Rockland Sonic 3-Piece Set Review

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For the most part, consumers posting reviews of the Rockland Sonic 3-Piece Set (starting at $120, Amazon) on Amazon and eBags are pleased with how smoothly the spinner wheels let them move through the airport, even when fully loaded. They also have few complaints about stability. There are top- and side-mounted handles to ease lifting and carrying, and with four plastic feet, the pieces don't always have to stand on their wheels. Durability is a mixed bag with this set, however. While many reviewers say they've used the bags for a long time trouble-free, others report cracks and broken handles or zippers. One of the biggest complaints is a chemical smell, but several reviewers say that's easy to fix by airing out the bags before use.

Users say one of the best things about the Rockland Sonic bags is that they're relatively lightweight, making them easy to carry or stuff full without incurring pricey over-the-limit luggage fees. The interior is sectioned into two parts by a nylon divider that has a large mesh pocket and several smaller elasticized compartments. Reviewers like the setup, saying they're able to stay organized and have plenty of room.

The Rockland Sonic 3-Piece Set is made from ABS, a lightweight but rigid plastic. The included bags consist of a smaller upright that is 20 x 13 x 9 inches and weighs 6 pounds; a mid-size upright that is 24 x 15 x 10 inches and weighs 8 pounds; and a larger upright that is 28 x 17 x 12 inches and weighs 10 pounds. The smallest bag should meet most airlines' carry-on restrictions. All three pieces have four wheels that swivel 360 degrees and telescoping chrome handles. They come in more than a dozen colors, and many users say they loved having the option to pick a brighter shade that stands out at the luggage carousel. They also like being able to nest the pieces inside one another for easier storage.

For occasional travelers who want roomy, lightweight, colorful, easy-to-store hard-sided bags, the Rockland Sonic 3-Piece Set represents value that's hard to beat. Frequent travelers, however, may want to upgrade to something a bit tougher.