Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20-Inch Spinner Review

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The wheels on the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20-Inch Spinner (starting at $90, Amazon) win much praise in reviews. Users posting on Amazon and eBags say they help the bag roll smoothly in all directions, and testers at OutdoorGearLab report that the Winfield 2 is so maneuverable that it can manage small figure eights. There are also very few complaints about the wheels' durability, which is uncommon for low-price spinners. However, some say the retractable handle is flimsy, and there are a handful of reports of the handle bending or breaking after light use. This suitcase also doesn't have a carry handle on the side, a common feature that many reviewers miss, saying it would make the bag easier to heave out of an overhead compartment.

At about 6.7 pounds, though, the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20-Inch Spinner is among the lighter budget carry-ons out there. Reviewers appreciate not having to drag the extra weight through the airport. They say the fully lined interior is spacious, and squared-off corners provide a little more room than slightly rounder bags. Users like being able to divide clothing and belongings between the two sides. There are two smaller mesh pockets and garment straps, as well as an integrated combination zipper lock.

The Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20-Inch Spinner is made from polycarbonate, which is stronger than the ABS plastic that is more common in lower-cost hard-shell bags. It was even strong enough for OutdoorGearLab's testers to let a tired child sit on the bag for over a mile, although some reviewers miss having exterior pockets to easily stash belongings. This suitcase measures 20 x 13.5 x 9.5 inches, making it carry-on compliant nearly across the board. It's available in charcoal gray, orange, blue, or purple, and reviewers say the subtle brush-stroke finish contributes to a high-end look.

Travelers who want a durable carry-on at a reasonable price should have the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20-Inch Spinner on their shortlist. The flimsy handle keeps it from being a home run, but for budget shoppers, it's a hit.