Best Luggage

We did a ton of research to find you the best luggage for your next trip, whether it’s through the air or on the road. Our top picks are broken down into the most popular styles that you’re likely looking for in hardside, softside, duffles, and more. We even included a couple of fun items with a great messenger bag and travel bags if you’re a motorcycle owner. And, of course, every product we recommend is made right here in the USA. Explore our findings below and happy traveling!

Our Findings

Overall, we found that there are several American manufacturers making great travel luggage and bags in a variety of different categories. Revo stood out as our clear winner in the hardside and softside suitcase categories with their well-made, functional pieces that are built to last. Small manufacturers like Frost River, Flowfold, and others were equally impressive in carry on and duffle categories. Check out more details, our research methodology, and more below.

Top Recommendations

Best LuggageBest:
Revo Luna Expandable Hardside SpinnerHardside
Frost River Old No. 3 PackCarry On Pack
Flowfold Conductor Duffle BagDuffle
Green Guru Freewheeler MessengerMessenger Bag
Wolfman E-12 Saddle BagsSaddle Bags

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Take a look at the nitty gritty details for each of our recommendations. We include product specs, things we liked, things we didn’t like, and where to find these items for purchase.

Best Hardside Luggage

Revo Luna Expandable Hardside Spinner


Revo is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the US and create jobs in our local economy. They also happen to make really quality suitcases in the process. The Revo Luna is a great hardside luggage piece that’s perfect for business and leisure travelers. It was very impressive in durability tests while still maintaining a very light frame. It comes in five different colors (red pictured left), and has the following dimensions: 17.5 x 11 x 26 inches.

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Things we like:

  • Polycarbonate frame for strong durability
  • Easy manueverability and wheel movement (4 of them)
  • Two zippered packing sections on the interior
  • TSA approved lock
  • Very light in weight
  • Available in a three piece set (link below)

Things we don’t like:

  • Hardside luggage pieces are non-negotiable if you’re trying to squeeze it into a tight spot in the overhead bin or in your trunk that’s a little too small

Three-piece set: Get it here

 

Best “No Frills” Carry On Pack

Frost River Old No. 3 Pack


Frost River handcrafts all of their waxed canvas bags at their headquarters in Duluth, MN. The Old No. 3 Pack is a stylish and functional  envelope style backpack that scored the best in our evaluation of carry on packs – great for the “no frills” traveler. Frost River gets their high quality leather from the SB Foot Tanning Company in nearby Red Wing, MN. The bag weighs about 5 pounds.

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Things we like:

  • Envelope style construction for easy access
  • Can fit more belongings compared to similar size zipper backpacks
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable carrying straps

Things we don’t like:

  • No modern features like a laptop sleeve or cell phone pocket

Honorable mention: Custom Hide Original Backpack Whiskey

 

Best Travel Duffle Bag

Flowfold Conductor Duffle Bag


Weighing in at less than a pound, the Flowfold Conductor Duffle is a great minimalist bag for the everyday traveler. Despite its lightweight construction, this bag is built for durability by American hands and made to last. Our consumer research indicated that reliability was consistent for current owners of the Conductor Duffle. This bag can easily fit in overhead bins on airplanes as a carry on as well. Dimensions: can hold 40 Liters, 12″H x 22″W x 12″D.

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Things we like:

  • Lightweight construction, durability
  • Water resistant material, waterproof zippers
  • Minimalist, no excess bulk

Things we don’t like:

  • No locks

Honorable mentions: Frost River Laurentian Luggage Carry On, Tough Traveler Prestige Duffel

 

Best Messenger Bag for Travel

Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger


The Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger bag is a great choice for travel. Made of recycled bicycle inner tubes, the unique construction lends itself to lasting durability. Great for bicyclers or travelers looking for a no-mess bag they can throw over their shoulder. Built in Colorado. Dimensions: 17 L x 12 H x 5 D in.

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Things we like:

  • Durable exterior, water resistant
  • Padded, comfortable shoulder strap with quick release and adjustment system
  • Padded back panel for comfort
  • Green construction using recycled materials

Things we don’t like:

  • Material makes it a little heavy

 

Best Saddle Bags for your Motorcycle

Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags


Wolfman is one of the best American manufacturers of motorcycle accessories, including saddle bags. The Wolfman E-12 shined in our evaluation of the best luggage for your motorcycle. We found that they strike a nice balance between rider mobility and carrying capacity. Durability stood out as well, with several owners citing stories of their saddle bags being virtually unscathed after long skids. Probably best of all? They don’t need a rack and have several tie down options available. Dimensions: holds up to 22 Liters, width: 6 5/8″, height: 9 3/4″, length: 14 3/4″.

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Things we like:

  • Heavy duty construction for long-term durability
  • Contents remain stable with compression straps
  • No need for a rack to tie it down

Things we don’t like:

  • Tough to attach a lock on them to prevent theft

Factors We Considered

Durability

Your suitcase has to be durable. If you’re flying somewhere, your bags are changing hands several times and can incur a lot of wear and tear. We eliminated over 20 bags from our consideration based on their lack of durability (easy to tear, dent, etc.), and only made recommendations for products we feel confident can last you for years to come.

Ease of Use

What’s a good piece of luggage if it isn’t functional? Zippers getting stuck, pockets in inconvenient places, dysfunctional wheels – you know the deal. Below are some of the functional criteria we looked for in each of our categories.

  • Handle/strap functionality and comfort
  • Wheel mobility and stability
  • Easy slide zippers
  • Convenient pocket locations
  • Easy access to your belongings

Value

We looked for products that were fairly represented in price and quality. We want to make sure you’re getting the best luggage for your money, whatever type of bag it may be. We eliminated any suitcases or bags that we thought were unfairly priced based on the quality.

 

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