What We Like
Complies with most carry-on regulations
Plenty of packing space
What We Don't Like
Not entirely stain-resistant
Difficult to access front pocket
Limited color selection
If you love to travel, you know the pains of packing. But fortunately, there are tons of pieces of luggage on the market that have attempted to make your packing endeavors simpler and more enjoyable. One of those is the Travelpro Maxlite 5 19" Expandable International Carry-On Spinner. To get the full experience of this popular roller bag (and to see if it’s worth taking on your upcoming vacation), we took it on a five-day trip, traveling by plane and automobile. Read on to see how well it fared in terms of packing space, weight, durability, portability, color selection, and overall quality.
Design: Plenty of space
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 19" Spinner was designed to provide ample space, with many pockets fit for various size items. There are two exterior front pockets, a back pocket for ID tags, a full-length interior lid pocket, and one interior side accessory pocket.
When we packed this bag for a five-day trip, we had no trouble fitting all of our clothes, shoes, and toiletries with room to spare. The back can expand up to 2 inches more for extra packing space. The top front exterior pocket was somewhat difficult to access because it’s so shallow. We could only fit a few items, and when we tried to get them out, we could barely reach inside the pocket to retrieve anything.
The most notable feature of the Maxlite is its light weight.
The Maxlite’s adjustable straps inside are one of its best features. We used them to keep our clothes in one layer and placed our shoes on top as a second layer. It acted as a barrier to keep our clothes and shoes separate from each other.
Material: Durable, but not totally stain-resistant
This carry-on is made of polyester, which is lightweight yet durable. We noticed the sturdiness of the material right away—it feels high-quality. The fabric is also covered with DuraGuard, which is supposed to resist both water and stains. Our bag did get a few stains and indents during our travels. The stains mostly came out with water, but not completely. The indents have remained, so our bag looks somewhat worn after just one use.
Our bag did get a few stains and indents during our travels. The stains mostly came out with water, but not completely.
The ergonomic, high-tensile-strength zipper pulls on this bag are super sturdy. Unlike most zippers, which can feel a tad harsh, we found that these zippers were pleasant to the touch and easy on the hands.
Portability: Meets most carry-on regulations
It’s in the name: The Travelpro Maxlite 5 19" Expandable International Carry-On Spinner was designed for international travel. The case itself measures 19 x 15 x 7.75 inches (hence the 19”), but its overall dimensions are 21.75 x 15.75 7.75 inches. According to the manufacturer, that should fit in the overhead bin space on most U.S. airlines. However, in its fully expanded state, it may not meet carry-on restrictions.
We found it wobble-free and really easy to move around through the airport.
The most notable feature of the Maxlite is its light weight. It weighs only 5.3 pounds, which is more than two pounds less than the average carry-on weight (7.9 pounds). Not that you have to carry it. Two inline skate wheels on the back of this bag provide a smooth, easy roll, and an adjustable extension handle, which has stops at 38 inches and 42.5 inches, is easy to click into place. We found it wobble-free and really easy to move around through the airport.
We ended up checking this bag, though we didn’t need to, because it worked out better for our travels. In our experience, the top, side, and bottom handles were especially useful for handing the bag off to the agent to check and for lifting off of the baggage carousel when we landed at our destination.
Color Options: Limited
This spinner comes in five color varieties: black, dusty rose, azure blue, slate green, and midnight blue. The options are currently limited to these five.
We would suggest opting for a darker shade, as stains and marks show up more easily on the lighter hues. We tested the dusty rose, and while it is beautiful, it has been more prone to marks and stains, despite the Maxlite’s claims of being stain-resistant.
This piece of luggage retails for around $140, which is a fair price in our opinion. Lightweight carry-ons can range from as low as $50 up to $600. With the Travelpro Maxlite 5, you’re not only only getting a lightweight rolling bag, but also something of high quality.
Note that the price comes with a limited lifetime warranty on defects in material and workmanship, though some restrictions apply. Plus, the warranty includes the cost of repair for damage caused by an airline under the New Trusted Companion Promise for up to one year. To qualify for this, the product must be registered with Travelpro within 120 days of purchase.
Travelpro Maxlite 5 19" Expandable International Carry-On Spinner vs. Travelpro Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinner Suiter
Travelpro’s Crew line offers its version of a carry-on: the Travelpro Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinner Suiter, retailing for around $230, which we also tested. Similar to the Maxlite, it’s made of a durable material, complies with most carry-on regulations, and includes a tie-down system. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and can expand 2 inches for extra packing room.
However, there are a few key differences that account for the price difference: The Crew has smart features including a USB port and special pocket for a power charger. It also comes with a total of eight spinner wheels that roll straight in any direction, as well as a removable garment bag to keep clothes wrinkle-free during travel.
Meanwhile, the Maxlite redeems itself with its lightweight feel. The Crew weighs 7.2 pounds, whereas the Maxlite weighs 5.3 pounds. We noticed a definite difference when we picked up the two empty carry-ons, making the Maxlite all the more appealing. In the end, it depends on your needs and your desired features.
- Product Name Maxlite 5 International Expandable Carry-On Spinner
- Product Brand Travelpro
- SKU 401176707
- Price $139.99
- Weight 5.3 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 21.75 x 15.75 x 7.75 in.
- Color Black, Azure Blue, Midnight Blue, Dusty Rose, Slate Green
- Warranty Limited lifetime for defects and workmanship; 1 year for damage caused by airlines or common carriers