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Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 26" Review

A well-built stylish suitcase ready to tackle the business world.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 - 26" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter
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Price:  $360 List | $139.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great styling, business traveler, well-built
Cons:  Zippers stick when rounding corners
Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Dave Eyvazzadeh ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2018
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  • Storage - 20% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 15% 9
  • Features - 15% 8
  • Weight - 15% 5
  • Style - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The TravelPro Platinum Magna 2 was one of our most consistently performing suitcases across the board. Landing in the top 3, it was our favorite for business travel purposes. The fit, finish, and price makes it a no-brainer for business or personal travel. The Magna lost out only to the Editors' Choice — the Timbuk2 Copilot — and the Briggs & Riley Baseline — a bag of twice the cost. We are confident that the Magna would have been crowned king if it weren't for the extra durability and storage space found in the Copilot. Depending on your taste, budget, and travel preferences, you may find yourself preferring the Magna, and that would not surprise us in the slightest.


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Pros Great styling, business traveler, well-builtDurable, goes anywhere, great space, sensible featuresLots of storage, trick expansion feature, suit folder, replaceable partsFeature-rich, plenty of storage, easy to transportBombproof, take anywhere
Cons Zippers stick when rounding cornersNot styled for business, zippers could be smootherExpensive, heavyUnapologetic styling, heavyHeavy, overstyled
Bottom Line A well-built stylish suitcase ready to tackle the business world.An all around durable bag that will take you and your gear wherever you like.An all around well-built and thoughtfully designed suitcase.A feature-rich suitcase with with a durable exterior and great transportability.A logo-happy homage to the Burton brand that you will outgrow before it fails.
Rating Categories Platinum Magna 2 26" Timbuk2 Copilot 28" Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Eagle Creek Tarmac 29" Burton Wheelie Double Deck
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Specs Platinum Magna 2 26" Timbuk2 Copilot 28" Briggs & Riley... Eagle Creek Tarmac... Burton Wheelie...
Measured Weight 10.1 lbs 10.7 lbs 12.3 lbs 10.5 lbs 11.3 lbs
Dimensions 25.8 x 18.5 x 10 in 28.7 x 14.6 x 13.8 25.5 x 20 x 10 in. 18.5 x 29.5 x 16.5 in 28 x 15 x 14 in
# of Wheels 2 2 4 2 2
Number of interior pockets 5 2 1 4 1
Number of exterior pockets 2 2 2 3 1
Compression system Cinchable panels Dual clamshell zipper panels CX Expansion-Compression Technology Internal Straps Two external side straps
Lock No, but lockable No, but lockable Yes. TSA complaint No, but lockable No, but lockable
Main Material Nylon Nylon 2520D ballistic nylon Bi-Tech Heather | 1000D Helix™ Poly Twill 1682D Nylon with PU Backing (True Black and Rifle Green), 840D Polyester with PU Backing (printed colorways)
Unique features Suit folder, compression panels vs straps, add-a-bag hanger Padded front zippered sleeve for laptop, removable wheels CX expanding suitcase, suit folder, compression panels instead of straps, add-a-bag hanger, free replacement parts (+shipping), super high denier fabric Padded laptop sleeve, Add-a-Bag strap to attach other luggage Skateboard wheels, expanding "cram" tech for internal compartments, add-a-bag strap
Warranty Limited lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Other Versions 22" Small (20"), XL (28") Medium, Extra Large, Commuter 26", Carry-On, AWD Carry-On, AWD 30" Wheelie Flight Deck, Wheelie Sub Travel, Wheelie Cargo Travel
Handle height (inches) 43, 40.5, 38.5, 40.75 43, 40, 38, 35 42, 37 41.5, 36.5

Our Analysis and Test Results

Right out of the box, the TravelPro Platinum Magna 2 felt like a well-built travel companion with thoughtful design features and sturdy build. It looks like, and may very well be, the bag that those that travel for work — airline employees and business travelers alike — trust in their daily lives.

The Platinum Magna earned a high score in the ease of transporting metric  thanks to its extra large wheels and oversized handle. It's also our Top Pick for Business Travelers.
The Platinum Magna earned a high score in the ease of transporting metric, thanks to its extra large wheels and oversized handle. It's also our Top Pick for Business Travelers.

Performance Comparison


The TravelPro Platinum Magna 2 scored lights-out across the board. The only criteria in which it didn't score in the upper echelons is where all our highest performing suitcases struggled: weight.

With features like a suit folder, fantastic transportability and dashing good looks, it is no wonder why the Magna made a run for the top spot in our performance review.

