Thursday, November 29, 2012
Having dealt with motion sickness and a considerable fear of all things airport-related, these days I'm actually able to make it through the stress of getting to the airport on time, dealing with security, finding my gate, and not hyperventilating during takeoff, landing and at every bump of turbulence.
Among the other things that I've learned along the way to becoming a decently competent traveler (even by myself!), one aspect that makes everything easier is the importance of having high quality luggage that works for your situation. No broken zippers, wheels that don't spin or pieces that are falling apart, because the last thing anyone needs to deal with during a trip is seeing their suitcase cracked open and their unmentionables on display for the whole airport to see.
So, while it isn't hard to walk into any department store and find rows and rows of suitcases that all looks the same, being introduced to a luggage manufacturer that won't settle for anything less than top-of-the-line design, innovation and durability just goes to show how Travelpro can truly revolutionize how you travel.
Originally developed by a pilot, Travelpro luggage has all the qualities flight crews and frequent travelers look for. Amazingly durable construction, travel-tested features, premium fabrics, innovative design and quality material built to go the distance all come together to ensure effortless maneuverability.
Considering that my husband travels often for work, a high quality, lightweight suitcase is something that is constantly needed around here. When the Travelpro Crew 9 Carry-On Expandable Hardside Spinner arrived, it didn't take long before it proved to be just the thing. Even the packaging was high quality!
As the Crew collection is a leap forward in innovation, lightweight durability and easy mobility, I had high expectations... that were met immediately.
Measuring in at 14.5" x 10" x 21.5" and weighing only 8.6 lbs, right away I could tell that this Hardside Spinner would be perfect for keeping all of my husband's belongings safe and secure when wheeling this right on board.
Before I even had this suitcase opened, I was admiring all that went into making the outside as outstanding as it was.
The lightweight, durable hard shell is made from 100% polycarbonate with a textured finish to prevent scratching. Available in Black or the Titanium Gray that I received, this suitcase looks about 200x higher quality than any other that we have owned.
As I looked closer, I noticed that the strong Powerscope handle featured an extremely comfortable Contour Grip and was adjustable to three different height options so that users of every different height could find a comfortable fit. That's something that short people like me (who are married to tall people like my husband) can really appreciate!
This PowerScope Extension Handle is plenty strong enough to support a tote or briefcase and has even been tested to over 15,000 up and down cycles, so you never have to worry that it will fail when you're racing to catch your next flight!
Along the same lines, a major factor of the convenience of a suitcase is in the quality of the wheels — and the Carry-On Hardside Spinner definitely has that area covered.
While wheels that spin 360° aren't new, I have truly never seen any that roll quite as smoothly and easily as these. Travelpro used only the toughest materials when creating these ball-bearing Spinner wheels and whether I've rolled this suitcase upright, pulled it behind me or pushed it in front of me, the wheels have been absolutely flawless.
As the finishing touch on the outside, this Crew 9 Spinner features molded side feet on one side to protect against scratching and scuffing during travel and an integrated TSA lock on the other. By simply hooking the super-strong zipper pulls right into the lock, you're able to know that your items are secure but that you aren't violating any TSA regulations.
I was already blown away by how much I liked the Travelpro Crew 9 Carry-On Expandable Hardside Spinner and I hadn't even opened it up yet!
When I did, the love only continued to grow.
I absolutely love all of the space and the variety of ways that Travelpro makes it a snap to pack and access all of your items quickly and easily.
From the split case construction that provides an extremely simple way to store your contents in each half, as well as have a way to keep your clean and dirty clothes separated when you re-pack to head home...
...to the built-in zippered wet pocket that is perfect for packing up a wet swimsuit or storing your toiletries and knowing that they won't spill or leak onto your clothes...
...this is one suitcase that does it all.
From top to bottom, inside and out, it seems that every time I turn this Hardside Spinner over, I find a different smart feature that Travelpro had thought to include. This handsome suitcase meets carry-on size requirements, expands to provide 20% more storage capacity in seconds, weighs less than my purse, and has a pocket for everything. All I need it to do is pack my clothes for me and it would really be my dream come true!
The Travelpro Crew 9 Carry-On Expandable Hardside Spinner retails for $269.99, which is definitely a higher price tag than you might see elsewhere. However, I have never been so impressed with a suitcase before and believe that this truly will last for many years of travel to come. It has the ability to turn a regular flight into a luxury travel experience!
To find out more about this suitcase, the full Crew 9 line, and all of Travelpro's incredible products, visit their website at Travelpro.com. You can also find a great deal on their items in their Luggage Outlet store and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter so that you'll never miss travel information, new products, sweepstakes and more.
Other than the Crew 9 Carry-On Expandable Hardside Spinner I received from Travelpro to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This post is solely my honest opinion of this product.