Spinner Luggage: Pros And Cons

I’m often asked if I have any recommendations for a spinner bag, especially a carry-on. For those of you that aren’t familiar with “spinners,” they’re upright luggage with four wheels. The four wheels supposedly make them easier to maneuver. Spinners are becoming more and more popular, and Tumi’s new Alpha 2 collection actually has more spinners than two wheeled bags, like the Tumi Alpha 2 4 Wheeled International Carry-On. Interestingly I don’t remember their old Alpha collection having any spinners, while the new collection has 10 of them.

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But I have a confession to make, and it won’t be popular.

I don’t like spinner bags, so I don’t really have any suggestions on which to get.

Just to prove I’m not crazy, I’d also like to clarify that I hate bacon. Now that I’ve established my credibility…

So why don’t I like spinner bags?

  • External wheels don’t maximize space. The wheels on spinners always “stick out.” This simply doesn’t maximize carry-on space. When you put a bag in a “sizer” the wheels are included in the dimensions. For a two wheel carry-on, on the other hand, the wheels are usually in cutouts in the bag, meaning you’re not “wasting” any those last couple of precious inches of the bag. Every fraction of an inch counts when you live out of a suitcase!
  • More can go wrong with four wheels than two. Sounds silly maybe, but wear and tear on wheels is a serious issue. Spinners usually have smaller wheels which wear out more quickly, and when you have four of them there are more likely to be problems with a wheel, which can potentially cause an imbalance.
  • The bag won’t stay still. If you’re on a train, airport shuttle, or going up or down a hill, the bag will slide easily. This can be a pain.

Now I understand why people have spinners, and if they switched from a two wheeled bag I suspect it’s because of how they were using it.

A couple of years ago I wrote a post entitled “Why don’t more people roll their carry-ons like I do?”

The premise was that most people with a two wheel carry-on and laptop bag transport it like this:

Yes, that sucks, and if I did it that way I’d totally be considering a spinner as well, because rolling a bag like that can take a big toll on your wrist and back (and goodness knows I need to preserve both of those!).

Instead I hang my laptop bag “around” my carry-on, or use a clip to attach it, like this:

The bag feels virtually weightless using this method, and more or less balances itself.

To those of you that swear by spinners, what am I missing with them? Anyone else just find them to be more trouble than they’re worth? For the record I’ve traveled with a spinner before, but it wasn’t a Rimowa — was that the problem, maybe?

Comments

  1. Not a big spinner fan either, primarily because they don’t stay still. Virtually every trip I make on an airport shuttle to a hotel or rental car center includes someone with a spinner bag who doesn’t place it in the luggage rack correctly (or at all), and then it goes rolling all over the bus while in transit. Of course, that issue applies to those with traditional, two wheel bags who don’t use the racks either. But I actually prefer the leaning, pull behind design of a two wheeled bag to the more upright, roll it next to you design of the spinners. I find I can actually move much faster pulling the bag behind me. Two wheel bags also tend to have much larger wheels, which is important when rolling the bag on city sidewalks and streets, something I do weekly between my home in downtown DC and my metro station.

    And for the record, I have no problem with my laptop bag placed on top of my suitcase. I’ve tried it the way you suggest and it doesn’t work for me at all.

  2. The big advantage of spinners is they can be easily pushed with your your arm at your side, which is much better for your back. Ergonomically speaking, this is much better for your back than pulling a two wheeler behind you. Even with your balance method, which should relieve some of the stress, you are still transporting the bag in an unnatural position.

    Plus how do you get your laptop to stay positioned correctly on your bag? I find it tends to slide off when I try to position it like you do.

  3. I don’t like them for carry-ons, exactly for the “stealing space” attribute that you mentioned. However, for checked luggage they are great. I have a family of 4 with 2 small children, so when we travel together the spinners make life a lot easier getting from point A to B. My 5 y.o. can easily push a 27 in. spinner. The only time where they can be a pain are on steep inclines because they want to roll so easily (thus you must keep an eye on the terrain).

