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LAT_56 Carry-On Review: Road Warrior 8-Wheel Carry-On

A water-resistant, eight-wheeled carry-on suitcase that can handle anything you (or baggage handlers) throw at it.

LAT_56 Carry-On Review

Price and Where to Buy the LAT_56 Carry-On:

The suitcase is $449 at lat56.com.

Pros:

  • Eight spinner wheels work on any terrain
  • Can be wheeled on just two wheels if necessary thanks to the larger four rear wheels
  • Water resistant
  • Durable enough to handle anything that you (or baggage handlers) throw at it, thanks to its Military-spec moulded EVA foam and Ballistic Nylon exterior
  • Cabin approved suitcase meets IATA Cabin OK dimensions (21.5″ x 13.5″ x 7.5″)
  • Removable water-resistant shoe/laundry bag
  • Easy access back pocket
  • Plush interior lining
  • Top zippered compartment stores your toiletries for quick access in the security line
  • Rattle-free telescoping handle
  • Limited lifetime guarantee
  • Sleek design
  • Smooth, durable zippers

Cons:

  • The empty suitcase weighs 8.1 lbs, which can take up a decent chunk of your carry-on weight for certain airlines.

How the LAT_56 Carry-On Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The RW_02 has lots of useful features, like clever access pockets and water-resistance. It’s a solid rolling suitcase that will meet most airlines’ size requirements.
  • Value: 8/10. Although an expensive initial outlay, the limited lifetime guarantee could mean that this is the last suitcase you ever need to buy.
  • Portability: 10/10. The unique eight-wheel spinner design lets you navigate this suitcase easily over any kind of surface—like cobblestones or an unpaved road.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. The exterior black design is very sleek, and the red plush interior adds a cool pop of color.

Final Verdict:

If you’re looking for an investment carry-on suitcase that will last you for more than a few trips, the RW_02 is a good buy.

(Photo:LAT_56)

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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