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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
This is the best carry-on bag that exist. I have a few "must have" options. 1. No zippers; only latches. 2. Hard side. 3. Spinners. 4. TSA Combo lock (not key like the Eagle Creek). 5. CARRY-ON. It has to be carry-on to beat the airlines at their game. You need the hard side and combo lock to keep your stuff safe when the boarding chump tells you that they have to throw your case under the plane (for free!). The hard side keeps your stuff safe. The combo lock keeps the chumps from fingering your stuff. If you do get to take it aboard; the spinners will ease navigation down the isle. The case fits perfectly in overhead on the 3 (A,B,C)(D,E,F) seat side. It will not fit long ways on a 1 (A) or 2 (A,B) seat side.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
I bought this to replace a black hardcase samsonite spinner I've been using for about 7 years that has started to fade. While still in the 10 year samsonite warranty, I felt it was time for something new. This one from its pictures and description has many of the features I want: Carry On, 4 Wheel Spinner, Proper Latches with TSA Lock, Telescoping Handles.

A note on dimensions: This unit is listed as being 9 x 19 x 14. American Airlines (my regular airline) says the maximum carry on size is 9 x 22 x 14 respectively. I can confirm this will fit in the overhead space of a Super 80 (McDonnell Douglas MD-80) on the "D, E, F" side of the plane EXCEPT in Bulkhead first class Row 3 as that one bin is slightly tapered. Anyone who's had any problem being able to carry-on this case should use one of those handy "Check your bag" stations setup in every airport, usually at almost every American Airlines departure gate as well. If it will fit in an MD80, I guarantee you it will fit in all 737, 747, etc in overhead. It will not (as many bags do not) fit in an Embrarer Regional or Canadian Regional Jet (ERJ or CRJ). However you can side check it as you're supposed to in these cases.

I have 2 big complaints about this case. First, just like my previous one, the rails for the telescoping handle are housed within the case itself instead of on the outside - this is fine, I like it that way. In my old case, this allowed me to roll up socks or other small items and jam them into the nooks and crannies around the tubing internally which housed the telescoping handles. However with this unit, they've put some thin plastic cover infront of those areas between the liner material and the tubes. There is a ton of wasted space in doing this, and I'm having to relearn how to pack this properly as my system is all messed up now. This is superficial I agree, but it's annoying to think of the wasted space. If you travel as much as I do, for as long as I do, every cubic inch makes a difference, and there doesn't appear to be a way to remove this plastic sheet without removing the liner...

Second, don't let the metallic look fool you. The lighting in the image makes you think it's much more sturdy than it is, and also the true color is much more grey. The external material is softer and prone to nicks and scratches easily, much more so than the old one I keep referring to. This is not just as a result of the color (black vs grey), but that the old one had a textured and matte exterior to it whereas this one is flat with a glossy finish. Scrapes and scratches are much more noticeable.

On a positive note - the wheels are good, but these degrade overtime, so I'll put it down to them just being new. It does glide effortlessly and even works well pushing ahead of you on carpet. I can also fit about 2 weeks worth of clothes if I pack carefully, most of my travel is only 1 week so I usually have plenty of space. On several occasions I've also opted to put my laptop and electronics in this, I feel much more comfortable doing so with the hard case than a fabric exterior. It has a rubber bumper pad on the back side (same side as handle) a few inches up - this seems to be placed perfectly for dragging the case up a flight of stairs for example, without damaging or scratching the case.

Overall it's OK/Good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2013
What a great sturdy piece of luggage! I took a gamble ordering it without having placed my hands on one, hoping it would be stronger and more rigid than every other "hardside" luggage I have ever handled. It literally exceeded all my expectations. The polycarbonate seems thicker than other models and the aluminum frame work makes all the difference in completely shoring the piece up. The coup de gras is that it is perfectly balanced! I have an extremely large leather briefcase (Saddleback Classic XL) that would tip every spinner suitcase over that I have ever attempted to sit it on and roll through the airport. The briefcase sits perfectly on the flat rigid top and it rolls flawlessly! The suitcase looks great to boot.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
I just bought this two months ago and have traveled 4 times; in 5 different aircraft (all within the Delta family)

For your regional with the tiny aircraft, it will be gate-checked.
For your widebodies and your narrow-bodies, it will fit just fine in overhead bin with wheels out.

The bag is spacious IMO because I have no trouble packing for a whole week out of town (my business trips are usually depart monday come back friday when domestic---depart sunday (or saturday) and come back back the following weekend for int'l.

