As a flight attendant, I literally live out of my suitcase. Choosing the right travel luggage is important to me. I have tried many different brands of upright luggage, yet, I have never tried the recently popular 4-wheeled spinner bags. Passengers often ask me about my opinion on luggage, like what brand/style/size I prefer and the very popular question – "Which is better – spinner or roller?"
I was never able to tell them which was better – spinner or roller. But now I can – since I received the Atlantic Luggage Compass 2 Spinner for a review. I will now debate: To spin or not to spin!
Atlantic Luggage Compass 2 Spinner
"I’ve always wanted a spinner bag. I wanted to be able to tell the passengers my thoughts, and give them an informed decision. So now that I have one, what do I think about it?"
The Compass 2 is an all-around gorgeous bag. The craftsmanship of this bag is of the highest quality. There are lots of little features that a frequently flyer would appreciate. Like the attachment clip and the expandable main compartment. It is big enough for everything that you would need in a carry on. And that is just it! It is actually a carry on that fits in the standard airline overhead bin compartments!
When placing this bag in the overhead bins, I found it easier using the convenient handles on the top and the side of the bag. I also loved the size. The pockets were roomy and the main compartment with the expandable zipper is very accommodating.
"Overall, the Compass 2 Spinner is a quality choice of luggage for a spinning type bag. You get a lot of bang for your buck. I recommend it for someone with back issues, older folks and people who like the 360° freedom of motion."
Rollerboard 2-Wheeled Luggage
There are some definite advantages to each type of bag. And after reviewing the well-made, very practical Compass 2 Spinner, it was hard to choose. But based on the "to spin or not to spin" factor, I choose the roller bag with 2 wheels.
First, I like that the roller luggage has speed going for it. You can whip through the airport a lot quicker in the 2-wheels than the 4-wheels. But speed isn’t for everyone. The 4-wheeled bag absolutely has agility going for it. It can zig-zag through crowds while it makes connecting flights, like a pro.
Secondly, it was easier to put in the overhead bin. I could just slide the roller bag in with the wheels down, no problem. The spinner bag on the other hand, the wheels were sometimes sideways and needed to be straightened out.
One thing I do like more about the spinner style is that it is great for people with back, neck and shoulder issues. This wide range of movement means you’re not pulling and putting pressure on your shoulders and back. It is true, the roller bag often causes me shoulder pain. Some of this is due to rolling it around airports, and some of it from lifting it into the overhead bin.
"I chose the roller bag, but admit the spinner bag has a lot of benefits too. More important than wheels though, look for something that is high quality. Like that of which I found from Atlantic Luggage."
Spinner or Roller… Just Make Sure It’s Durable
Whether your personal preference is the spinner bags or the roller bags, just try to look for luggage that is well-made and built to last. I definitely recommend Atlantic Luggage and Travel Pro. With either of these brands, you’ll find high performing pieces that are durable and long lasting.
From these brands, you’ll find strong zippers, strong frames, sturdy encasements, protective, padded corner guards and more. After all, a travel bag is an important investment that you want to last for many, many years of adventures!
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