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16” Roller Bag that will fit under airline seat?

I am in the market for a small - 15” or 16” - roller bag that will fit under most airline seats. I did a search and the posts that came up were rather old. I see RS has one mini bag, but the price is three times more than others I have Googled. Anyone with personal experience with a bag they love? This bag won’t get daily use but I would like the zippers and handle to survive several trips. These two components seem to draw the most negative comments. I already have a 20” bag I love, but for shorter trips I would like to not bother with the overhead bins. Thanks for any suggestions!

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I bought the Verage underseat 14 inch spinner through Home Depot, but I also see that they have this bag and some additional variations at Amazon. (See link below.) I was looking for a smaller bag, and this one seemed to have the best price-quality ratio, plus it had good reviews. It holds a lot more than you might think, and I love that it has side pockets on both sides. I have not traveled with it yet, but the handle seems sturdy, zippers work well, wheels roll smoothly,
etc.
With that said, I am not counting on any of the so -called "underseat bags" with wheels to actually fit under the seat in front of me. That varies widely depending on the aircraft type and the peculiarities of your specific seat. I am a very light packer, so this will be my main suitcase and will go in the overhead bin
with my large shoulder bag under the seat. I do think that this smaller bag will stand a better chance of finding a space in those crowded overhead bins. (I hope. )
https://www.amazon.com/VERAGE-Underseat-Luggages-Airlines-Lightweight/dp/B09VSRTT4H

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It's not always as much about what bag will fit under your seat as it is what size the airline will allow as a personal item.

Well now that I said that, it doesn't matter as it isn't your personal item since it's all you will bring; it's tour carryon.

But you might get some more use out of it if it were legal Suze if you ever wanted to bring it and your regular carryon ... but no, cause dragging two roller bags is a headache.

Never mind. Ignore this. I'm guessing you had all this pretty well thought out.

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I looked long and hard at the underseat bags last summer but in the end could not fit 3+weeks of clothes in the space.

The one I liked the best was the Baggallini Underseat carryon. I liked its features and organization best. I was able to see it in person at my local AAA store.

https://www.baggallini.com/2-wheel-underseat-carry-on/RUS496-BG.html

I also looked at several at TJMaxx but they were heavier than the Baggallini.

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There is also the TravelPro Maxlite 5 15" underseat roller bag. It only weighs 5.5 lbs. I have the 21" carry on spinner and love it - they bags are very durable as well. Lots of pilots and flight attendants buy these. The above is an Amazon link - I tried to get to the TravelPro page but I'm in Scotland right now and it keeps defaulting to the eu page. You can find them other places as well (I bought my TravelPro bag through Lexington Luggage).

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If you want to find out the actual size limits for underseat carry, see what they allow as an underseat pet carryon. Those are the real dimensions.

Also be aware that under some seats are the entertainment boxes that block full usage.

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Thank you for the suggestions. I want this bag as a carry-on for weekend trips, not for longer travel. I normally use a backpack for short trips, but my aging back is no longer happy with that choice.

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I am in sympathy with your back issues, Kathy! I have had to completely change my travel wardrobe and packing due to a bad shoulder. I can't lift a full 22 inch carry on into the overhead bin or up the steep train steps, and I travel mostly by train. I also have to use a spinner because dragging the 2 wheel bags puts too much stress on the shoulder.

My solution was investing in some clothes that are very lightweight, easy to sink wash, and quick drying. With these I really can pack only in that underseat bag for any length of trip, including extra shoes, dressy outfits, sweater, raincoat, and fleece jacket. Haven't traveled with this bag yet, but I did use one of similar size last summer and it worked! However that one was a 2 wheeler, so I got the Verage spinner. There's no extra space for things I might acquire during the trip, so I brought a fold-up bag along. On the way home I put my dirty clothes in the fold-up bag and checked it through.

Clothing brands that worked for me in case you are interested were:
- Woolx tops and tights
- Ripskirt Hawaii skirt
- Pants from REI, various brands but they have a good selection of quick wash & dry pants
- Naadam $75 cashmere sweater (great warmth to weight ratio and sink washable)
- LLBean Windpro fleece jacket (tied around the luggage handle or worn on the plane, doubles as a travel pillow)
- LLBean Women's Trail Model Rain Jacket

I am always in mourning for the other clothes I would like to take, but alas, those days of heavy packing are behind me!

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Thanks for the suggestions, Linda. I love travel clothes that pack light and are versatile. I have been sold on the joys of packing light since I backpacked around Europe for six weeks in the 70’s with a 17 pound pack. And that was in cold weather :)

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Linda,

Looking forward to your reviews of the Verage Spinner.
I'm looking for an underseat spinner to replace a shoulder-carry tote bag and have had my eye on the Verage.

Travel-Pro's underseat spinner is much heavier. More the weight of a full-size "carry-on 20/22 inch". My old 2-wheel u/s bag weighs in at only about 4.5 lbs. The old 2-wheel u/s bag works great as my replacement for a "shoulder-carry tote bag", but a spinner would be easier to maneuver down the aisle and across to my seat on a plane. I'm using a cane these days for a sore knee.

I also like the option of it fully opening from the front instead of top-opening.

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I finally had to replace my beloved, no-brand 14" carryon, & I chose this Samsonite in turquoise. It's OK but not perfect. It doesn't have a handle on the side which is irritating when trying to maneuver into security lines or placing under seat. So far, it's survived 3 round trips, multiple stop overs to Europe and 2 RT to LA, and still looks perfect. Apparently there's an extended warranty, but not used it. It came with some interior packaging for a lap top, or folding clothes but I took them out, so weight is less than advertised. As others have mentioned, the entertainment units sometimes mean nothing will fit under the seat.
https://www.macys.com/shop/product/samsonite-lite-air-adv-16-underseater-created-for-macys?ID=13381654&CategoryID=22672&swatchColor=Raspberry%20Pinkis.

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Thanks, Sandan. I hadn’t even thought about the advantages of a side handle. Something else to consider.

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I chose this Samsonite in turquoise. It's OK but not perfect.

This one looks good. I like the sideways trolly sleeve, removable lining, snap in pouches, lap-top sleeve, side pockets. Wish there was a spinner option.
But 6.5-lbs?

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Kathy, you're the packing queen! I could never have done the backpack trip with 17 pounds of luggage!

Khansen, sadly I will have to wait on that luggage review. I can't travel right now because of an elderly father and dog. FYI, I think the Verage weighed about 4 pounds.

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I think the Verage weighed about 4 pounds.

That's why I keep coming back to the Verage. They range from 24-liters to 30-liters and 4.2 to 5.0 lbs, have spinner and 2-wheeled options, front loading. The 30-liter has a sideways trolley sleeve which I think would make it easier to use the handle on the larger bag it sits on top of.