Doesn’t matter if it’s a turbulent ride in an overhead bin, a rainy run through a pot-holed hotel parking lot, or rough handling by baggage handlers — luggage takes a beating.
The new hardside Spinners from eBags were designed to handle that beating, keep your gear protected, do it for years without looking like they just went 10 rounds with an angry gorilla, and be affordable enough that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to buy one.
Outside Magazine recently called the 24-inch spinner “…the most durable and versatile spinner we’ve ever tested… protects like Fort Knox.” Made with a durable, nearly indestructible, 100% pure polycarbonate shell that keeps everything from getting crushed, the 24-inch check-in ($143.99) and 22-inch carry-on ($119.99) come with a diamond pattern debossed on the surfaces to help hide dirt and nicks. (And those surfaces come brightly colored to easily spot on the baggage carousel.)
The double wheels are reinforced with internal support plates, and the top and side handles are built to last. Same with the telescoping handle (the parts that’s failed on me multiple times on other bags). The self-healing zipper is the strongest they could find, and the zipper pulls slide into the TSA approved lock, keeping them not only on lock down, but from getting caught on something, and breaking.
Inside there’s a 5-point strap to secure gear, an adjustable velcro “shelf” to keep stuff from slumping, and a mesh, zipped compartment for whatever comes back from your trip dirty or wet.
The thing I noticed (and loved) about these Spinners is their light weight. The 24-inch spinner tips the scales at just over 9 lbs, while the carry-on is a scant 7.5 lbs. Meaning you can pack more stuff without your luggage itself taking up a good portion of your 50 lb weight limit.
And both bags come with a lifetime warranty. It’s enough to make you actually consider checking bags again.
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