Travelpro Made, Mother Approved: The 2016 Mother’s Day Travelpro Gift Guide

April 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ensure Life is a Trip for your Loved Ones with Coveted and Creative Gifts

Travelpro® and Atlantic® Luggage, two of the most prestigious brands in the travel industry, are proud to present the much-anticipated 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Finding the perfect gift for your wife or mom can create anxiety every Mother’s Day, which is why Travelpro and Atlantic make your life easier with luggage selections that the special women in your life will delight in, not only on May 8th, but for years to come.

Atlantic Unite2 Collection

The Atlantic Unite2 Collection

The first two pieces featured in the Guide are the creative and value-conscious Atlantic® Unite™ 2 21″ and 25″ Spinners, available in durable black and blue fabric colors. You will be amazed by these offerings from the market leader in lightweight, affordable luggage. These Unite 2 Spinners have design innovations such as the Link2Go™ System which easily connects luggage together with Velcro straps, so you can push two pieces with one hand.

Atlantic goes the extra mile with the addition of an external USB port and integrated battery pouch in the Carry-On Spinner model, which provides convenient access to power your phone and tablet on the move. Masterfully versatile, the affordable Unite 2 collection gives you a choice of ideal gifts for family travelers who need an extra hand and electronic devices that are always available for immediate use.
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Shopping for Luggage: Get the Lowdown on the Handle System

April 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know it’s the little things that make or break your travel experience. But if you break something on your luggage, your travel experience may end up being one you want to forget.

You may not have given thought to these three little important items — the handle extension system, the carry handles, and the handle grips — but let me tell you, if you don’t consider them when you’re purchasing your luggage, you’ll be cursing them when you’re on the go. Let’s talk about what to look for.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection. Check out those great handles!

It’s all but impossible to purchase a rolling bag that doesn’t have a handle extension system, but not all systems are created equal! Most are constructed of lightweight aluminum and have multiple stops within the extension so that they can be adjusted for different heights. Travelpro thinks this system is so critical to a successful travel experience that we’ve patented ours. It’s called Powerscope.
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Scott Applebee Appears on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys

April 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Our very own Scott Applebee appeared on a recent episode of Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys, the world travel radio show and podcast from travel expert Rudy Maxa.

Rudy Maxa's World Logo

Scott talked with hosts Robert and Mary Carey about the history of Travelpro luggage, and the important role played by Bob Plath in developing the Rollaboard suitcase, which launched our entire company and changed the industry.

They also talked about a recent trip Robert Carey made to our testing facility here in Boca Raton, Florida, and the way we test our bags (including freezing the bag and dropping it from waist height). And they rounded out the segment with the important features to look for when buying a new bag, including looking at the warranty (look for 10 years or longer), testing the retractable handle, and seeing if you can open and close the bag easily.

You can download the entire Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys podcast episode here, or listen to Scott’s segment below.

Top Five Features of Your Next Piece of Luggage

March 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a critical element to every successful trip. If you have a bad bag, chances are, you’ll have a less-than-enjoyable trip. Your luggage should be purchased, first and foremost, for its form and function. After all, you’d like to buy it once and buy it right, rather than buying a new suitcase or carry-on bag every three years.

Platinum Magna 2 luggageThere are five essential features you should look for in a well-constructed suitcase.

Zippers

Do not purchase any suitcase, duffel, or garment bag without checking the functionality of the zippers! These hold your items in the cavity of your case and must be made of high-quality materials and operate smoothly. I don’t know which would be worse, a zipper that won’t open, or one that won’t close. And if you get a cheap bag, there’s a good chance you could figure that one out for yourself. All TravelPro luggage features high quality zipper systems, so they open and close right every time.

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Avoiding the Death of Your Suitcase

February 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The longevity of any suitcase is determined by three components. If you’re looking to make a long-term investment in a high quality piece that will serve your travel needs for years and decades, pay special attention to three key elements that determine the structural durability of your bag.

