Checked luggage is a drag. When heading off for a weekend, carry-on luggage tends to do the trick, but when your weekend away is to Europe, luggage size restrictions can make it difficult to roll and store a carry-on in the plane’s overhead cargo bin. International carry-on sizing is slightly smaller than what we’re use to domestically here in the U.S.A. so finding a carry-on that worked overseas was necessary. A bit of online hunting brought us back to TUMI for a solution – a hardcase one at that.
TUMI kindly sent over their TUMI Tegra-Lite International Carry-On roller for testing on our recent jaunt to Rome and London. Sized international standard (IS) carry-on requirements makes this the smallest footprint in the TUMI Tegra-Lite line. At first look, one may be concerned with the sizing and volume of the IS model: it is a short and unassuming piece of luggage. TUMI reps ensured us that looks can be deceiving with the Tegra-Lite and that one should pack it up before making a judgment call.
Truth be told, the IS edition of the Tegra-Lite was a perfect size for a weekend away. The hard shell of the TUMI Tegra-Lite is made from Tegris, “a revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by Milliken® for use in lifesaving armor, NASCAR race cars and protective gear for NFL players.” Tegris itself is incredibly light, rugged, and works very well for TUMU in luggage form. The TUMI Tegra-Lite can really pack in its weight in clothing and shoes. I easily packed multiple shirts, denim, and a change of shoes in the Tegra-Lite IS for my trip. The rigidness of the hard case allows you to really pack things in there while also giving you a healthy reminder to not overpack.
Four 360-degree swivel wheels on the TUMI Tegra-Lite work well on almost all surfaces. I easily rolled the carry-on through airports terminals, tarmacs, cobblestone, and carpet with ease. The handle system held up well at various heights in both two-wheel and four-wheel flat modes. TUMI integrates TSA locks onto the side of the luggage, but I did not bother with it on this go around. TUMI also includes their Tracer barcode system to help locate and reunite you with lost or missing luggage. It is a nice touch of added security if you do decide to check-in your TUMI Tegra-Lite.
As mentioned, we prefer carry-on luggage whenever possible. The TUMI Tegra-Lite series of hardcase luggage offers two carry-on sizes for travel – both come well recommended. Like all great things, this luggage comes at a premium. At $595, the Tegra-Lite International Carry-on is not the cheapest luggage on the market, but it is certainly one that will remain with you for some time. Available from TUMI.com and Amazon.