Travelpro Maxlite 2 Review – Expandable Spinner or Rollaboard

INTRODUCTION

​Wow folks - this Travelpro Maxlite 2 range is BIG!

​On first impressions - it really looks like Travelpro’s got all the bases covered here... 

Have you ever heard that cute quote - “how do you eat an elephant?” … the answer? … “one bite at a time”! I think we’re going to need to “bite off” a good few chunks to get to the detail in this range - believe me!

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Before we jump “feet-first” into my Travelpro Maxlite 2 Review … I think a little “behind the scenes” explanation of the options within the range and where the range will be heading, over the next 12 months or so, is in order.

One of the main reasons the Maxlite 2 range has become so popular is that it, very cleverly, covers the needs of most customers - in a simple and efficient manner. The same basic bag is available in a multitude of sizes: the “rollaboard upright” comes in a carry-on Tote/20”/22”, and a checked 25”/28”/30” Duffel. The “spinner upright” is available in a carry-on 20” and a checked 25”/29”. There is also a carry-on garment bag and small tote.

NOTE: For this review I will focus exclusively on the Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard. This is the most popular bag in the range and is highly representative of all the other uprights in the range. Where there are any significant differences - I will point them out to you as required.

In the last few weeks Travelpro have just launched their Maxlite 3 range which I will be reviewing in due course.

So, as you can see the Travelpro Maxlite range offers you many choices and looks like it’s truly versatile … or is it?

Let’s get down to business … you, I, and Travelpro … have got a lot of “talking” to do … I’m getting impatient - I hope you are too …

LIKE IT AND WANT IT?

​The carry-on case I recommend is the "Travelpro Maxlite 2 22" Expandable Rollaboard" ...

AIRLINE LUGGAGE COMPLIANCE

Increasingly the traveling public want to know if their carry-on luggage is cabin compliant. With the fees airlines charge now for oversize luggage, you don’t want to be caught out paying a big penalty fee even before your holiday has gotten “off the ground” - excuse the pun.

Naturally, with so many variations in airline baggage policies, I am not in a position to 100% guarantee carry-on compliance. I can, however, refer you to a list of all major airlines and their respective current baggage allowance policies. Find your airline luggage policy here (click on your airline then on the next page select "baggage" in the left hand menu)!

Within the Travelpro Maxlite range the most likely carry-on airline-compliant bags would be:

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Rollaboard

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Spinner

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard

As part of my research for writing this Maxlite 2 review I read many online customer comments. One very good one that fully encapsulates your concerns about airline baggage compliance is the following:

“On a recent trip - more than 10 domestic and international flights - my Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” rollaboard was approved by all the various airline staff as a compliant carry-on for all of these flights. I was so relieved. The capacity of the bag is amazing - I had no trouble loading everything I need for a two week vacation. The bag seemed to fit the overhead lockers at any position - wide or deep. I was amazed and delighted.”

WEIGHT 

This site focuses solely on “lightweight” luggage reviews as you have probably guessed. As a rule, I try to review bags that weigh in at under 10 lbs (I particularly focus on bags which are under 8.5 lbs.)

The Travelpro Maxlite 2 20” and 22” size bags in the Maxlite 2 range more than fit this goal. These smaller size bags can definitely be described as lightweight luggage.

Lets take a close look at the weight of each member of the Maxlite 2 “family”:

​     [A] The “Carry-Ons”:

    1. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Rolling Tote:  6.5 lbs (2.95 kg)

    2. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Duffel Bag = 2.7 lbs (1.22 kg)

    3. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Bi-Fold Garment Bag = 4.3 lbs (1.95 kg)

    4. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Rollaboard = 6.8 lbs (3.08 kg)

    ​5. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Spinner = 7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

    ​6. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard = 6.9 lbs (3.13 kg)

    [B] The “Checkeds”:

    1. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 25” Expandable Rollaboard = 8.3 lbs (3.77 kg)
    2. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 25” Expandable Spinner = 9.1 lbs (4.13 kg)
    3. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 28” Expandable Rollaboard = 9.4 lbs (4.28 kg)
    4. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 29” Expandable Spinner = 10.2 lbs (4.63 kg)
    5. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 30” Rolling Duffel = 7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

    Please refer to the next section for bag “dimensions’ as these are also an important consideration when assessing carry-on compliance (not just the weight of the bag).

