Road Test Review:
Travel Pro’s Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
By Paul Shoul
We all know that the world is not flat, but when you travel as much as we do at Gonomad.com you find out just how rough and varied the surface of our planet is. I just returned from an eight-day tour of Spain with my new Travel pro Crew 8-24” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter that easily met the challenge.
At first glance a suitcase only has to do a few things well. Be easy to pack and unpack, transport well over varied surfaces, keep out the elements. and hold up under the rigors of the road. It is the quality of materials, design and durability that set some travel luggage apart from the discount brands.
I usually travel with a 26’’ bag. Although the Crew 8-24” was two inches shorter, the added depth of the bag ( 24”x16”x10.5”) and its two-inch expandable main compartment gave me far more room to pack. Two mesh pockets on the inside were perfect for shoes, and there is a “secret” pocket for valuables. A suit sleeve on the inside of the cover held my jacket relatively wrinkle free and can be removed to hang on the road or for extra room if you do not need to bring it.
The hardware on the Travelpro is impressive. The handle is spring loaded so it will not get caught on anything within the airport baggage obstacle course. The zippers were strong and self repaired to my delight after over stuffing one of the two exterior pockets.
The fabric is 1050D Micro ballistic nylon with Duraguard, and thick rubber skid guards on all corners and the back. I spilled wine on it, dragged it across stone floors, left it in the rain and hauled it between two fights, seven buses, a train and five hotels in a week–and the bag still looks brand new.
The telescoping I-beam extension handle has two stops and extends out to 43”. I pack a heavy bag and usually carry my camera equipment on top of it as I travel. The Travelpro rides on high quality water proof in line skate wheels. They are incredibly smooth, and big enough to have had no problem with with long hauls over cobble stones, or over the gap in the elevator that always gets me.
The bag is well balanced, light for its size, (9.8lbs), and rolls at only a slight angle putting less stress on your arm.
At around $200 the Travelpro Crew 8-24” Expandable Rollaboard Suiter is a great bag and well worth the investment. Travelpro comes with a limited life time warranty covering all defects in materials and workmanship. Travelpro.com
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Sample luggage was provided by travel pro for review.