According to our expert reviewer, the Travelpro Maxlite 5 gets top marks for maneuverability, lightweight size (it’s just over 7 pounds), and an affordable price tag that doesn’t compromise on style or durability. It’s basically everything you want in a suitcase—and a limited lifetime guarantee too.
What to Look for in Travelpro Luggage Items
If you plan on using your luggage as a carry-on, be sure it matches the max dimensions for admittance, or that it’ll slide easily under the seat. Those looking for larger space can upgrade to checked models, including larger cases, hard case models, and duffels.
Organization-driven travelers will want suitcases that come with loads of pockets, compression straps, and other elements like a removable hanging bag. Active travelers, meanwhile, will benefit from designs that allow them to isolate their gear from their clean clothes. If you tend to shop during your travels, you should consider bags that come with storage expansion.
If you’re a wired traveler, models that boast USB ports and internal batteries, as well as padded pockets and sleeves for your electronics, are essential. International travelers, meanwhile, may favor Travelpro models with RFID-blocking pockets to prevent virtual theft of your passport and credit card data. And if you put your bags through the wringer, assurances like a lifetime warranty and reinforced corners should indicate that the suitcase will live a long life.
How do I care for my Travelpro suitcase?
There are two sets of instructions, depending on if you have a soft-sided or hard-sided suitcase. Travelpro’s soft-sided suitcases are treated with a water- and stain repellant on their nylon exteriors, but Juan Phillips, Travelpro’s vice president of product design and innovation, says that you can spot-clean any marks with a mixture of 50% water and 50% alcohol and gently rub the spot until it’s gone. The only important rule? Don’t use soap or other cleaners, or it’ll mess up the water- and stain-repellant coating.
For hardside luggage care, Phillips suggests rubbing a solution of mild or gentle soap and water on the affected area with a soft cloth. If it came with a fabric storage bag, be sure to use it for maximum protection against dings and scratches.
Should I get a soft-sided or hard-sided suitcase?
“Deciding between softside and hardside luggage is a matter of preference,” says Phillips. “The best luggage for you is the luggage that best fits your needs and the way you like to pack.”
“When it comes to durability, most people think hardside luggage is more durable due to its hard shell, but Travelpro® puts both its hardside and softside luggage through the same rigorous testing,” says Phillips. “Travelpro® softside bags are made with high-density nylon fabric, and our hardside luggage is made with a lightweight polycarbonate shell.”
Phillips mentions that soft-sided suitcases tend to be great for overpackers, thanks to the additional give they offer—and the exterior pockets for last-minute essentials. “It’s also important to think about what you are packing: a hardside suitcase can be better at protecting fragile contents, assuming you cushion it well inside,” he says. “On the other hand, that rigid exterior makes hardshell bags unable to be compressed to squeeze into tight spaces like softsided bags are more apt to allow.”
It’s also important to consider what each format offers interior wise, he says: “Softside luggage usually opens to one main compartment that may have interior pockets and/or suiters. Hardside luggage is typically made with’“split construction,” meaning the bag zips down the middle and opens into two shallower main compartments, like a clamshell.”
What kind of warranty does Travelpro offer?
Travelpro has many types of warranties to cover the products in their lines, so the best way to find information about your suitcase’s warranty is to look mgo to its specific product family on this page that breaks down the company’s warranties product family by product family. The Maxlite 5, for example, is covered under a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers repairs and replacements for defects in materials and workmanship. Maxlite 5s, like other Travelpro product families, is boosted by the brand’s Trusted Companion Promise, which for the first year of limited warranty coverage also covers the shipping cost to repair facilities and the cost of repair for damage caused by airlines or other common carriers. Make sure to look up the warranty that’s right for your suitcase family.