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Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" Review

Excellent organizational features help you keep track of everything you pack in this huge suitcase
Travelpro Platinum Elite 29"
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Price:  $400 List | $365.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Great organizational features, impressive volume to weight ratio
Cons:  Seems less durable than other options, cumbersome, no easy ticket pocket
Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 27, 2021
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  • Storage & Organization - 25% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 6
  • Reliability - 25% 5
  • Weight - 15% 7
  • Style - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Travelpro Platinum Elite is the largest piece of luggage in our review and has some of the nicest organizational features. It's practically a closet on wheels. Careful, though: make sure you actually need this much storage because it's all too easy to overshoot the checked baggage weight limits. The telescoping handle offers multiple height options, and the four double wheels are on the large side, rolling over most obstacles you'll encounter on the street with ease. We have noticed some durability issues with just a few months of use, but if you want large and well-organized, this is a solid option.

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Pros Great organizational features, impressive volume to weight ratioSmooth ride, sensible features, excellent organization, great styleAmple storage, water-resistant, durable, heavily featuredLarge wheels roll well, stable, convenient external organizationInexpensive, smooth travel, great storage
Cons Seems less durable than other options, cumbersome, no easy ticket pocketZippers could be smootherMany features that aren't that useful, bulky designNot much in the way of interior organizationTips over, lacks durable materials
Bottom Line Excellent organizational features help you keep track of everything you pack in this huge suitcaseA durable, stylish, and high-value suitcase suited for all types of travelA tactical and durable adventure suitcase that excels at packing bulky gearA rough and tumble option that could work for anything from gear hauls to business tripsA very low priced suitcase with great storage capacity but a propensity to be tippy
Rating Categories Travelpro Platinum... Timbuk2 Copilot Eagle Creek ORV Tru... Rolling Thunder 30" AmazonBasics Expand...
Storage & Organization (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Transport (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Reliability (25%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
4.0
Weight (15%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Style (10%)
4.0
7.0
3.0
7.0
4.0
Specs Travelpro Platinum... Timbuk2 Copilot Eagle Creek ORV Tru... Rolling Thunder 30" AmazonBasics Expand...
Measured Weight 12.2 lbs 9.4 lbs 9.1 lbs 10.2 lbs 9.9 lbs
Measured Volume Claimed 143.5L 80L 98L Claimed 80L 105L
Liters per pound 11.8 8.5 10.8 7.8 10.6
Construction Zip open, softshell Clamshell & peek-a-boo access, softshell Zip open, softshell Roller-duffel Clamshell, softshell
Measured Packed Dimensions 33" x 13.5" x 21" 25" x 14" x 10" 30" x 17" x 15" 28.5" x 15" x 16" 20" x 11" x 29"
Expansion Zippers? Yes No No No Yes
Number of Wheels 4 2 2 2 4
Number of Large Interior Compartments 1 2 1 1 1
Interior Storage Features Folding hanging compartment, removable toiletries pocket, garment compresssion panels, side 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 2 large pockets 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 Zip open mesh garmet panels 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 42" 40.75" 42" 42.5" Low: 38"
High: 42"
Built-In Lock Yes None None No Yes
Main Exterior Material High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard 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 Folding compartment for hanging clothes, zip-out toiletry 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 Platinum Elite is a very large bag. Though we appreciate its capacity and excellent storage features, we find it hard to take advantage of all that volume and still hit airplane weight requirements.

Performance Comparison


The four large wheels roll well whether or not you use all of them...
The four large wheels roll well whether or not you use all of them. They handle rough or smooth surfaces, though the bottom rubber doesn't grip as well as some other models.
Photo: Clark Tate

Storage & Organization


This bag has an expandable zipper around the bottom of the front pocket, but we can't imagine that you'll need it. It's already ginormous. In our capacity test, this suitcase ate our lead tester's entire wardrobe with ease. With a claimed 143.5 liters of volume, you can pack pretty much anything you can think of on your next vacation.

The Platinum Elite does a pretty good job of helping you stay organized along the way as well. A folding compartment for hanging clothes like dresses or blazers minimizes wrinkling and tucks away on the backside of the main flap. The rest of the compartment is wide open. The runners for the telescoping handle make packing with packing cubes a little less efficient, though.

