Shuttles. You’re still going to have to pull that steamer out of the hotel closet if any of those garments need some attention.

I don’t know why, but the Shirt Shuttle reminds me a lot of the Doughnut To-Go case …

Thanks to the hoards of readers who sent in this device suggestion to us.

12 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Shirt Shuttle”

  1. posted by Jake on

    Ordinarily, I tend to agree with your posts but this is one of my favorite bike commuting gadgets because it allows me to show up at work with a clean, pressed shirt and my co-workers are none the wiser. One purpose, yes, but it’s for a good cause.

  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Jake — How do you protect your slacks, suit coat, dress shoes, belt, and tie? Do you have special devices for them, too? I would think as a bicyclist, a protective device for all of your clothes would be more beneficial than just a protective device for your shirt.

  3. posted by Anita on

    @Erin – Slacks are much less prone to ugly wrinkles than shirts, if folded properly, and the folds loosen up quickly just by wearing them. Slacks also don’t have collars to keep from flattening. Ties and belts are even easier to protect in a simple bag or bike bag, if folded or rolled well. And I know a lot of men who keep suit coats and dress shoes at the office rather than bring them from home each day.

    I can also see a use for this if you’re traveling and your first shirt-requiring engagement is so close to your landing time that you don’t foresee having time to steam your shirt beforehand.

    I do think $48 is overkill, and you could certainly find less expensive ways of protecting a dress shirt from travel wrinkles (e.g. keep the packaging from one a dress shirt that came in a box and use that instead), but this product is quite a bit less ridiculous than most previously-featured unitaskers.

  4. posted by Kelli on

    I always look forward to Unitasker Wednesdays, but just yesterday read this article in Mother Jones that gives a chilling picture of the work of the folks who fill orders for online retailers. Not only do most of the Unitaskers create clutter in our lives & eventually in landfills, but buying such “trash” supports a crushing industry. Check it out: http://motherjones.com/politic.....uses-labor

  5. posted by Sooz on

    @Kelli, thank you for the link to that article. I hope I’m not going off-topic here in noting that, whether we’re buying unitaskers or non-unitaskers, the conditions described in that article are the internet-age equivalent of migrant workers picking crops.

    I can’t in good conscience support that kind of job “model”, so when I make a purchase, this info is going to factor into my decision. Thanks for bringing it to my (our!) attention, Kelli.

  6. posted by Jake on

    @Erin – I don’t – Refer to Anita’s comments.
    Also, the company that produces this product is aptly named “Commuter Technologies”

  7. posted by Shalin on

    Or…you can use a large portfolio or report binder for ~$5-10.


  8. posted by JustGail on

    So, is it just the guys that have need to appear places unrumpled? Where’s the pink version for women? I’m aghast, nay SHOCKED! that they’d leave such a large portion of the population without of such a life and career enhancing object. 🙂

  9. posted by Elaine on

    I lay a shirt on the plastic that comes from the dry cleaners, fold the plastic up so it enfolds it, then fold it the normal way. You can stack innumerable shirts this way and I’ve never had them wrinkle-even on flights to L.A. from the east. I do the same for anything that has to arrive unwrinkled-including gowns and it works very well.

  10. posted by Mark Harrison on

    Back in the late 90s, I worked for a multinational.

    In that time, I learnt to pack clothing for two days, swimming kit, washbag, and a laptop, in an airline carry-on.

    I also learned to pack clothing for one morning and a baby washbag, plus laptop, in a laptop case.

    I don’t feel that, even at the height of my commuting peak, I would have needed something like this.

  11. posted by Charity on

    My husband would definitely buy one of those – luckily he doesn’t read unclutterer!

  12. posted by Nick St on

    This is exactly what im looking for. As a server in fine dining, I need to have an immaculate appearance. However, I bike to work and thats a problem. There is a need for this, especially with the rising cost of gas!

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