Customer Reviews: Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 25" Expandable Rollaboard
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on December 23, 2012
I purchased the black "spinner" version of this luggage. The quality is great and it is indeed light (just 8.6 lbs, while the rollaboard version (i.e., (non-spinner is even lighter at 7.6lbs). You just have to compare the weight and quality at its price point with the competition and you will see that it blows them away. I actually compared several brands at the local department store. By the way, this luggage (in black) looks just like what you see pilots and flight stewardess carrying on board aircraft. That's perhaps why Travelpro holds itself out to be "the choice of flight crews (and frequent travelers.")

I am happy that I found great value by finding a great quality product at a good price.

Update as of July 2013:
After using the luggage for awhile, I can say that I would definitely prefer the 2 wheels rather than four for the following reasons:

a) It is difficult to keep a 4 wheeler stationary in one spot. On any surface that is slightly curved, it will automatically slide to the lowest point and this is frustrating especially if you just want it to stay put.
b) I find it easier to drag a two wheeler than to slide a four wheeler.
c) The 2 wheeler is 7.4 lbs vs 8.6 lbs for the 4 wheeler
d) I can't justify a higher price for the 4 wheels based on a) b) and c) above.
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on February 22, 2013
I average buying luggage of various sizes every 2 years or less. I have owned Delsey, Atlantic and Travelpro rolling bags and find their quality to be similarly matched. Weight and packability seem to be defining features between them. I require a larger bag for business travel of more than 7 days so when my much loved Delsey's wheels were smashed in transit, I looked to Delsey for a replacement. In the process, I found this Travelpro Maxlite 25" side-by-side at a local retail store. The bags were very similar except for the unpacked weight difference between them. Buying through Amazon saved on both MSRP and the sale price in retail stores. Travelpro's squared and deep design made packing a breeze. I pack nearly the same items each trip so it's easy to compare. Weigh-in at check-in was nearly 5 pounds less than the bag I replaced. I was delighted by the ease of moving the bag effortlessly through the arrival airport, up escalators, on to elevators and through the hotel to my room. The wheels seem to be a big improvement on this roller. I used the mesh packing feature for my dress shirts and was pleased to see they came through with fewer wrinkles than expected. I am rating this product after one trip. My only concern is the exterior ballistic fabric is different than most bags. Time will tell how well it holds up after the first 5 or so trips. If past performance is any guide, I expect the bag to hold up well.
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on October 28, 2013
Like two other reviewers experienced, one of the legs broke off this luggage the first time I used it. It now appears obvious to me that, given the way the airlines throw luggage around, these legs are more vulnerable than legs on other luggage because of their length and lack of strength. So rather than seeking a replacement leg that would be just as vulnerable, I used deck wood screws to replace both legs with a 2x2 (measures 1.5"x1.5") piece of lumber about 17" long and painted black. I drilled out the exiting screws and used both the existing holes (screwed in from inside the luggage) and drilled 4 more holes for a total of 8 screws attaching the new leg-bar, making a stronger base and support while adding only 0.7 lbs to the weight of the luggage...still lighter than most other luggage this size. See the picture I added to this site...the luggage still looks attractive, yet much less likely to break again. Other than the broken leg problem, the luggage seems sound. I especially liked the large, rubber rimmed wheels making the luggage easy to pull even on rough sidewalks.

Travelpro: Doesn't it seem obvious you could make this luggage better using a bar rather than two independent vulnerable legs?

Update: The leg repair survived an even longer trip, together with the newly purchased OGIO Luggage Frenzy 25-Inch Bag. If you can get by with about 10% less luggage space than this Travelpro, I'd recommend the Ogio luggage over the Travelpro.
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on January 30, 2013
As the airlines have become increasingly picky about the 50 pound weight limit I have had to replace several pieces of older TravelPro Platinum Series luggage (which weighs twice as much) and were really meant for the older 70 pound per bag limit. The Maxlite series has really fit the bill. Despite the light weight it has proven sturdy on several trips and is really amazingly light. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Platinum series which had multiple exterior pockets, built in suit/dress valets and felt like it was built like a tank, but the Maxlite has enough features to be quite functional. In the end, the extra 7-8 pounds gained in packing space over the old luggage has proved to be invaluable and sturdiness has not at all been a problem so far despite the lightweight feel.
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on April 3, 2013
This is a very lightweight, easy to handle bag. And super roomy - just got back from 2 weeks in China with it, and it survived beautifully. I can't recall any other suitcase where I actually had left over space at the end of the trip. I should have bought more souvenirs.
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on January 30, 2015
Very light, spacious, and held up well to airline abuse without a scuff. I can't see spending $$ on luggage when it's going to get tossed around by baggage handlers and chewed up by loose metal on the airport luggage carousel. The 25" bag is extremely light when empty. I packed a week's worth of play and business clothing for 2 people (including 4 bulky sweaters) and did not need to use the expanding feature. I also threw in 20 lbs of report hard copies. Despite stuffing the bag (traveling light is not one of my talents) and subjecting it to multiple air trips (with abuse by taxi drivers, shuttle drivers, hotel baggage rooms, airport baggage handlers, and worst of all, me -- my solution for getting the bag downstairs is to let tumble down the stairs!) the bag has come through without a smidgen of damage -- not even a scuff mark. The zippers are oversized (at least compared to my other luggage) and the metal tabs are hefty and strong. The metal tabs align if you want to use a TSA-approved lock to discourage an idle person from nosing through your bag. The large outer pocket is great for stashing the coat you wore to airport or the raincoat you'll need when you arrive in your destination city. I'd buy this bag again in a New York second.
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on July 30, 2014
The positives of this Travelpro Luggage are the color ( a nice grey blue) and the lightness of the suitcase. Unfortunately, there seems to be an inherent weakness in the legs on the bottom. The plastic plate securing one leg to the case fractured after the second plane flight. The suitcase was quickly replaced through Amazon (thank you!), and the leg on the replacement suitcase snapped in exactly the same place during its inaugural plane flight. Seriously? Time to return another. At this point, I will definitely go for a different brand.
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on April 11, 2014
We were very excited to try this suitcase after reading all the excellent reviews. It is lightweight. We took it on two trips. When we arrived home after the 2nd trip, we found the outside pocket zipper had broken. Since we live 100 miles from a repair facility, they said we could send it them to "Determine" if it is warrantied. It costs $53 to send it UPS and over $70 to send it priority mail because it is considered oversize package. They will not pay for shipping it to them, and if they decide the damage was caused by neglect, they would not pay for return shipping! What good is an indefinite warranty if it costs too much to get it shipped for repair.
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on April 28, 2013
for more than enough clothes for a 15 day cruise. With 4 pair of shoes for walking, sandles & dress and dressy clothes for dress-up dinners I still had room to bring home souveniers and "extras" I picked up along the way. I do wish I had gotten the four wheeled spinner as it would have made it a little easier to handle in tight spaces/crowded airports but overall it was exactly what I wanted.
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on August 10, 2014
I am an regular international traveler. One of the feet broke off the 2nd time I used it. Travel Pro replaced the foot for free, but my fears that this will break again are very high.

I have since purchased a Maxlite 3 and I see that they have improved this design flaw.
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