Olympia Skyhawk 22-Inch Expandable Airline Carry-On Review

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Travelers appreciate this carry-on's roomy interior and tip-resistant construction, but its spinner wheels are dogged by complaints that they wobble, shake, or break.

One of the most crucial features of any spinner bag is the ability to roll smoothly through airports. Unfortunately, the Olympia Skyhawk 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On (starting at $72, Amazon) receives mixed reviews on this front on Amazon. Some users claim that the bag wobbles and shakes, others say the wheels simply aren't well-aligned, and several had the wheels break off or split apart after limited use. The handle also garners some complaints, with reviewers saying it is either too stiff or so flimsy that it won't stay retracted.

On the bright side, reviews suggest that the bag resists tipping, and there are both top- and side-mounted handles to make the bag easier to carry and lift into overhead bins. Interestingly, buyers on Overstock are more complimentary, but fewer comment on long-term durability.

At 8.4 pounds, the Olympia Skyhawk 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On claims "super lightweight construction." In reality, this bag is a bit heavier than average for a carry-on, although most users don't seem to mind. Inside, there is a mesh garment pocket, a smaller zippered compartment, and two garment straps. Most reviewers find the bag roomy enough, especially when expanded, and they appreciate the convenience of having three zippered pockets on the exterior. Some say the front pocket, protected with an EVA foam panel, is ideal for a laptop, and the side pocket is sized for water bottles.

The Olympia Skyhawk is made of 840-denier jacquard polyester. It has four wheels that swivel a full 360 degrees, a fully lined interior, and a retractable handle. It measures 22 x 14 x 8 inches but expands to roughly 10 inches deep. Some users say they've been forced to gate-check it, especially when it's stuffed full. The bag comes in black, brown and blue. (Note that some online buyers say they received a version with American Airlines branding despite it not being featured in the product description or pictures.)

The Olympia Skyhawk 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On is roomy and inexpensive. Unfortunately, it's too prone to failure where it counts, with wobbly wheels and a finicky handle. Even allowing that cheaper carry-ons typically aren't as durable as their pricier counterparts, we think there are better options available.