I was asked recently which of our pieces of luggage within the Crew™ 11 Collection works better for the business traveler, the Spinner (8 wheels) or the Rollaboard® (2 wheels). This is a tough call, because both of them are great products, but in fact there are reasons that one may work better than the other in certain situations.
Both the 21″ Expandable Spinner and the 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® are designed with the frequent traveler in mind. Each bag fits in most overhead bins, and has many features that make either an excellent choice for anyone who spends a lot of time maneuvering through airports and hotels.
Both Crew 11 models have the Suiter system, which protects jackets and dress clothes from excessive wrinkling. The main difference between the two with regard to this feature is that the Spinner’s suiter is a “drop in” version, while the suiter for the Rollaboard® is built into the lid. The Rollaboard® has a slightly larger compartment due to the 2 wheel design so it’s suiter can actually fold up into the lid.
Now, the biggest difference: the wheels. This is where most people make their choice. First, the Spinner features MagnaTrac™ self-aligning wheels. This patented design allows you to push the bag with one hand or pull it behind you, and it will always roll perfectly straight, with minimal effort or resistance. This 360-degree maneuverability alleviates arm strain that can occur when pulling a Rollaboard behind you.
Using “lightweight” and “durability” in the same sentence when describing luggage may seem like an oxymoron. Duffel bags have long been lightweight; heavier hardshell case bags have been durable. And that’s the way it has always been.
When it comes to “lightweight durability,” at Travelpro®, we have built our reputation on marrying the two.
It’s simple science: The lighter the bag, the more you can put into the bag to meet the maximum allowable rate. With airlines instituting weight limits for checked baggage, and carry-ons for international travel, the empty weight of luggage matters.
It all starts with the lightweight frame, which has been subjected to (and exceeded) rigorous testing criteria. And while all of our collections have new design innovations, let’s focus on Crew™ 11, the sister collection to our FlightCrew™ 5 collection, which is used extensively by flight professionals.
Travelpro®, the leader in luggage known internationally for being Pilot Designed, Flight Crew Tested®, is proud to introduce its bold new Crew™ 11 collection. Designed exclusively for those always rushing to their next destination, this 14-piece collection of Spinner and Rollaboard® luggage is packed with innovations that make travel hassle-free and even pleasurable.
Business executives and all frequent fliers will appreciate the Crew 11’s innovative features, such as MagnaTrac™ self-aligning wheels, Power Scope Extension Handle and the Contour Grip designed specifically for Spinner luggage.
It also offers an integrated USB Port on select Carry-ons to power-up phones or tablets. With 10 Carry-ons, this stylish collection is designed for today’s high-mileage travelers.
“The fact that flight crews for over 90 airlines use Travelpro luggage speaks volumes,” said Ron Wood, Executive Vice President of Sales for the Travelpro family of brands. “We are pleased to present the new Crew 11 collection, which exceeds the high standards that have come to define our company — amazingly durable construction, travel-tested features, premium fabrics, innovative design and quality materials built to go the distance.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WheelsAt 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SpinnersSpinners 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.