SkyRoll Garment Bag Review

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SkyRoll Garment Bag Review
Bottom Line

Its small capacity means it's best for an overnight or short weekend trip, but experts say if you're hauling a suit somewhere the SkyRoll Garment Bag will get it to its destination with nary a wrinkle or crease. It rolls up to a tube that measures 24 inches long and fits in most overhead bins, according to reviewers. The SkyRoll has both a handle and shoulder strap and is reported as easy to transport and store.

ProsEasy to use; carry, Compact, Fits in most overhead bins, Good variety of compartmentsConsPricey, Small capacity

Features

A "genius" design. The SkyRoll is made up of a hollow cylinder with a wrap-around garment bag, a design that several expert travel reviewers describe as "genius." You don't fold your suit, rather, you lay the suit in the garment bag and zip it up. Mesh pockets on the outside of the garment bag will hold additional clothing items. You can then put shoes and other items in the cylinder; it also includes a toiletry kit that fits in the cylinder and roll the garment bag around the cylinder. Expert reviewers say it works extremely well to keep their suits wrinkle-free. Owners largely agree, although we saw a few comments that the SkyRoll not only put creases in their suits, but that it pressed them in so they were almost impossible to iron or steam out. The SkyRoll has both a carry handle and shoulder strap, and reviewers say the well-padded shoulder strap makes it very comfortable to carry.

Convenience

Fits in almost all bins. Although the SkyRoll Garment Bag is 24 inches long when rolled, reviewers say that its narrow circumference means it fits in virtually all overhead bins, even those on smaller, regional jets because it can be stored diagonally. However, it's relatively small capacity means that it's best for short, one- or two-day business trips, or used in conjunction with a traditional suitcase. Most reviewers agree that two suits are its maximum capacity. Men are happier with the SkyRoll than women; although it works as well with dresses as with suits, women's high heeled shoes don't fit in the cylinder

Appearance/durability

Durable and sturdy. Virtually all of the reviews we evaluated mentioned the sturdy and attractive, quality construction of the SkyRoll Garment Bag. The clasps are described by Caroline Morse at SmartTravel.com as "solid" and she says the hard core protects fragile items. It comes in only one color, black with a yellow stripe, but it gives off a professional vibe that is appreciated by business travelers. The warranty is limited lifetime, but it's limited to manufacturing defects. They also will not take your SkyRoll back if you travel with it and aren't pleased, so be sure you try your SkyRoll out before you take it on a plane, train or automobile.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Garment bags for the 21st-century dad, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 10, 2015

ConsumerReports.org editors includes the SkyRoll in this roundup of modern garment bags; along with more traditional wheeled suiters and hanging garment bags. This article is free to the public, but to see general luggage ratings you have to have a subscription.

2. Forbes

Wrinkle Free Business Travel Made Easy, Larry Olmstead, Dec. 13, 2012

Larry Olmstead took the SkyRoll on a trip to Hong Kong. He says the design is "clever but simple," and it "works like a charm." Olmstead recommends it for short trips.

3. Chicago Tribune

Your suit is on a roll, Ross Werland, Oct. 30, 2012

Ross Werland took the SkyRoll to a destination wedding and says his suit arrived wrinkle-free. He notes that this is the first time he's found a way to pack a suit without it creasing and that the size is ample of a long weekend.

4. SmarterTravel.com

Product Review: SkyRoll Garment Bag, Caroline Morse, March 13, 2012

Tester Caroline Morse says that the design of the SkyRoll is "genius" for packing and carrying. However, she notes that it's fairly heavy with a high price tag. Her ultimate verdict is that the SkyRoll is best for those who need a dedicated garment bag.

5. NerdWallet.com

SkyRoll Review: Perfect for the Busy Business Traveler, Annie Wang, Sept. 5, 2012

NerdWallet.com sent the SkyRoll garment bag "with a young professional for a weekend getaway." Her verdict was that it's a great choice for those who need unwrinkled business attire, and is probably a better choice for men, since women's heels do not fit in the cylinder.

6. MensWearhouse.com

Skyroll Roll-Up Garment Bag, Contributors to MensWearhouse.com, As of October 2015

In just over a dozen reviews, the SkyRoll garment bag earns an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. As that rating implies, reviews are mixed, with some saying it's a great bag and other saying it does not work as advertised and their items arrived with wrinkles and creases.