While hardside luggage has become more popular than softside in recent years, there are some problems usually associated with it. One such problem arises with the way you have to pack the suitcase. Because of the 4 spinner wheels, they have to be designed to open with the front pair attached to one opening side and the back pair attached to the other. This means that most hardshelled luggage will open “clam style”. This means the top and bottom sections are divided 50/50 in volume and your belongings have to be packed equally between them.
Not the Samsonite Spin Trunk, though. This collection features the 80/20 style opening that makes most softside luggage so attractive. The only other collection that does the same is the Briggs & Riley Torq.
The reason an even 50/50 split opening is not ideal is because when you open the suitcase, you have to lay the top lid flat open next to the bottom section in order to remove items or they’ll fall out as soon as you unzip the central divider that holds them in. That means you need more floor space in your hotel room. Regular luggage racks don’t accommodate that either. This forces you to completely unpack the suitcase even if you’re only there for one or two nights.
You’ll also have to figure out the best way to divide your belongings between the two sections while minimizing wrinkling. That’s easier to do when you don’t have to pack lots of clothes to fill up both sections.
But let’s get into the features of the collection.
Features of the Samsonite Spin Trunk
- There are 3 pieces in this collection – a 21″ carry on, a 25″ and a 29″. The carry on weighs 6.06 lbs, with body dimensions of 21″ x 15.5″ x 8.5″ and overall dimensions of 23.25″ x 15.5″ x 8.5″. The 25″ weighs 7.78 lbs, with body measuring 25.5″ x 17.5″ x 7.78″ and overall measurements of 27.5″ x 17.5″ x 7.78″. The 29″ weighs 9.68 lbs, the body measures 29″ x 19.5″ x 12.5″ and measures 31″ x 19.5″ x 12.5″ overall.
- The shell is made of 100% Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate for durability and strength and if anything heavy falls or hits it the semi-hard but flexible sides will bend inwards but can easily be tapped outwards and back into shape. The inside is completely lined with nylon.
- High grade Hinomoto spinner wheels move 360 degrees and roll amoothly and silently no matter how heavy the suitcase is.
- The suitcases open in the unique 80/20 Volumax design, i.e. the bottom lid is designed to hold 80% of your belongings and the top lid is only meant for wrinkle-free flat packing. The opening at the bottom of the bag slants inwards to accommodate the spinner wheels in front.
- The telescopic handle extends and locks in at multiple stops to allow for comfortable wheeling by anyone. The grip is soft touch and ergonomic. The two checked size bags have two flush mounted grab handles, one on the top and one on the side. The cabin bag only has one handle on the top.
- The #10 coil zippers to open and close the spinners are large and self-mending and the zipper pulls lie flush to lock into the TSA-approved 3 dial combination lock, which can also be opened by a key by a TSA agent for security checks.
With the zipped opening closer to the front side, the lower section of the cases is deeper and can be packed with most of your belongings. This section has a criss-cross buckling restraining strap and U-shaped zipped mesh divider to keep those things in place.
The upper or lid section is slimmer and is kept organized by another zipped U-shaped divider. Half of this divider is mesh and the lower half is full length zipped pocket in translucent PVC – perfect for toiletries or undergarments.
Just like with a soft case, in a small hotel room you can leave the lid up and open against a wall and only unzip this divider part of the way to access whatever you packed in this section.
- Problem with packing and unpacking a regular hardside is eliminated.
- Interior space keeps tidy and organized with zipped dividers on both sides.
- The spinner wheels move very smoothly.
- Comes with 10 years global warranty.
- The cabin bag’s height including the wheels goes just a touch over the maximum allowable limit for most US domestic sites, which is 22″. This would be even riskier for international flights.
- No external pockets or compartments, which you do get with the Briggs & Riley Torq.
- No side grab handle on the cabin bag to aid with lifting into an overhead bin, but the case is quite light.
- The brand’s nameplate on the front is not fixed on strongly and can break off when being handled by rough baggage handlers.