We're always on the hunt for the next best suitcase. Arlo Skye's carry-on is practical and polished and rolls like a dream.
There are two types of travelers — those that dress up for the airport and those that dress down. I would put myself in the latter bucket, despite aspiring to be in the former.
Comfort is my number one priority when traveling, especially on long-haul flights. While shuttling from point A to point B, I've found that a good-looking suitcase goes a long way in dressing up any airport outfit.
I recently tested out the carry-on from new luggage brand Arlo Skye. Created by alums of Louis Vuitton and Tumi, it is no surprise that the suitcase is sleek, stylish, and functional. Made from aluminum-magnesium alloy, the shell is unbreakable and lightweight — a quality I greatly appreciated when it came time to hoist it into the airplane's overhead compartment.
The suitcase comes in three basic, chic color combos: champagne with gray leather accents, silver with black leather, or black with black leather. At first I was a little confused by the lack of a zipper, which is replaced with two side buckles. I quickly came to love the innovation — so much time is saved when you don't have to zip and unzip your suitcase. As someone who routinely carries an extra phone battery in her purse, I didn't utilize the built-in charger, but I see the benefit. The shoe and laundry bags came in handy; I appreciated the anti-microbial lining that helps fight odors from things like stinky sneakers and dirty laundry. The whisper quiet spinner wheels are the best thing of all — it was smoothing sailing no matter the terrain.
The one drawback to the suitcase is that it lacks interior organizing details like the mesh zipped covers that normally keep clothing and shoes from spilling out of an opened suitcase; or a side pocket for odds and ends like chargers or small toiletries. I was told that newer models will be including some of these features.
Arlo Skye is a great choice for frequent fliers who see the value in (and don't mind paying for) a carry-on that is practical, polished, and made with high-quality materials.
The Arlo Skye carry-on is available at arloskye.com for $550.