A suitcase to rely on... I am always on the lookout to pack more efficiently for travel. Bring only necessities, (if only I understood what they were for changing weather and lifestyle conditions) and use the best suitcase for carry-on--which is what I normally take because traveling light is a priority.
I was at the airport a few months ago, when a well-traveled businesswoman raved about her suitcase that had traveled with her for 5 years. She rattled on about her suits and running shoes and computer stuff all combined in her one Victorinox Carry-on luggage. She opened her suitcase to show me how well organized she was.
Wow! I had to give it a try.
Size and expandable option
When ordering the Victorinox Carry-on, I learned there are two sizes, and three colors--navy, black and red. The zippered expansion for each carry-on adds a potential 1.2” (3 cm) to the case. Based on the specs of the case, this is compliant with most airlines’ carry-on regulations.
1. Victorinox Spectra Expandable Compact Global Carry-On
Size 7.9 x 13.8 x 21.7 in
Capacity 1769 in³
Weight 6.5 lb
Collection Spectra 2.0
2. Victorinox Spectra Expandable Global Carry-On
Size 7.9 x 15 x 21.7 in
Capacity 1769 in³
Weight 6.8 lb
Collection Spectra 2.0
I ordered directly from the company for a review case and received the Compact, when I didn't give a preference. The thinking goes the Compact will be most adaptable to whatever journey one is making and whatever airline one is making it on. The price difference between the two is $10. I suggest going bigger (1.2"), if space on planes, trains, and car trunks won't be an issue, for the option to bring a bit more or have wiggle room is attractive.
Besides a good looking suitcase, the Victorinox Expandable Compact Carry-On functionality was immediately apparent.
Two removable divider walls included a mesh and interchangeable electronics panel. I chose the mesh for my upcoming Bay Area/Mendocino trip because it took less space and I wasn't bringing my computer. The expandable function meant I could bring slightly more items than a similar sized suitcase without the function.
Can I bring that bathing suit? Yes. Backpack? No. Extra scarf? Yes. Extra sweater. No. But isn't that always how it goes. Without doubt, this suitcase offered more space and organization options than my similar sized 2009 purchased Tumi.
It was easy to unzip the suitcase and reach in for my iPad or piano book located inside a sleeve, whether the case stood vertical or laid horizontal. (My self-created piano book of favorite pieces to play goes everywhere.)
Victorinox offers a 10-year limited warranty, and a Swiss Tracker™. Each bag has a unique tracking number and a phone number to call from anywhere in the world 24/7. When your lost bag is found and identified with its tracking number, Victorinox will notify you and deliver it to you for free. I've never had an airline lose my bag, but I've heard many a traveler's story. So I registered my bag. As well, created a secret lock combination for my TSA enabled lock on suitcase, which Victorinox has should I ever forget.
Ease of Use
I love the 8 wheels that enabled me to have the suitcase by my side instead of pulled along from behind, putting strain on my shoulder and arm. My last suitcase had this function, too. But these wheels felt sturdier, which made wheeling over uneven surfaces easier. The suitcase with its hard shell case felt sturdy, and it was a reliable joy to use.
I paired my navy Victorinox with a Baggalini tote, which has a sleeve that easily slips over the handle bars.
This folks, is how to travel with ease.
To learn more about the Victorinox Expandable Compact Global Carry-On, including price, click here. Off I go! Stay tuned for photos and stories about clean air Mendocino.
Victorinox Swiss Army, makers of the famous Swiss Army knife, provided suitcase for review.
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