Whether you’re looking for high quality goods or just want to support local businesses as much as possible, buying American made products is a good way to do it. However, certain types of products are rarely made locally unless they’re handcrafted. That goes for luggage too. Over the years American luggage and bag companies have shifted production to cheaper sources like China and either have everything made completely there or have all the components made there and assembled here. You’re more likely to find American totes or duffel bags in canvas and leather rather than suitcases and wheeled travel bags. There may now be a slow revival in American-made luggage, however, and we have done our research and found a few of the best made in USA luggage that should satisfy the criteria.
While we’ve tried to keep to only the choices where the entire piece of luggage is made in the USA, we also have selected a few very good pieces where the majority of it is made and assembled here, with just a few small components sourced from abroad.
Wheeled Luggage Sets Made in USA
Made in the USA wheeled luggage is harder to find than backpacks, duffels and messenger bags. However, here are 3 great options for single travelers as well as families. They are all hardside options, as there don’t seem to be any softsided ones. We have reviewed and picked some other top rated hard shelled spinners and softsided 4-wheeled suitcases that are not made in the USA.
inUSA Hardside Spinner Luggage
With the purpose of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the US, inUSA imports materials and assembles their hardsided spinner suitcases in the USA. Each collection includes a carry on bag, a medium-sized checked bag and a large checked bag. The dimensions vary slightly between the collections, so you can choose the ones best suited to your travel needs.
All the collections feature dual spinner wheels that move 360 degree, push button retractable handles, top and side carry handles, and on the checked size bags, 4 feet on the other side to allow them to be set down sideways anywhere. They can all be locked with the inbuilt TSA combination lock.
The shells are made of a lightweight ABS and Polycarbonate combination. The Southworld collection comes with a water and scratch resistant brushed metallic finish, while the Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia collections come with a textured Micro Diamond Finish, each in their own distinctive pattern. All the bags feature logo patterned lining inside, a zippered divider panel to separate the two halves, a zippered mesh pocket and restraining straps.
What’s nice about the inUSA spinners is that they’re competitively priced even though they’re assembled locally. While there are no special features that set them apart from some other brands, they’re reliably functional and durable.
Revo Luna and Impact Luggage
Revo has been in the luggage business for a while so you may have seem some of their older collections. However, just two of their lines are American made. The Revo Impact line is sourced for a few materials from abroad but is assembled in the USA, while the Revo Luna line is completely American made.
The Revo Impact dual caster spinner suitcases are made of scratch-resistant 100% Bayer Makrolon Virgin Polycarbonate with water-resistance zippers that you can lock with your own luggage lock. There are 3 pieces to choose from or you can buy them as a 3 piece set. The sizes available are 20″, 25″ and 30″. All are expandable by 2 inches, however the carry on won’t fit into an overhead bin if you use the expansion zipper. The actual height of the bags increases by 2″ when you take the wheels into account, so the carry on height is actually 22″.
The push button telescopic handle is made of aluminum and there are two grab handles present on the carry on bag – one on the top and one on the side. The larger bags has an extra handle on the bottom as well to make them even easier to haul in and out of car trunks or off luggage carousels. The other long side has 4 feet to let you stand the suitcase horizontally.
The fully lined interior is divided into two compartments by a zipped panel for the lid side, and it features a zipped pocket and an elastic top pocket for extra organization. The main side of the suitcases features a long accessories zipped pocket and cross-wise compression straps.
The Revo Luna dual spinner wheeled line has some similarities to the Impact line but it also has some extra features. This line is completely made and assembled in California. The materials used are the same but all sourced from the USA and the telescopic handle has a black TPR finish. The sizes on offer, including the wheels, are a 16″ business case, a 22″ carry on, a 26″ checked bag and a 32″ checked bag. Here the carry on also includes the bottom handle, unlike in the Impact collection, but the carry on and business case are not expandable. Instead of standard zippers, the Luna line features recessed inbuilt TSA combination locks.
The inside of the carry on and checked bags is divided simply by a zipped mesh panel on each side for completely secure packing to prevent anything from falling out when you open the bags. There are no other pockets or straps. The business spinner case features a fan folder system and a removable laptop sleeve.
The Revo Luna line is great value for money, considering that absolutely every component is made and then assembled in the USA.
Zero Halliburton Geo 3.0 Travel Cases and ZRL Spinner Suitcases
Zero Halliburton is known for tough luggage that can take a beating. The brand is now making a push to manufacture some of its luggage collections in the USA. Two such collections are the Zero Halliburton Geo Aluminum 3.0 Travel Cases and the Zero Halliburton ZRL Spinners. Both lines are pretty high end but if cost is not a factor then the pieces on offer are soem of the best wheeled luggage made in USA from imported materials. Both collections come with the Zero Halliburton Global Tracking facility that alerts you to the bag’s location in case it ever gets lost in transit.
The Geo 3.0 suitcases are made of anodized aluminum for toughness and are available in silver or black. The 4-wheeled options include a 21″ carry on, a 24″, 26″, 28″ and 30″ checked size bags. Plenty of size options for you to choose from! There is also a 2-wheeled 20″ carry on and a 17″ business bag. All the spinner cases feature smooth rolling dual caster wheels, whereas the 2-wheeled cases feature oversized and recessed inline skate wheels with extra traction. All the cases except for the business case feature a side grab handle in addition to the top handle, and 4 feet on the opposite side provides balance when setting them down horizontally. All the checked size spinners include wheel locking ability to prevent them from rolling away when being transported or when set on non-level floors. The telescopic handle extends to three stages and handled by dual buttons so that both left handed and right handed people benefit from easy manoeuvring.
