The durable aluminum handle and “skateboard” wheels allow Timbuk2 to offer a Lifetime warranty
I tend to favor hardside suitcases. But with a carry-on, this is not so important as it’s not mistreated like larger checked luggage.
The great thing about the Copilot is its unique fabric. It’s not the typical textured nylon. Instead, it’s a nylon reinforced tarpaulin. The result is fantastic. It looks more modern and sleek than most fabric luggage, cleans easily, and is difficult to stain.
For the retractable handle, it is a dual-pole aluminum design. As you can see from the pictures, it is very solid and thick. According to Timbuk2, the handle itself is “bike” inspired, meaning it has the grip and texture of a bicycle’s handle. I’m not sure this makes much of a difference, but it is an extra finishing touch for sure.
Another stand-out design feature is the skateboard wheels – very different from most wheeler luggage. These are super quiet and smooth. Although it seems unlikely based on their solid design, if a wheel ever did crack, they are replaceable. Yes, the wheels can easily be removed!
The Timbuk2 Copilot has grab handles on all four sides; fabric ones on the top, left, and right and a plastic handle on the bottom that doubles as a foot. To be honest, I don’t know why all suitcases don’t do this. It’s such a simple feature but makes it so much easier if you put your luggage in the car, taxi, or overhead bin backwards.