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    After reading many online reviews of the Maxlite 2 range - the overriding comment was always how featherlight these bags feel. That is certainly what we want to hear - BUT are they also strong enough to take the hits from airline baggage handlers? Refer to my section below on durability to find out.

    Certainly the designers of these bags have done everything they possibly can to reduce weight yet maintain the strength and integrity of the bag. Lightweight fabrics and alloy metals have been used for this purpose.

    If reducing luggage weight is your ultimate consideration when you travel, then the Maxlite 2 range would be very hard to beat - especially with their carry-on bags. They are super light - in fact one customer described the bag as “weightless” without contents - another saying they could “pick it up with just one finger”. Amazing!

    DIMENSIONS | STORAGE CAPACITY

    Let’s face it - you don’t buy a suitcase to admire “from afar” do you! It’s not really a decorative item. You buy it because you need to squeeze as much of “your life” into it as you can - it needs to be ultra practical, ultra reliable, ultra strong and most of all, ultra spacious. AND - like most people - we want all that for a dime (let’s be generous - maybe a quarter) - right? That is the nature of the beast - we want value for money. But first and foremost - it’s about storage and capacity.

    So … let’s talk about that …

    Let’s go with the “actual dimensions” of this range first:

    ​     [A] The “Carry-Ons”:

      1.Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Rolling Tote = 13.5 x 16 x 9 " (34.3 x 40.6 x 22.9 cms)

      2. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Duffel Bag = 11 x 18 x 11 “ (27.9 x 45.7 x 27.9 cms)

      3. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 Bi-Fold Garment Sleeve Bag = 20 x 22 x 7 “ (50.8 x 55.9 x 17.8 cms)

      4. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Rollaboard = 20 x 14 x 9 “ (50.8 x 35.6 x 22.9 cms)

      ​5. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Spinner = 20 x 14 x 9 “ (50.8 x 35.6 x 22.9 cms)

      ​6. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard = 22 x 14 x 9 “ (55.9 x 35.6 x 22.9 cms)

      [B] The “Checkeds”:

      1. Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 25” Expandable Rollaboard = 25 x 18.5 x 11 “ (63.5 x 47 x 27.9 cms)
      2. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 25” Expandable Spinner = 25 x 18.5 x 11 “ (63.5 x 47 x 27.9 cms)
      3. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 28” Expandable Rollaboard = 28 x 20.5 x 12 “ (71.1 x 52.1 x 30.5 cms)
      4. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 29” Expandable Spinner = 29 x 20.5 x 12 “ (73.7 x 52.1 x 30.5 cms)
      5. ​Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 30” Rolling Duffel = 30 x 14 x 15 “ (76.2 x 35.6 x 38.1 cms)

      As advised earlier, this review focuses on the features of the Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard. The information here, however, translates across the whole range with one or two exceptions.

      Just a reminder - the dimensions above DO NOT include the distance from the ground to the underside of the bag in the upright position - this is the area/space under the bag that includes the wheels (either spinner or rollaboard). You need to remember to add 1-3 inches for this when measuring the linear inches / measurement for airline baggage compliance. Likewise, with any protruding handles on the top or side - this can add a further 1 or more inches.

      Let’s turn our attention now to the various useful and convenient compartments in the Maxlite 2 uprights.

      ​1. External Compartments:

      There are two external zipped compartments on the lid/door of the bag- a smaller one on the very front which could be described as a “ticket pocket”. This facilitates quick access to all the various check-in paraphernalia we all “love” to have to remember to bring with us and have at the ready i.e. tickets, passport, visas, boarding passes, pens, ipods/ipads etc.

