The Benefits of Softside luggage vs Hardside luggage

February 26, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re trying to decide between hardside and softside luggage, it can be a tough choice. There are pros and cons to each depending on what kind of traveling you do and which feature sets are important to you.

To start, let’s just say that we’re bigger fans of softside luggage. Most of our luggage lines are softside, although we do offer a few models of hardside bags. (And I’ll even admit to wanting one of those brushed aluminum briefcases when I was a kid because they looked so cool.) We’ve found that more people want softside bags and we have followed the market demands.

Here are a few differences between the two styles:

The Maxlite 5 21" spinner, our lightest softside luggage.

The Maxlite 5 21″ spinner, our lightest softside luggage.

First, softside luggage is usually lighter than the hardshell bags. For example, our Maxlite® 5 21″ spinner weighs 5.4 pounds empty, and it’s one of the lightest carry-on bags in the industry. In some cases, hard shells can be lighter than soft shells because they don’t always have interior reinforcement, but then you could be sacrificing durability for weight.

Speaking of durability, softside bags have a bit of an advantage because hard shell bags can crack and break when they’re dropped. They can do a better job of protecting what’s inside, if the shell is really thick and rigid but again, that comes with additional weight.

Packing may be an issue when you look at the configuration of a hardside versus a softside. For the most part, the hard shell bags are split right in the middle, giving you two nearly-equal halves to pack everything. This can be a bit of a problem if you’re trying to pack bulky items.

On the other hand, a softside bag is usually a single compartment with a flat lid. The whole suitcase is a single packing space, which lets you see how much will fit without a lot of closing and repacking, closing and repacking until you finally get the lid shut.

And space is a problem with hardshell bags. Many of them cannot be expanded, and you certainly can’t compress them to fit into a cramped overhead bin. There, the softsides have the advantage. Not only does the fabric give a little bit, so you can close the lid a little more easily, but many of them come with expansion zippers that give you a couple extra inches of room.

Softside bags also have added accessibility in the forms of exterior pockets. Nearly all of our softside carry-on bags have pockets for water bottles, folders, reading material, and even a large exterior pocket to stick a light jacket or your laptop. We even offer some carry-on models in our Crew™ 11 and Platinum® Elite collections that feature a small pocket for your rechargeable battery pack that integrates with an external USB port so you can charge your phone while you move.

For many business travelers, the softside bags are the preferred choice, especially for carry-ons. They’re lightweight, have external pockets for extra storage and convenience, they can hold more, fit into tighter spaces, and packing is much easier because of the single compartment. Keeping them clean and dry isn’t a problem for many business travelers since you’re usually going from the apartment to your car to the hotel, and so on. If you’re worried about the elements, our bags feature a DuraGuard® coating which protects the bags from moisture and abrasions.

What do you think? Do you prefer softside or hardside luggage? Which ones have you had in the past? Would you switch? Share your thoughts and stories on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter stream.

TSA, American Airlines Testing 3D Screening of Carry-on Bags at JFK

October 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is starting to look at luggage in a whole new way. A way that’s faster, more efficient, and will get you through the security checkpoints much faster. It’s called 3D screening and it looks at your blag in three dimensions, not the traditional two.

According to an article in USA Today, the TSA announced plans to begin testing a 3D scanner for carry-on luggage. The device, created by Analogic, has already begun testing with American Airlines at New York’s JFK airport. The test began in late July and uses a ConneCT scanner.

A 2D bag being screened. 3D screening will let you also look at the depth of bags.The partnership with Analogic and TSA could transform aviation security by adding state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) technology to the security checkpoints, according to José Freig, American’s chief security officer.

“At American, we are always looking at ways to invest in technology that raises the bar on global aviation security while improving the customer experience,” Freig said.
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Business Travelers Need Smaller Carry-On Luggage on Regional Jets

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Not all business travelers jet off to major cities or other countries. Many business travelers have clients in smaller cities, and that means that if you travel by air, it’ll most likely be via a regional jet.

There’s nothing wrong with regional jets, except when it comes to overhead and under seat storage space for carry-on luggage. You can determine if your plane will be a regional jet simply by entering your flight number on SeatGuru. The overhead bin size will be specified in the data about the plane. Most will accommodate bags up to 18″x14″x7″.

If you normally fly via these types of aircraft, your more traditional carry-on luggage gets gate-checked for plane side retrieval. While setup doesn’t require you to trek to the baggage claim, you may end up waiting several minutes for your luggage to re-emerge. Nothing wrong with that, unless you need to make a tight connection. In that case, you might consider investigating smaller carry-on luggage instead.

Travelpro has a wide variety of bags that will increase your chances of avoiding gate check and still provide you with many options for traveling with your business and personal essentials.
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Shopping for Luggage: Lightweight Durability

August 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Mostly.

Travelpro Crew 11 Luggage Collection

The new Travelpro Crew 11 luggage collection

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.
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Shopping for Luggage: How to Actually Shop

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You’ve read the reviews, you’ve asked friends, and you’ve researched online, but you’re still unsure how to go about determining which kind of luggage to purchase. What should you do?