Wheels

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Tpro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

At first glance, it may seem that a wheel is a wheel is a wheel. Not so. If a suitcase doesn’t have high performance, sealed ball-bearing wheels, it may not glide smoothly and your ability to maneuver through the airport efficiently could be affected. If the wheels aren’t protected with a strong plastic housing that’s integrated into the frame system, they’re susceptible to damage. When you lose a wheel on a bag, you’re either going to have to replace your bag or limp along with an inferior alternative until it can be repaired. Good wheels are definitely a case of pay me now or pay me later.
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The Perfect Gift for Your Special Someone is in the ‘2016 Travelpro Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide’

February 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Make February 14th the Most Memorable Day Ever

Create an unforgettable impression this Valentine’s Day by foregoing the usual “roses and chocolate” routine by presenting your loved ones with something they won’t expect from the Travelpro® and Atlantic® collections of innovative, high quality luggage. Surprise them with one of these amazing products that will guarantee their next trip is a pleasant journey: Atlantic® Unite™ 2 21″ Expandable Spinner; Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 Checkpoint Friendly Business Brief; Travelpro® Platinum Magna™ 2 Spinner Tote; Travelpro® Maxlite® 4 21″ Expandable Spinner; or T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 by Travelpro® 26″ Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel.

“Sometimes it’s important to think ‘outside the box’ and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to do that. Wives, husbands and loved ones will never forget your thoughtfulness if you present them with one of our outstanding briefs, duffels or Spinner luggage on this special day,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.Atlantic Unite2 Detail - Expand

Begin your search for the ideal present by considering the Atlantic Unite 2 21″ Expandable Spinner, the newest offering from the market leader in lightweight, affordable luggage. The Unite 2 collection features unique design innovations that will amaze your loved ones such as the Link2Go™ System which connects spinner luggage together with Velcro straps, so you can easily push two pieces with one hand. This system gives traveling families the option to roll more pieces more easily by connecting luggage back-to-back, allowing them to roll through busy airports with much less effort. But the exciting new features don’t stop there. How convenient would it be to charge your smart phone or tablet while traveling? Atlantic has solved that problem with the addition of an external USB port and integrated battery pouch which provides convenient access to power electronic essentials on the move.

Just as brilliant is the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Checkpoint Friendly Business Brief, with a slim design which easily fits beneath most airplane seats. The checkpoint-friendly design allows you to pass through security without removing your laptop and has features such as a padded laptop and tablet sleeve. A built-in organizer in the front pocket holds keys, pens, business cards and other business essentials. In addition, an RFID blocking interior pocket keeps credit cards and passports hidden to protect against identity theft. Constructed with rugged, fashionably textured nylon fabric with water-, stain- and abrasion resistant DuraGuard® coating, this brief features stylish leather accents that add luxury you are sure to appreciate.

The Guide continues to wow with the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Tote, a carry-on piece which fits in most airplane overhead bins and is ideal for 1 – 2 day trips. This multipurpose tote is perfect for efficient travel and as a daily briefcase to roll to and from the office. The padded corduroy laptop and tablet sleeves fit most 15.6″ laptops and standard size tablets, while the built-in organizer holds keys, pens, business cards and other business essentials. An RFID blocking interior pocket keeps credit cards and passports hidden to protect against loss and identity theft and an extra front pocket allows for quick access to small items. The dual wheel Spinner System features patented MagnaTrac™ magnetic wheels that instantly align to always roll straight.

Lighter and stronger than ever, the Travelpro Maxlite 4 21″ Expandable Spinner allows you to travel with more comfort and convenience than you could ever imagine. Weighing less than six pounds, this spinner features the patented Contour Grip which provides more comfort and control for easy mobility through busy airports. Maxlite 4 makes travel a pleasure, rather than a hassle, because every piece is tested to our most demanding standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel - Open

Tpro Bold 2 Rolling Duffel

The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection by Travelpro is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, over rough terrain or down busy city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, the 26″ Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel is the ultimate gift for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Made of high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this rugged duffel features multiple carry handles which make it easy to lift in and out of a car. It includes a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro® has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

Among other honors received, in 2015, The Wirecutter, a cutting-edge source known for promoting the ‘best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get’ tested 31 bags over the last three years and determined that the Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter is the best carry-on bag on the market. The Travelpro® Crew™ 10 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter received the 2nd place award.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

About Atlantic® Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic® brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, from cleverly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic-branded luggage comprises superior quality and durability. Whether for business or recreation, travel is more pleasurable with Atlantic luggage, part of the Travelpro® family of products. Please visit the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

Shopping for Luggage: An Exhaustive Guide to Luggage Wheels

February 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You have to go back quite a ways in luggage history to find suitcases that do not have wheels. Once reserved for larger suitcases to help manage the weight, now almost all carry-ons and larger suitcases use wheels.

