What is the best carry-on bag for most travelers? According to the consumer guide The Wirecutter. It is the Travelpro Platinum Magna 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter. Here are some of the details as presented by Brent Rose online at fastcompany.com.
No matter how much you travel, the right carry-on luggage should last you for years. On the inside it should fit enough clothes for at least a five-day trip with room for a little more, but on the outside it should be small enough that it won’t get you gate-checked. For the majority of flyers (people who fly under 25,000 miles annually), we recommend the $165 Travelpro Platinum Magna 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter. For those who fly more than that (or less), we have picks for you too.
How We Decided
Over the years, we’ve spent hundreds of hours on research and testing. To determine what the perfect bag should have, we consulted a host of industry experts, including travel writers from other publications and flight attendants who know what to look for. We even took bags to a flight attendant training facility, walked them around mock airplane cabins, and had experienced flight attendants try their hand with them and give us feedback. We then took our own measurements, and did our own load, usability, and ruggedization testing.
What we concluded is that you’re looking for a bag that has a fabric exterior (not a hard shell) which makes it tough yet flexible. You want two, seal-bearing wheels (four wheelers sacrifice storage space for their overall footprint). You want YKK zippers, aluminum telescoping handles, roomy suiter compartments, good warranties, user-replaceable parts, and maybe most importantly, maximum cubic volume while taking up minimum space.
With all that in mind, we came up with three bags as our picks, for three levels of travel frequency and budget.
For Most Travelers
At $165, we think the Travelpro Platinum Magna 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter has the best balance of size to capacity, features, and price for those traveling under 25,000 miles per year. It’s relatively light, the wheels are built to last, and it’s big enough to easily fit five days’ worth of clothes. Compared to other bags in this price range, you also get surprisingly high-end components and a warranty that covers anything (even airline damage) for the life of the bag. If you want something reliable and don’t want to spend a ton, this is an excellent choice.
For Frequent Fliers
If you fly more than 25,000 miles every year and you’re willing to invest in a higher quality product, we recommend the Briggs & Riley Baseline U121CXW, a $465 bag that’s made well enough to actually improve your travel experience. Several unique design elements enable the Briggs & Riley to fit more stuff into—say, nearly seven days worth of clothing—because the handle rails are outside the luggage compartment, freeing up internal space.
You can read the complete article online at http://www.fastcompany.com/3039190/buyers-guide-the-best-carry-on-bag?partner=rss
Please remember that airlines may change or revise their carry-on luggage size and dimension limits at any time. Lately it seems that many air carriers are becoming much more strict with the way they enforce their luggage regulations as well. For these reasons, savvy travelers will check with their airlines before they start packing, do avoid disappointment, wasted time, and additional expense when they are checking in at the airport.