With college graduations fast approaching and summer in full swing many parents, myself including, are in search of new luggage.
For years, we’ve traveled with matching flower patterned suitcases, but I needed a more businesslike look for our son to use during his summer internship in Northern California.
So I was excited to get the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0,21-inch expandable carry-on suitcase and test to see how it would measure up using my own top tips for buying luggage.
Features I liked
This range of suitcase comes in three great colors: Cherry, Mulberry and Brushed Silver.
They stand out among all the black bags everyone uses and are gender-neutral making them suitable for male and female travelers alike.
I received the Cherry that shows damage quickly so if you are one of those travelers who cares how their luggage looks after a flight or two, go with the lighter colors that show scratches less.
The Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 is made of hard-shelled plastic which makes it stain and weather proof.
The lined texture on the front and back add visual interest and help mask any scratches that otherwise would be visible had they been a shiny flat surface.
The carry-on comes with an extra zipper that expands the width of the suitcase by an inch and a half which is helpful when you return home with more items than originally packed.
The superior quality is evident here in comparison with many suitcases I’ve tested in the past. The zippers are metal tipped, hollow, so you can attach ribbons to mark your bag, and longer in size making them a lot more user-friendly than most other suitcase zippers.
A suitcase should have at least two handles to make it easier to grab off carousels and overhead bins, and this one fits the bill with a total of three; two on the top and a one on the side.
The top telescopic double handle has a comfortable, ergonomic shape that makes it easy to roll from any position, and the height is appropriate for taller travelers too. The other two handles made out of non-slip rubber are very comfortable to grab.
The wide, sturdy wheels spin 360° without any difficulty and are very user-friendly when carried on carpeted areas, which some airports still have.
Unlike many of the carry-on bags, this one is intelligently built out of a durable fabric and comes with an additional zipped divider pocket making it perfect for storing electronic devices and cords. Also, it has a built-in loop to hold a suit in place.
What could be improved
Though the suitcase is advertised as lightweight, it is still heavier than many of its competitors being sold on the market today. While it may be true that a pound might not be a concern for those traveling domestically, it can be quite important when traveling internationally on airlines that have a strict carry-on weight policy.
The TSA Lock
The TSA lock turned out to be a challenge to figure out and cumbersome to use so we almost gave up on both after the first flight.
Overall, the suitcase performed surprisingly better than expected and it is evident that the company stands firmly behind their product offering a ten-year warranty.
For my son’s and even my purposes, I would check the 19-inch hard face EZ access mobile office, which is smaller but comes with a useful outside pocket that can accommodate a 15-inch laptop or l full sized tablet.
The Roxbury 2.0 by Ricardo is sold for $149.99 at major department stores and internet retailers.
Disclaimer I received a Richardo Roxbury 2.0 suitcase for review purposes with no other compensation.All opinions expressed are my own and can’t be swayed or bought.