  4. I have moved from Tumi Alpha to Rimowa for a few reasons–mainly because I preferred the spinners. I tried to go to Tumi spinners and had a 27″ Tumi Alpha spinner but it didn’t move very smoothly. I then bought a 27″ Rimowa Topas and the Rimowa handled so much better.

    Because they move so much better, I can put 2 pieces back-to-back and grab the handles with one hand and roll them (if I have my Salsa Air pieces without the built in strap to piggyback the pieces). You can’t do that with 2 wheel bags and it takes very little effort to move them in the airports even if they are heavy. If I use my Topas pieces, I can strap other Rimowa bags to one and push them upright very easily through the airports.

    Whether I have 20 pounds or 70 pounds, my 7yo daughter can still move them around–unlike a 2 wheeler.

    For hand carry, I use a Rimowa Topas Titanium. If an aisle is partially blocked by someone, I can easily turn my bag sideways and roll past rather than having to wait or pick up my suitcase. Also, when my 7yo is tired, she can sit on it while I push it through the airport without much more effort which would be impossible with a 2 wheeler.

    If I choose to tilt the suitcase drag it on 2 wheels, I can do that also–which I sometimes do on carpeted areas in the airports.

  5. I moved to a spinner about 2 years back and loved it initially, but lately I’ve been noticing that the heavier the carry on becomes the more stressful it becomes on the wrist to use the spinner. Maybe I’m not using the right method to push the spinner. If there are some experts out there, I would love to hear their hand positioning in pushing a heavy spinner.

  6. I’ve actually always been weary of spinners for checked luggage (and for carry-ons that may have to be occasionally checked) b/c of the perception that, b/c the wheels jet out a lot more than 2-wheeled bags, they are more likely to get caught in baggage handling systems and damaged.

  7. I 100% agree, not only for the reasons you mention but also because with the wheels sticking out on spinners there is a much higher chance (I feel) of a wheel breaking off or getting damaged, which seems quite unlikely in a traditional wheeled bag setup.

    Unfortunately the market seems to disagree. Samsonite, my preferred luggage brand, barely makes any non-spinner bags at all anymore.

  8. I am a rabid carry on only person and just got two small spinners for my kids ages 8 and 11. They are pretty good about toting their own things – they carried their own backpacks in Europe – but even a relatively light load tires them faster. This way they can push their bags almost all the time, even through the airplane. I got the lightest bags I could find that were under 22/14/9 including wheels so we hopefully ever have to check them in. I pack very lightly and always think we can bring less. I decided against Rimowa because its 15+ inch width concerned me – trying a band called Lojel that also claims to be 4.3 lbs. I will need to measure when they arrive.

    I find myself collecting lots of bags because I can’t seem to find a perfect solution for every situation. We parents have backpacks–Tom Bihn Aeronauts–which were perfect for rugged situations and Europe. We have one Briggs and Riley two wheel underseat bag for work travel–more rugged for those lousy Manhattan streets, holds a computer and light enough. I can get enough in there for a week. The kids spinners are for family domestic travel – San Diego, etc. – plus possibly Asia.

  9. I used to agree with you Lucky – but a couple years ago I got my Rimowa Salsa Deluxe, and found it changed my travel experience entirely (no joke). Instead of dragging a bag behind me (like my former Tumis), I just walk and the Rimowa glides with me. And packing is MUCH easier with it too (two equal sides with cover “tighteners”.

  10. It depends on where I’m going. If my travels mostly involve navigating through airports, then a nimble spinner is almost *required* to navigate through the crowds at ORD, required to get in and out of airport bathrooms, etc.

    If my travels involve walking a few blocks from to my hotel over rough sidewalks(e.g. DC metro to my hotel), then I’ll take a 2-wheeler because of the larger wheel size.

    Luggage is a tool to get your stuff from one place to another. There is no perfect tool, just tools that are better at one situation than another.

