An attractive, durable rolling travel case is hard to find, so I was thrilled when I had a chance to try out the Ricardo Roxbury carry on luggage on a recent trip to Orlando. After receiving the package, I could barely contain my excitement, and I was not disappointed upon seeing the gorgeous piece of luggage sitting before me. The luggage I received is a rich black cherry color with a hard shell, but it is available in other colors. It looked like it was ready to hit the road, but the true test of any piece of luggage is packing it full of your belongings and heading out on a fabulous adventure. Here’s how the Roxbury fared.
I consider myself a thoughtful packer. I plan everything (yep, I’m a total Type A). I lay out my clothes ahead of time, roll them tight to save space, and use packing cubes. I also refuse to carry on, preferring to check my bags instead of having one additional piece of gear to haul around in addition to my kids. Thankfully I have always carried a credit card that allows me a free checked bag so I don’t have to incur any check bag fees. On this trip however, I had forgotten to use the credit card that allows me a free piece of checked luggage, so a carry-on was destined to be my travel companion for the weekend.
What Worked For Me
360 degree spinning wheels
This bag moves here, there, and everywhere. You don’t have to tilt it, you can pull it upright and walk it along side you, and there is no strain on your arm. I love this feature.
Separate top and bottom inner sections
When the suitcase is lying open flat, you can pack on both sides of the suitcase with its two separate packing compartments. One side has adjustable tie down straps to keep everything in place and the other has a zippered divider pocket that forms a second compartment. I used packing cubes on each side to really keep everything separate.
Internal loop for hanging clothes
If you need to bring hanging clothes, there is an elastic loop that will hold 2-3 hangers and a padded tie down strap to keep them in place. I found this really helpful for my hanging items, helping to prevent major wrinkles.
Small interior pockets and a quart size zipper bag
These were some of the extra features in the suitcase. The pockets are helpful for keeping smaller toiletries, jewelry, and swimsuits/flip flops separate from the main part of the suitcase.
When it is empty, the suitcase itself is very lightweight. This is very important for me because the last thing I want is a heavy bag to lug through the airport. Even though the suitcase has a hard shell, the shell doesn’t weigh very much.
I want to write “It’s expandable!” If you pack too much and need more space, just unzip the middle of the bag and find yourself with an additional 1-2” of depth. I’m not sure if this will still qualify the bag for carry-on status, but it will definitely allow you to squeeze in those extra pairs of shoes.
A TSA compliant lock
This allows you to lock your luggage, but still allows TSA access to your bag if they need to with a “master” key. I guess the piece of mind is that others won’t be able to get into your belongings when the lock is used.
A retractable add a bag strap
On the outside of the suitcase is a retractable strap that allows you to attach a second bag (like a backpack) you might be carrying and roll it along with the carry-on. Super easy to use and it frees up your hands and takes some of the weight off your shoulders.
What Will Take Some Getting Used To
The hard shell
As I mentioned, the luggage has a hard exterior shell which is something completely new to me. I thought this might be a problem when putting it into the overhead space (since people like to squish things around), but it actually worked fine. When traveling by car however, the bag doesn’t move like a soft duffle, so I will be interested to see how that works.
The 360 degree wheels
I know I said above that I love the wheels, and I do, but if the luggage is left on an incline, the bag will begin to roll away. There aren’t any brakes on this thing, so I’ll need to pay attention when I stop and walk away.
The shiny outside
I know airlines are rough with baggage, so if I decide to check the bag, odds are it will get scratched. I like my things shiny and new, and maybe this bag will surprise me and be scratch resistant, but I’ve seen other bags that have been around awhile and I’m cautiously optimistic.
Overall, the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 21″ 4W Spinner Wheelaboard has everything I look for in a carry-on. It is lightweight, durable, and has a well designed interior. The fact that it is super easy to maneuver with its 360 degree wheels makes it a winner in my book. As I was packing this morning for my second trip in a week, I could see my husband looking longingly at the shiny new bag. He’s been wanting a new carry-on too. Can you guess what I’m getting him for our anniversary?
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What’s your favorite feature of the Ricardo Roxbury? Do you check your bags or carry-on?
As part of the TMOM Retreat, I received a Ricardo Roxbury 2.0 for review. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.