Top compartment -- 2 pairs of shoes (dress shoes for the presentations I give, workout/gym shoes for the fitness center)
workout clothes on top. Secured with a flap separator that attaches to hooks built into the casing. In the flap separator, there is a zippered compartment -- this is where I put 2 belts

Bottom compartment--2 pairs of dress pants + 1 pair of jeans folded into quarters and stacked on one side
4-5 pairs of underwear, 4 tee-shirts down the middle,
3 dress shirts, 1 casual shirt and 2 v-neck sweaters on the right side, looped belt stashed above or below the shirts

There is STILL room for probably a few more items!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
I decided to buy this spinner because I was tired of going through cheaper zipper spinner models.... either the zipper would break, or the hard sides would crack. This bag seemed like a good alternative, with it's traditional latch/lock closure and reinforced frame. To be honest, I didn't even really look at the inside detail of the bag (they're all alike, right?) until it arrived.... and I was VERY glad I'd made the choice I did. Besides the usual "tie-down" for packed clothes on one half of the oyster shell, there is a "floating" zipper pouch, suitable (in my case) for my pressed dress shirt and slacks.

I was easily able to put in two pairs of shoes, two pairs of pants, undershirts, shirts, sweaters-- quite enough for the three days/two nights trip I just took, and likely, had I taken a bit more time (and was more attached to stricter folding of items), I could likely have fit enough clothes for a five day trip.

As far as being carry-on sized, I cannot say, but being as that I live in a smallish city where regional flights make typical carry-on sized bags into "cabin checked" bags, I can speak to the durability of the exterior under checked bag conditions. Granted, as of now, this has only been used on one trip (with three flights each way and associated baggage handling), but I see NO wear whatsoever. The bag looks BRAND NEW. I honestly have not been able to say this about any other bag. I certainly do not think this is a "bulletproof" spinner that will always look this way-- eventually that event that scratches the surface will happen-- but having a bag look just the way it did after my trip as it did when I unboxed it? That's something.

It looks great, the wheels are great quality-- the handle, when extended, feels a bit wobbly, as others have mentioned, but in playing with it a little bit, I almost wonder if the wobble is built in so that the handle can take a bit more "punishment" and bend without breaking. In any case, for this trip, and this traveler, and this bag, everything was AOK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
Exceeded my expectation in regards to it mobility. It's a beautiful piece of luggage, a great carry on size. It's very roomy and you can easily stow a weeks worth of medium weighted garments plus toiletries & shoes. If I had to niggle at anything it would be that the colour of the case is more of a dulled darker grey over silver; but this piece of luggage is incredible so I can let that minor aesthetic glitch slide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
The latches are impossible to close and frequently open. the first time i traveled with it the latches are all chipped and banged up. The flight was full so i had to check the bag once i was boarding and it was completely destroyed. Would of thought for a bag of this nature, brand and price it would hold up.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2014
Took this bag to the UK on a business trip. While pulling the bag across cobblestones in London, three out of the eight wheels smashed. I live near St. Louis and have been told that there is a repair center in Kansas and one near Rockford, Illinois...both 300 miles away from me. I am highly disappointed with this situation. I have put at least 200K miles onto my Swiss Army rolling bag, and was hoping to do the same with this bag, but after five flights and two trips with this bag, I am having to go back to my trusty Swiss Army bag. I did read: :Made in China" before I purchased this bag. Chinese products are always hit-and-miss...This bag is a "Miss" I am afraid to say.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
Blown away. You always have to take online reviews with a grain of salt, but I can tell you this piece of luggage is very nice. Very well built. I'm really impressed with how easy the handle comes up and down. My last piece was such a struggle after 1-2 trips due to getting mangled etc. I appreciate that the handle when down is protected by the outer case. The buttons make for an easy open and it's much less stressful not having to deal with zippers. I absolutely love this bag. Buy it! It showed up in a box that was inside of another box so packaging was really nice. Due to my profession i'm in need of a professional look when I travel and this bag is the icing on the cake.
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on August 18, 2015
I love this suitcase, it has been working amazing for me. I bought this suitcase for an around the world carryone. I went to rural china, europe, middle east, ect. I quickly learned that it is a tad to big for some airlines to use as carry which I was annoyed with.

The color on the picture is a lie as well. It is actually a grey/green. Pretty ugly but I just love the shell and size.

The handle is very cheap.

After three months of hard travel nothing has broke. Hopefully it keeps up to its name as a samsonite in the future. I am worried now that after airlines decrease size of carry-on dimensions this will be completely obsolete​.
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