Victorinox Expandable Spinner is an expandable luggage set of the highest quality, and I can recommend the larger spinners. I do not recommend the carry-on in this particular set, only the bigger suitcases.
Traveling as an HSP can be challenging at the best of times. So, it’s good to start with tools that make the trip as smooth as possible. If your bags don’t drive you mad and your clothes are comfortable, you are more equipped to deal with the constant stimulation of airports, crowds, delayed flights, and anything else thrown your way.
I have gone through quite a few suitcases over the years, hoping to find the one that is just right. There’s nothing worse than arriving in Europe to find that the wheels on your suitcase are not rolling correctly. I am 5’4”, so this can be very frustrating, and you didn’t notice it while you were at home.
Packing for a trip has got to be the most horrendous thing ever! I worked in the travel industry for over ten years and have traveled extensively. You would think I am at an expert level at this point, I’m not quite there, but it’s getting better.
And doesn’t it drive you mad when you look at those blogs that say, “How to pack for a trip to Europe for 2 Weeks,” and they list out a ton of stuff that they manage to put into a 20” carry-on? I have yet to meet anyone that can travel like that in the real world.
Stylish | Durable } Tough
Expandable | Locking handle
Lightweight & glides smoothly
Moving on to the suitcase, I do love the Victorinox Expandable Spinner. The expandable bit is genius. I wasn't sure how it would make that work since it's a hard-side suitcase, but it's simple and doesn't take away from the sleek minimalist look. It expands an additional 5″, giving you up to 45% more capacity.
The material they use is waterproof and holds the two polycarbonate hard parts of the case together. The exterior compression straps allow you to adjust the case to whatever size you want to accommodate your packing.
Another great feature is the front zippered door with stabilizing belts to enable easy top-load packing.
I always traveled with one suitcase and returned with two, the original bag and a large duffle. You will always find some great items you want to bring home. Be it European clothes or home goods you can't get back in the US. This case made that issue mute.
As I bought things on my travels, I had to expand the case to its fullest and pull on the exterior compression straps to tighten it down to the level I packed. It was fully extended when I came home and worked exceptionally well.
Our Trip to
Barcelona & Provence
A few months ago, my husband and I traveled to Barcelona and drove through the South of France.
We stayed in Barcelona, Avignon, and Carcassonne so I could experience moving around a lot and moving the case over some cobble-stoned streets.
I purchased the large spinner, which measures 18.9″ x 30.7″ x 12.6″ and weighs 11.5 lbs. I am 5'4″ and weigh 125lb and found that size ideal.
The Victorinox Expandable Spinner felt sturdy and glided along so effortlessly that I barely had to push it; that was wonderful!
Another great feature is that the handle locks into three different positions 41″ (104 cm), 39″ (99 cm), and 37″ (94 cm) to accommodate travelers of various heights.
As a person on the smaller side, this helped because I found some handles too high in the past.
On the return trip with the case fully expanded, I thought it might be awkward, but it made the case more stable, and while slightly harder to push, it still glided along quite well.
I was happily surprised that I still liked the suitcase when I got home. Usually, I don't either because of too much noise, the material didn't feel right, or other sensory issues.
This time the suitcase and carry-on I brought were both 9/10. The carry-on I got was the Dagne Dover Landon Medium Carryall, which fit perfectly on top of the suitcase without slipping or moving. The review for the Landon Carryall is here.
I also purchased the Victorinox Spectra carry-on in the same series as this spinner, and I was not too fond of that. The review for the carry-on is here. I highly recommend buying the Victorinox Expandable Spinner but not the carry-on in this series.
- Expands an additional 4.3″ (11 cm) for up to 45% more capacity
- Exterior compression straps allow you to adjust the case to multiple sizes and customize your packing space.
- Front zippered door with stabilizing straps allows for easy top-load packing
- The Interior features Y-shaped compression straps & zippered mesh divider wall
- Top and side haul handles for easy carrying
- Comfort grip, one-touch, dual-trolley aluminum handle locks into three different positions, 41″ (104 cm), 39″ (99 cm), and 37″ (94 cm), to accommodate travelers of various heights
- The trolley handle adjusts when transitioning from pushing on 4 wheels to pulling on 2 wheels
- Dual-caster wheels feature soft tread offering ideal traction for a smooth roll across any surface while also providing 360-degree maneuverability and zero weight-in-hand
- Corner guards and zipper bumpers provide added protection to areas of the case most prone to impact and abrasion.
- Integrated TSA lock allows U.S. TSA screeners to open the lock without destroying it and relock it
- Swiss Tracker Bag Tracking Program will reunite you with your bag anywhere in the world should it ever be lost – for free.
- The Access Lock Combination Recovery Program allows you to register your lock combination on victorinox.com and recover it if it is ever forgotten.
- Removable ID tag for security and convenience
- Manufacturer's 10-year limited warranty
- Polycarbonate – Spot clean
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