Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" Review
Cons: Not as sturdy, scuffs pretty quickly, no external storage
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Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29"
|Price||$157.60 at Amazon||Check Price at Backcountry|
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|$239.85 at Backcountry||$299.95 at Backcountry||$85 List|
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|Pros||Attractive style, expandable, a few handy organization options, rolls well||Smooth ride, sensible features, excellent organization, great style||Ample storage, water-resistant, durable, heavily featured||Large wheels roll well, stable, convenient external organization||Inexpensive, smooth travel, great storage|
|Cons||Not as sturdy, scuffs pretty quickly, no external storage||Zippers could be smoother||Many features that aren't that useful, bulky design||Not much in the way of interior organization||Tips over, lacks durable materials|
|Bottom Line||This simple rolling bag gives you form and function, but not the best value||A durable, stylish, and high-value suitcase suited for all types of travel||A tactical and durable adventure suitcase that excels at packing bulky gear||A rough and tumble option that could work for anything from gear hauls to business trips||A very low priced suitcase with great storage capacity but a propensity to be tippy|
|Rating Categories||Paris Titanium Hard...||Timbuk2 Copilot||Eagle Creek ORV Tru...||Rolling Thunder 30"||AmazonBasics Expand...|
|Storage & Organization (25%)|
|Ease Of Transport (25%)|
|Specs||Paris Titanium Hard...||Timbuk2 Copilot||Eagle Creek ORV Tru...||Rolling Thunder 30"||AmazonBasics Expand...|
|Measured Weight||11.9 lbs||9.4 lbs||9.1 lbs||10.2 lbs||9.9 lbs|
|Measured Volume||111L||80L||98L||Claimed 80L||105L|
|Liters per pound||9.3||8.5||10.8||7.8||10.6|
|Construction||Clamshell, hard-sided||Clamshell & peek-a-boo access, softshell||Zip open, softshell||Roller-duffel||Clamshell, softshell|
|Measured Packed Dimensions||31" x 11.5" X 19"||25" x 14" x 10"||30" x 17" x 15"||28.5" x 15" x 16"||20" x 11" x 29"|
|Number of Wheels||4||2||2||2||4|
|Number of Large Interior Compartments||2||2||1||1||1|
|Interior Storage Features||Compression, one small pocket, one panel with a zipper pocket||2 Mesh dividers with organizational pockets.||Three smaller organizational pockets||1 mesh organizational pockets on lid of duffel||Smaller organizational compartment with mesh organizer|
|Number of Exterior Pockets||None||1 pocket on top, 1 large sleeve||2 large pockets, top and bottom. Several gear loops on the exterior.||3 pockets, top and middle. Several gear loops on the exterior.||1 large pocket|
|Compression System||1 set of compression straps||Internal compression straps||Removable gear holder keeps items in place, but not compression. Compression buckles on the outside. Expandable boot pocket on the interior of the backpack.||Internal and exterior compression straps||Internal compression straps|
|Handle Height from Ground||Low: 35"
|Built-In Lock||Yes, TSA Approved||None||None||No||Yes|
|Main Exterior Material||100% Polycarbonate||Nylon and polyester||Bi-Tech Heather, 1000D Helix Polyester Twill||1,000-denier polyester with TPE laminate/1,680-denier nylon||150D-polyester|
|Unique Features||Hard sided bag||Peek-a-boo front pocket, padded front pocket for a 13" laptop.||Gear specific storage||Duffel on wheels||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The architectural style of this bright, hard-sided bag helps it stand out. If you don't ever want to worry about losing track of your luggage on the conveyor belt again, the Paris Titanium could be a good option. It's not cheap at full list price, though, and we feel like some of the higher-ranked bags offer a better value.
Storage & Organization
The Paris is a roomy bag and will easily hold a capsule wardrobe — or four. If you often struggle to fit souvenirs in your pack on the way back from a trip, you'll really appreciate being able to unzip a strip of fabric to expand this bag's capacity. When we did, we were able to fit our entire test wardrobe in it.