And what’s true in luggage is true in life: what goes around, comes around. Especially in luggage wheels. Not all luggage wheels are created equal, so here’s what to look for when you’re buying your next set of rolling or spinning luggage:

First, we divide our luggage into two types: Rollaboard® luggage and Spinners.

Crew 10 Black 20" Rollaboard

Our Crew 10 Black 20″ Rollaboard


Rollaboard bags

While generally referred to as “upright suitcases” or “rolling suitcases,” we use the term Rollaboard luggage — since we invented the bag in the first place — and define this class as upright luggage that has only two wheels.

These two in-line wheels are much like those on rollerblades and are larger in diameter than those found on spinners. They are built into the bag and do not protrude completely from the base of the luggage.

This offers crash guard protection so the wheels last longer and function better. Typically, the higher-end luggage wheels contain sealed ball bearings so grit and grime cannot affect the wheel’s ability to roll smoothly. Because of their larger circumference, they maneuver better on carpeted areas and rougher terrain, like streets and brick roads.

Spinners

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Tpro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Spinners are the next class of wheeled bag, and their wheels are placed in each corner of the case. They’re different from wheels on Rollaboard luggage in that they rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to push it alongside you as you walk through an airport or pull it behind you. You can make sharp turns, and the wheel mechanism will turn with you.

There are two classes of Spinners — 4-wheel and 8-wheel. Four-wheel Spinners have one wheel at each corner and eight-wheel Spinners have two positioned at each corner.

In both types, the bearings are not in the actual wheel but in the neck of the entire wheel assembly. This is what allows them to spin freely. They are smaller in diameter, and therefore less efficient in going over grooves in sidewalks or crossing elevator thresholds. (But you can always tip the bag and maneuver it like Rollaboard luggage to get over the rough spots.)

What we’re especially proud of in our own Spinner wheels is an innovation called MagnaTrac™. Most Spinner luggage drifts or pulls, putting a strain on your shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, as you fight to keep it in line. MagnaTrac wheels have magnets built into the wheel’s neck, so that the wheels automatically align as the bag is pushed along beside you. This patented technology keeps the bag moving straight and it doesn’t fight you. This means you’re not working as hard to move your bag through an airport or hotel lobby, and your trip will be that much easier.

Do you have any questions about wheeled bags? Which ones do you prefer? Ask your questions, or leave a comment, in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

Travelpro® Maxlite® 4 Collection Offers the Pinnacle of Comfort and Convenience for Savvy Travelers

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighter and more durable than ever, this extensive line features 11 uniquely lightweight and durable pieces

Lighter and stronger than ever, the Travelpro® Maxlite® 4 Collection allows you to travel with more comfort and convenience than you could ever imagine. This extensive collection features 11 singularly lightweight and durable pieces, including Spinners and Rollaboard® models, which have the look and quality of much more expensive luggage. Packed with innovations like tapered expansion for added stability, the Contour Grip on Spinners for more comfort, and stylish accents throughout, Maxlite 4 makes travel a pleasure, rather than a hassle. Plus every piece is tested to our most demanding standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

The Maxlite collection includes a H2O Guard that protects the interior lining from moisture while the DuraGuard® exterior coating features stain and abrasion resistance for greater durability. The 4-wheel 360-degree Spinner wheels are easy to navigate through any airport, providing maximum maneuverability and a smooth glide in every direction.

“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 materials built to go the distance,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Maxlite 4 is our lightest weight collection, but not at the expense of durable construction.”

Other welcome extras include a Patented Contour Grip with rubberized touch points which give you greater comfort and control when pushing Spinner luggage. Plus you get a telescoping handle that adds length and strength, with stops at 38″ and extra-tall 42.5″ to ensure a comfortable roll for users of different heights.

An airline-grade aluminum extension handle with grooved tubes add strength and stability to support a tote or case. High performance ball-bearing inline wheels on the Rollaboard models are built for high-mileage travel, tested to the same standards as those on our more expensive collections.

On Spinner models, there is an innovative, full-bottom tray which aligns and stabilizes the wheels for enhanced durability and effortless maneuverability. Crash-guard wheel housings, a skid guard and molded corner guards provide protection over the long haul.

Thoughtful touches abound, such as an exterior ticket pocket on carry-ons which allow for quick and easy access to documents and accessories. Cushioned top and side carry handles provide convenient and comfortable handholds, which you will appreciate after a long day of travel.