Let’s assume you’ve identified what you’ll be using the bag for: regular business travel or infrequent leisure travel. That has helped you qualify how much you’ll be willing to spend in order to have something that will serve your needs for the length of time you anticipate needing it. You’ve analyzed different bags to determine the features you’ll need. You’ve factored in past experiences with other pieces you’ve had as you’ve thought through this purchase.

Platinum Magna 2 Luggage Collection

The Platinum Magna 2 luggage collection

Having done all that, nothing can substitute for going to a store and giving your chosen bag a test run. Take advantage of the sales associates where you shop. They should be knowledgeable and helpful. If they’re not, seek out a store that specializes in luggage sales.
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Value. Style. Two New Luggage Collections from Travelpro are Embodiment of Both

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

These Hardside and Softside Spinners Embrace Both Value and Style

Put a lightweight spin on travel with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout® Spinners 3 luggage collections from Travelpro®, the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers for over 25 years. Travelpro is pleased to introduce these two new luggage lines which combine the sleek look and superb quality of more expensive luggage at a tremendous value for customers.

Walkabout Spinner luggageSuper lightweight and durable, these items — part of Travelpro’s extensive collection of Spinner luggage — come with tapered expansion which expands 2″ to maximize space and packing flexibility, stylish accents and effortless maneuverability. Featuring a unique profile and available in distinctive royal blue, purple and black, they are guaranteed to stand out in any crowded airport. Plus, every piece is tested to conform to Travelpro’s most demanding testing standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

“Travelpro is known for its amazing synergy of function and fashion for the savvy traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our company is always striving to provide customers access to the very best in selection and quality, which is why we are excited to offer them an exceptional shopping experience with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout Spinners 3 collections.”
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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.

T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage Including Spinners

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Perfect for Travelers with a Sense of Adventure

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, this 9-piece collection is perfect for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, Bold 2.0 embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Our Tpro Bold 2 line of bags includes rollaboards and duffel bags.

“Travelpro has always prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the finest luggage for the experienced traveler,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection is sporty and also includes two spinner models, which adds to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this rugged line features a comprehensive offering, including Spinner and Rollaboard® models, a backpack, a soft duffel bag and two drop bottom rolling duffel bags. Multiple carry handles make the luggage easy to transport in and out of a car or airplane overhead bin. The drop bottom rolling duffel models include a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. The backpack, 22″ Rollaboard and 21″ Spinner models provide a padded tablet pocket for protection and easy access during travel. An “intelligent” interior on Spinners and Rollaboard models offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheelsAvailable in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection includes 21″ and 26″ dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. Moreover, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system is strong enough to support a tote or case, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. Compression straps provide extra security, while a hidden back pocket allows quick access to keys, electronic cables, phones and more.

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.

Choosing Your Luggage: What’s the Best First Piece?

January 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a meaningful, practical gift to consider for a soon-to-be-graduating high school or college graduate, or for a holiday gift — Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays. As you try to pick that right first, foundational piece of luggage, you need to answer a few questions about the person first.

1. What type of travel will the person do?

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Our Tpro Bold 2 line of bags includes rollaboards and duffel bags.

If your loved one is, say, going college within a car ride’s distance from home, then a large duffel or suitcase makes sense. If the college graduate is going to be relocating to a city farther from home for work or has a job that will require frequent travel, giving a bag that will not need to be checked makes the most sense, like a rollaboard. Believe us, they aren’t going to think kindly of you every time they incur an airline baggage fee. TravelPro has several different sizes of duffels and numerous styles of rollaboards and carry-ons to meet the needs of your young travelers.

2. Is the person an efficient traveler?

This may seem like an odd question, but it’s important to know what this person is like when they travel. Some people are efficient travelers, making wardrobe choices before they pack in order to take only what they need. They don’t need a large bag — a rollaboard will do, rather than a 29″ suitcase. Others want to have room for that extra pair of shoes or an impulse purchase made while on a trip. Asking about the recipient’s packing and travel habits will help narrow your choices, and help you choose between Travelpro’s different sizes and styles of bags.

3. Will they travel regularly?

A semi-frequent traveler, even someone who only leaves home three or four times a year, is going to appreciate a bag that lasts a long time. While it’s no problem to buy a cheap bag for a one-time trip (because you don’t have to keep the bag afterward), anyone who frequently travels is going to appreciate a bag that’s durable and dependable, and will last for years. Even traveling three times a year for 10 years is going to put a lot of wear and tear on a bag, so a bag with a lifetime warranty is ideal. Travelpro offers a lifetime warranty on many of its different luggage collections.

Luggage is an investment that should last many years. Keeping these simple questions in mind when choosing that first piece will ensure it becomes as much a part of their new experiences as the memories they’ll be making.

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, the Platinum Magna 2 ensures a lifetime of satisfaction.

Our Platinum Magna 2 bags offer:

Platinum Magna 2 Luggage Collection

The Platinum Magna 2 luggage collection

  • 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

If you would like more information about the Magna 2 collection, or any of our other luggage, please visit the Travelpro website for more information.

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