Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sneak Peek: GoBox Invincible


Just as the weekend started, Pong Yen at Yellow Mountain Imports (YMI) shared with me photos of their latest Go accessory, GoBox Invincible.

Handle extended.

Some of you might recall that I got a preview and later acquired the original GoBox. It was rather functional but one of the oft-heard criticisms of the original design was that it was unlikely to survive the brutal abuse of airport baggage handling. YMI took those into account with the development of GoBox Invincible.

Bottom view

There was some talk by collectors of using the GoBox to ferry valuable gear from Japan. This new version looks very much suitable for that job.

Deeper design and ...

... looking down. Is that a floor goban inside?

GoBox Invincible will fit a floor goban that is 7cm thick (13cm with legs). As you can see from these photos, it will also fit extra-tall bowls (I recognize those as the rosewood Super-Yunzi bowls), a timer and books.

This is a quantum-leap improvement over the old GoBox and I'm sure that it will appeal to a specific group of players and collectors who greatly prize their equipment. It is expected to retail for $255.

The case is manufactured in the USA by Storm Hardigg and is model iM2875. Storm Hardigg makes some of the best industrial-use cases on the planet. I suspect that no one is going to question their credentials or the robustness of their cases.


At 5:57 AM, March 11, 2008, Anonymous Codexus said...

This looks like it could survive a nuclear blast!

I wouldn't recommend transporting a floor goban too often but if you must that seems a great solution.

At 5:05 PM, March 17, 2008, Anonymous ScatCat said...

Hi Chiyo!

Any word when we can expect more details on YMI's site?

At 2:46 PM, June 22, 2008, Blogger HikaruUSA said...

Wahh!!1 He hasn't posted anything in forever =(

At 7:06 PM, August 31, 2008, Blogger Avatar said...

Dear ChiyoDad,

Found this to be a great blog, though I'm sad that there's no updates for such a long time.

Just wanted to let you know that I've added your link to my own blog site.

At 4:26 PM, October 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! Good to see your blog going strong. Remember "Akuei?" hisashiburi! This is he and I'm now "Kuroishi" on KGS, let's play sometimes!

At 7:01 AM, December 06, 2008, Anonymous Stefano said...

Have you got any trouble on the security check on the airport?



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