      The other external compartment is larger and deeper and is especially useful for storing newspapers, magazines, light cabin clothing, maybe a coat or sweater. It will also take a notebook or laptop but care would be needed here to make sure that the laptop has its own sleeve for added protection from bumps and knocks.

      The zips on both compartments zip in a horseshoe style - up,over and down.

      ​2. Internal Compartments:

      Again, there are two internal compartments - one on the underside of the suitcase lid/door and one on the inner left hand side of the bag looking from the front in the upright position.

      The lid compartment is zippered in a “horseshoe’ format up/over/down. This is the best format - why? - because if, say, you have the case sitting flat on a hotel room bed - you can then rest the suitcase lid against a wall beside the bed and open the zipper compartment without the contents sliding out as you do so. Excellent detailed thinking by Travelpro. The lid compartment has see-through mesh either end with a solid panel in the middle. This compartment is ideal for placing shirts, blouses and delicate accessories safe and separate from your other heavier items.

      Finally, in the main body of the case there is another smaller zippered left hand side compartment which is wider than most cases. Again, it is see-through mesh for convenience. Ideal for storing small items like underwear, socks, ties etc.

      The Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” is also zipper expandable by 1.5” to 2”. This zip extends right around the whole bag. This assist in maximizing space but be aware, this can sometimes cause your bag to fail airline carry-on compliance. Double check weight and dimensions once packed.

      Airlines use “linear inches” when assessing carry-on luggage compliance. They do this by adding up the three dimensions of your bags at check-in. The Maxlite 2 22’ measures 22 x 14 x 9 inches which equals 45 linear inches (22+14+9=45). In this example 45 linear inches is considered the maximum that airlines will accept for carry-on luggage - as a guide (it still pays to check with your airline first). The Maxlite 2 22” just qualifies!

      WHEELS | MANEUVERABILITY | STABILITY

      As discussed earlier in this review the Travelpro Maxlite 2 range is extensive - more than 10 different variations on the one bag. Most of that variation is, however, due to the types of wheels used. Once again, the choice is 4-wheel ‘spinner’ or 2-wheel ‘rollaboard’ - and for a lot of travelers this is becoming an increasingly vexing question. Which is the better option? More and more people say they love the spinners, but they do have limitations.

      Right now I am simply going to describe the technical differences between spinner wheels and rollaboard wheels, but please refer further below to my ‘ratings’ section. In that section I discuss the pros and cons of choosing between 4-wheel ‘spinner’ luggage or 2-wheel ‘rollaboard’ luggage.

      1. Four-Wheel "Spinner"

      ​So ... what should you know about the ‘Travelpro Maxlite 2 Expandable Spinner’ wheels?

      They are very high quality pivotal wheels made from sturdy polyurethane (better than basic plastic - which is much more prone to cracking under pressure). Most people find them to be very smooth running. They revolve 360 degrees in any direction. Much more suited to smooth surfaces but still do well on carpets (less so on plush or long pile carpets).

      These spinner wheels protrude from the underside of the case by about 3 inches. This is additional to the case dimensions discussed in an earlier section of this review. Whilst reading online reviews of the Maxlite 2 - some people expressed concern that the spinner wheels might be more prone to damage by airport baggage handlers than the rollaboard style, however, hard evidence of this was hard to find. My overall impression is that they are no more likely to be damaged than rollaboards.

      2. Two-Wheel "Rollaboard"

      ​So ... what should you know about the ‘Travelpro Maxlite 2 Expandable Rollaboard’ wheels?

      The rollaboard wheels are very high quality sealed ball bearing wheels made from sturdy polyurethane (better than basic plastic - which is much more prone to cracking under pressure). Being screwed to the body of the bag, these wheels are fully replaceable should they get damaged in any way. The wheels are set flush into the edge of the bag base meaning they are definitely more protected from baggage handling knocks. This also reduces the additional height gain for the bag compared to the spinner models. They have a sporty looking appearance which adds to the overall style of the bag.