  11. This post is great timing for me, as I’m in the market for a new suitcase and have been contemplating something with spinners. The last few times before my old suitcase gave up and died, I cursed only having two wheels because it felt like I was dragging a ton of bricks behind me from the parking lot to the airport. Of course, that’s probably partially my fault for carrying too much, but still – I only take a carry-on, so I don’t feel like it should be so heavy.

    I hadn’t really given much thought to the idea that the spinners take up room that could be used for luggage (even though now that you mention it, it seems so obvious!) but it does give me pause.

  12. I have a two wheel carry on but I only use spinner suitcases. I often travel with my wife and two young sons. This can mean a double stroller, a carry on and two suitcases. I also often travel with a suitcase or two of samples for work. With spinners I can align the handles and roll two of them alongside me with one hand. It’s not fun or optimal but at least it’s possible.

  13. As someone 6’5, I always end up tripping on my bag when I wheel it behind me. With a spinner I’m able to have my bag by my side, so my pace is not likely to get interrupted and I’m not damaging the bag

  14. My Rimowa Topas 56 is packed with 6 days worth of clothes for 3 cities in Europe as we speak. And the wheels are huge, so it doesn’t suffer from flimsy-ness, and it’s not hard to move on carpet like smaller wheel bags are.

  15. @Jay

    The only time it should be difficult to move a spinner is on thick (think household) carpeting/rugs. Smooth airport floors should be nearly effortless.

    Make sure the bag is balanced in weight (not front or back heavy), because then you can have to try and maintain the center of gravity and push, which is actually a PITA.

  16. @DWT

    As an ex-baggage handler, I loathe anything with protruding wheels. They get caught on other things easily, and baggage handlers don’t do anything with finesse. So, if your bag is made cheap and it gets caught on something, you can kiss one of your wheels good bye.

  17. I am a bit of a bag collector as well. I have a hard-sided spinner, a 2 wheel soft side and a ebags backpack. They all have their pros and cons.

    The backpack is great for shitty streets since there is no worry about having to wheel it over bumps, cobblestones etc but it seams to get heavier with each step and by the end of a long day my shoulders are screaming for relief.

    The 2 wheel bag is nice for extra room cause it expands and i can stuff it full of the crap I always seem to collect on my trips.

    But I have found myself picking the spinner for most trips cause it is just so easy to maneuver around the crowds that clog the airport that never seem to know where they are going and it’s fixed size discourages me from grabbing crap I don’t need or won’t use. I also never have to worry about stuffing it in a sizer or overhead bin and it not fitting.

  18. I’m a spinner bag hater too!

    My loathing of them is the way that many spinner users hog space while walking with them. A typically two wheel user pulling the bag behind him is pretty narrow and easy to pass in an airport concourse. A spinner user is typically walking with the bag beside them and, in my experience, walking slower because of the mechanics of how they are pulling the bag. It’s both harder to pass them because they are wider and more necessary to pass them because they are slower. It makes for a more congested airport experience.

    I, like Lucky, hook my computer bag low to my two wheeler.

  19. I’m going to be one of the oddballs here, but I use a 20″ Ricardo hardside spinner bag that I got at Costco for most of my travels. The 27″ bag that came in the 2 pack is also decent and has gone overseas with me a few times. My carry-on bag is lightweight, easy to push around and always fits well in an overhead bin. I’ve tried fabric luggage and non-spinner luggage, but I end up with torn bags and my last non-spinner bag had a wheel torn off by US Airways. With spinners, I do have to be more consciencous about the possibility of it rolling away, especially on public transit. 🙂

  20. I have the 2-wheel Tumi with laptop on top arrangement in the 1st photo. (Wouldn’t consider your arrangement in the 2nd photo- too cubbersome and risky for bumps and spills.)

    I wish I had a spinner. Having to get the Tumi into a 45% angle to roll is too hard, requires too much space, and requires too much co-ordination. I think there’s good reason almost everyone is choosing spinners now.

