10 Best Luggage | March 2017

We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Keep all your belongings safe and secure when you travel - and do it in style as well - with luggage that looks as good as you. We've included options with the capacity and durability to suit frequent travelers along with a few cost-effective options for budget-minded travelers. Skip to the best luggage on Amazon.
10 Best Luggage | March 2017

Overall Rank: 6
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 1
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 10
Best Inexpensive
The Rockland Carry-on packs more than you would expect from a carry-on sized luggage. It comes in fun and stylish designs, like leopard, camo, zebra and more, making it easy to spot on the luggage carousel. It is made from 50% polycarbonate and 50% ABS plastic.
The padded top and side carry handles on the American Tourister Splash provide a comfortable grip when lifting a fully packed case. It's constructed of durable 1200 x 900 denier polyester that resists rips and tears, and the retractable handle locks securely into place.
The High Sierra Sportour is made from a 200 x 200 denier twill nylon ripstop fabric that is water-resistant, ensuring your clothes stay dry in all conditions. It features a stitched in handle with rivets for added security, so you never have to worry about it ripping out.
The Samsonite Winfield 2 HS features an elegant brushed exterior pattern that hides any potential scratches or dings from your journeys. It also expands to give you extra space when needed, and has internal organizational pockets along with a divider.
  • oversized easy-to-grasp zippers
  • interior has cross-straps
  • handle can break if overloaded
Brand Samsonite
Model 56846
Weight 14 pounds
The Victorinox Avolve delivers the best of both worlds by combining a 360° turning radius and the ability to handle rough terrain with ease. It has a comfort grip, one-touch dual trolley handle system, and a meshed zipper pocket, which is perfect for toiletries.
  • includes a hanging bag for suits
  • durable 1500 denier fabric
  • backed by a lifetime warranty
Brand Victorinox
Model 313151
Weight 9.1 pounds
The 28-inch Nautica Ahoy is a hard-sided spinner that keeps your gear protected and is easy to navigate. It is made out of 100% ABS plastic, and has a zippered divider to keep your items organized. Unfortunately, the white model gets scuffed very easily.
  • handle is nice and strong
  • zippers open and close smoothly
  • good value for the price
Brand Nautica
Model 2694C18
Weight 13.8 pounds
The Samsonite Cosmolite features thermoplastic Curv technology, which makes for a completely impact-resistant exterior that keeps your belongings safe and secure. Its multidirectional spinner wheels make navigating a breeze when using its comfortable T-handle.
  • combination lock for added security
  • upright freestanding design
  • bungee cord to attach another bag
Brand Samsonite
Model 60531-1041
Weight 9.2 pounds
The Travelpro Maxlite 4 is good for tall individuals, with its telescoping handle that stops at either 38 or 42.5 inches. It features protective crash guard wheel housings and a honeycomb framing system, making it durable enough for the most frequent travelers.
  • tapered 2-inch expansion
  • zippered side mesh pocket
  • duraflex anti-break buckles
Brand Travelpro
Model 401156501
Weight 10.8 pounds
The Delsey Luggage Helium Aero is an incredible piece of luggage for the price. It is made of 100% polycarbonate with an attractive glossy finish that gives it a modern look and also makes the case extremely lightweight, so you shouldn't have trouble lifting it.
  • large easy-access front compartment
  • recessed one-button locking handle
  • four double spinner wheels
Brand DELSEY Paris
Model 07649PL
Weight 15.7 pounds
The large Tumi Vapor Lite can fit more clothes than any average traveler would pack, while still staying half an inch under domestic flight oversized baggage guidelines. The interior contains tie-down straps, 3 zippered pockets, and a hanger bracket.
  • integrated tsa lock
  • retractable top carry handle
  • rolls very smoothly on uneven ground
Brand Tumi
Model 28667
Weight 15.4 pounds

What's the History of Luggage, Anyways?

This first suitcases were steamer trunks made for carrying--you guessed it: suits! These were generally produced out of wood, leather, and iron. The best were waterproofed with tree sap or canvas; ocean journeys were no joke.

Since the advent of the carpetbag and steamer trunks over one hundred and fifty years ago, the soft-sided versus hard-sided luggage debate has been raging.

Rolling trunks were first patented in 1887, but that style didn't catch on. The first modern rolling luggage was invented twice, first as a rolling trunk, and then as rolling suitcase, by a traveler in the 1970s and a pilot in the 1980s respectively.

People were slow to adopt this newfangled means of transporting their goods, as it was seen as a masculine thing to lug a lot of shit everywhere in the airport like a chump. Thankfully, attitudes have changed and you can get to Terminal B without throwing your back out, because we know you just sold out that Duty Free Shop.

Do I Need Hard-sided or Soft-sided Rolling Luggage?

Hard-sided versus fabric is a personal choice. Rigid sides can protect your things better up to a point, but there's no play in the material after a certain point.

Don't use it as a step stool, and, sorry, you can't put a large person inside (hint: people always use soft luggage for this anyways). There's usually no waterproofing in soft-sided luggage, though, so your tears and sweat will show. Both have advantages, is what I'm trying to say.

Here are some things to consider when making your choice.

When it comes to their strengths, hard-sided luggage will better protect delicate items, they are more lightweight, and they are more water resistant. Soft-sided luggage has pockets on the outside, is more easily repairable, is more easily compacted, and can more often be expanded.

When it comes to drawbacks, hard-sided luggage can crack under too much or the wrong kind of strain, will not compact, and can scratch easily.

Soft-sided luggage is more likely to absorb odors, tear, take on liquids, stain, and can be cut by thieves. Those damned rascals.

Again, if you are hiding in a suitcase, you'll need to go with soft-sided luggage, obviously. But you're totally going to get caught.

If you're curious to see what happens to your luggage after you check-in, check out what happened when this guy Go-Proed his bag.

If a Train Leaves Boston at 4:45, How Big Can My Luggage Be?

Most forms of transportation will give you the dimensions for your carry-on, and two measurements for your check-in: the weight (usually 50 lbs), and one distance, around 50-60 inches. To determine the maximum size, add together the length, height and width, including the wheels.

This can be tricky; not all sellers or manufacturers include the wheels in their specs, so measure yourself when you get your case in hand. You don't want to end up with an oversize baggage fee, especially on an international flight. Unless, of course, you have a couple hundred in your pocket ready to burn.

Different airlines have different size restrictions, and here's a chart of most of them, including carry-on, check-in, and their fees.

If you travel by bus, here's the Megabus luggage chart and the Greyhound luggage chart. For train travel, here's the Amtrak baggage information. For pirates and others traveling on the high seas, here's most of the cruise ship baggage information.

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