Something of use – luggage: Roller vs. Spinner

dievca’s bag fell apart on her way to Europe.  The zipper pull came off and dievca was worried that it would start to unzip as her trip continued via walking, subway, plane, train, car – etc.

So, she had the bag wrapped at the airport and prayed that security wouldn’t see the need to unwrap it.

When she was in Sweden, she ran out to the local luggage/bag shop in a small town and found one rolling duffle-esque bag.

American Tourister Road Quest Large

Everything else was the “spinner” suitcases.
dievca stuck with what she knew and bought the roller bag.

she was super happy with the choice when she saw how much trouble people were having with their spinner bags on the cobbled streets and hills in Lisbon, Portugal.

That said, she tried a cheap spinner when traveling to her parent’s house in the Midwest. No cobbled hills, flat surfaces, elevators, and a rental car.

Using a spinner was very easy.

Travelers Club Chicago expandable hard side spinner 20 inch

Which One Should You Buy?
Getting a spinner or a roller depends largely on where and how you travel.

Spinners often weigh a bit more and the wheels stick out and are counted in the luggage measurement, so you lose precious space. Also, the more moving pieces, the more opportunities for something to go wrong.

Rollers put pressure on your joints and wrists. You’ll have a tendency to trip people behind you while walking and you can only roll in one direction. Measurement-wise the wheels are inset and do not take as much room.

If you’re an easy-going traveler, or you’re the type who often goes on business trips, spinners will be great. You can walk through miles of airport halls or office buildings without much trouble as most of the weight is taken off your burden. For as long as you will be traveling on predictable terrain, spinners will be your best bet.

Rollers are great for people who travel to many different places. Rollers are more likely to survive a rugged trip. It can survive many terrains and will be easier to pull through city sidewalks, on gravel, across train platforms, onto buses, or even onto ferries.​

dievca finds herself keeping two pieces of luggage for the different types of travel she experiences.  The good news is her spinner fits into her rolling duffle for storage.

Some suggestions for your future luggage purchases:

Spinner:

Away Luggage – Limited Edition ‘Flour Shop NYC’ colors (click photo to purchase)

Roller Duffles:

Timberland Mountain View Roller Duffles (click photo to purchase)