  21. This post has sparked in me the fire of a thousand suns. I hate spinner bags. I bought one that almost immediately broke. The store took it back. Then I bought a new one (a TravelPro), and it broke while I was on vacation. I brought it to a TravelPro authorized repair place where they refused to fix it, saying the wheels weren’t covered under the warranty and I’d clearly been using it wrong by tilting it instead of always keeping all 4 wheels on the floor. Later I found video ads of the same bag being tilted and wheeled on 2 wheels, so that was BS.

    Long story long, I got TravelPro to let me mail it to them and they fixed the damn thing. But never again will I buy a spinner, nor will I buy another TravelPro bag.

    As other people have said, I find that 2-wheelers are infinitely easier to wheel on rougher terrain (including tiled floors), and I generally need that. For me, 2-wheelers are 0-brainers.

  22. I don’t see how the spinners would ever hold up. I have a big checked bag I take on Europe trips. It has skateboard wheels that are wide and durable. I have dragged it up curbs and over cobblestone roads and sidewalks. I don’t think it would take long to break one of those tiny spinner wheels doing what I do with my bags. Then what! Now you are carrying the bag the rest of the trip and then replacing it. My checked and carry on bag both have 2 big wheels and will last forever. It would not take me long to break a spinner.

  23. Your reasoning is exactly why I didn’t get a spinner bag when I got a new carry-on in December. I had a lengthy discussion with the luggage store guy. I thought I wanted one, but I also wanted a bag that fit international carry-on dimensions. Spinners sacrifice several inches of “in bag” space, so I quickly ditched that idea and went back to the 2 wheel carry on.

  24. Also, the manufacturers probably love them. My 2 wheeler will last forever. Spinners are eventually going to break and need to be replaced. This ensures future business.

  25. Got a Rimowa Salsa Deluxe over a year ago and it totally changed my travel life. I wouldn’t be too thrilled if I was forced to check it but for carrying on I won’t even consider using my two-wheeled Tumi anymore.

  26. I dislike spinners too. But for certain markets, the manufacturers just have to provide them. For example, in Japan, practically everyone prefers a spinner, and it is a very profitable market because they love expensive brands.

    As for back/wrist problems, please… it is much worse for your back and wrists to use your laptop than carrying it in that way.

  27. And I thought I was the only person in the world that hated bacon… yet there is a compadre in Seattle with me nonethless!

  28. @Justin

    Yeah I’ve had problems in carpeted Airport (Plush, so to speak – SIN) I was recently in SIN and it was a PITA to get it to roll the way on a normal floor. I resigned to pulling it like a 2 wheeled carryon, but was happy atleast I was heading to the Private Room!

    Good point about the packing, learnt that lesson very recently and started to actually use the elastic straps inside the suitcase so contents are not moving around – front or back heavy..

  29. What about turkey bacon? Canadian bacon? Pancetta?
    Agree with your concerns about spinners. Those little wheels are just asking to be broken off.

  30. I just made the switch to a spinner bc I sit a lot in the airport (lounge) and so I like to be able to easily move/spin my bag around to access a pocket (I bought one with 2 outer pockets). I still like the 2-wheel versions as they are more easily dragged over different terrain (mine tend to be pretty full/heavy).

  31. Spinners simply glide much more effortlessless across airports and streets. I don’t really drag my Rimowa spinner – I “guide” it besides me. I also typically put another piec soft luggage – a tote bag, leather duffel bag, etc – on top of my spinners, and they hold great.

  32. Along with all the comments about spinners being easier to move when it’s heavy. There are also spinners with wheel lock functions like the new Muji hard-sided spinners to eliminate the problem of them going everywhere.

  33. I switched to spinners because I would always bump my foot with the two wheelers, ie the handle was too short. Samsonite makes some easy to push ones especially with the latest wheels they’re using. With my old Samsonite spinners my bag would trip, esp at airports like NRT where they have those little speed things as you enter/exit the moving escalators. But with the new wheels, they really glide effortlessly. At your recommendation I just purchased that Tumi Alpha using the promotion but now that the Tumi Alpha 2 line is out, if I dont like two wheelers, I am glad I have the option of a Tumi Alpha 2 spinner!

