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3.0 out of 5 stars Might be too small to be useful--these are 2 different sized carry-ons, December 7, 2013
This review is from: Samsonite Luggage Lightweight Two-Piece Set (Apparel)
These bags look like a good deal for a set of two--a checked and a carry-on. But the set is really two carry-on bags, one 21" carry-on size and one laptop or "boarding bag" carry-on size. So be careful.

The "boarding bag" or smaller bag is more like a laptop roller, and the larger bag is a 21" bag that is the standard sized "rollaboard" which most of us own. As you are allowed ONE carry-on bag on board and ONE personal piece (briefcase, handbag or small backpack) you may NOT to be able to carry on both of these bags onboard at the same time.

However, if you want a set of lightweight carry-ons of two different sizes--then this may work for you. Nothing wrong with the bags--they are lightweight but sturdy. However, size-wise, may not be what you need. Here are the dimensions:

The dimensions for the carry-on-sized piece are 21" x 15" 7.5"

The dimensions for the "boarding bag" sized piece are 15" x 14" X 7.5.

The set has all-directional spinner wheels, but I find those more of use on big suitcases, especially hard sides. It's nice to have them on these bags, but not essential.

The weight of each bag is about 6 lbs, which IS very lightweight; standard 21" bags tend to weigh in around 9lbs so this is helpful for lifting up the carry-on into the overhead.

If you take regional air, the smaller carry-on could be useful because some of those overhead compartments are very cramped, or...if you only need to take a change of a few clothes and are using the carry-on for photo equipment, you don't need the larger 21"--so that option is nice to have. The smaller of the two bags could also work for a child (though if they pack their stuffed toys, it could end up being too small. Small stature doesn't equal small amount of stuff!)

The smaller piece opens at the top of the front flap so you can remove your laptop for going through airport screening. The smaller sized bag is reported to have only enough room in the front pocket for a smaller laptop or netbook. For a large laptop, it would go in the main compartment. The larger of the two is a standard 21" carry-on.

The small bag is shipped inside the larger bag, so you can store them that way also.

The smaller piece opens at the top of the front flap so you can remove your laptop for going through airport screening. The larger is, as I said, the standard 21" carry-on or rolling case.

Summary: At the sale price, this is about the cost of a 21" carry-on, so you are essentially getting an extra bag for free. But if you are looking at this as a full luggage set (checked bag and carry-on) you really want at least a 24" or 25" and the 21" for typical use. These are nice, rugged bags that don't weigh too much. If you need a very small carry-on as an option, this set is great. If you are looking for a checked-carry-on combination set, this isn't what you want, unless you typically check a 21" bag.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2013 8:00:39 AM PST
D. Kiser says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 8:42:51 AM PST
I duplicated the word "one". The review has been edited to correct the duplicated word. Sorry to confuse you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 8:54:20 AM PST
Gardyloo says:
Excellent review, you helped me make a decision. Thank you!

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 9:36:55 AM PST
Jen says:
Thank you for clarifying the sizes. I had my tape measure out but once I read your review I put it back. The picture is slightly deceiving in that it really does look like a large and medium size suitcase...the price indicates that as well. Regularly priced at $600 for basically two carry on bags is very high.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 9:58:31 AM PST
@Jen: Yep! I made the same mistake myself and had to ship it back. Even though the measurements are in the description, I missed them. That's why I did the review. The sale price is good (at $129) for two carry-ons, but I don't need 2 carry-ons!

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 12:01:42 PM PST
Maryanne says:
This was really a helpful review because, like the other folks said, I thought the bags were bigger......one carry on and standard size.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 12:26:33 PM PST
Sizes are 8n description. If you are disappointed it's your own fault and shouldn't reflect in the review.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 12:39:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2013 1:02:19 PM PST
Yes, we can make a mistake; the picture "speaks louder than words" and even though there are numbers, they aren't as impressive as a picture of two suitcases that look like a rollaboard and a checked bag --because that is the expected combination. Until I made a research into what a 21" bag really was (a carryon) I wasn't sure. So I clarified that in the review and now I know, and pass that information on. And I'm not the only who had this difficulty perceiving what we were buying.

As you can see from the responses above. clarification that it is a set of two carryons is quite helpful EVEN THOUGH the measurements are in the description. In fact, I was asked to put them IN the review by someone who messaged me. They thought the review would be more helpful EVEN THOUGH the measurements are in the description.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 1:06:45 PM PST
Thank you for your review. Quick question: are you able to tell me if a standard 15 inch laptop would fit into the smaller bag? Based on the dimensions I'm thinking it might be too small; assuming the 15 by 14 inch is outside dimensions?????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 1:19:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2013 1:35:26 PM PST
It probably does not fit a big laptop--only a small one (like a net book) in the outer pocket, from other reports. I returned mine before I stuffed my larger laptop in it--but it didn't look big enough and I've heard it is not.
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