The ridges are both stylish and help protect it from scuffs/scratches
The Samsonite Tru-Frame really ventures into some new territory with its unique design.
First, let’s discuss its zipper-less design. The Tru-Frame is actually more similar to a large briefcase than a typical suitcase with this change. It’s also a very beneficial one that now makes me wonder why more don’t do it! For example, it is much quicker to pop the lock on the Tru-Frame than it is to unzip a typical suitcase. Also, there is a rubber seal on both the top and bottom shell, so when it’s closed it is fully protected from water. I was just recently in Italy and got caught in a heavy downpour with all of my luggage. I learned that even a zippered hardside suitcase is not fully protected as water seeps in through the zippered section. And nobody wants a bunch of wet clothes that you have to dry out!
Not having zippers, the typical TSA lock has been replaced with one more akin to those on a briefcase. But it works very well. In fact, it seems more solid and secure.
A number of hardside suitcases these days have worked around its susceptibility to scratches with a micro-diamond, textured finish. Which works for scratches, but in my experience this can make buffering out scuffs nearly impossible. They tend to get stuck in the recesses of the textured pattern. The Samsonite Tru-frame has met a happy medium here, with its smooth raised ridges (lines, waves, or whatever you would call them!). Not only does it add a stylish and modern flare but, more importantly, appear to add increased durability. Would-be deep scratches now glide across the crest of each ridge, leaving small and seemingly unnoticeable blemishes. And scuffs across the crests can more easily be buffed out because of the smooth finish.
By removing the zipper, a water-tight seal is created when closed. It’s also more solid because of this.
A common feature for medium to high-end luggage are dual spinner wheels. These are much wider, smoother, and more stable than regular wheels. And the Tru-Frame’s dual wheels roll like butter. Silky smooth, delicious ready-to-dip-lobster-into-it butter. You will have a hard time finding wheels that perform better than this, with the exception of the magnetic wheels in TravelPro’s Crew 10 luggage.
I would also like to mention an additional benefit of the zipper-less design: security. If keeping your valuables secure is super important, then a zippered suitcase just cannot match the Tru-Frame’s briefcase design. With zippers, the seam can quite easily be separated with something as simple as a ball-point pen. Without a doubt, Samsonite is charging extra for this design, but for many the increased security will be worth it.