• Samsonite Inova Carry-On 20" Review

Samsonite Inova Carry-On Luggage Review

PRODUCT GRADE

Review Grade: A

FEATURES 100
DESIGN 95
DURABILITY 100
PRICE 85
USER REVIEWS 100
OVERALL 96

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In those movies – movies with the agents in black suits. Sunglasses. Dramatic music beating to each step. And you know that suitcase? The one packed full of neatly stacked $100 bills?

That’s pretty much what I think of when I see the Samsonite Inova. Classy. Sexy and classy. Or maybe sexy and then classy?

But does the Samsonite Inova Carry-On hold up well? And what about its crazy high price tag?

Features

BASICS

  • Case: Hardside (hardcase) 100% Makrolon polycarbonate
  • Wheels: Spinner (4 wheels multi-directional)
  • Color Options: Metallic Silver, Indigo Blue
  • Size Being Reviewed: 20″
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs
  • All Sizes Available: 20″, 28″
  • Available as Set:  No

SELLING POINTS

  • Super lightweight & durable
  • High-end stylish design
  • 4 double-wheeled spinners
  • Secure TSA approved lock
Samsonite Inova Carry-On - TSA Lock

TSA approved lock

FEATURES GRADE 100

Design

Exterior

Samsonite Inova Carry-On - Front

The Samsonite Inova Carry-On has a sleek and simple design.

Its brushed metal texture is just plain sexy. It gives it both a luxury and masculine flare. This also hides scratches really well. The matte black trim and hardware nicely contrast and compliment the design as well.

Thanks to the four double spinner wheels, maneuverability is effortless. Compared to the single wheels that most luggage uses, the double wheels really do make the Inova roll more smoothly.

The retractable handle is solid and performs well. Its design is also very modern and sleek. The grab handles on the side and top are durable and sturdy.

A TSA approved lock keeps your bag secure. You know, just in case you’re carrying around stacks of $100 bills with this bling-bling of a suitcase.

Samsonite Inova Carry-On - Handle & Wheels

Well built with a modern and sophisticated design, the Samsonite Inova exudes class

Color Options

Samsonite Inova Carry-On - Colors

The Samsonite Inova Carry-On comes in Metalic Silver & Indigo Blue

The Samsonite Inova 20″ Carry-On comes in 2 colors: Metallic Silver and Indigo Blue

You can’t go wrong with either color. Both are professional and modern designs.

Interior

Samsonite Inova Carry-On - Interior

The Samsonite Inova has a zippered divider on both sides

You can actually fit a lot in this Samsonite Carry-On.

With a clam-shell design, the Inova has two compartments. Each compartment has its own mesh, zippered separator. I really like dual separators in my luggage, because this keeps everything in place on both sides when opened. To also help keep everything in place, each side has tie-down straps.

Now some luggage will add a zippered pocket or two onto the mesh divider. This is oddly absent with the Samsonite Inova. Perhaps they excluded it to keep with the “less is better” style of the suitcase? It’s definitely a small omission, but with its high pricetag I have to knock off a few points from what would have been a perfect design score.

Sizes | Samsonite Inova Carry-On Luggage

Samsonite Inova Carry-On - Colors

Along with the 20″ carry-on, you can also get the Inova in a 28″ size

The Samsonite Inova Spinner comes in 2 sizes, 20″ and 28″. However, it does not appear that anyone sells them as a set (including Samsonite’s own online store).

DESIGN GRADE 100

Durability

The Makrolon polycarbonate hardside case is the latest and greatest in luggage plastics, making it extremely impact-resistant and durable. This poly material no doubt greatly increases the Samsonite Inova’s price, but it’s also one of the toughest carry-ons you can currently buy.

The brushed metal texture offers a unique design while camouflaging scratches. It’s easy to wipe clean and keep looking new.

Equally as tough are the Inova’s double spinner wheels. They too are made of the same strong, flexible polycarbonate.

As I went through online reviews I saw next to no complaints from consumers about the Inova’s durability. The Inova Carry-On lives up to and even surpasses Samsonite’s reputation.

DURABILITY GRADE 100

Price

The MSRP is around $230 for the 20″ Inova Carry-On, and it’s not commonly found on sale.

There’s no doubt, it’s not cheap. But it’s not cheaply made. The material in the Samsonite Inova is top-notch.

And it’s sexy. Professional sexy, that is.

But ultimately the Inova is marketed toward the high-end luggage crowd. Whether you find it’s worth the price depends on how much “style” is worth to you.

PRICE GRADE 85

User Reviews

User reviews on various websites average around 4.6 stars and up, out of 5.

4.7 Stars Average User Rating

Some of the things that user reviews often brought up were:

  • Extremely durable
  • Super lightweight
  • Lack of interior pockets

The lightweight and durability of this carry-on make it a win-win. The smooth spinning wheels and dual locking handle are sturdy and reliable.

The textured finish of the outer shell easily hides scratches.

Some users were disappointed with the number of interior pockets. I like zipper pockets on the mesh dividers too. But whether this matters to you or not is probably dependent on what luggage you are currently used to.

USER REVIEWS GRADE 100

Summary | Samsonite Inova Carry-On Luggage

Pros

  • Super lightweight & durable
  • High-end stylish design
  • 4 double-wheeled spinners
  • Secure TSA approved lock

Cons

  • Price, price, and then price

Verdict

If you want the best and the most stylish, and can afford it, then you will be in love with the Samsonite Inova.

Made from the latest and toughest of plastics with double wheels, the Samsonite Inova Carry-On kicks butt on the durability scale. And it’s bringing sexy back to luggage.

 

For a modern but more affordable option, check out my favorite carry-on the Timbuk2 Copilot.

The Delsey Helium Aero is also very stylish and the Rockland Sonic is usually the cheapest (depending on the sale).

Available on Amazon – 20″ & 28″

2017-10-14T03:19:21+00:00 By |Categories: Carry-On, Suitcases|Tags: , , , |

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