Do you know that a zippered suitcase is vulnerable to thieves with a ball point pen? It doesn’t matter if the zipper pulls are locked. All they have to do is insert the point of the pen between the teeth of the zipper and pull against them to open. Once the thief is done stealing, he can cover his tracks by pulling the locked zipper over the open section to close it!
To prevent this stealthy tactic, a suitcase with latching locks instead of zippers is a better bet. The best hardside luggage without zipper locking usually feature at least two latch locks for the main compartment instead. Some can be used either with a key or with a combination code, while a few come with only the key option. Until last year, very few luggage manufacturers made them so we could only recommend a few good collections. This year, more luggage manufacturers have been getting on the band wagon so we have a few good options for you.
If you’re looking for hardside spinners that close with zippers, we can recommend these this year.
- 1 Samsonite Cruisair DLX Hardside Spinners
- 2 Samsonite F’lite GT Spinners
- 3 Andiamo Elegante Luggage Aluminum Frame Zipperless Suitcases
- 4 Merax Flieks Aluminium Frame Luggage TSA Approved Suitcase
- 5 Kroeus ABS+PC Trolley Luggage Suitcase
- 6 Pathfinder Recon Luggage
- 7 TravelKing All Aluminum HardShell Luggage
- 8 MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage
Samsonite Cruisair DLX Hardside Spinners
Do you hate that most suitcases have their telescopic handle taking up precious space inside and leave clothes creased because they can’t lie flat? Well, if that’s you, then you should check out the Samsonite Cruisair DLX Hardside Spinners. The dual poles of the handle recede into tracks that are situated on the outside of the case at the back. This way, the inside of the spinners have completely flat and spacious bottom compartments. While some customers are a bit iffy about the way the handle shakes, this is not a quality issue but just the way the design is.
The pieces are made of polycarbonate for the shell and aluminum for the frames. Instead of zipped closure, the spinners all lock via two combination clasp locks integrated into the frame that are TSA-approved. Two carry handles – one on top and one on the side are there for easy lifting. The dual spinner wheels are smooth rolling ad work well on rough terrain too.
The inside of the bags feature full nylon lining with the main compartment featuring restraining straps and a zippered pocket for small items. The top lid compartment is separated from the main one by a flexible divider that secures your clothes by two hooking clasps along the edge. It has one large mesh zippered pocket for additional packing. This divider is quite thin and can be rolled back and out of the way if you just want one big packing space to accommodate any large item.
This collection comprises of 3 pieces – a 21″ carry on, a 26″ and a 30″. While the two large checked size bags are useful, be aware that the carry on may not meet some airline restrictions because of its actual height when you include its spinner wheels. Taking them into account, the actual height is 23.5″, a full 1.5″ more than what most airlines will allow. While may customers say they have taken it on board with them, if you are asked to use the airport sizer to verify its dimensions, it won’t pass muster.
One concern you may have with these zipperless spinners is with the latches. A few customers say that a piece arrived with the locks not working and they had to send them back for a replacement. If you do get a working lock, these spinners are otherwise a good buy.
Samsonite F’lite GT Spinners
If you only want zipless luggage in checked in size suitcases, the Samsonite F’lite GT Spinners can be an option. After all, your checked luggage is the most vulnerable to thieves who try to tamper with zips. Available in a few vivid colors, the F’Lite sizes available are a 28″ and a 31″. The former measures 28 x 10.5 x 20 inches and weighs 11 lbs, while the latter measures 31 x 12 x 21 inches and weighs 12 lbs.
The bags are made of a strong impact-resistant injection molded polyproplyene and they close via a 3-point locking system with a water-tight rubber gasket seal. The TSA-approved combination lock can also be opened with a key. The other two that are present on the short sides don’t lock but remain shut with latches.
