Expands to allow extra room for packing
Divider with pockets keeps everything organized
Sharp, sleek design
Polycarbonate shell can scratch or dent
TSA-approved lock doesn’t feel durable
The name Samsonite evokes quality, and the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 28” Spinner, one of the luggage company’s popular hard-sided suitcases, is no exception. This bag has made a name for itself among savvy travelers thanks to its sleek, sharp design, roomy interior, and reasonable price (under $200!). We’d heard about the Winfield 2’s killer reputation, so we decided to test things out with a trip.
For our trial run, we stuffed the bag with everything from flip-flops to soggy bathing suits and set off onto the gravel roads of Mexico to see if the Winfield 2 could stand the southern heat. Did the coolers and suitcases sitting beside the bag in our trunk dent its polycarbonate shell? Did we impress locals and fellow travelers alike with this fashionable find? And, most importantly, did the Winfield 2 live up to its stellar reputation as an industry leader? Let’s find out.
Design: A hip clamshell suitcase
We put this brushed polycarbonate bag in our trunk alongside coolers and other bags and embarked on a ten-hour car ride down to a little fishing village called Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. On the way there, we could hear our luggage being tossed around from left to right as we braved the bumpy village roads. We worried that, while shifting due to potholes and thick gravel, the shiny shell would get scratched. But even with all that bouncing, our bag arrived unscathed. The hardshell exterior really holds up to some abuse and looks next-level awesome in person.
The Samsonite Winfield 2 is designed so there is no wasted space. We were able to expand the bag with the flick of a zipper, giving us a couple of spare inches.
We’re not the only ones who noticed it, either. While in Mexico, not one, but several people commented on how nice this bag looked. The finish really makes the Samsonite Winfield 2 look like a high-end piece of luggage. At the hotel, the gentleman who loaded our bags on the luggage cart was especially impressed with the look of this bag, which we took as a good sign, considering how many bags he handles on a daily basis.
It wasn’t just the shell that had people green with envy, though. The Samsonite Winfield 2 is designed so there is no wasted space. We were able to expand the bag with the flick of a zipper, giving us a couple of spare inches. We took full advantage of that expandable feature for our Mexico trip; it allowed us to fit more than a few pairs of shoes and sandals in the suitcase, a necessity for the beach. What’s especially cool about the expandable feature is that in most cases, we were able to unzip the bag, pack it, and then zip it up again, which compressed our clothing and took the bag back to its original width. We imagine that feature would be pretty handy on business trips, too—especially when your schedule requires you to bring business formal as well as casual attire.
The expandable feature is handy, but the Winfield 2 has other features that made packing for the beach a breeze. Inside the bag, we found dividers and pockets that allowed us to be organized with our packing. The inside top section of the bag is its own zippered compartment, and it sits alongside a mesh divider that can hold several pairs of socks, t-shirts, undergarments, or in our case, bathing suits and cover-ups.
This kept our suits and toiletries in place and protected our fragile makeup and shampoo bottles, even as our bag was bounced from trunk to room and back into the trunk again. The bottom half of the bag is an open compartment fit for bulkier items; we found it had plenty of room to accommodate our overpacking. Our trip was just a few days long, but we managed to fit twice as much clothing as we needed into the bag. Extras came in handy with all of the sand and saltwater, though.
Portability: Perfect to push, drag, or lift
The bag’s four multi-directional wheels meant we could push the bag in front of us or drag it behind. That’s a pretty rad feature which gave us total control of where our bag went.
While in Mexico, not one, but several people commented on how nice this bag looked.
This bag also features three handles, including the main, one-click telescopic handle, which was easy to pull up and collapse with one hand. We could see how this feature would come in handy when you’re juggling multiple bags in an airport. The other two soft handles are located along either side of the bag—perfect for loading into a vehicle or onto a luggage cart. We were stoked to hear that the hotel employees found our bag as easy to handle as we did.
The only real issue we could anticipate is that unlike your typical soft-sided suitcase, the hard clamshell exterior of the Samsonite Winfield 2 doesn’t allow for any give. It would be hard to shove this suitcase into a space that isn’t meant to accommodate it—i.e. an overhead compartment—but then, this suitcase isn’t a carry-on meant for overhead airline compartments anyway. It should easily fit into a standard trunk or backseat, so there shouldn’t be a reason to expect it to be malleable.
Extra Features: A killer warranty and TSA-approved lock
There are a couple of extra features worth mentioning: the TSA-approved lock and the killer warranty. The side-mounted TSA-approved lock comes standard on the Winfield 2, and while we didn’t feel it was necessary to use on our trip to Mexico, it’s a handy option for those times at the airport when your bag will be out of your hands.
The combination-style lock means you don’t have to hold onto any keys, and the zipper pulls slide right into the locking mechanism. However, the actual locking mechanism is made of hard plastic and doesn’t feel all that durable to us. The other feature worth mentioning is the ten-year limited warranty, which covers manufacturer defects but not general wear and tear.
We worried that, while shifting due to potholes and thick gravel, the shiny shell would get scratched. But even with all that bouncing, our bag arrived unscathed.
Color Options: A few dark shades
The Samsonite Winfield 2 is available in several colors: brushed anthracite, charcoal, deep blue, and purple. We were surprised to see that this bag only comes in deep colors and would have expected there to be a tan or white option.
Price: A steal
Though the original price listed on the manufacturer site is $320, consumers can usually get the Samsonite Winfield 2 for under $150. Other Samsonite luggage can easily run you several hundred dollars, so that’s a steal.
Competition: Easily outweighs high-end counterparts
There are plenty of bags in this price range, but not many of them are hard-sided. A similarly sized hardshell suitcase from RIMOWA runs around $1,240. It, too, features a TSA-approved lock, 360-degree spinning wheels, a telescopic handle, and interior dividers, but the cost is well above that of the Samsonite Winfield 2. For that higher price tag, you get an anodized aluminum alloy exterior and handmade leather handles but only one metallic hue. On the other end of the spectrum are extremely low-cost options, but their quality doesn’t compare to that of this luggage.
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Between the quality build, sleek design, and affordable price, it’s easy to say yes to the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 28” Spinner. This bag is a solid value that’s attractive and easy to maneuver. You may be able to find something cheaper, but you’ll be compromising on quality to save a few bucks.
- Product Name Winfield 2 Fashion 28” Spinner
- Product Brand Samsonite
- UPC 043202569128
- Price $320
- Weight 11.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 31 x 20 x 12.75 in.
- Color Brushed anthracite, charcoal, deep blue, purple
- Material Brushed lightweight polycarbonate
- Warranty 10-year limited warranty on manufacturer defects
- Model Number 56846-2849