2 thoughts on “Ricardo Beverly Hills Luggage Sausalito Superlight 2.0 20-Inch 4W Expandable Spinner Carry-On, Black, Medium

  1. Guy O.
    69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Nice Bag from a Very Nice Company!, May 25, 2014
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    Guy O.

    Originally, I bought their 17-in compact Spinner. But after a year, I noticed the wheels began to wobble. I see no damage on these, and have only used it a little — so I was very frustrated. I was long past the Amazon Return Policy. Instead, I decided to drop a short note to Ricardo Beverly Hills at their website.

    Let me explain that I own two other pieces of their luggage that I’ve been very happy with — and I was also happy with the 17-in Carry-On… mostly. The other two pieces are their hard-side / soft polyester-type silver industrial-look items. They are simply suitcases that nest inside each other, and were a gift many Christmases ago. They expand and are a spinner style — and they were my first introduction to the spinner design. Once you go with a spinner design, you will NEVER go back to regular luggage! The ease of handling and controlling your suitcases is just so much less-tiring than conventional wheeled designs. I find that men (me being one) shy away from spinner designs because walking a rolling bag beside you, or in front — rather than pulling it behind — seems, somehow, for the elderly, or for women. Women, being more practical in their thinking, gravitate toward this design instantly. I’m one guy who is sold!

    Back to my problem — it took about two weeks, but I was shocked to receive an email from Ricardo Beverly Hills, not only offering to replace my 17-in Carry-On — but notifying me they were currently out-of-stock, and offering to UPGRADE me to their 20-in Superlight at no charge to me. And they let me KEEP the original 17-in!! Wow!

    I just received the 20-in, and here are my impressions between the two. The few issues I had with the 17-in design can be summed-up, as follows: a) The small zippered slot on the front is simply too narrow, and not deep enough. It measures only about 7-in wide x 7-in deep. They chose to place logos and stitching where it blocks the full use of this pouch area — I could barely fit anything into it that mattered while traveling. Not Boarding Passes (unless I folded them or left them sticking out). Not my personal effects when going through Security (sunglasses make it a little tight to zip closed). Not a magazine or newspaper (unless rolled or folded and sticking out). Passports would fit in here just fine — and a slim wallet, cash, etc. b) To reach the computer sleeve you have to open the Main Compartment. What a pain! It has a Velcro closure tab — never fun to deal with while you are blocking an aisle and trying to take your seat. The secondary slot / pouch behind the small one was not as restricted — I guess, due to the height of the bag. And it has a few smaller compartments for cell phone, etc. Magazines and books will fit here fine. This bag was perfectly usable until the wheel wobble developed.

    By the way, as an side — the “best” design I’ve seen for ready-access to a computer or tablet is on the CaseLogic carry-on bag. They actually offer a simple slot that is always accessible from outside the bag. No opening anything zippered. Some people do not like the fact that the computer is “secured” by an insecure band that simply keeps it from falling out, but if your bag is always with you, that’s not an issue in my way of thinking.

    On the new 20-in Ricardo Beverly Hills Superlight, all of those issues with the 17-in are solved! The first outer pouch is wide enough to hold any papers I need to get quick-access to, measuring 9-in Wide x 11-in Deep. It even holds a standard Magazine or two! The secondary pouch is wide enough to hold my laptop, or additional books or binders and provides much easier access once I reach my seat. This is just a wide-open zippered sleeve of sorts. You give up the smaller internal pockets for cell phone, etc., in exchange for a wider compartment. The main inner compartment is, of course, more roomy than the 17-in. And — there’s one added benefit over the 17-in. This EXPANDS by unzipping a nearly hidden zipper, to add about 2 more inches of Depth to the Main Compartment! This can comfortably hold clothing for an extended weekend trip. With careful planning, possibly a full week (using compression bags and lightweight clothing. The 17-in is no real slouch in this department, but does not expand. And, of course, the laptop being stowed there robs from the amount of clothing you can carry. Protection of that laptop, however, is probably better in the 17-in than if you use the secondary slot on the 20-in. Better protection, or easier-access — those are the choices.

    Three more features found on the 20-in Superlight vs. the 17-in: 1) A Bottom Lift Handle helps in picking it up. 2) A Side Lift handle mimics that advantage. 3) A pull-out ID Tag is hidden on the side. Neither bag has Skid-Plate Protection (for stairs). Is that really needed? You decide. I think most people pick their bags up when approaching stairs.

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  2. Cynthia D. Kilpatrick
    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ricardo – A Winner, November 13, 2013
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    This review is from: Ricardo Beverly Hills Luggage Sausalito Superlight 2.0 20-Inch 4W Expandable Spinner Carry-On (Apparel)
    This bag wins on all points for me – it is sturdy, maneuvers easily across all surfaces (hard floors and carpeting), is light weight and is roomy enough to pack items for at least a 10-day trip. With this bag placed in the overhead compartment and a large carry-on placed underneath the seat, that’s all I need for most trips. I don’t have to check anything, my luggage is with me at all times and, if i pack smart, it is not too heavy for me to manage on my own.
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