If you’ve spent any time at all in airports, you’ve seen Travelpro suitcases. They are everywhere, a perennial favorite of business travelers and flight crews. Travelpro recently released the new Crew 11 21” Spinner Carry On, their lightest 21” suitcase yet. I was thrilled when they sent me one to test out. It faced the ultimate test: a week-long trip to India. Read on to see how it fared.
Size and weight. When it’s empty, this is the lightest carry on I’ve ever held. The dimensions are 21x14x9, so it fits easily within US carry-on guidelines. On this international trip, I traveled on American, British Airways, and Etihad, with no sizing problems.
Interior and pockets. I feel like this suitcase had just the right amount of pockets, both inside and out. Outside, there were two large pockets, with one big enough for a laptop or tablet. Inside, there is one large pocket on the lid, where my toiletry kit, makeup, and snacks fit perfectly. There are also smaller pouches, one with a zipper and one designed for wet clothes. At the bottom there are straps to compress clothing, if needed.
Capacity. I took a lot of pictures to demonstrate how much stuff this suitcase could hold. I filled two packing cubes to capacity, squeezing in clothes for seven days and the gigantic tablecloth I use for expos. Two pairs of shoes, all of my toiletries, and a bunch of snacks and medicine filled out the rest. It’s amazing. I’ve never been able to get that much stuff in a suitcase before. Even filled to the brim, I was still able to slide it easily into the overhead bin of a Super 80. If carrying on is not an issue, the suitcase is expandable which allows you to pack even more.
Handling. This thing handles like a dream. They have special technology called MagnaTrac that helps keep the spinner wheels in line while you’re rolling, which allows a ton of control. It easily converted from rolling upright to pulling on two wheels over carpet, bumpier paths, and up stairs. Of course it felt heavier when on two wheels, but that’s totally normal. I was still able to pull and control it easily.
The handle is very comfortable to hold, even on the long walk from gate to customs. It also has three heights, so even if you’re tall it’s still comfortable.
The one issue I had was when I was on an incline–the spinners work so well that I had to hold the handle tightly or it would roll faster than I was walking and get away from me.
Extras. There are some additional features that business travelers may find useful. For example, there is a dedicated spot for a power bank with an external port for charging on the go. There is also a suiter that is included, but I didn’t need a hanging bag on this trip so didn’t use it.
In a nutshell, I loved the Travelpro Crew 11 21” Carry On. It was so easy to maneuver, was incredibly light, and held more stuff than I imagined. In fact, as I was packing for my trip, pulling a huge stack of clothes out my closet, I felt ridiculous and knew the enormous pile would never fit in my suitcase. I was wrong! If it could hold all of the gear I needed for seven days, packing for my normal 3-4 nights will be so easy with this bag. I highly recommend it to anyone who travels frequently, especially business travelers.
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