Product Review TravelPro Crew 11 21 Inch - for the work trip

Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″ Carry-on Expandable Spinner with Suiter and USB Port, Black

Any serious business traveler will soon find they need a serious suitcase.  One specifically designed for the business traveler. If you’ve been following my blog CBoardingGroup.com you are well aware of one of the key traits of successful business traveler: they never check a bag! Here is my Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″.

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No savvy business traveler is checking his/her luggage. Thus, to take your #businesstravellife to the next level you need a piece of business travel luggage that is durable and lightweight. Something easily stowed in the overhead bin and large enough to carry clothes for a week. Something built for a frequent business traveler.

There is no shortage of business travel luggage on the market today. A quick Google search will list an overwhelming list of options for the business traveler. But, what is the best business travel luggage? What piece of business travel luggage will get you the most mileage (pardon the pun…haha) during your business travel journeys.

As someone who’s been doing business travel since around 2005 I’ve got some experience in this area. It’s from the perspective I provide this review of what I have personally found to be a very solid piece of business travel luggage: The Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 – 21.”

Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″ Carry-on Expandable Spinner with Suiter and USB Port, Black

After years of using a 2-wheel Samsonite Carry-On, I finally went looking for a 4-Wheel “Spinner” style carry-on. So, after an extensive amount of research and a few false starts (love Amazon prime’s return policy) I ultimately settled on the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 – the 21″ model.

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Travelpro is a name-brand in the luggage industry, started by a pilot who allegedly created the first upright suitcase (aka rollerboard). Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. But I do know Travelpro has been doing luggage for a long time. They are known for quality, reliability and overall good products. And apparently many flight crew use them. With all of that going for it, I jumped off the cliff and went w/ the Crew 11 model.

Ok let’s get to the Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″.

Here’s my Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″:

Features

This piece of luggage includes several noteworthy features, listed here:

  • Case Dimensions: 21″ (H) x 14″ (W) x 9″ (D) – and the depth can be extended another 2 inches.
    • Overall Dimensions: 23.5×14.5×9.5,
  • Weight 7.2 lbs
  • Material: High-quality ballistic nylon construction, a stain- and scratch- resistant DuraGuard coating
  • Zippers: Damage-resistant SUPRA zipper heads for long-lasting durability.
  • Interior & Handles: Premium leather low-profile top and side carry-handles, full-length interior lid pocket, side mesh, wet pockets, adjustable straps,
  • Garment bag: Includes full removable hanging garment bag.
  • Wheels: 8 self-aligning magnetic 360-degree dual spinner wheels for smooth, straight rolling without drifting
  • Main Handle: PowerScope Extension Handle to minimize wobbling with stops at 38″, 40″ and 42.5″

Of the above features, there are few that help this piece stand out as appropriately suited to be a piece of business travel luggage:

  • It’s a spinner – this is important to the modern business traveler
  • It’s small, but not too small – also important to today’s business traveler who wants to pack light and move fast
  • Includes a garment bag – this is helpful to the business traveler who’s bringing a suit or other items that are dry cleaned

I’ve included a few pictures of the suitcase here:

Pros

Initially, I ordered a larger Travelpro suitcase (the TravelPro Crew 11 – 25″), but it ended up being too large in terms of an effective piece of business travel luggage. So, I went w/ the smaller version I am reviewing here (the Crew 11 – 21″). And while this one was actually slightly smaller than I really wanted, it has turned out to be just right. Here’s what I really like about it:

  • Spinner Functionality. It rolls really great. Smooth even. It transitions from pulling it on two wheels to 4 wheels pretty easy to which is helpful when you are switching between surfaces (like smooth airport floor that transitions to thicker carpet). Because there are actually 8 wheels (think of each wheel as a little “dualie” wheel) you get more durability and smooth riding. Honestly, the wheel system is top of the line.
    • The benefit to you as a business traveler is that you have less strain on your body as you push/pull your luggage through the airport or down the aisle of the plane.
  • Size. While it was a little smaller than I thought I wanted, it has actually been just perfect. It expands when you need it and can fit a great amount of clothing in it just fine. It also fits so easy into the overhead bin. Because it’s a tad smaller than your “normal” overhead suitcase, you can find room in any overhead compartment no matter what boarding group you are in!
    • The corporate traveler’s benefit here is that it forces you to pack light which is always a great thing to do. Pack light and move fast. The other unexpected benefit is that because this suitcase is narrow when turned sideways (just shy of 10″) it easily rolls down the aisle of the plane. If you’ve ever seen someone struggle to get their carryon down the aisle only to have it catch on the armrest you know how big of a deal this is.
  • Garment Bag. My old suitcase did not have a garment bag and I hadn’t thought of buying one. However, now that I have one, it not only fits nicely into the suitcase, but makes my packing MUCH easier. I don’t fold as much and my clothes get less wrinkled.
    • The business travel benefits from this option by reducing their packing time. I take the clothes straight from the dry cleaner (in their dry cleaning plastic) and put them right into the garment bag. Fold it up and drop it in the suitcase. When I get to my hotel it easily pops out and I can hang all of my clothes up in one motion instead of having to unfold them and use the hotel’s provided hangars.
  • Material: It’s a sturdy but light material. While I’ve only had it for about 9 months, it feels like it will last for a very long time.
    • By having a softer surface (instead of a hard top carry on) your weight is reduced giving the business traveler less to lug around on your business trip.

Cons

  • This version contains an integrated USB Power Charger. Well, sort of. What it really has is a pocket that you can put a power bar into and connect it to a cable that pops out somewhere else on the suitcase. Sounds like a good idea in practice, but in reality,  was a bit of a dud. The pocket for the powerbar simply wasn’t big enough. I bought two different power bars and and they simply wouldn’t fit.
  • Given it’s size, it will occasionally be a little too light at the bottom – specifically when you are carrying a backpack on the top of it and the top will tip over sometimes. Basically it needs a lower center of gravity. This is mitigated by packing a little heavier in the bottom (e.g. your shoes). And honestly, this is not that big of a deal.
    • The downside to the business traveler is that when it does tip over you look like a goof ball and maybe get your shin dinged. But like I noted, it doesn’t happen all that often and for my money, the benefits outweigh the downsides.
  • As happens w/ all Spinner’s, it will occasionally drift off. Like when I pull it out of my car and stand it up, then reach back into my trunk to grab my backpack. It will drift off if I am on ANY sort of incline. However, this occurs w/ all Spinners in my experience and is not that big of a deal.
    • The only real downside to the corporate traveler is that you have keep a hand on it if you are not on an even surface. They really ought to invent a little foot brake or button brake on the handle.

Final Thoughts from my Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″

RECOMMENDATION: BUY

Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21"

Despite the power bar issue, this is a great piece of business travel luggage. Probably (no, definitely) the best of business travel luggage I’ve ever owned. And for the price, it should be. It’s a big pricey (Amazon has it for 175.00), but totally worth it my opinion.

Where to buy it

You can buy this piece of business travel luggage via my affiliate link below on Amazon.com.

Thanks for reading this Product Review: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″ Carry-on Expandable Spinner. Stay tuned for other business travel luggage reviews or business travel product reviews in general. And if you’d like to check out some of the other products I use when I am traveling on business check out my Travel Gear page.

 

Product Review: TravelPro Crew 11 21 Inch

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