The tri-fold compartment for hanging clothes helps to minimize...
The tri-fold compartment for hanging clothes helps to minimize wrinkles.
Photo: Clark Tate

Two mesh garment panels let you compress some or all of what you pack in the main compartment. They double as mesh bags for toiletries or small items like socks or gloves. A zip-out, plastic pocket on the right-hand side of the main compartment provides a safe place to store any liquid toiletries. Another pocket on the left helps subdivide your smaller items further.

Compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. The...
Compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. The zippered pockets in the panels themselves and on either side give help you keep track of the little things.
Photo: Clark Tate

All told, the Platinum Elite provides a nice amount of storage, and that's just on the inside. Two large external pockets complete the package. They're nice for stashing a few extra layers, a magazine, and maybe your wallet. But they are also large, running the full length of the suitcase, so they won't keep smaller items very organized or within easy reach.

There was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which...
There was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which was most of what we owned. Seriously, there is a four-season wardrobe in there, ski gear included.
Photo: Clark Tate

Ease of Transport


Despite a nice set of wheels, an adjustable telescoping handle, and three other grab-and-toss handles, we still don't love lugging this suitcase around. It's just too big to use casually. However, we appreciate many of the organizational features, and smaller versions are available if you don't require quite so much space. If you do need this much suitcase, you'll be happy enough with how readily it rolls. The wheels aren't our favorite, and the whole package is less responsive than smaller, sleeker models, but it works, even in gravel.

The wheels rotate 360 degrees and track pretty well, though the...
The wheels rotate 360 degrees and track pretty well, though the height and weight of the bag itself can make it a little harder to maneuver.
Photo: Clark Tate

We also like the grab-handle on top of the suitcase and the one on the side. The one on the bottom is less pleasant. It has a rigid plastic facing that you can only grab from one direction. It works, but it's just not that comfortable to grab.

Reliability


After just a few months of testing, the front zipper pocket on our model began catching on stray strings. It's not the most significant part of the bag, but this doesn't bode well. The other zippers are a different style and seem to work better. However, the two main zippers are not that comfortable to use. Like every bag we tested with an integrated, TSA-approved lock, they have a large square of metal at one end for the locking mechanism to grab. We appreciate the lock but wish it didn't require such deformed zipper pulls.

A small scrape guard on the bottom railing protects the fabric from slamming into steps and curbs. There are also four platform guards on the left-hand side. These details should help the fabric last longer. Other than that front zipper, we don't have any pressing reliability concerns. The main fabric sheds splashes of water quite well, but they do soak right through the zipper.

Protective guards minimize friction on the back and one side of the...
Protective guards minimize friction on the back and one side of the bag. If you're careful about using them, they'll prolong the life of the bag.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weight


This suitcase weighs just over 12 pounds, which we consider heavy. Given its massive capacity, though, the bag gives you a very reasonable weight-to-volume ratio. Of course, once you pack it full of all the stuff it is capable of carting around, you've got one heavy bag on your hands. The wheels deal with the load quite well, and the handles help. Still, it's big and hard to toss around and you will need to be careful not to overshoot the weight limit for your airline.

This bag is one of the heaviest in the test, but it gives you a lot...
This bag is one of the heaviest in the test, but it gives you a lot of volume for every pound.
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


The Platinum Elite looks nice, but it trends a little closer to dated than classic. The saturated color options are appealing, and the fabric looks like it's of reasonable quality — it's interesting enough to pull you in but not to impress.

It's a good-looking bag, but not our favorite style in the test.
It's a good-looking bag, but not our favorite style in the test.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


The Platinum Elite offers what we think is a good value. It gives you a lot of the same great organizational features of a much more expensive option, but for a much lower price. That said, it also seems less durable and is definitely more cumbersome. We also think its large size limits its usefulness. How often are you going to take a trip where you need that much luggage?

The Platinum Elite is less expensive than the only other option in...
The Platinum Elite is less expensive than the only other option in the test that provides as many high-quality packing features.
Photo: Clark Tate

Conclusion


This big bag is well-done and helps you make heads and tails of your wardrobe, but it will take chronic over packers beyond the brink of any reasonable weight limit. Still, if you need to take everything with you on your next vacation, consider the Travelpro Platinum Elite.

This rolling wardrobe is a great option for vacationers who don't...
This rolling wardrobe is a great option for vacationers who don't want to deal with making hard packing choices. Just bring it all!
Photo: Clark Tate

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