The eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner rolls easily on all surfaces -- including carpet -- and its components are easy to replace if need be. Most reviewers like its large main compartment and zip-around mesh lid compartment, although a few wish for at least one small internal organizer. The polycarbonate hard-shell exterior resists scuffs and dents from rough handling and cleans up easily, and the whole thing is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Buy a few packing cubes. The eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner's internal organization -- a zip-around mesh liner in the lid and an adjustable shelf in the main compartment topped by a five-point tie-down -- is well-received. If you want to keep all your belongings tidy, however, packing cubes are advised; a few reviewers wish for more internal organizers or at least an external pocket.
The handle telescopes easily and fits a wide range of heights -- one 6-foot Amazon.com reviewer says his 4-foot-11-inch mother can use this bag comfortably. The self-healing #10 coil zipper has a built-in, TSA-approved combination lock.
Pure polycarbonate power. Airlines can be rough on luggage, so there's no avoiding a few dings or scratches, even with the eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner's ribbed, polycarbonate shell. However, it holds up longer than most. Ted Alan Stedman with Outside magazine says the EXO is the most durable and versatile spinner they've ever tested and that its polycarbonate shell remains dent-free after a 13,000-mile European tour. The EXO's staying power is backed by a lifetime warranty that covers airline damage, which in turn is confirmed by testimonials from satisfied customers who received prompt replacements and courteous service while filing a claim.
Needs brakes. The eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner's wheels roll easily over obstacles -- "even carpeting," writes one eBags.com user, while others praise the bag for remaining stable over small obstacles -- although cobblestones remain a challenge. The wheels also lack brakes, which Pam Mandel of Gadling.com noticed when the carry-on-size bag she was testing took off downslope without her.
The EXO 24" Spinner packs 4,386 cubic inches of storage space; owners say that they can pack lightly for a two or three week trip and still come in under airline weight limits. It's also available in a carry-on size or as a two-piece set, available in seven colors.
1. Outside Magazine
The author selects his top picks for travel bags in 2012, deeming the eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner as the best for "defensive travelers," thanks to its great durability, polycarbonate hard shell and TSA-approved lock.
Review: The 7 Best Travel Bags of Summer 2012: eBags EXO Hardside 24 Spinner, Ted Alan Stedman, June 1, 2012
The author reviews a carry-on-size version one of eBags's EXO hardside spinners. She notes the lack of wheel brakes and outside pockets but praises the bag's roominess and maneuverability.
Review: Gadling Gear Review: EXO Hardside Luggage from eBags, Pam Mandel, Aug. 20, 2012
More than 430 eBags.com users review the EXO Hardside 24" Spinner, giving it a 4.5-star overall rating. Most praise its excellent durability and maneuverability, saying it rolls well over all surfaces, including carpet.
Review: eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner, Contributors to eBags.com, As of September 2013
About a half dozen reviewers give the eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner a 4.6-star average rating at Amazon.com. Most praise the EXO Hardside 24" Spinner for its durability, light weight and how well it rolls over all surfaces.
Review: eBags EXO Hardside 24" Spinner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013