      So … how stable are these bags? Most lightweight luggage has a tendency to tip over and there are certainly online comments to this affect. My personal feeling is that tipping is not a huge issue with the Maxlite 2 range. Of the two styles, there were slightly more complaints of tipping from the rollaboard owners as the “front feet” of the bag are described as being “positioned too close to the rollaboard rear wheels”. A lot of these tipping issues can be resolved with sensible packing - putting heavier items at the bottom of the bag to balance it.

      ​Here's a 'sprinkling' of owners comments ...

      ... navigates the airplane aisles well ...

      ... rolls smooth and sturdy ...

      ... it managed cobblestone sidewalks really well ...

      LIKE IT AND WANT IT?

      ​The carry-on case I recommend is the "Travelpro Maxlite 2 22" Expandable Rollaboard" ... 

      CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS | DURABILITY

      As with most lightweight luggage, there are always concerns about how well built the bag is - can it take the inevitable knocks? My online observations of the Maxlite 2 range have convinced me that it is very well made - light yet sturdy.

      The construction is impressive. All the critical, high impact points on the bag are well reinforced. It is made of 400D x 400D polyester fabric designed to be water, stain and abrasion resistant. Polyester is used as it is about 1/3 lighter in weight than nylon. It has a honeycomb framing system enhanced with EVA foam construction for supreme strength.

      Most owners seemed extremely happy with the quality and durability of the Maxlite 2 range.

      One matter of some concern is the lack of a protective panel or “frame sheet” on the entire length of the rear of the bag. Most luggage companies attempt to protect and reinforce this vulnerable area of a suitcase but, I suspect, to keep weight to a minimum, this panel has been eliminated.

      ​As one owner remarked ...

      ... everything about the construction, wheels to handles to zippers, is pure quality ...

      POCKETS | STORAGE | NAMETAGS

      At the end of the day - suitcases are all about storage capacity - what other use do they really have? At some point we are putting “stuff” in them and taking it “somewhere”. So - on that basis - this section is the most important of all in ths review - it’s “why we’re all here”. So let’s get cracking - let’s take a good hard look at the various compartments in the Travelpro Maxlite 2 collection …

      As an opening comment let’s make no mistake - this Travelpro Maxlite 2 case is one of the most spacious in it’s class at 43 cubic inches … very few people complain about how much it holds

      1. External Compartments:

      All carry-on luggage should have at least one external compartment for passports, documents and maybe a laptop/notebook. With the Maxlite 2 collection you get one large zippered front pocket and, inside that pocket, you also get a smaller mesh zipped pocket for the above-mentioned items. Some online reviewers said this was less convenient than simply having a separate small external compartment with it’s own zippered access. They found having to open two compartments to achieve one task was annoying and impractical.

      The large external main compartment on the lid of the case can easily hold a 17” laptop and is zippered in a “horseshoe” style on three sides. The zipper tags are metal and the holes in the end make attaching any style of lock a breeze.

      ​2. Internal Compartments:

      The Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard is a “no fuss” kind of bag. Travelpro wanted the Maxlite 2 range to offer everything a seasoned traveler requires in the way of good storage capacity and clear access to the bag, without the need for lots of small (useless) compartments getting in the way of the overall purpose.

      Internally, you get one large underlid/underdoor mesh zippered compartment which is ideal for blouses, shirts and anything that needs to remain flat and crumple-free. With the lid/door of the case open and resting against a wall or flat down on the hotel bed/suitcase rack, the zipper opens in a horseshoe style (up/over/down). The hinge of the mesh compartment and the hinge of the lid/door are parallel.

      You also get one smaller zippered mesh left-hand side pocket which is wide enough for socks and underwear.

      ​3. Expandable Zipper:

      ​This bag easily expands by 1.5 inches and adds a further 7 cubic inches to the overall capacity of the bag by using the inbuilt expander zip. This zip goes right around the whole bag, has a strong metal tag and the zip is self-repairing. If you use the expander you will most likely need to check this bag as it will no longer be carry-on compliant.

