PROS: Made in the USA! Prompt delivery, very well constructed, excellent for minimalist packing. This will be my go-to bag for long haul travel.
(Posted on 8/6/14)
PROS: After trying three different carry-ons with suiters, this one was the winner for me. Suiter is a little wider than other suiters I tried- uses the full 22 inch width instead of being narrower- allowing less cramming and fewer wrinkles. Suiter also has two foam "bars" built into it, so that clothing is never fully creased when folded up, but rolled around the foam bars. Perfect design. Suiter zips into its own compartment which holds it in place, but can be left out for more packing room if your trip doesn't necessitate using it. Pockets and layout are great, wheels roll extremely smoothly, and handle is long enough for me to not kick my back while pulling it (and I'm tall), while still being very sturdy. Lining of the bag has an extra layer of foam padding that competitors' bags didn't have. Very spacious- about as much room as can be had, while still fitting in domestic carry-on sizer. The other carryons I tried (this bag's biggest competitors, I believe), had less successful suiters and/or not as much room inside.
CONS: Many other online reviews of TravelPro rollerboards mention them tipping over easily, which initially scared me away from them. Now that I own one, I don't think it's a very big deal. Yes, I would say the bag is perhaps a bit more likely to tip forward than the average bag (not sure why TravelPro doesn't adjust the design to improve that); but even with heavy items in the front pocket and a briefcase on top, it hasn't tipped over on me yet. I can feel that the balance is, indeed, a bit less stable than some bags, but it's definitely not a deal breaker for me. This was easily my favorite carryon rollerboard, out of the ones I tried- and I'm a very picky customer. And, unlike some of the competitors, this bag comes with a lifetime warranty which includes airline-handling damage. Some others at this price point had only 10 year warranty, and/or did not warranty against airline-handling damage. If you want the most room possible, with a suiter, in a carry-on size bag, definitely give this one a serious look.
(Posted on 2/15/14)