  34. I swear by spinners.

    I try to ditch my laptop bag (excess weight and I usually do 2-3 day trips max), and if you’re sitting in coach, especially on smaller jets, it is far easier to wheel your carry on down the aisle.

  35. Horrible. But they sound very handy for older people, people with limited mobility or who can’t pull weight. Not my cup of tea.

  36. I was an ardent supporter of non-spinner 22″ Travelpro bags for at least 15 years. I NEVER check a bag and carted the non-spinner thru more airports than I care to remember. About 4 years ago, I noticed that I’d developed incredible shoulder pain and back pain that took a long time to resolve — almost always during or right after a trip. At my doc’s suggestion, I switched to a 20″ Travelpro Spinner about 3 years ago. No more back or shoulder pain. A little less room than the non-spinner, but seems to go in the overhead easier and haven’t had any runaways yet 🙂 My doc (an orthopedic guy) treats a lot of biz traveler patients and indicated that the stress of pulling a bag behind you can cause various joint and muscle problems. If only I had known this in my 30’s and 40’s.

    Bottom line: Sold on spinners.

  37. @Sheena said,

    I’m going to be one of the oddballs here, but I use a 20″ Ricardo hardside spinner bag that I got at Costco for most of my travels.

    No Sheena, not odd at all. We have the Costco bags as well. While I was originally apprehensive about the sturdiness of the protruding wheels, Costco’s return policy gave me the confidence to try them and they’re better overall. The Tumi strap used to lower the center of gravity is too easily lost and too expensive to replace, leaving me with the wrist breaker situation on a heavily loaded bag. It’s true that if you’re at the top of the driveway at the Cancun Hyatt (the older one, not the new all-inclusive) you need to guard the bag from rolling away. It’s true that once outside the smooth marble floors of a terminal any jutting sidewalk cracks will cause a crash. If you’re flying first class take the old Tumi. But if you’re stuck in the turn-stiles at Customs it’s much easier to slide the spinner forward with minimal effort. So they both have advantages except having two means less garage space.

    If I could only have one I’d buy the spinner.

  38. I was just about to buy a Tumi Tegri Lite packing case for a checked bag on an upcoming trip to Asia where I will need the extra space. It’s heavily discounted at {gulp} Walmart! Now the comments about broken wheels worry me even though it’s not mentioned in the Amazon reviews. I could definitely see that happening, but the similar sized Rimowa is just too expensive for a piece I will rarely use.

  39. Most two wheelers use Rollerblade wheels and bearings . skateboard bearings work also. so its an easy home fix since almost everyone has an old dusty set of roller blades in the attic or garage.
    Good luck trying to fix a set of spinner wheels. You will have to mail it back to the manufacturer and wait 6-8 weeks plus pay a hefty postage fee. At that point you might as well buy a new carry-on .

  40. I agree! My luggage looks a lot like your last photo. The only problem is that the top bag swings off the roller bag frequently. Have you found a way to avoid this problem? I’ve searched for matched sets that hold securely, to no avail. I’m considering an Osprey Meridian roller pack to keep everything together.

  41. I appreciate the insights, contra spinners.

    However, I’m trending the opposite direction- from not preferring spinners to preferring them. Here’s why:

    They are easier to move, generally, than the two wheeled rollaboard type pieces. That goes for carryon size and for heavy, checked baggage. It is wonderful to be able to move a 40 pound 27 inch suitcase easily. Granted, carpet is slower, and there are curbs, etc. but that is also true with rollaboards (2 wheels).

    Two of three disadvantages you list, more can go wrong with four wheels and they don’t stay still are a function of bag design. They are overcome by bag quality.

    The other, they are not as efficient because there are four exterior wheels protruding, cuts both ways. On one hand, they do reduce useable internal carryon space. On the other, it is often a nonissue in the case of checked bag because one generally is not trying for the maximum 62 linear inches/50 pounds to qualify like one is for the 45 linear inches/40 pounds for a carryon.

