Summary: TravelSmith has some of the lowest-priced luggage on the market, so it’s reasonable to be skeptical about the build quality of their products. However, the Hybrid S2 line offers all the protection and durability of much more expensive models on the market.

About TravelSmith Luggage

Durability is probably the most important thing to look for when buying luggage, including TravelSmith luggage. If your suitcase or carry-on is poorly built, it may not hold up during long adventures. Even worse, your items may fall out of the bag and get damaged or lost by the time you make it to baggage claim.

TravelSmith is a large American travel apparel company based in Connecticut. While they are most famous for their outdoor jackets and shirts, they also manufacture very affordable suitcases, carry-ons and totes of different sizes, bundles, and designs. We’re here to help you answer the question: are these suitcases truly durable?

To start, let’s look at TravelSmith’s top-of-the-line luggage series: The S2 Hybrid line.

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S2 Hybrid TravelSmith Luggage

Released in 2016, the S2 Hybrid comes in 22-inch, 26-inch, and 30-inch models. It is designed to be a combination of a hard-side back, which offers added protection for your items, and a soft-side back, which allows for additional flexibility.

Therefore, you have a good mix of durability and space. If you have fragile items that may break if the suitcase is mishandled, which can happen, you should probably keep these under your clothes and softer items so they can be protected by the hard back.

This model is made of a combination of polyester and polycarbonate that the company claims has the same strength-to-weight ratio as steel. The exterior feels rugged and sturdy. It can withstand a beating.  In real-life use, this translates to a very durable, cost-effective luggage option that can be used frequently.

Most people who purchase it commend how effectively it protects their belongings while also being very spacious, light, and flexible. Those who have used it over a long period of time also consider the wheels to be a big highlight, as they are able to withstand a lot of rolling around and spinning on less-than-ideal surfaces. It’s an option that, surprisingly, comes at a less than a hundred dollars.

TravelSmith Spinner 360

However, the company offers more than just this piece of luggage. In addition to the Hybrid series, they also have their Spinner 360 line which focuses on maneuverability instead of durability.

Users have reported these bags don’t hold up that well to being mishandled, particularly regarding the stitching coming off, and unfortunately, these units don’t offer much protection to your items inside. However, many have also praised the bag for how well it can be handled. These can be used wherever with ease. If that is your priority, we suggest considering this piece of luggage.

spinner 360 luggage

To answer the question we started with, it depends.

TravelSmith creates some of the most affordable pieces of luggage on the market, and the luggage you will want to buy will depend on your needs. That said, the Hybrid S2 line has all the ruggedness, protection, and firm construction that many suitcases have which are three times more expensive.