Most users say the four-wheeled Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case is very durable, lightweight and easy to handle. When dinged, its polypropylene composite panels bounce right back to shape -- just like a NASCAR body panel. The removable garment sleeve is a hit, but opinions about the interior organizers -- of which there are only two large pockets -- are mixed. A relatively weak warranty may be cause for some concern.
A wide-open space. Reviewers say the Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case gets around smoothly on its four swiveling wheels, and its integrated, TSA-compliant combination lock doesn't snag on obstacles. Opinions about the lateral zip pocket in the lid, however, are mixed. "The pockets that do exist weren't tremendously functional," comments Fodor's marketing coordinator Rachel Tripp after testing the bag for a roundup of check-in-ready luggage. The removable garment sleeve gets a little more love, but that's the limit of this hard-sided bag's internal organizers -- so you might want to invest in a set of packing cubes.
Bounces right back into shape. According to Wired, the "Tigris" polypropylene thermoplastic composite in the Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case's body is the same material you'll find in NFL pads and NASCAR body panels. No wonder it showed no signs of abuse after Wired testers hauled it on an international trip. That said, the crew at Wired also warn that the shell's flexibility -- it'll bow in, then pop back into shape -- might endanger fragile items packed inside.
Bumpers on every corner offer additional protection, but the Tegra-Lite's five-year warranty falls a little short, only covering damage caused by airlines for the first year.
Moves well for a lightweight. It's unanimous: Reviewers of all stripes say the Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case's four wheels make it easy to wheel around. "It's very easy to maneuver in airports and feels smaller [than] its size ... Since it's light, I'm usually under the weight limits for most airlines when full," writes one man at eBags.com. The 28-inch Tegra-Lite weighs about 9 pounds and offers an impressive 5,353 cubic inches of packing space. It's available in six colors and can also be purchased as a continental or international carry-on (Est. $595), a 30-inch large (Est. $845) or a 32.5-inch extended-trip size (Est. $895).
Wired has reviewed just a few pieces of luggage, including the Tumi Tegra-Lite. (They reviewed the largest version, the extended-trip model.) The Tegra-Lite receives a score of 8 out of 10, or "excellent, with room to kvetch."
Review: Tumi Tegra Lite, John Bradley, June 26, 2012
The Tumi Tegra-Lite makes Fodor's list of the top eight checkable bags. The author relays tester comments that it's an agile, easy-to-roll bag on its four rotating wheels and very lightweight. The garment bag attachment is dubbed a "nice feature," but the two other pockets in the main compartment "aren't terribly functional."
Review: Fodor's Approved: Best Checked Luggage, Nicole Campoy, Feb. 26, 2013
Just a couple of reviewers comment on the Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case here, giving it an average score of 4.6 stars. Though they don't have much to say, both compliment this bag's good looks. A few customers also comment on the larger and carry-on sizes of this bag.
Review: Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case 28", Contributors to eBags.com, As of September 2013