Set For Hyperspace Travel
Certain pieces of luggage have a look. It’s a refined, business like quality. It’s the kind of look business people have when they arrive to a meeting in a well-pressed suit and look like they’re in control. For some reason, luggage that’s designed for business travel seems to have this same style about it. I like that look and although I don’t travel too often for business, I would like a case that replicates this type of exterior when I’m on the road.
The Samsonite Luggage Hyperspace Spinner Expandable Suitcase is a set of luggage pieces that have this look. They’re sold individually and feature simple colors, streamlined exterior designs, and come in a variety of sizes to fit just about any need.
Prices Aren’t Quite In Orbit
The pieces themselves are not cheap, but they’re not terribly expensive either. They fall somewhere in the middle of disposable luggage and “the keep for a lifetime”. The 21-inch case is designed to be a carry on, but may be a little too large for some overhead compartments. They usually cost about $130. The 26-inch case, which would have to be checked on an airplane is around $150. The 29-inch gets much closer to $200.
Space Age Stability
Aside from the design, one thing that sticks out for me they’re incredibly stable when upright. This may be because the base is slightly wider than the top of the case which adds an extra level of stability. The wheels work well for moving it while upright, and it doesn’t have to be tipped backward thanks to the 8 wheels that move in every direction.
Along with a wider bottom, the wheels add another level of stability to the cases because they give extra space for the case to stand on. This makes it easier to take a hand off your bag and be confident it won’t flip onto its face.
Flexibility and Options
I like the flexibility of the set as a whole because there are many options that can be added to it. Aside from the three upright spinners there are smaller cases, duffels and a garment bag that looks like a regular carry on. You may be spending quite a bit to get all the pieces, but if you’re after a versatile set with everything included, the hyperspace spinners pretty much have it all.
Out Of This World Fabrics
The Hyperspace spinners have nylon exteriors, and they cover a kind of honeycomb frame that provides an added level of strength which isn’t easily punctured. I always worry how my expensive suitcases are going to look after one trip with my clumsy self, but these seem to manage despite the fact they don’t have a the truly hard exterior.
Muted Or “Out There” Colors
The line comes in several different colors, but not all the bags are available in every color. There are more sedated options like grey and black, but you can also hunt down options in maroon, blue and green. Some of the different colors can be harder to find, but it is possible if that’s what you’re looking for.
Many Fantastic Options
Another cool perk is that most of these cases come with a small, removable bag that can be attached to the interior, or detached so it can be used as a carry all. It’s like a secondary small bag you don’t have to pay for, but still matches the luggage. It’s big enough to carry a small amount of necessities and clothing or to store “laundry ready” clothes at the end of your trip.
While the center of gravity and stability of the bag is nice, the straps that hold everything in place inside are not as strong as they could be. This isn’t a big deal for me because I can’t think of a time when I’ve ever used one, but it sounds like the kind of thing that would get a little annoying if I decided I did want to use the internal straps.
NOT A Carry On
The size of the 21.5 inch is just big enough to be a problem in most overhead storage bins. In general, the maximum size is 21 inches for carryons, and it may be even less than that for a bag like this which is somewhat tapered. I’m not sure I would check in a bag that small, so if I was looking for a case like this for air travel, I would probably want the bigger one.
Overall, I think the options here are pretty stellar especially with the added stability of spinner wheels and the slightly tapered body. I like the flexibility of the set and the options for larger and smaller bags. I would worry about the ability to take the smaller bag on an airplane, but for car trips and other things that don’t require checked bags, I think it’s a pretty good option.
I’m not sure how long this model will continue though, a newer model seems to be coming out soon.
EDIT – As expected, the Hyperspace models are replaced and I would now recommend the Samsonite Winfield 2. It’s a hard case though, but if you still want a soft case the Aspire-Xlite is a great choice as well..
In case you’re interested, below is a video of all Samsonite Hyperspace models, including the garment bag I reviewed here. As you see, it’s a large line of luggage!
– Samsonite Hyperspace XLT Spinner Boarding Bag
– Samsonite Hyperspace XLT Spinner 21 Exp
– Samsonite Hyperspace XLT Spinner 25 Exp
– Samsonite Hyperspace XLT Spinner 30 Exp
– Samsonite Hyperspace Spinner 21.5 Expandable Suitcase
– Samsonite Hyperspace Spinner 26 Expandable Suitcase
– Samsonite Hyperspace Spinner 30.5 Expandable Suitcase