      ​4. Nametags:

      ​On the rear of the bag Travelpro supplies one nametag holder so you can add your contact details and your bag can be identified as yours should it go missing.

      HANDLES | LIFTING AND TELESCOPIC

      I’m sure there is no need to impress upon you the importance of handles on any suitcase - so lets “laser-target” our focus on the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard handles.

      First up the most important handle is the telescopic as it does most of the work.

      1. Telescopic Handle:

      The telescopic handle has two lockable positions. It is great for tall people as it reaches to 41 inches from the ground fully extended and locked into position (one reviewer who was 6’ 3” said it was perfect for him). The lower position is 38 inches from the ground.

      The two aluminum upright arms of the telescopic handle are sturdy and well made with no shaking or jiggly feel. They are grooved and the handle is not too wide, so this assists when hanging a tote or small duffel from the handle.

      After reading a large number of online reviews it became very clear that the telescopic handle in the Maxlite 2 collection is rather prone to sticking. Some reported that the only way they could get the handle to fully extend was to take the clothes out of the bag, extend the handle and then reload the bag - bizarre and intensely annoying. This didn’t happen every time which further complicated the issue - only on random occasions.

      ​One person commented ...

      ... I had fully packed my bag, but once completed, I could hardly get the handle to extend. I managed to get it to the lower position enough for me to try and drag it across cobblestone streets in Prague - quite a challenge. Repacking my case improved the situation but I still had to take special note of what items were close to the sliding mechanism - as it was still very unpredictable. Other than the handle issue I have no other complaints about the bag ...

      I recommend you “trial pack” this bag at home when you first take delivery - the last thing you want is to discover this issue minutes before departing for the airport.

      Apparently, not all Maxlite 2 bags do it - so you will want to know if yours does!

      2. Lifting Handles:

      ​The lifting handles (or grip handles is another name) are the same on both the rollaboard and the spinner in the Maxlite 2 collection. There are 3 of these - one on the top, one on the right hand side, and one on the base. All are made of the same fabric as the bag and are color coded to the bag. They are soft to the touch - containing a gel-like padding making them very comfortable to grip. The right hand side handle protrudes noticeably and is definitely inclined to catch/bump seats as you pull the bag down the aircraft aisle.

      All of these handles are well stitched and studded to the body of the bag - but I would have to say that the handle on the underside looks weaker than the others with only stitching securing it. It may pull away in time. The lifting handles add approximately 3” to the external dimensions of the bag - please bear this in mind when calculating linear inches for airline carry-on requirements.

      LATCHES | LOCKS | STRAPS | ZIPS | HANGERS

      ​Zips are so important on any fabric suitcase - let’s see how they perform …

      ​1. Zips

      Externally, the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard has two zips - one for the expander and one for the external deep front pocket. The pulling tags are high quality metal and the zips appear reasonably strong and smooth to use. There is no distinction between the appearance of the lid/door zip and the expander zip which may cause confusion in some instances.

      Although the zips are self-repairing, users have definitely reported zips failing in near-new bags. The important message here is to not over-pack your bag so as not to put unnecessary strain on the zips. Zips are definitely the weak point in any suitcase and the Maxlite 2 range is no exception. Given the reviews I have read online, I don’t believe the zips in these bags, either internally or externally, are any better or worse than any other lower priced brand. There are always going to be some exceptions.

      2. Straps

      ​The Maxlite 2 collection has 2 internal stabilizing straps - these are webbing fabric rather than elastic fabric. They have tasteful plastic snap-clips with the Travelpro brand emblazoned on them. No add-a-bag strap or backpack staps are included in this collection. Add-a-bag straps are, however, easily fitted if required.

      3. Locks

      ​No TSA approved locks are built into this bag - you would need to supply these yourself. The zipper tags are strong metal and the holes in the ends of them will easily accommodate TSA locks.

      ​If you don't know where to buy TSA approved padlocks for your cases I recommend this one. TSA locks are locks that can be opened by authorized airport personnel without incurring any damage to your lock or bag.