    The Victorinox 1.0 series solves two of your three concerns- the wheels are well built and sturdy, and the bag does not roll. The rear wheels are larger to negotiate curbs, and make it fully useable two wheel rollaboard style.

    In addition, the 22 inch size, while too large for most airlines current size guidelines, is so efficiently designed it holds more than comparable 22 inch two wheel luggage. Actually, the 20 inch size, which will work as carryon on most airlines has similar capacity to 21-22 inch 2 wheel alternatives.

    So, a lot of the disadvantages you mention are overcome by good bag design and quality.

    And it is true the industry does have a lot of room for improvement in spinner efficiency, as well as durability.

  42. I took a spinner bag from Detroit to Hong Kong. One wheel had already started to hang up prior to my trip but I figured that it would make it due to the limited bag transfers (1) and planned cab rides limiting the wear on the wheels.
    Long story short by the time I made it to my final destination (up the river to China) I was down to 3 wheels, one of which was the bad one. Obviously dropped on a corner due to its heft, the bag definitely was not going to be picked and placed with care. So somewhere in Guangzhou, China, a wheel sits.
    Hucking what was essentially a 2 wheeled bag packed with 7 days of business / casual clothes turned me off to 4 wheel spinners and made me lose my religion multiple times.
    I agree with all the positives….easy to wheel next to you, and they take 100% of the weight off your otherwise backward extended arm. (Hey we are an aging and ever lazing society, so these are the ultimate solution!!!).
    But, in my opinion, 4 wheel spinners are not ideal for business travel, especially if you check your bags frequently. Also, I find directing a 4 wheel spinner down carpeted hotel hallways a big PITA.
    Yes I still have one, and use it probably once a month, but my hopes for the wheels living a long life are not there…….at least not with this bag.
    As with me, I am sure that design and construction quality go hand in hand with positive or negative experiences outlined above.

  43. My first time with a spinner on the tube, it is not pretty it keeps trying to run away. I wish I had researched before o bought it.

    On the other hand there seems to be business opportunitiy at least on what concerns locking the four wheels in place.

  44. Thanks for the tip about carrying the laptop bag around the handle to ride in front. Game changer and much easier on my wrist/arms. Especially helpful for the Victorinox bag I have with the monopole handle. One of the common complaints is that laptop bags do not stay secure on top of this model; it has a secure strap, but it’s a hassle to use. I love the bag because the monopole increases packing capacity. Great tips!

  45. One huge advantage of a 2-wheeled carryon with hanging briefcase (I’ve used that method for 20 years -discovered myself) is that you can run with it. Running with a spinner is impossible. Even when walking, you can move much faster than a spinner-user who has to delicately push the wheels from the top of the handle. I travel to South America for work 2-3 times a month, usually changing in Miami. Moving fast is important to make connections and to get to from the plane to immigration before the lines build up. When my trusty Dakota (the old Tumi low end) died last year, I bought a Samsonite spinner and junked it after one trip. It was hard to find a 2-wheeled replacement, but I finally came upon the Victorinox Werks 2-wheeler which I love – not quite as roomy as my old Dakota but the wheels move so smoothly that I can pack 40-50 pounds into it and still pull it with my little finger, (The problem comes when I need to lift it into the overhead bin, but on South American routes there is always a gentleman to help.)

    But now I would like suggestions for a check-on bag – utilitarian, hard-sided, 2-wheeler, about 26-28 “, with clasps not a zipper (like the old Samsonite F’lite). NO ONE seems to make them anymore. All the larger bags seem to be spinners with zippers – they look like total junk that will break by the second or third trip. Does anyone know of a good one?

  46. A man after my own heart. I have just been contemplating spinners. I have never had one, have been coming around to feeling exactly the same as you, by just doing a little research. And I also get ticked when some of my travel buddies make fun of my old two wheeler and tell me I need to get a spinner.

    Oh and I hate bacon too!

