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Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" Review

This simple rolling bag gives you form and function, but not the best value
Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29"
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Price:  $230 List | $230.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Attractive style, expandable, a few handy organization options, rolls well
Cons:  Not as sturdy, scuffs pretty quickly, no external storage
Manufacturer:   Delsey
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 27, 2021
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  • Storage & Organization - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 7.0
  • Reliability - 25% 6.0
  • Weight - 15% 6.0
  • Style - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

Shiny and bright, with a hint of art deco lines, the Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside is a fun departure from a sea of black roller bags. We like it for its pizzazz, large 360-degree rotating wheels, 2-level handle, and simple organizational system. It fits plenty of luggage from the get-go and expands to hold even more. We do wish it had one more external handle on the bottom to help shuttle it between vehicles. We also miss external organization pouches with this style of bag. The bright color scuffs a little easier than we'd like, but if you want a hard-sided suitcase and like the style of this one, it gets the job done — but we think there are better values.

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Pros Attractive style, expandable, a few handy organization options, rolls wellSmooth ride, sensible features, excellent organization, great styleDurable construction, large capacity, rolls with ease across mixed terrainCavernous main compartment, scratch- and water-resistant, easy-roll spinnersInexpensive, rolls easily, large capacity
Cons Not as sturdy, scuffs pretty quickly, no external storageZippers could be smoother, low clearanceLimited interior organizational features, easy to overpackTough to transport on mixed terrain, easy to overpack, limited organizational featuresLow-grade materials, poor craftsmanship, sticky zipper
Bottom Line This simple rolling bag gives you form and function, but not the best valueA durable, stylish, and high-value suitcase suited for all types of travelThe perfect all-terrain rolling duffel with substantial storage capacity and useful organizational extrasAn oversized yet lightweight mega-bag with spinner-tight roll and control over smooth surfaces and surprisingly tough exterior constructionA low priced expandable suitcase with enormous storage capacity but dubious durability
Rating Categories Delsey Paris Titani... Timbuk2 Copilot REI Co-op Big Haul... Samsonite Omni PC H... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Storage & Organization (25%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Ease of Transport (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Reliability (25%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (15%)
6.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Style (10%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Delsey Paris Titani... Timbuk2 Copilot REI Co-op Big Haul... Samsonite Omni PC H... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Measured Weight 11.9 lbs 9.4 lbs 9.6 lbs 10.3 lbs 11.6 lbs
Volume 111L 80L 109L 145L 127L
Liters per pound 9.3 8.5 11.1 14.1 10.9
Construction Clamshell, hard-sided Clamshell plus topside u-shaped zip access, softshell Zip open, duffel Clamshell, hard-sided Clamshell, hard-sided
Measured Packed Dimensions 31" x 11.5" x 19" 26.5" x 14.5" x 13" 33.75" x 16.25" x 14" 30.5" x 20.5" x 13" 30.75" x 21" x 12
Expansion Zippers? Yes No No Yes Yes
Number of Wheels 4 2 2 4 4
Number of Large Interior Compartments 2 2 1 2 2
Interior Storage Features Compression, one small pocket, one panel with a zipper pocket 2 mesh clam panels with 2 organizational pockets 2 mesh organizational pockets on inside of opening panel (one with key hook), 2 internal compression straps Elastic restraint straps in one-half clam, zip enclosure over opposite half; hanging zipper accessory pocket One-half clam with elastic restraint straps, one-half large zip enclosure with 2 zip mesh pockets, hanging zip accessory pocket
Number of Exterior Pockets None 1 pocket on top, 1 large sleeve 1 side exterior zip pocket. 1 small top zip pocket with piggy-bag strap attachment, plus daisy-chain gear loops None None
Compression System 1 set of compression straps No 2 external and 2 internal compression straps (4 in total) 2 elastic straps for restraint but no functional compression 2 elastic straps for restraint but no functional compression
Handle Height from Ground Low: 35"
High: 43"
40.5" 42" Low: 36"
High: 41"
Low: 36.75"
High: 40.5"
Built-In Lock Yes, TSA Approved No No Yes, TSA Approved No
Main Exterior Material 100% Polycarbonate Nylon and polyester Recycled 400-denier nylon/recycled 1,680-denier nylon (bluesign®-approved) Polycarbonate Extra-thick ABS, hard shell
Unique Features Hard-sided bag Liquids pocket and padded front pocket to fit 13" laptop; skateboard wheels Oversized wheels, rugged chassis, full-length bumpers, 2 internal and 2 external compression straps, stopper-stand, carry-on piggyback clip, 6 haul handle options, daisy chain lash points, water-resistant Built-in TSA-approved lock; large packing capacity; impressive water resistance, expandable, anti-scratch exterior 150D-polyester zippered clamshell enclosure, 3 organizational pockets

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.

Performance Comparison


Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - the delsey is a nice looking bag that gives you the basics.
The Delsey is a nice looking bag that gives you the basics.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - the delsey really lets you pack it in. it fit nearly everything we...
The Delsey really lets you pack it in. It fit nearly everything we could throw at it, then we expanded it, and it held the rest.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - a strap system on the left side holds your clothes in place. a full...
A strap system on the left side holds your clothes in place. A full flap zips the right side closed and has a zippered pocket for stashing anything you may need quickly.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - the two settings of the telescoping handle work well for a range of...
The two settings of the telescoping handle work well for a range of uses.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - those large spinning wheels work nearly as well as the best options...
Those large spinning wheels work nearly as well as the best options in the test.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - the delsey paris titanium rolls well, whether on smooth floors, over...
The Delsey Paris Titanium rolls well, whether on smooth floors, over rougher sidewalks like you see here, and even gravel.
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Reliability


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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - we like that the extra loops on the zippers let you lock the bag. we...
We like that the extra loops on the zippers let you lock the bag. We don't appreciate how awkward they are to use because of it.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - the delsey offers an integrated tsa-approved lock. just insert the...
The Delsey offers an integrated TSA-approved lock. Just insert the loops on each of the main zippers to secure your belongings.
Credit: Clark Tate

Weight


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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - this bag has an average weight.
This bag has an average weight.
Credit: Clark Tate

Style


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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - about half of our testers thought the delsey is a fun-looking bag...
About half of our testers thought the Delsey is a fun-looking bag, the rest disagreed.
Credit: Clark Tate

Value


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. 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.

Conclusion


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.

Delsey Paris Titanium Hardside 29" suitcase - it's like rolling a little skyscraper around.
It's like rolling a little skyscraper around.
Credit: Clark Tate

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