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Travelpro Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinner Suiter Review

This easy roller offers a little luxury at a nice price
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $230 List | $114.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Fair price, durable, easy to use, easy access outer pockets
Cons:  May need to check if expander is used
Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Cassandra Marin ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 16, 2019
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  • Features - 20% 9
  • Durability - 10% 10
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  • Style - 10% 10

Our Verdict

We found ourselves loving the overall design, features, and affordability of the Travelpro Crew. It scored at or near the top of every performance metric except weight and earned our Best Buy Award. This bag rolls effortlessly on a variety of surfaces, can easily handle a week's worth of clothes and expand to fit more, and has a ton of handy features. Even with its more affordable price tag, this bag is built to last. If you're a frequent traveler for business or leisure (or both) and want a bag that will not let you down, the Crew 11 is an excellent option. For an even more luxurious option, the Travelpro Platinum Elite is an excellent choice.


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Pros Fair price, durable, easy to use, easy access outer pocketsExtremely easy to maneuver, stylish design perfect for business trips, durableLoaded with features, easy to travel with, large storage capacity.Well-constructed, loaded with travel-friendly features, classic designLightweight, spacious, expandable.
Cons May need to check if expander is usedHeavier model"Technical" styling not for everyone.Expensive, heavy, not as maneuverable as a four-wheeled bagHas a very nondescript look, not the most durable.
Bottom Line This easy roller offers a little luxury at a nice priceA high-end bag built to make travel easy and to last a lifetime.A non-conventional carry-on for the outdoor enthusiast.A high-end bag that will last a lifetime, and then some.Inexpensive bag when purchased at the usual "street" price.
Rating Categories Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinn... Platinum Elite 21" Expandabl... Tarmac AWD Carry-On Briggs and Riley Baseline Do... Maxlite 5 22 Expandable Roll...
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Specs Crew 11 21"... Platinum Elite 21"... Tarmac AWD Carry-On Briggs and Riley... Maxlite 5 22...
Measured Weight 7.20 lbs 7.81lbs 8.13 lbs 9.19 lbs. 6.31 lbs.
Dimensions 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 13" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9"
# of Wheels 4 4 4 2 2
Number of interior pockets 4 5 4 2 2
Number of exterior pockets 2 2 3 4 2
Compression system Compression straps Compression straps with integrated accessory pockets Compression straps CX expansion-compression system Compression straps
Lock No, but lockable No, but lockable No, but lockable No, but lockable No
Main Material High-quality ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating for stain and abrasion resistance High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating resists stains and abrasions. 1000D Helix Poly Twill and Polycarbonate shell 95% Nylon Polyester fabric with water and stain resistant coating
Unique features Dedicated power bank pouch Removable toiletry pouch and dedicated power bank pocket Hybrid hard/soft-sided design, coat keeper strap, expandable zipper, add-a-bag strap Built-in suiter, unique expansion-compression system, external handle stays for maximum internal storage, add-a-bag strap Expandable zipper
Handle height (inches) 38”, 40” and 42.5” 36”, 38”, 40” and 42.5” 37", 39", and 41" 36", 39", 41" and 43" 38" and 42"
Other Versions 20", 25", 28" 19", 25", 28" 26"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Travelpro Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinner Suiter weighs 7 lbs 2 oz and measures 22" x 14" x 9". This bag has four wheels, three carrying handles, and four internal and two external pockets. It has high-quality ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating for stain and abrasion resistance and added durability. It comes in multiple color options so you can more easily discern your bag from others at the baggage claim.

Performance Comparison


Looking at how the Travelpro Crew stacked up against the competition, it is clear to see why this product was a great option for our Best Buy Award.

This model's sleek design and high-quality ballistic nylon fabric with "DuraGuard" coating for stain and abrasion resistance is also water-resistant.
This model's sleek design and high-quality ballistic nylon fabric with "DuraGuard" coating for stain and abrasion resistance is also water-resistant.

Ease of Transport


The Travelpro Crew and the Travelpro Platinum Elite both have very similar features and the same "PrecisionGlide" system with four double 360-degree, self-aligning spinner wheels. The ease of transport and maneuverability of the Crew caught our eyes, especially considering the size of the wheels. The four wheels made it easy to navigate through tight airplane aisles, the moving walkways, and crowded places.


