The 8 Best TUMI Luggage Items to Buy in 2018

Looking for a new suitcase? You can't go wrong with TUMI

Since its inception in 1975, American brand TUMI has become one of the leading lights of the luxury luggage industry. Its suitcases, backpacks and travel totes are a symbol of status, known for their exceptional style and forward-thinking design. The brand has several special signatures - including the TUMI Tracer system and quality materials such as Tegris and Ballistic Nylon. Need some help picking out one that suits you? Keep reading to see TUMI’s best offerings for 2018, ranging from fashionable backpacks to checked bags for extended trips.

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    For those with an unlimited budget, the Tegra-Lite Max Large Trip Expandable Packing Case represents the pinnacle of TUMI innovation. It is made from a 100 percent polypropylene thermoplastic composite known as Tegris, which is also used in the manufacture of military body armor and NASCAR race cars. Predictably, Tegris’ main advantage is its incredible durability - giving your suitcase protection from the knocks, drops and scratches that go hand-in-hand with international travel. Its mesh-like design is also both attractive and astonishingly lightweight.

    Inside, the nylon lining includes several handy pockets for smaller accessories, while clothes are kept neat by tie-down straps. You can keep your best suit looking fresh in the removable garment sleeve. Four spinner wheels allow for excellent mobility, while the three-stage telescoping handle is made from aircraft grade aluminum. You’ll find useful carry handles on the top and side of the suitcase, as well as a grab handle on the...MORE bottom. The zip closure is protected by an integrated TSA lock. Available in T-Graphite or Fossil, the suitcase measures 29” x 20” x 13”.

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    The TUMI V3 Extended Trip Expandable Packing Case offers an excellent alternative to the Tegra-Lite - for a much more accessible price tag. Made from multi-layer polycarbonate, it is part of the brand’s lightest hardshell luggage collection yet remains remarkably resilient. It measures a roomy 20” x 30.5” x 11”, making it the ideal choice for long-distance travelers. Many of its features are the same as the Tegra-Lite, including the aircraft grade aluminum handle and the integrated TSA zipper lock.

    Four dual-spinning wheels help you to navigate busy airports with ease, while retractable handles on the top and side make for hassle-free retrieval at the baggage carousel. Inside, the classic black case boasts three zippered pockets, tie-down straps and a hanger bracket designed to keep your best suits and shirts separate from the rest of your packing. A 20-digit TUMI Tracer tag affords additional peace of mind (but don’t forget to register your details online).

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    While the term “budget” does not really exist in TUMI’s vocabulary, the TUMI V3 Short Trip Expandable Packing Case is the brand’s most affordable checked luggage option. It’s a great investment for those wanting to combine aesthetics with durability. At 17.5” x 26” x 10”, this medium-sized suitcase makes it easy to stay within airline weight restrictions, helping you to avoid expensive overweight fees. Its polycarbonate shell is beautiful, glossy and amazingly lightweight.

    Four recessed dual wheels and a three-stage telescoping handle allow for unparalleled maneuverability, while the durable side and top carry handles are fully retractable. Inside, the case has a soft fabric lining and three zippered pockets, as well as tie-down straps and a hanger bracket. Best of all, with a TUMI Tracer and an integrated TSA lock, you can relax knowing that your valuables are safe. Available colors include Pacific blue, black and Hunter green. 

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  • 04 of 08

    The TUMI Alpha 2 Lightweight Medium Trip Expandable 4 Wheel Packing Case is crafted from 100 percent Ballistic Nylon. With its unique weave and special coating, this signature TUMI material is a firm favorite with Amazon reviewers, who praise it for its incredible strength and lightweight feel. Measuring 29” x 20” x 13”, this is a great choice for traditional travelers who prefer soft-sided suitcases, but still want the visionary design elements for which TUMI is famous.

    Expect quality zippers, a TSA lock, retractable top and side carry handles and a comfortable telescoping handle. The case has four recessed wheels, all with protective bumper guards and 360-degree mobility. Its clever interior features four zippered pockets, an open pocket and a hanger bracket. Meanwhile, the perennially stylish all-black exterior boasts another U-shaped pocket for easy access to airport layover essentials. 

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    For a quality carry-on bag, the TUMI Alpha Bravo Kirtland is a high-performance, lightweight piece of luggage that helps keep you organized. Measuring 22 x 9 x 14 inches, the suitcase meets domestic airline requirements (but check with the airlines before taking it abroad) and glides effortlessly on four spinner wheels. Made of durable ballistic nylon, the bag has a stylish, vintage look with brown accents, and is loaded with pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve on the interior lid, three quick-access exterior pockets, business card slots and even a key leash. Amazon buyers stated that although expensive, it was the best carry-on they’ve ever owned. 

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    While many duffel bags have the appearance of a sports bag, the Tumi Men’s Duffel is a hybrid between a roomy duffel and a rugged, functional messenger bag, thus making it extremely versatile. Measuring 9 x 19 x 15 inches, the cavernous duffel can hold a lot of items and is made of sturdy ballistic nylon. For easy transport, it has an “add a bad” feature so it can connect to the retractable handle of another suitcase, and also has removable straps and durable carry handles. The side of the bag features a waterproof shoe pocket and the main interior has an easy-access laptop sleeve. There are also exterior pockets for cell phones, boarding passes and other small items.

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    The Tumi Women’s Voyageur Calais is a well-thought-out, high-quality backpack that is water resistant - yet stylish - making it ideal for business or travel. The sleek, black backpack has all the useful functions of an outdoor sporting backpack but is a fashionable accessory. It has just the right amount of exterior pockets, including two side pockets for storing quick-access items such as umbrellas, sunglasses and even office supplies, plus a designated cell phone pocket, so you won’t need to rummage through every time you’re looking for something. A padded, interior sleeve can accommodate a 15-inch laptop, and the nylon material keeps it protected if you’re caught in the rain. 

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    If you’re looking for a suitcase capable of making a fashion statement, you’ll love the TUMI 19 Degree Extended Trip Packing Case. Available in metallic black, copper or silver, this hardshell case is made from glossy polycarbonate encased in reflective Japanese film. Its surface is uniquely textured, thanks to a series of bold angled lines guaranteed to turn heads at check-in. Practical elements include a zipper with an integrated TSA lock, a three-stage telescoping handle and three zippered interior pockets. Four recessed wheels and retractable carry handles add to the suitcase’s fluid outline, while the 10.5” x 20.5” x 30” dimensions provide plenty of space for your wardrobe.

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