All the cases are zipperless and feature a tight gasket seal with piano hinges for perfect alignment. To secure them there are two TSA combination locks set on draw-bolt latches on either side of the side handle. The checked size suitcases comes with an additional non-locking latch on the top as well. This eliminates the risk of zipper tampering. We have reviewed a few other very good luggage without zippers, although those are not American-made.
The inside opens up bookstyle with each halve separated from the other by flexible flat panels that can be tightened by snap locks. One of the panels also features zippered pockets for additional organization. The signature lining is stain-resistant. All the checked size spinners include a removable garment sleeve to keep dresses and suits as wrinkle-free as possible.
The ZRL line includes 4 very lightweight impact-resistant polycarbonate spinners. These cost quite a bit less than the Geo line, but are still high end. The 20″ international carry on has 4 single caster wheels, while the 22″ domestic carry on, 26″ and 28″ spinners have 4 dual caster wheels. Two grab handles on the top and side lie flat, while the multistage telescopic handles slides into a recessed space when not in use. These features provide a very streamlined look and reduce the risk of anything getting broken off due to rough handling. These are zippered bags, with the zipper heads locking into inbuilt TSA combination locks.
All of the bags come with a divider panel with zippered pockets for the top lid compartment, that can be adjusted according the amount you pack in there. It is also completely removable if you want just one big packing space. The main section features restraining straps.
One Bag Solution Luggage Made in the USA
Now, you can find quite a few duffle bags made of leather or canvas from independent companies specializing in handcrafted good, but if you’re looking for a “one bag fits all” solution from actual luggage manufacturers, then these American made duffel bags are perfect.
Tom Bihn Travel Bags
The Tri-Star is made by Tom Bihn, a company that manufactures all kinds of bags for travel, work and daily life in its factory in Seattle. The Tri-Star is for the extremely organized traveler who doesn’t overpack but wants to take just one bag for all of his or her 3 to 4 night trips. Not only is it carry on sized, but it will also fit under airline seats as it measures 19″ x 13″ x 8″ with a 33 litre capacity. You have a choice between a lighter 400 denier ripstop nylon fabric bag weighing 2 lb 12 oz and a ballistic nylon 1050 denier bag weighing 3 lb 6 oz.
The bag as is comes with double padded top handles and a side grab handle and two padded backpack straps that can be unclipped at the bottom and hidden away in their own zipped pocket. These are adjustable for length. You can optionally purchase the padded shoulder strap for another transport option or use your own shoulder strap if you have one. The strap clips on to the two D-rings on the corners of the top long side. For extra comfortable backpack use, there is also an optional waist strap and a sternum strap.
There are compartments and pockets galore with customizable add-ons that make this a one bag fits all kinds of trips from work to leisure. Every pocket and compartment also has O-rings for you to attach all kinds of accessories. You can use either your own or Tom Bihn’s packing cubes for further organization of your clothes and accessories, and if you intend to also carry a laptop or tablet, there are optional padded caches that you can buy in various sizes so that your gadget has a snug fit for complete protection. The cache can be packed in the double zipped center main compartment along with other items, like an optional Freudian Slip that is a tech gadget organizer. There are two guard rail clips in the center compartment that are meant to attach to the cache. This turns your Tr-Star into a checkpoint-friendly bag at the security screening lanes because you can just pull out the cache holding your gadget while it is still attached to the bag. No need to remove the gadget to place on a tray.
On either side of the center compartment are two double zipped compartments that open fully to lie flat for packing and can also accommodate packing cubes. One compartment also comes with adjustable restraining straps for clothes. You can use the other compartment for a pair of shoes and other accessories like a compact hair dryer, toiletry bag, etc. This compartment features a zip-out divider that divides it into two unequal sections. If you don’t zip it up you get one large packing space.
There are three horizontal zippered pockets on the front exterior for various items like a paperback book, your phone, keys, earphones. Their depths range from very deep to shallow. To the right of those is a curved vertical zippered pocket that expands to hold a small water bottle or travel umbrella.
This bag is easy to overpack till it becomes quite heavy. If you’re carry a DSLR or laptop along with several days’ worth of clothes, it could easily hold around 20-22 lbs. It is smaller than a full-sized carry on though, so you won’t find it unwieldy. The Absolute Shoulder Strap is recommended for carry such a heavy load on your shoulder.
Red Oxx Bags
If you’re traveling for 3 or more days and want to only take a carry on bag, then consider the Red Oxx Air Boss. It is a full-sized domestic carry on bag measuring 22″L x 8″W x 14″H and weighing 3.9 lbs. Its capacity is 40 liters and is available in several colors. Red Oxx makes some of the best American made luggage for adventure travel and the Air Boss is probably its most popular bag.
Made of water resistant Cordura nylon, closed-cell foam sides, and soft red nylon lining, the seams and stress points are double stitched and bonded for extra toughness in construction. This bag can be carried in two ways – by the detachable claw shoulder strap or by the dual duffel straps. If you pack the bag full and it becomes really heavy, it is recommended that you buy an extra claw shoulder strap so that the two can be used like backpack straps to distribute the weight over two shoulders.
The bag is divided into 3 compartments that open clam-style via large dual corded zippers for lay-flat packing. The two outer compartments feature dual restraining straps to keep your clothes in place wrinkle free. You can also use your own packing cubes here if you like more organization. The middle compartment is great for tech accessories, a pair of shoes, and even a laptop, although you have to protect the laptop in its own sleeve.
There are three external pockets. On the back there is one small zippered pocket that can fit your smartphone and one large slip pocket for a magazine or newspaper. On the front is one large zippered pocket for a tablet and toiletry bag.
This bag can become very heavy when packed full so carrying it over long distances may not be too comfortable. If you’re the kind that likes to have lots of pockets, then this bag may not be for you, but if construction quality and lots of room is important, then you can;t go wrong with the Air Boss.