The exterior is what really sets most suitcases apart, as there is only so much innovation that can be done with the interior.
As far as the design itself, the brushed metal look and bold colors make the Samsonite Winfield suitcase stand out. If you travel by plane often like me, this is very important feature. Not only does it make it easier to spot your luggage in baggage claim, but stops those awkward moments when someone else incorrectly starts walking off with your luggage.
The brushed metal look also seems to help with hiding small scratches and scuffs. Hardside cases have many benefits over poly or nylon fabric luggage, especially if caught in the rain or in a dirty environment. But their Achilles heel is usually a tendency to get scuffed. I talk about this in more detail further down in the article under User Reviews.
As for the wheels, they roll smoothly even on more bumpy surfaces. Really, after using 4 spinner wheels there is no going back to the old 2 wheel design. The wheels keep the bag balanced so it’s never top heavy.
Some suitcases struggle with a sturdy retractable handle. But the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion provides a solid retractable handle that can withstand tugging it different directions quickly.
Another key thing I look for is the quality of the grip handles. Like most larger luggage products, it has two. One is on the top and the other is on the side. For me, side handles on hardside suitcases often look they are going to pop off as there is so much weight pulling on only half of the case. But the side handle seems to hold up quite well on the Winfield 2 Fashion.