      ​4. Hangers or Other Accessories

      ​No garment hangers or other accessories are included. The case is, however, fully lined with a tasteful polyester silk-like fabric.

      VISIBILITY | STYLE | APPEARANCE

      The Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard, although a popular case, is never going to win any ‘luggage beauty contests”. The bag and color range (black and navy/ocean blue) is conservative and practical. It is well designed and gets on with doing what it does best. I have seen this bag described online as “nondescript”, however, it certainly has a no nonsense business/professional appearance too. Put it this way - “chic” is not a word that comes to mind when describing this bag. I guess, like anything, it all comes down to personal taste.

      As mentioned, the Maxlite 2 comes in two colors - black and navy blue. Because the bag is so popular there are alot of them around and this makes them harder to find on airport carousels ... forcing one reviewer to comment ... 

      ... lots of people have the same bag - I just wish they came in more identifiable colors ...

      ​The blue is definitely the easier bag to find in a sea of black luggage.

      Travelpro invented the two wheel rollaboard way back in 1987 to assist airline air crew - so they have a very good reputation - owning a Travelpro bag defines you as someone who appreciates quality and high standards. Travelpro is right up there with Samsonite in what it says about the owner/user.

      WARRANTY

      ​The Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard comes with a “lifetime warranty". Click here to read the Travelpro Maxlite 2 Warranty!

      Now … that may sound very attractive given that other brands offer 10 years or less, but I’m afraid the Travelpro warranty has some serious deficiencies going by what I've read in online reviews.

      Yes … the quality of the bag is excellent and … yes … the price is equally attractive … but, should you need to claim against the warranty, then don’t count on getting very good service from Travelpro. There are a disproportionate number of warranty complaints recorded in online reviews.

      If you call their support dept they have all kinds of “exclusions” and “conditions” which make making a claim an impractical and deflating proposition. They effectively force you to trash your bag and go out and buy another one. It makes no economic sense to go through the “charade” that has been offered up to many people who have tried to place legitimate claims under the so-called “lifetime warranty”. Examples of this include … no instant replacements (even on brand new cases which have failed in some way on their first use), wheels not covered, bag not covered after x number of years, repair shop only servicing (with shipping at your expense) ... and so it goes on. I guess you're getting the picture here?!

      This is a "lifetime warranty" in name only.

      If luggage warranties are important to you - then a better option would be Samsonite - who have far fewer online complaints. 

      COMMENTS | TIPS | SUGGESTIONS

                  As with all the lightweight luggage reviews I write here at Luggageleader.com, if I notice any online user tips related to the bag I'm reviewing, that I think are truly helpful to my readers, I record them here in this section.

                  Like many of the suitcases reviewed here, the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard can have a tendency to tip over if packed incorrectly. The rollaboard is more inclined to do this than the spinner model.

                  One reviewer suggested the following and I believe it is a great suggestion:

                  ... buy an “add-a-strap” from any of the online luggage retailers. Once fitted you will find that the bag definitely stops tipping over and also improves balance when rolling the spinner model. The strap is equally useful and effective with the rollaboard models too. Highly recommended ...

                      PROS

                      Let’s list the good points about the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard:

                      1. Extensive and versatile range (more than 10 different models to choose from) - available in both rollaboard and spinners models

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                      2. Excellent choice of sizes ranging from 20” to 30” in rollaboard, spinner, garment, tote and duffel styles.

                      3. Airline carry-on compliant up to 22” rollaboard model.

                      4. Extremely lightweight (some of the lightest bags in the industry) - starting at just 6 lbs.

                      5. 45 linear inch airline compliant.

