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Rick Steves’ Spinner carryon suitcase reviews.

Would love to hear your experiences traveling with this bag, especially dragging it over cobblestones in Europe. I have long traveled quite happily with the Ravenna rolling bag and am considering adding the spinner bag. Thanks

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My only comment is that spinner bags have smaller wheels that are more easily caught in the cobble stone and broken concrete than the two wheel bags that have a larger wheel that handles rough surfaces better.

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I have never had good luck with suitcase with the spinner wheels. They sure are nice to use, however. If I wanted to take a chance on a spinner again, I would consider the RS cases, all I've heard is glowing reviews of the customer service and warranty. I wish they sold a slightly larger checked bag size though it goes against his philosophy of travel.

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We have the spinner and love it. I used it for years, then I let my husband use it on a trip when I had to take a bigger bag to deliver some things to Germany. He had been using the 2 wheeled bag, and prior to that the convertible carry on. He loved it, so I passed it on to him. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another one. I did end up getting a 21” lightweight Travel Pro as my replacement, but only because I got a super good deal on it.

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Has anyone on the forum been told by an airline that the RS Spinner carryon does not meet their guidelines for dimensions? Traveling again this year and a travel companion must have a wheeled version that is most assuredly a carryon size for Delta now and Jet Blue in future. I use the RS convertible backpack and can vouch for construction quality and functionality of the designs from RS. My travel companion, a person who looks into details, notes that on the RS description for the spinner bag -(21.75" x 14" x 10" with wheels)" Which is 1" over in one dimension of the permitted 22x14x9 carryon dimensions. Any reviews regarding the Spinner Carryon dimensions? Thank you.

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I have never been told the bag is too big. I doubt it would be accepted on a low budget European airline, but when we flew on Ryanair and EasyJet in 2022 we just paid a little extra when we booked to check our bags. They were direct flights and I wasn’t concerned about our luggage going astray. We use AirTags in both our suitcases and our backpacks.