2 thoughts on “Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Deluxe Voyager Garment Bag, Ebony, One Dimensions

  1. GumbyR1
    164 of 164 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I’ve done the research. You won’t find a better Garment Bag in this price range., April 15, 2015
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    GumbyR1

    This review is from: Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Deluxe Voyager Garment Bag (Accessory)
    I received the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 garment bag from Amazon directly through the Samsonite company store. Samsonite has promo codes and will even let you double up discounts. At the time of my purchase (4/12/15), I got it down to $240 for a new bag with free shipping. There is no other bag out there that competes with the quality of this luggage piece for the size. You can pack for a week with this garment bag, keep your clothes organized and unwrinkled, and wheel it with the easiest of convenience with the split wheel spinners. And yes, it does tilt and roll in the same fashion as the older inline skate wheeled garment bags so you have the option of wheeling it behind you. Also, the handle is sturdy and raises and lowers easily. I was hesitant to pull the trigger on this because of the price but after you do you homework on garment bags, if you want a decent sized one that is durable and reliable. This is the one.

    *note* this garment bag is too large to be a carry on. Also, at the time of this purchase, it is available in black only while the other bags in the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 series have other color options.

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  2. Tennis dad
    98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Bang for the buck over Briggs & Riley and Tumi., December 2, 2015
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    Tennis dad (Florida) –

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    This review is from: Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Deluxe Voyager Garment Bag (Accessory)

    I purchased this as a gift for my wife who does a lot of business travel and has a habit of over packing. I looked at a lot of garment bags going from mall store to mall store. Like most people, I have an attic full of old suitcases that are ripped, don’t roll well, or simply are ugly. I wanted to get my wife something nice. Initially I was looking for a hard shell just because it looked nice and felt rugged. But after considering the pros and cons, I didn’t really see any reason to pay the premium on a hard shell since most of the time it has capacity limitations and generally we don’t travel with fragile items in a suitcase. I looked at Briggs & Riley, Tumi, American Tourister and a few others that were considered the nicer pieces. I was immediately shocked at the sticker price of the higher end models. I found a beautifully Briggs & Riley set for around $700 which carried a full week’s worth of garments and a Tumi for a little more. Both were big but the main problem was that it had only two wheels and it was wide. The Tumi’s had four wheels but they wanted close to $1000 which I thought was a little much for a bag being thrown around. My wife being petite, I could see her struggle getting the width thru doors with either of these larger bags (over 30″). When I looked at the Samsonite, I was blown away at the wheels. Then I realized that the spinners of today are way better than the spinners I remember 10 years ago. This garment bag rolled nicely either on four wheels or two wheels. It had a large capacity (29″ bag) but not so big that it would be too heavy when fully packed. Just the right size. The handle is gel padded which makes it very nice to pull. Now having said that, the inside is not as elegant as the Briggs & Riley or the Tumi. The Briggs and Tumi have pockets everywhere and small touches that seem well thought out. The Briggs has the handle on the outside giving a little more room on the inside. And the warranty on either the Briggs or Tumi is amazing while the Samsonite is 10 years. Generally, the higher end bags look like they were made by designers as opposed to engineers.

    Now despite some of the advantages with the higher end models, I still went with the Samsonite because it was a much better deal overall and it looks like it was made by engineers trying to make a bag that functioned well for the traveler. What I mean by that, is while it is nice to have all of the little pockets, most people spend the bulk of the time in line, or moving around with their luggage from hotel to airport. When I travel I am looking for ease of movement. Luggage to me is about getting from point A to point B so the bag has to be functional.
    First, while the capacity is not as big as the Briggs or Tumi, it is plenty big enough not making the garment bag so big it becomes unwieldy. The bag easily handles a weeks worth of garments.
    Second, while the handle is stored on the inside versus the outside, this was a nonissue to me since the capacity is big enough as it is. The argument that Briggs and Tumi make for having the handle apart from the inside of the bag is that it provides more room for clothes and keeps clothes less wrinkled. While I can see that, clothes in any bag are going to get wrinkled and the added capacity for garments on a hanger doesn’t make as much sense. I would think this argument holds more water in a suitcase since we can shove more things in there. But you only have 50 pounds of space until you get charged more so there is a limit as to how much you want to carry.
    Third, unless I’m sleeping in it, the interior “elegance” is immaterial. My clothes don’t need to sleep in silk sheets.
    Fourth, the price was around $220 with amazon prime which is a third of the price of the Briggs or and a quarter of the price of the Tumi. If after 10 years, the bag falls apart, I’ll buy another one.
    Fifth, all of the small pockets in a garment bag seem somewhat frivolous. It adds more weight to the bag with the extra zippers and fabric and honestly, I’m not bringing that many little things. If I am, I usually travel with toiletry bags to compartmentalize. Again, this is a garment bag and not a suitcase.
    Finally, while the warranty may not be as good (10 years) as the Briggs or Tumi (Lifetime), Samsonite has authorized repair facilities all over the US which makes getting warranty claims filled out easier. Briggs and Tumi have very few warranty service centers requiring that I ship the bag long distances for any warranty claim. If after 10 years the bag is falling apart, it’ll give me a reason to get something new and I am still paying less than the Briggs or Tumi.

    So in summary, I really liked the Samsonite Sphere II garment bag because of the user friendliness of it. Easy to roll with spinners, comfortable to pull, plenty of room, great price, and just the right size of most people. In my opinion, this is…

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