Ever since some genius figured out how to put wheels on our suitcases, things have never been the same and designs have been evolving rapidly. As we kick off the summer travel season, now is the perfect time to check your luggage and see if you need an upgrade that will get you through that airport with speed and in style.
I'm a big fan of Patagonia's designs, so I put their smallest roller up top. Coming in two colors, the Transport Roller has one main compartment that opens completely up for access, durable wheels, telescoping handle and recycled waterproof polyester twill. What's your fave?? Head below for more...
- Samsonite Hyperspace Spinner - $210 On Sale Now
Samsonite calls them "spinners" to make the most of their four lovely wheels, and they do spin. This one I've had before and it's an excellent size and design part of their line. Given highest marks by BestReviews.com. "Four, multi-directional dual spinner wheels for easy mobility. Rolls upright so there is no weight on your arm our shoulder. Fully featured interiors with WetPak™, mesh and modesty pockets for increased organization. New anodized aluminum pull handles are stronger to resist wear and corrosion."
- Delsey Helium Aero - $163
If you like the hard shell look and don't want to spend an arm and a leg, this Delsey is a good solution. Coming in five colors, the polycarbonate shell is lightweight and the wheels get good reviews for standing up:"Q - What is the warranty? It seems like those casters are going to get an awful lot of abuse! A - No idea. But it's held up over 8 trips over 6 months with zero issues."
- Tumi Tegra Lite - From $542
From the ever chic Tumi comes a new bag that promises to be strong, stylish, mobile and super light. Made out of a super light material called Tegris, it comes to us highly recommended by a reader who travels ALOT. "Tegra-lite is made from tegris, a revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by milliken for use in lifesaving armor, nascar race cars and protective gear for nfl players, it is exclusive to tumi for travel and accessory products around the world. This lightweight, hard side carry-on is our most compact wheeled carry-on design for those who travel domestically and internationally."
- Travelpro Luggage Maxlite - $128
On the super affordable end of the spectrum, TravelPro gets high marks. Discounted heavily at Amazon, the Maxlight above and the Platinum Magna ($254) are built for frequent travel, borrowing features from bigger brand names like multiple compartments, lifetime warranty and expandability for more clothes. TravelPro is the top pick over at The WireCutter.
- Briggs & Riley Baseline - $469
Spotted this morning at this side of this stylish young woman at the coffeeshop downstairs, Briggs & Riley is a new name for me, but popular for its high quality, practical styling and ability to expand and contract hugely. I figured that her ownership of the bag was recommendation enough, but if you want more, Brian Lam has more to say over at WireCutter.
- Rimova Classic Flight - $2,480
Want the top of the top with that oh so popular hard shell look? Rimova pioneered this end of the market and continue to upsell folks who really need to spend $2k on a suitcase. For this price you get a limited edition of their Classic Flight, but you can also pick up their more affordable Salsa for $475.