Durability


The ballistic nylon exterior of the Magna ensures that durability of the exterior shell is of no concern. The overall build of the Magna inspires confidence and the stout main zippers with metal pulls leave no question — these zippers are built to last. Although the extra protection on the back of the suitcase minimizes abrasion from handling and navigating stairs, we wish the protection extended a little further up to help cut down on abrasion when navigating stairs.


Both the Eagle Creek Tarmac and our Editors' Choice Award Winner Timbuk2 Copilot we found to have excellent durability for a reasonable price.

Heavy-duty yet stylish branded zipper pulls all around.
Heavy-duty yet stylish branded zipper pulls all around.

Storage


It took a little effort and smart packing, but the Magna handled our entire packing list without leaving anything behind, and without the need to use the expansion zipper. Overall, this suitcase is littered with pockets. Some pockets you question if you'll ever use, but you never really know.


The storage opportunities are incredible!
The storage opportunities are incredible!

Similar to the TravelPro Maxlite, this suitcase expands only the bottom half of the main compartment to limit the risk of toppling when stood upright. For similarly styled pieces of luggage at two ends of the price spectrum, we like the Briggs and Riley Baseline and Travelpro Maxlite 4.

Fantastic internal storage and constraint system.
Fantastic internal storage and constraint system.

Ease of Transport


Extra large wheels with a soft and durable rubber ensure a gentle and pleasantly quiet ride across even the most broken of sidewalks. The 3-stop handle provides the ability to find the perfect setting for your height. Even better, the grip has a gentle curve to it to provide comfort without the need for a massive grip.

Surprisingly ergonomic collapsible handle and carry handles.
Surprisingly ergonomic collapsible handle and carry handles.

The handles of the Magna also impressed us. The oversized leather wrapped handles are comfortable even for carrying the heaviest of loads. Couple that with a bottom mounted handle to help place the bag on a luggage rack or bed, and you've got everything you need to move this suitcase around.


Even the stout roller wheels take styling to another level.
Even the stout roller wheels take styling to another level.

Features


If features are what you want, features are what you will get when you take the Magna for a test run. Starting with the exterior, the Magna sports a small convenience pocket in addition to a full-length pocket and comes with a hook for piggybacking a smaller carry-on.


On the inside, we found a toiletries pocket and another pocket for dirty laundry, but pockets can get boring. The tie-down system is what started to really impress us. Most bags expect a measly strap or two to hold your carefully folded laundry in place. The Magna features cinchable flaps which seem to cover about 60-70% of the surface of the main pocket. The result, your clothes in place, and the option to conveniently separate clothes in the main compartment. Oh, and the flaps have pockets too.

Then, our absolute favorite feature of the Magna — the suit folder. This feature does away with the pains arriving at your destination with a wrinkled suit. In spite of what some online reviews indicate, the suit folder is removable if you're traveling without formal attire, which leaves you with… another pocket. For other feature-laden suitcases with increased transportability, have a look at the Eagle Creek Tarmac and Briggs & Riley Baseline.

Suit folders are critical for the business traveler  which you'll find on the Platinum Magna.
Suit folders are critical for the business traveler, which you'll find on the Platinum Magna.

Weight


The TravelPro Platinum Magna 2 like all the rest of the high-performing suitcases, did not excel in the weight category at 10.1 lbs. We have come to realize that weight, although important, has diminishing returns when shaved excessively. As for the top performing suitcases, the Magna was the lightest. The next overall highest performing suitcase in the review which weighed in lighter was a full 4 positions down the list.


Style


The style of the Magna truly wowed us. The clean lines with embellishments at key points made the Magna one of our best looking suitcases. Trimmed in brushed nickel zipper pulls, handle hardware and main insignia, this suitcase was tastefully and beautifully appointed.

Crisp  clean lines and sophisticated simplicity make this bag a top choice for business travelers.
Crisp, clean lines and sophisticated simplicity make this bag a top choice for business travelers.

We aren't sure you can beat the looks of the Magna, but the Delsey Helium Titanium and the Briggs and Riley Baseline each caught our eye.


Best Applications


This suitcase is the perfect business travel bag that won't cost a first-class ticket. Arrive wrinkle-free and in style for any personal or business-related trips.

Value


For what you get, the value of the Magna aligns with the cost. Coming in at $360, it may not be a screaming deal compared to some other candidates, but you certainly get what you pay for. A high-quality product with the looks to impress clients and family alike.


Conclusion


The TravelPro Platinum Magna 2 is a great bag regardless of whether you use it for business or pleasure. And considering the $300 savings over the Briggs and Riley Baseline, which the Magna lost to by 1.5 points, we would pick the Magna every time.


Dave Eyvazzadeh