Seasoned travelers will enjoy the roomy main compartment that has tapered expansion capability of up to 2″ on select models, maximizing packing flexibility while keeping the center of gravity low. The line also features an “intelligent” interior with a full-size lid compartment that zips open to keep pressed shirts and pants wrinkle free. The zippered side mesh pocket is ideal for storing bulky power cables, chargers, other portable electronics, or socks and belts, while adjustable hold-down straps keep contents in place during travel.

The Maxlite 4 Collection consists of a Soft Tote, Bi-Fold Garment Bag, Rolling Tote, 22″ and 26″ Expandable Rollaboards, 21″, 25″ and 29″ Expandable Spinners, Rolling Carry-On Garment Bag, International Carry-on Spinner and an International Carry-on Rollaboard. All pieces are available in your choice of ocean mist blue, black and purple fabric colors.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro® has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

Among other honors received, in 2015, The Wirecutter, a cutting-edge source known for promoting the ‘best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get’ tested 31 bags over the last three years and determined that the Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter is the best carry-on bag on the market. The Travelpro® Crew™ 10 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter received the 2nd place award.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 video

December 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro® redefines premium travel with Platinum® Magna™ 2.

Handsomely crafted with superior fabrics and genuine leather accents, this ultra-durable 13-model collection is the pinnacle of fashion, intelligent functionality and design innovation. The result is a truly luxurious roll. Backed by Travelpro’s Worry-Free Warranty, Platinum Magna 2 ensures a lifetime of satisfaction.

Our Platinum Magna 2 bags offer:

  • Duraguard coated twill nylon fabric
  • Sealed ball-bearing inline skate wheels
  • Powerscope handle system on spinners
  • Integrated 4 point expansion stability system
  • Add-a-bag system
  • Full length front pocket and ticket pocket
  • Duraframe framing system provides lightweight and durable molded frame protection
  • Butterfly interior hold down straps
  • TSA Lock
  • Expansion capability
  • Worry-free Lifetime Warranty

Atlantic Luggage Debuts the Amazingly Innovative Unite 2 Collection to Much Acclaim

December 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Unique Features Offer Travelers the Ultimate in Convenience, Style, and Value

Get ready for family travel with the newest offering from the market leader in lightweight, affordable luggage, Atlantic®, where, as they say “Life is a Trip!” The Unite™ 2 collection will make your imagination take flight with design innovations such as the Link2Go™ System which connects luggage together, so you can easily push two pieces with one hand.

Atlantic Unite2 GroupThis system gives traveling families the option to roll more pieces, more easily by connecting luggage together, allowing you to roll through busy airports with much less effort. The Atlantic Unite 2 collection with the updated Link2Go system is a unique way to attach two attractive Spinner models together. It couldn’t be easier. Just connect the Spinners back-to-back with the side Velcro straps and you’re ready to go. In addition, you can roll up to four pieces at once using a combination of a quick loop on the back of the carry-on models and the Link2Go system.

But the exciting new features don’t stop there. How convenient would it be to charge your smart phone or tablet while traveling? Atlantic has solved that problem with the addition of an external USB port and integrated battery pouch in the Carry-on Spinner model which provides convenient access to power electronic essentials on the move. Masterfully versatile and lightweight, the affordable Unite 2 is perfect for family travelers who need an extra hand and electronic devices that are always charged for immediate use.

“This stylish collection is value packed in every component, including tapered expansion which adds up to 2″ of room while increasing stability, durable crash protection, and 360 degree spinners which roll effortlessly,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands which includes Atlantic luggage.

Atlantic Unite2 USB PortPleasing even the most demanding customer are additional features such as multi-stop telescoping handles, low-profile carry handles, and a mesh lid pocket that provides handy space to keep shirts and blouses wrinkle-free. The Atlantic Unite 2 Collection also includes adjustable hold down straps, a side mesh pocket, and a built-in wet pocket, perfect for storing toiletries or wet clothing. In keeping with Atlantic’s commitment to quality, the Collection comes with a 10-year warranty.

Available in black and blue fabric colors, the Atlantic Unite 2 Collection consists of a soft tote, wheeled tote and 21″, 25″ and 29″ expandable Spinners.

About Atlantic® Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic® brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, from cleverly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic-branded luggage comprises superior quality and durability. Whether for business or recreation, travel is more pleasurable with Atlantic luggage, part of the Travelpro® family of products. Please visit the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations. Travelpro was honored to once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

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