This suitcase has a simple center zip that splits into two halves. On the right, a solid panel holds your clothes in place with a zipper. It also serves as a pocket with a single zipper accessing a tall and thin compartment that can keep track of electronics or a few crucial layers. On the left side, webbing crisscrosses the opening in the shape of an X, offering a bit of compression and helping to hold your stuff in place as you open the bag. It's a wide-open X, though, so you have to pack mindfully for your stuff to stay in place — or remember which side of the bag to open first. There's also a zippered pouch in the left compartment that's great for small items like electronic cords or toiletries.
It's a nice system, and we appreciate that there aren't so many pockets that you're likely to lose something in one of them. But it's the bare minimum. And, because this case doesn't offer any external organizing pockets that you can slip your wallet or jacket into while you're running through the airport, it's not our favorite option when it comes to organization.
Ease of Transport
We love that four-wheeled roller bags with off-set wheels that rotate 360 degrees will track right alongside you like a well-trained puppy, and the Paris Titanium does a good job in this regard. Its wheels are also large enough to handle cobblestones, rough pavement, and even gravel on occasion. It's not the most stable we tested, but it's only marginally behind our favorite rollers.
The Paris has two haul handles. One at the top and one on the side. Both keep a fairly low profile until you grab hold, then the padded handles expand out for your grip. The give and a welcome rubber cushion make the handles a pleasure to hold. We do wish there was one more handle on the bottom — this sleek package gives you very little to grip without one.
The telescoping roller handle has two settings that you reach by pressing a center button. It can be sticky and is quite loud when you shift settings, but it is comfortable in hand and does what it's meant to do. Still, the lightweight feel and finicky function are less confidence-inspiring than we'd like.
This suitcase feels below average in the reliability category. The plastic shell is sturdy but not enough that we'd advise sitting on it. And the zippers feel like they're only of fair quality. We notice a lot with this type of hard-shell suitcase that the transition from stiff plastic shell to zipper fabric is very abrupt. Jumping from a very rigid material to a much less rigid one is a recipe for ripping (as our lead tester knows from her sail repairing days).
The flexible zipper must then serve as a shock absorber as well, and that's not what they're made for. This issue is compounded with the bag'sexpandable feature, unzipping even more flexible fabric in the middle of two inflexible shells. We wouldn't recommend this bag to frequent travelers for that reason. That said, it made it through testing just fine, and, if packed well, the contents of the bag can help add rigidity and reduce wear and tear.
This bag also has a TSA-approved lock system, which means that TSA has a special key to open the bag and search it if need be, but that the general public shouldn't have access to it. We really appreciate this added security, though the zippers have uncomfortable metal loops to accommodate the lock.
At 11.9 pounds, the Paris is on the heavier side of the bags we tested. It's got wheels, so it's not like the thing needs to be ultralight, but the heavier it is, the less you can pack before you run into weight restrictions on an airplane. You can normally check a 50-pound bag, and it's very easy to hit that mark with a suitcase this size, so don't pack it in too much when you're heading for a flight.
The Paris Titanium has one of the more polarizing looks in our review, with some testers feeling charmed and others annoyed by its shiny surface. It reflects a lot of light and has a lot of lines, some of them arching. If you like having a bag that stands out more than your average black roller bag, that's a plus.
For us, the value just isn't great for this suitcase unless you can find it on mega-sale. There are options with more thoughtful organizational features that pack in just as much stuff and seem sturdier for less money. This is one of the lighter large bags we tested, though, so if you're really concerned about keeping your luggage light enough to fly with, this could be the right bag for you.
The Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside is flashy with just enough straps and pockets to hold your stuff in place as you open it. It rolls pretty well, with a fairly sturdy handle, and we think it will stand up to normal casual travel use.
— Clark Tate