                      6. High quality smooth-rolling wheels made from sturdy polyurethane.

                      7. Rugged polyester fabric with honeycomb framing system and EVA foam construction.

                      8. Useful, but not extensive number of built-in compartments.

                      9. High quality zips and handles.

                      10. Excellent value for money when quality is considered.

                                        CONS

                                        ​And ... the "not-so-good" points:

                                        1. Conservative color range (only two colors).

                                        2. Misleading warranty claims - reflects poorly on the manufacturer.

                                        3. Telescopic handle sticks and will not extend when required.

                                        4. Polyester fabric prone to snagging and fraying.

                                                          CONSUMER RATINGS | RECOMMENDATIONS

                                                          ​So - how would I rate the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard?

                                                          Before I make my recommendations - I want to address a question which is usually at the forefront of most people’s minds at this point in a review - should I buy an upright rollaboard OR plump for one of the increasingly popular spinner style bags?

                                                          So - what is it to be - spinner or rollaboard?

                                                          Like most things in life - the answer isn’t particularly straight forward. Here’s my “take” on “which is best - spinner or rollaboard” ..

                                                          - What is good/bad about a "rollaboard":

                                                          1. Less moving parts (only two wheels - so less to break/drop off).

                                                          2. Often the upright feet at the front are too close to the rear wheels which can make them more unstable and “tippy” than spinners.

                                                          3. More inclined to tip on their side when dragged behind you or clip the back of your feet if the telescopic handle is too short.

                                                          4. A lot of pressure goes on the telescopic handle due to the pivotal pulling nature of the bag (unlike a spinner which just needs guiding as it rolls along beside you.)

                                                          5. Not great for short people or seniors with joint pain because of the amount wrist action required to maneuver them.

                                                          - What is good/bad about a "spinner":

                                                          1. Excellent for people with physical challenges as they roll easily and just need “steering” - not tugging or pulling from behind you.

                                                          2. Have more wheels than a rollaboard model - the wheels are more protruding too - so possibly more inclined to break or knock off in transit.

                                                          3. Spinners do not have a brake so have the potential to “run away on you” if not supervised at all times.

                                                          4. Not so good on uneven surfaces like cobblestones or plush carpet.

                                                          5. Spinners require less “hands” - as, if you have multiple spinner bags with you, you can strap two or three together and roll them through an airport.

                                                          6. Generally, spinners tend to be more stable as their wheelbase is wider. Less inclined to tip over.

                                                          Now .. back to my rating of the Travelpro Maxlite 2 22” Expandable Rollaboard …

                                                          Amazon reviewers currently rate this case at 4.2 out of 5 stars. I believe that to be a fair and representative rating.

                                                          Here are my personal recommendations:

                                                          1. My first recommendation would be to definitely choose the 22” rollaboard (the 20” rollaboard is too small for most people). If you have your heart set on a carry-on spinner model then I would not recommend the Travelpro Maxlite 2 range as the only spinner carry-on size is their 20” which, once again, most people find too small. I would recommend you consider the Samsonite LIFT spinner 21” which is also a high quality bag with a reliable warranty - should you need it. See my Samsonite LIFT spinner review here.

                                                          2. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the Travelpro Maxlite 2 collection. Quite the reverse - the bags are very popular and are well made. They also represent exceptional value for money given the quality. If the peace of mind of a strong warranty is important to you with your decision making then I do not recommend this range. See the “warranty” section above. Travelpro’s warranty is weak and misleading. Samsonite offer a much stronger and reputable 10 year warranty.

                                                          3. I have concerns about the design of the telescopic handle (it quite regularly sticks and cannot be extended). I also have reservations about the fabric used in this bag - polyester is not as strong as nylon. You would do well to look for a bag made of nylon if at all possible.

                                                          4. Having said all of the above - if quality at an affordable price is your “baby” - then this is the bag for you. Just don’t expect to be able to claim easily on the warranty if anything goes wrong.

                                                          5. Please note: Travelpro has recently (as of March 2014) released it’s replacement for the Maxlite 2 collection - called the Maxlite 3 collection. As soon as it is practical to do so, I will be writing a full review of the the Travelpro Maxlite 3 collection. Please stay tuned folks!

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                                                                            Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20” Expandable Rollaboard

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