With grandchildren now living in Austin, TX and Washington D.C, my wife and I are frequent and happy travelers. But given the state of travel, we’ve learned to pack light and use only carry-on bags. (Golf clubs are whole another matter.) Anyway, the best carry-on luggage we’ve found is the Travelpro brand and its Crew 9 travel collection.
A particular favorite is the 21” Expandable Spinner carry-on model. As its name suggests, the spinner moves effortlessly in any direction due to its 4-wheel construction allowing one to easily push or pull it along busy concourses. Made of high quality and durable materials, the sealed in-line skate wheels work like a charm and offer smooth sailing.
Another asset of the Crew 9 model is its super strong and PowerScope extension handle. When fully extended, the PowerScope is sturdy enough to support a tote or a case while lending no wobble. At the top, one will find a soft, ergonomically-sound contour grip that makes pushing/pulling the carry-on a breeze without any undue fatigue on your arms and shoulders. On the outside of the piece, there are two padded sleeves to handle a computer or some reading material. Inside, you’ll find a handy mesh pocket which I use to store my cables and chargers for electronic devices. There’s also a zippered and clear (for TSA eyes) pocket to pack approved personal care items. Everything about the Crew 9 is well-made from the heavy zippers and clasps to the lightweight durable frame. (Note: This model is available in both soft and hard sides.)
A neat little touch is a blue zipper pull that quickly identifies the expansion zipper. The expansion feature allows an added 2 1/2” of packing space on selected models. It comes in handy when packing a suit by using the included drop-in sleeve. Colors selections are either black or titanium gray.
Quality items may cost a bit more but they hold up longer and withstand the rigors of use and time. In sum, Travelpro Crew 9 Expandable Spinner is an ideal gift for any occasion. But hey, let’s start with Father’s Day or Graduation Day. Highly recommended for either celebration.
For more information, visit www.travelpro.com
Suggested retail price: $460. Check out sale prices at www.macys.com and other online vendors.