3 thoughts on “Samsonite Carry Spinner 21 Inch Expandable Wheeled Luggage, Ebony, One Size

  1. Stefleaf
    176 of 178 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Light, easily maneuvered, durable, great color, classy-looking, and nests inside its 25″ brother, March 14, 2013
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    Stefleaf (San Mateo, California) –

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    I bought this luggage in the charcoal color after doing extensive research on different models, and after using it for over a year, I’m convinced I chose well. Here are 6 reasons why this luggage is awesome:

    1. Lightweight – It seems like airlines just keep reducing their carry-on weight limits. Hence the need for the lightest carry-on luggage possible so I can pack more stuff without exceeding the weight limit. This piece is around 7 lbs when it’s empty, so it’s not the absolute lightest luggage on the market (the International Traveler IT-O-2 is about 3 lbs lighter), but it was the lightest one that met all my other criteria.

    2. Easily maneuvered – I was initially skeptical of the spinner wheels, because they looked like they would break off easily, jutting out like that. I had only ever used luggage with recessed in-line wheels before, which I thought would always be more durable. But after a year of using this luggage, the wheels are still perfectly intact and I don’t think I could go back to using non-spinner luggage. Since it spins 360 degrees, it is just so easy to get the luggage to go where you want it to go, which is crucial when you have to swiftly squeeze into a crowded rush-hour train on the way to the airport and the only floor space left for your luggage is at a really awkward angle. It’s also much easier to get this through the center aisles of airplanes since you can roll it sideways.

    3. Durable – I generally trust Samsonite to make good quality luggage that doesn’t fall apart. It may not have a Tumi warranty, but this one has held up for over a year of use and looks like it could go for at least 10 more. Zippers have never caught and have always moved smoothly. I particularly love the side grip handles which are built into the luggage itself, sewn into the corners. These handles aren’t coming off anytime soon! The luggage has a handle on the bottom end, too (3 handles in total: top, right, and bottom), so if you’re lifting the luggage to face up you can hold the luggage with both hands, which leads to less wear and tear on the top handle.

    4. Color – I decided that I was never going to buy black luggage because it’s just too hard for me to spot it on a luggage carousel among all the millions of other black luggage at 2am, when my eyes are still bleary from jetlag. And even if I could, there’s no telling how many other jetlagged travelers might mistake it for their bag and bring it home with them. My dad used to tie these brightly colored ribbons on the handles of our old black luggage to make it easier to spot on the carousel…a good workaround if you have no other option but black luggage, but I find it so much easier to just not buy black luggage in the first place. I picked the charcoal color because I wanted it to look classy and not too girly, so my husband doesn’t mind being seen with it. I think this backfired on me though because now he likes to use my luggage more than his black one! Oh, and for those of you concerned about non-black luggage looking dirty, fear not—after much traveling I’ve only ever gotten a few small black smudges on it, and they were really easy to wipe off.

    5. Beauty – This luggage definitely looks prettier than the IT-O-2 made by International Traveler, mainly because the exterior material of the IT-O-2 was wrinkly (like duffel bag material stretched over a luggage frame). I also didn’t like that the telescoping handle of the IT-O-2 was so wide (basically as wide as the luggage itself). I like securing some bags on top of my luggage by looping the strap (or the built-in luggage pass-through) around the telescoping handle, and I won’t be able to do that if the telescoping handle is too wide. The handle on this Samsonite is perfect.

    6. Nesting Design – I have the matching 25″ version of this luggage. This 21” nests inside the 25″ one if you slip it in upside down (with the wheels of the 21″ facing in the opposite direction of the wheels of the 25″). I like to wrap the 21″ in a large plastic bag before nesting it so that any dirt on its wheels won’t get inside my 25″. This nesting feature is great when you have VERY limited storage space!

    A quirk of this luggage is that the telescoping handle tends to stop midway while pulling it out or sliding it back in. It actually seems to lock into that position until you press the button and pull again to extend the handle farther. The handle has never gotten permanently stuck in that midway position, so I think the handle may have actually been designed that way. It’s a convenient level for your hand to be at when you’re pulling the luggage along on your side (using all four spinner wheels), since you don’t want your hand too high while doing so. This was surprising to me at first and I even thought it was a defect,…

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  2. Pandora828
    157 of 168 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Worst Carry-on Ever Owned! But Hooray for Samsonite Customer Service!, February 16, 2012
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    I purchased the 21″ Lift Spinner suitcase a few months ago & have used it on several trips. There is a manufacturing design defect that causes the suitcase to fall forward whenever it is packed. Clearly, the wheelbase on the 21″ suitcase is too narrow to be functional.

    When purchasing the item, this defect was not apparent as the suitcase was empty. So I chose this suitcase instead of another comparably priced 21″ Samsonite (which my partner has and loves) that I initially planned on purchasing.

    I have tried packing the suitcase w/ all of the heavy items at the bottom to no avail. It still tips over. Regardless, requiring such action on my part indicates that the suitcase design was either not tested properly (as the Samsonite warranty promises) or was not manufactured according to the tested specifications. I believe that this defect poses some danger as it may fall and injure a person (especially if the metal handle is extended).

    Initially I was excited to have such a lightweight suitcase, but my excitement has transformed into utter frustration. Other reviews from Amazon indicate that I am not alone. I am requesting that Samsonite either replace the bag with one that does not fall or provide a refund.

    This is my first review on Amazon. Thank you Samsonite!

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    UPDATE: Shortly after writing this review, I contacted Samsonite and requested that they replace the bag because of the manufacturing defect. The customer service rep responded in less than 24 hours, confirmed the defect, and offered to replace the bag with the redesigned Lift when it becomes available (She couldn’t say when this would happen). Since I am not keen to wait indeterminately to resolve this matter, I requested that they just replace my faulty bag with one that I knew would not fall over all the time. Samsonite obliged and I await the arrival of my new bag.

    “Thank you Samsonite!”

    P.S. I’m keeping the one-star rating however, as the 21″ Lift still sucks.

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  3. Rayah Sheriffdeen
    89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Defects are gone. very light and handles well, January 19, 2013
    I bought this product in a rush and did not read reviews first. I’m glad because I probably would not have gotten it based on all of the complaints of it tipping over. I was surprised to find these reviews as this just wasn’t an issue for me, and I had it packed to the brim with Christmas gifts. I suspect Samsonite has fixed whatever issue it had – I can’t get it to be tippy no matter what I try.

    This luggage is very light and very easy to handle. It steers with ease and generally makes travelling easier. I don’t think the problems it had before are relevant anymore.

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