Travelpro’s Maxlite Expandable Rollaboard, the Porsche of Luggage

by Carmel L. Mooney

I just got my first Porsche. Well, my first Porsche of Luggage, Travelpro’s beautiful Maxlite Expandable Rollaboard. I’m telling you, this gorgeous piece of sleek luggage had the new car smell and the lines of a Porsche. Just taking it out of the box I was getting an adrenaline rush and it only got better as I took it for a test drive.

TravelPro Maxlite luggage

It was so feather-light and luxurious to pack and to pull that I felt like I must be breaking rules with the amount of clothing and shoes I could pack. I loved the smooth, ball-bearing in-line skate wheels that spin a full 360 degrees. It felt like it was doing the waltz across the room under easy control afforded by the comfortable telescoping handle made of airline-grade aluminum.

Fully expandable to an additional inch and a half, this gorgeous piece of luggage comes with a roomy main compartment. But I was impressed with the long zippered mesh pocket which is perfect for holding electronics, belts, socks, underwear, or other loose, small items. The full-sized lid compartment zips open for shirts and pants to arrive wrinkle-free during travels.

This sports car of a suitcase was beautiful and functional at the same time but the quality was beneath the beauty. Little things like protective wheel housings, a Honeycomb Framing System, skid bars, and corner guards all promised that I’ll be enjoying the opulence for many voyages to come.

While the retail price for this baby is close to $300, you can pick it up through Travelpro’s Luggage Outlet for under $120.00…that’s like purchasing a new Porsche for less than half price.

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Carmel L. Mooney is a travel columnist, author, and radio talk show host. She is the editor of Road Trips for Couples.