These bags have a smooth multistage monotube telescopic handle spinners. While they’re designed not to twist over when you’re rolling them alongside you on the 4 multi-directional spinner wheels, you cannot slide a smaller bag over this type of handle for a piggyback ride, as there is no way to keep the top bag from sliding off.
The interior is unlined and has simple features, like a flexible divider panel with full size zippered mesh pocket on one side, and one zippered pocket on the other along with restraining straps.
Andiamo Elegante Luggage Aluminum Frame Zipperless Suitcases
The Andiamo Elegante Luggage line features three pieces – a 20″, a 24″ and a 28″, and they are available in three elegant alloy metalline finishes of muted black pearl, gold, lavender and mauve quartz. These measurements do not include the dual spinner wheels, however, so you have to add a couple inches for the overall dimensions.
These pieces come with 100% polycarbonate shells and aluminum frames. They close via two integrated TSA combination snap locks on either side of the side carry handle. In addition to the telescopic dual-pole handle on top, you have another carry handle here.
The inside features a signature jacquard print lining and decent organization. Both the main section and lid section have adjustable crosswise restraining straps, while the upper lid section has an additional flexible partition that is fixed on one end to the inside spine and secures to the other edge via hook style clasps. This partition holds two zippered mesh pockets to keep small items in place.
While the dual spinner wheels are quite large, they work great on almost any surface, including carpet. They are coated with TPE rubber so they roll smoothly and silently on hard surfaces.
While these pieces are not the lightest of hardside spinners, they are very robust.
Merax Flieks Aluminium Frame Luggage TSA Approved Suitcase
This brand has been earning good reviews recently for their inexpensive luggage collections and the Merax Flieks Aluminium Frame pieces are no exception. These bags also feature smooth dual spinner wheels, a 3-step height telescoping handle and top and side carry handles. The shell is made of a layer of polycarbonate and a layer of ABS for extra durability. The frame is aluminum and the corners are reinforced with a metal alloy.
There are 3 pieces in this collection – a 20 inch carry on that including the wheels come to 21.5 inches in height, a 24 inch and a 28 inch suitcase. The carry on and 24″ piece come with two TSA-approved combination snap locks and the 28″ bag has a third lock as well.
You won’t complain about lack of organizational features here. All the pieces are fully lined and both sections have their own divider panels to separate the contents. The panels are made of fabric with mesh zippered pockets so they can be rolled up and tucked away if you don’t want them. Both sections also features restraining straps, so you can use just those to keep your belongings in place.
There are several colors to choose from too.
Kroeus ABS+PC Trolley Luggage Suitcase
The Kroeus hard sided luggage with latches is an ABS and polycarbonate line of spinners that come in three sizes – 20″, 24″ and 29″, and are available in silver or black. They are waterproof with an aluminum frame that’s resistant to bending. Reinforced bumper corners protect the most vulnerable spots. These pieces are extra glossy due to the mirror finish given to them.
The aluminum alloy trolley handles on the two smaller pieces extend to three different heights while the 29″ handle goes to 2 heights. There is small amount of give built into the handle housing so as to reduce the chance of it breaking. The top and side carry handles drop back into their recessed spaces so as to keep them from getting damaged in transit. The dual spinner wheels are large 2″ diameter, quiet and sturdy do allow you to carry a heavy load effortlessly. The two smaller suitcases are provided with two TSA latch combination locks, while the 29″ suitcase comes with an extra normal latch lock. The TSA locks can be unlocked by TSA keys if necessary and a red or green indicator lets you know if the locks have been opened. The seal around the opening prevents water from getting in.
Inside each of the Kroeus spinners is a well thought out packing space with each side boasting restraining straps as well as flexible removable partition boards that each have inbuilt zippered mesh and opaque pockets for organization. Everything you pack will stay in place throughout the trip.
