The Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter costs nearly $100 less than the top-rated Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 (*Est. $280), yet it offers a surprising wealth of features for the money. At 14 by 9 by 22 inches, it's the same size as the Eagle Creek bag, and just the right size to meet the maximum carry-on limits for most airlines (though it can be expanded to 11.5 inches deep if necessary). It also includes an assortment of external and internal pockets (including a hidden stash pocket for cash or documents) and a removable, padded suit sleeve -- features not found on the pricier Eagle Creek bag. However, some users are dissatisfied with this bag's durability. Users who owned older Travelpro bags say the quality of the Crew line has dropped significantly, with flimsier fabrics and handles that tend to stick or break. Users who have never owned a Travelpro bag before, however, seem satisfied with the Crew 8's quality. The Travelpro Crew 8 Expandable Rollaboard Suiter also comes in a smaller 20-inch size, which includes a handy "business organizer" pocket with compartment for a laptop and smartphone. Some users say they prefer the smaller bag because of this feature, despite its reduced capacity.
The Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter has not been included in any professional tests, but the smaller 20-inch bag earns a recommendation from Real Simple magazine. We also found a recommendation for an older version of this bag, the Crew 6, in a segment from CBS News' "The Early Show." We found roughly 200 user reviews for the 22-inch bag at LuggageOnline.com, Amazon.com and eBags.com.
1. Luggage Online
The Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter receives more than 140 reviews from users at LuggageOnline.com, with an overall rating of roughly 4.5 stars out of 5. Users generally describe the bag as sturdy, maneuverable and easy to stow in overhead bins, though a few report that the telescoping handle tends to get stuck.
Review: Travelpro Crew 8 22in. Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, Contributors to LuggageOnline.com, As of April 2012
The 50 or so users who review the Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter are a bit less enthusiastic than those at LugggeOnline.com. Although most say the bag is durable, others complain that it's flimsy and doesn't have enough pockets. Still, it earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5.
Review: Travelpro Crew 8 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
We found nearly 50 user reviews for the Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter at eBags.com, with an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Overall, users award the bag 4.6 stars for looks, 4 for durability, 4.3 for organization and 4.3 for value.
Review: Travelpro Crew 8 22" Expandable Rollaboard (Limited Time Offer), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
4. Real Simple
Madaline Sparks of Real Simple names the Travelpro Crew 8 22-inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter the best bag for business travel. Although this review is described as a "road test" of rolling luggage, the review includes no description of the testing methods used and no direct comparison among bags.
Review: The Best Rolling Luggage, Madaline Sparks, Not dated
5. The Early Show
In this segment from CBS News' "The Early Show," Real Simple magazine editor Kris Connell names an older Travelpro bag, the Crew 6 Suiter, as the second-best bag in the carry-on Pullman category. Although this report is based on a test of more than 100 bags, there's no description of testing methods and no mention of the bags that didn't make the cut.
Review: With These Bags, You Can Carry On, Ellen Crean, Feb. 9, 2009