Great Rolling Bags
Published: August 2010
Not all bags are created equal. We tested the latest carry-on rolling bags for durability, packability, and ease of use.
American Tourister iLite DLX
H 21” x W 14" x D 7.5” WT 8.5 lbs.
The Verdict: This affordable roller bag is for no-nonsense travelers. It has a durable frame and fabric, spacious interiors, and unique front support that keeps the bag from toppling forward.
Great Value: Atlantic Ultra-Lite
H 22” x W 14” x D 9” WT 6.5 lbs.
The Verdict: At under $100, this is hands-down the best value. The heavy-duty fabric is stain-resistant, and the bag has a surprising amount of pocket storage space.
Best Interior Space: Hartmann Mobile Traveler Spinner
H 20” x W 13.5” x D 8.75” WT 9.6 lbs.
The Verdict: A pinstripe exterior and leather detailing add to the bag’s practical features—large interior side pockets, buckle straps to compress clothes, and an extra compartment for laundry.
Easiest to Maneuver: Samsonite Xspace Spinner
H 21.5” x W 14.75” x D 8” WT 10.4 lbs.
The Verdict: Thoughtful details define this wide-framed bag: padded handles, multiple locks, well-organized interiors, expandable pockets, and wheels that rotate a full 360 degrees.
Tumi Super Leger International Carry On
H 20.5” x W 15.25” x D 8” WT 5.5 lbs.
The Verdict: Made out of flexible nylon, this chic, python-patterned case is both ultralight and surprisingly tough. It’s perfect for city trips, but may not suit more rugged travelers.
Victorinox Mobilizer NXT 5.0
H 20” x W 14” x D 8” WT 9 lbs.
The Verdict: The Mobilizer comes in easy-to-identify red and has a ballistic nylon case, strong zippers, and a lifetime warranty. Maximalists beware: interior space is limited.