Pathfinder Recon Luggage
The Pathfinder Recon zipperless collection consists of just two pieces – a 20″ and a 28″, and the carry on is available in red, cobalt, black and silver, while the checked size bag is available in cobalt or red. These are aluminum frame and composite ABS/polycarbonate shell bags, and are very similar to the Kroeus spinners above. However, the wheels are set with a slightly higher ground clearance to give the larger suitcase an actual height of 31″, while the carry on’s actual height is 22″.
The aluminum alloy trolley handle is reinforced and the grab handles fall back by themselves when released. The TSA 3-dial combination locks are exactly the same, with the larger suitcase also having an extra non-locking latch in the middle.
The biggest difference with these pieces is the interior organization. There is just one partition inside for the lid half of the space and it is not removable but hinged. It features a single large zippered mesh pocket. Restraining straps are present on the other half of the space. There’s not much organization here so you could use a set of packing cubes to help with that.
TravelKing All Aluminum HardShell Luggage
The TravelKing All Aluminum HardShell Luggage collection is another one that’s very similar to the Kroeus spinners and this one does have 3 pieces – a 20″ (height with wheels is 21.6″), 24″ (height with wheels is 25.4″) and 28″ (height with wheels is 29.1″). The reason it costs more than the ones above is that they have all aluminum frames and shells, unlike the others that have only aluminum frames. The colors available are gold, grey and silver.
The dual spinner wheels are rubberised for silent rolling, the telescopic handle extends to 3 different steps and the top and side grab handles make the cases easy to lift. Again, the TSA 3-dial combination locks are exactly the same, except that the 24″ and 28″ suitcases have an extra non-locking latch in addition to the two TSA locks.
The interior organization here is great. You get a separate travel organizer that you can pack flat over your clothes on one side of the bag before securing it with the restraining straps. This organizer several zippered mesh and clear plastic pockets to hold all your underwear and accessories. There is a hinged partition panel for the lid half of the space and it features a large zippered mesh pocket.
These pieces are waterproof and each comes with its own waterproof cover for storage and protection during transit if checked in.
MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage
If you pine for the yesteryear when travel had a touch of glamor, a vintage looking suitcase with a few modern upgrades can be a good buy. The Japanese designed MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage line features a small, medium and large size with the shell made of strong PVC and covered with either waterproof polyurethane material or a type of cotton blend. You can optionally buy an accompanying cover to protect your case against scuff marks if you want to check the bag in.
The small size measures 12.2″ x 20.5″ x 7.5″ and weighs 8.8 lb, which is the perfect size for European carry on specs. The medium is a good carry on size for US domestic flights, since it measures 13″ x 22.4″ x 7.5″ and weighs 9.2 lb. If you need a checked size spinner, the only option is the large, which at 14.2″ x 26.4″ x 9″ and 10.6 lb is good for short trips and disciplined packers. All of these measurements include the spinner wheels so don’t expect a lot of packing space.
This collection comes in a variety of colors, both subtle and vibrant. All are accented by gold toned hardware and a pair of brown or black faux leather straps that run parallel all the way around the breadth of each suitcase. The handles on the top and one side are also of faux leather and gold toned hardware, and the four corners feature faux leather patches as well.
Instead of zippers, each bag has a pair of clasp locks on either side of the side handle and both can be locked by the inbuilt TSA-approved key lock. The bags open vintage trunk-style with the lid acting as just that – a lid. All of the packing space is on the bottom side. When you lay them down flat, the lid stays open by a pair of gussets on the side. There are two pockets in each bag – one large slip pocket with elastic top on the inside of the lid, and one very large zippered pocket on the outside of the flexible divider panel that clips to the side to keep you clothes in place. You can pack a jacket and one or two other items on top of the panel once it’s closed.
Once you pack these zipperless luggage bags and then close and lock them, the pair of straps are actually functional and can be buckled tight using one of three holes on each strap. These help keep the pressure off the locks in case you’ve overstuffed the bags.
There is another collection that you should consider for zipperless hardside spinners, and that’s the Zero Halliburton Geo 3.0. It is completely made in the USA!