Amer­i­can Touris­ter Air Ride Spin­ner 55/20 TSA

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED AND TESTED LUGGAGE -

BACK­GROUND

Amer­i­can Touris­ter is one of the brands ac­quired by Samsonite and cer­tainly car­ries a cer­tain ca­chet, with its prod­ucts promi­nently dis­played in de­part­ment stores.

DE­SIGN

One of the first fea­tures to no­tice on the Air Ride range is the tri­an­gu­lar de­sign, giv­ing what would be an oth­er­wise staid, ridged sur­face a dis­tinc­tive ge­om­e­try. The case has a good amount of space, and I found that ex­tra ma­te­rial I ac­cu­mu­lated dur­ing my trip (such as brochures and sou­venirs) were eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated thanks to the flexi ma­te­rial and gen­er­ous mea­sure­ments. The Spin­ner 55/20 TSA could be con­sid­ered the baby of the Air Ride range, but it’s no less ro­bust – it main­tained its shine and ca­pa­bil­i­ties af­ter back-to-back trips to Bangkok and Ade­laide. A dou­ble zip­per is the tool of choice for open­ing and clos­ing, while the in­te­rior is de­signed to pro­vide a com­part­ment for the lid sec­tion with a zipped punch and an­other neat zipped sec­tion against a panel on the lower sec­tion. An­other high­light for this case is that it’s very light­weight, at just 2.9kg.

HAN­DLING

The Spin­ner has one han­dle for car­ry­ing and grip­ping, but po­si­tioned on the top; sen­si­ble enough as the lid and open­ing sec­tion of­fer more room for pack­ing this way. The ex­tend­able han­dle gives four po­si­tions for coast­ing along air­port walk­ways or the tilt and drag to­wards the taxi stand.

SE­CU­RITY

Zip tags clip into re­cessed TSA locks with a latch on a groove and four-digit dials.

VERDICT

This was a solid, no-fuss carry-on that per­formed well and proved adapt­able enough to deal with ex­tra con­tents on my re­turn. Martin Dono­van

DI­MEN­SIONS

55x35x25cm

VOL­UME

36.5 litres

WEIGHT

2.98kg

COLOURS

Tex­tured sil­ver, matte black, matte bur­gundy, matte grey

WHEELS

Eight

WAR­RANTY

Three years lim­ited

PRICE

US$132

CON­TACT

samsonite.com

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