Rockland Rio 2-Piece Set Review

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This carry-on set won't last a lifetime, but it's hard to beat the price. The small upright rolls nicely, and a tote bag adds convenience. Bright colors and patterns are a bonus.

Reviews on Amazon and eBags say it's easy enough to get through the airport with the Rockland Rio 2-Piece Set (starting at $38, Amazon), though there are minor quibbles. Most say the upright's inline wheels are sturdy and roll smoothly, and they like being able to slip the tote over the larger bag's handle and keep one hand free. However, some users complain the upright is quite prone to tipping, even when it's not overstuffed, and others say the tote tends to flip upside down when travelers carry it with the shoulder strap.

At a mere 6 pounds, the upright in this set is quite lightweight, which reviewers especially appreciate when they've purchased it for kids. The interior is fully lined and has a large zippered pocket and garment straps. Users appreciate being able to expand the bag by about 2 inches. There's also a lot of praise in reviews for the two easy-to-access exterior zipper pockets on the upright, one of which is the perfect size for IDs, tickets, headphones, and other small essentials. Unfortunately, some say the zippers aren't the best quality, failing frequently under normal use.

The Rockland Rio 2-Piece Set is made of 600-denier polyester, which is not as heavy-duty as polyester with a higher denier, or fabric weight, but the material does have a PVC backing. The carry-on-compliant upright has a telescoping handle and inline skate wheels. It's 19 x 13 x 8 inches when not expanded. The included tote, which has a removable shoulder strap, is 11.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches -- small enough to qualify as a personal item on most flights -- but some reviewers complain it's not big enough for larger laptops. There are at least three dozen colors and patterns on offer. More subdued choices include black, blue, and gray, but brighter hues and patterns such as polka dots and a zebra print may please the more boldly fashion-minded. The unique prints are also a cinch to spot on a trip down a conveyor belt.

While it won't win any awards for roominess or durability, the Rockland Rio 2-Piece Set will do just fine for anyone who wants a carry-on and tote to use only sparingly. These bags' small size and dizzying array of colors and patterns also make them a good pick for globe-trotting kids and teens.