The Crew ranked at the top for its excellent maneuverability in most conditions. When switching between surfaces, the Travelpro Crew pulled and pushed effortlessly while never tipping on us. The Travelpro Platinum Elite also received a perfect score for its ease of transport.

The second front pocket easily fits a tablet or laptop to avoid stress through the busy lines. The bag is one of our lighter bags and has various handles on multiple sides for occasions where rolling is not an option.

Even though this luggage had some of the smallest wheels of the bags we tested they were very solid  never locked up  and continually rolled straight through various different terrain.
Even though this luggage had some of the smallest wheels of the bags we tested they were very solid, never locked up, and continually rolled straight through various different terrain.

Storage


You can pack a ton of clothes into the Crew 11, which is to be expected as it is one of the bigger bags that were tested and comes with the ability to expand two inches. Not a bad idea for folks who tend to return home with more stuff than they left with.


The interior also comes with a tie-down system and a clear bag but is not removable for your toiletries.

For the road-weary business warrior, this bag features plenty of space to keep your attire looking spiffy.

We packed every bag with a weeks worth of clothes including 10 shirts  4 pairs of pants  4 shoes  2 sweaters/jackets  2 toiletry bags  and one set of nice clothes.
The Travel Pro Crew comes with a fold out suiter and compression straps to optimize space and keep your business attire wrinkle free.
The Travel Pro Crew was easily able to hold all our clothes for our week travel.

Features


When it comes to features, this bag is loaded.


We love the easy-access pockets for quickly storing your passport during TSA checks and includes a tie-down system. We were surprised to see that the clear bag located on the inside is not removable like the Travelpro Platinum Elite's.

Unlike the Travel Pro Platinum Elite that has a removable clear bag for toiletries the Travel Pro Crew's clear bag is not removable.
A 13'' MacBook easily fit in the front pocket of the Travel Pro Crew and could hold a 15'' laptop as well.
Front pocket is great to keep your passport safe and secure with easy access through the airport.

Durability


We are impressed with the construction of the Travelpro Crew and especially love that the durability did not affect the weight significantly. Here you are getting a sturdy bag without the heaviness.


The high-quality ballistic nylon fabric with "DuraGuard" coating for stain and abrasion resistance and is also water-resistant. This bag ran the gauntlet of baggage handlers and came back to us without out a scratch, showing only a few scuffs from its journey. Travelpro also backs their luggage with their Built for a Lifetime Limited Worry-Free Warranty.

Although  this bag was not one hundred percent water repellant it still was water-resistant and kept our clothes dry in the rain.
Although, this bag was not one hundred percent water repellant it still was water-resistant and kept our clothes dry in the rain.

Weight


The Travelpro Crew ranks right in the middle of our bags that we reviewed. It was easy to get in the overhead bin and weighed 7lbs 2 ounces on our scales. It is almost a full two pounds lighter than the Briggs & Riley without compromising any durability.


Style


The Crew 11 is a sleek bag with a professional look and is more attractive (in our opinion) than the rest of the testing group. It comes in four different colors, but we love the navy with brown leather accents. It stands up to wear and tear while keeping you looking sophisticated. We think this is a perfect bag for both business and personal travel.


Best Applications


This bag performed well on all surfaces. We think its a perfect choice for business travelers or for when one desires a more professional look. The chic look is also great for fun vacations with friends, offering loads of space.

The Travel Pro Crew not only comes with a ton of features we love like a built in suiter to keep your business attire wrinkle free but comes at an affordable price  earning our Best Buy Award.
The Travel Pro Crew not only comes with a ton of features we love like a built in suiter to keep your business attire wrinkle free but comes at an affordable price, earning our Best Buy Award.

Value


This bag's MSRP is $230, and for that price, we couldn't resist making this our Best Buy. This bag also comes with their Worry-Free lifetime warranty and includes the cost of repair for damage caused by an airline for the first three years after you register your product.

Conclusion


The Travelpro Crew won our Best Buy award for being one of the easiest to use and one of the most versatile pieces of luggage at an amazing price. It comes with many handy features and is perfect for a medium-length trip. It is incredibly durable that will withstand thousands of miles in the air.


Cassandra Marin