  47. Just returned from a 12 day trip from Texas to Switzerland using my new Samsonite 26″ spinner. I’m returning it after an accident on the up escalator at Zurich airport. Unlike the 2 wheel suitcase, I discovered the spinner (because of the 4 wheels) had to go on the step ahead of me. Then I discovered I couldn’t balance it there because 2 wheels would hang off. The spinner fell towards me, and I fell backwards. The only thing that saved me from a more serious injury was the small backpack (which I hated) that cushioned my fall or I would have had serious back, neck & head injury. As it is, I had a pretty bad injury to my arm where the “teeth” of the escalator basically chewed the skin up and rolled it back like a sardine can – even with a knit jacket on. There will be a scar, but I feel lucky after all. I’ll take a 2 wheeler.

  48. I’m so sorry to hear about your accident with the spinner. Here is my escalator story. I don’t often hear about people falling on them. I was on one when the lady in front of me lost her balance, she had an overstuffed spinner that she lost control of and fell backwards on top of me. The side of my face hit hard on the teeth of the escalator it was horrible. The lady could not get up and people were trying to get her off me. I was a bit terrified. Someone stopped the escalator. This was a few years back. All is turned out OK, but I’ll never forget that. And will never get spinner luggage.

  49. My first pull bag was a spinner. But as I loaded it with heavy stuff, you couldn’t really move it very well on four wheels, instead having to use it like a two-wheeler mostly. And now earlier this month the bag lost two wheels, so it is retired to storage duty. Not sure if a hard-case clamped spinner would work with those heavier loads though, but the semi-hard zipper bag was not very good for that. I got a bigger used Samsonite case, but after buying it realized it is too big (over 158 cm LxWxD) for airplane use, so I’d basically need two bags that go within those limits. Been looking at Samsonite’s current Upright Termo Young 67cm bags. The used bag I got is, I think, an older Termo Young model, and sadly the wheels on the newer ones seem flimsier, which is the only doubt I have about them.

  50. The main reason people like spinner luggage is because it’s the hot new thing, and people care more about being trendy than logic of any kind. Spinner luggage sucks. The wheels break and take up extra space, especially in limited carry-on dimensions.

  51. I am not a spinner fan either.
    I often travel alone for weeks at a time with several destinations on a single trip. I normally have 1 full sized checked bag, 1 carry on & a backpack, computer bag or purse with camera equipment. I find 2 wheelers easier to manuver. I attach the carryon to the checked bag with the attached strap & put my backpack, computer bag or purse on top. I can then tilt, & push or pull the 2 wheeler with ease & still have a free hand for my cellphone or Starbucks. With a spinner I have both hands occupied & I’m constantly trying to balance a backpack, computer bag or purse & I am scared I will trip over one of them while trying to safely get through a crowded airport.

  52. I absolutely love my TravelPro Spinner carryon. The wheels really don’t stick out at all. It has saved my back and it just glides along with me. I’ve learned how to maneuver it without killing my wrists. I tend to use my forearm if I have to pull it or pick it up. I’m trying to decide on a good soft side 28 or 29″ spinner for my Europe Trip this year. I just feel that the hardside weigh so much more that I’ll go over my weight limit that much quicker. Unfortunately, I can’t afford the Rimowas – they are absolutely beautiful.

  53. The Samsonite S cure spinner luggage is pure junk second time I used the bag one of the wheels broke off. Its been two months and still waiting on replacement wheel from Samsonite. Its very difficult to get an answer from anyone at samsonite….

  54. It seems clear to me, there is a substantial fraction of the population who dislike 4 wheel bags and find them to be difficult on anything except perfectly smooth and flat and level surfaces. Also fragile, and hard to move, Some people don’t like dragging 2-wheelers behind you, maybe if you are tall or short or have a disability, that’s a problem that hasn’t bothered me.
    Being able to move a 4-wheeler on the aircraft aisle isn’t an issue for me, because my carry-on is invariably a mid-size laptop backpack anyway.
    What seems very strange, is that all the bag makers are abolishing 2-wheel bags. Soon you won’t have a choice ! I can only assume they are doing this so that they can sell you a brand new bag for every trip !

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