Samsonite Luggage Silhouette Sphere Spinner Boarding Bag Review

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Samsonite Sphere Spinner Review
Bottom Line

The Samsonite Luggage Silhouette Sphere Boarding Bag is the perfect bag for trips for up to 4 days without strain, say experts and owners. That means straining your body pulling it, or straining the capacity of the suitcase. At 7.3 pounds it's a bit heavy for its size, but we saw no actual complaints that it is too heavy. This boarding bag has a dedicated laptop bag, but will not accommodate laptops over 15 inches wide.

ProsRoomy, Comfortable to pull, Several color options, Dedicated laptop compartmentConsRelatively heavy, Larger laptops may not fit

Features

Laptop bag is great; if it fits. Reviewers say the Samsonite Luggage Silhouette Sphere Boarding Bag is great for a long weekend away, thanks to a roomy interior that will hold four days' worth of clothing. Although, as one expert reviewer points out, that warm weather clothing -- you're not going to get too much in the way of bulky sweaters or coats in this bag. Its packing options are fairly limited -- just a large main compartment and a removable organizer -- but users say that's all you really need for casual travel. The most popular feature of this bag is the front laptop compartment, something you rarely find in a bag of this size. However, as some reviewers point out, bulkier 15-inch laptops might not fit, in spite of the manufacturers claim that the pocket will fit laptops up to 15.6 inches.

Convenience

Fits in almost any overhead bit. At just 14 inches long, reviewers say this bag fits into even the tightest spaces -- on small, regional jets and even under many seats. The Sphere Boarding Bag also gets raves from users for its spherical wheels that they say glide smoothly over any surface. The Sphere line is designed to eliminate fatigue from your arms and shoulders when pulling it over longer distances and reviewers say it's much easier to pull than other suitcases they've owned. At 7.5 pounds, it's a bit heavy for a bag of its size, but we saw no actual complaints related to this issue.

Appearance/durability

Three attractive colors. Reviewers rave over the attractive styling of the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere line. It comes in several colors -- we found black, espresso, red and blue -- but some of those colors may be proprietary to the retailer and may add to the cost of the bag. Owners say the colors are classy and stand out in a crowd, and business travelers say the black is very professional and sleek-looking. The bag rolls on four spinner wheels that reviewers say are sturdy and hold up well even with an over-packed bag. Some say the bag can tip with a laptop packed in the front. The suitcase comes with a 10-year warranty, but, as is typical, that doesn't cover damage caused by airlines or "normal wear and tear."

Our Sources

1. OutdoorGearLab.com

Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 21 Review, Cam McKenzie Ring, April 23, 2015

This review is for the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 21-inch bag, but it's similar enough to the smaller boarding bag to be very useful in assessing durability and convenience of this line of Samsonite bags -- and a 21-inch bag is an appropriate carry-on size for most planes. The Samsonite Silhouette Sphere comes in first out of 13 products tested, with an overall score of 83 out of 100 and earns an Editor's Choice award.

2. SmarterTravel.com

Packing Hacks: The Best Carry-On Bags for Your Trip, Dara Continenza, Dec. 31, 2014

Dara Continenza calls the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere her "absolute favorite, can't-fail, never-gonna-give-you-up carry-on" in this multi-part series on helping people become expert packers. She praises the Samsonite's spinner wheels, organizational options and front laptop compartment. While she doesn't specifically note that this is the Boarding Bag, the accompanying photo is of that specific bag in this line.

3. Fodors.com

Fodor's Approved: 10 Best Carry-On Bags for 2014, Michael Alan Connelly, Nov. 11, 2014

Fodor's editor Michael Alan Connelly takes the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner Boarding Bag on a long weekend trip. He reports that it packs enough clothes for four day, including a pair of shoes, but says his MacBook Pro was too large to fit in the laptop pocket.

4. Amazon.com

Samsonite Luggage Silhouette Sphere Spinner Boarding Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2015

In more than 60 reviews, the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Boarding Bag earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great bag for short trips and fits into the overhead bins of even smaller, regional jets and under some seats.

5. Macys.com

Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 17" Spinner Boarding Bag (Macy's Exclusive Color), Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2015

The Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Boarding Bag gets fewer than 10 reviews here, earning an overall rating of about 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than a dozen reviews. Most are thrilled with this bag; the two that are unhappy say that their laptops don't fit in the laptop compartment.