The exterior of the Aspire is stylish but yet rugged and durable. The steel-wire frame and tough poly fabric allow it to withstand the rough handling common on a flight.
Spinner wheels all the way around make the Aspire xLite glide smoothly. The study retractable handle helps with guiding the suitcase when on its wheels and is solid.
I personally am not a huge fan of exterior pockets, as I feel the space tends to be often wasted. You tend to only put small things that can’t break there, or where you just shove a last minute clothing item or papers. But a single item can make the exterior pockets bulge enough so the luggage is too wide for a carry-on. Exterior pockets are pretty much on all softside luggage, though. So the Aspire is just following tradition here. And if you are using the 25″ suitcase where the extra width won’t matter (provided it’s not over the weight limit) then it can be a welcome feature.
Padded top and side handles are a nice feature as it makes lifting the luggage in and out of a vehicle much easier.
And as always, Samsonite has some solid quality zippers on the suitcase. They should hold up for the life of the luggage.