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Introducing Travelpro Maxlite 2

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Travel is the ultimate gift in our family. So we're always on the hunt for stylish, high-performance luggage. This month we've been wheeling around the latest from Travelpro, the inventor of the original Rollaboard suitcase.

We've been road-testing the next generation of Travelpro Spinners, the Maxlite® 2. The new line offers all the same smooth spinner portability with some new twists. We liked the feel of the new "Contour'?¢ Handle Grip" especially compared to our last suitcase which did not have an ergonomic design. The handle can be set at both 38'? and 41'? giving travelers of many sizes options.

When empty, the suitcase is feather light (6.3 lbs; no one to blame but myself for having such heavy shoes). Since I fly about 7-8 times a year, I need a suitcase that can stand up to the rigors of world travel--while still looking chic. We picked the 20'? Expandable Spinner (carry-on size) in ocean blue. Black is also available, but the blue certainly stands out on the baggage carousel.

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Other than the looks and comfort, I love all the little zippered compartments tucked in the bag. There's a spot for little accessories so they don't get lost, and another I use for all my cords and chargers. Plus, I appreciate the reinforced edges. My last bag got quite beat up in overhead compartments (it had been to 30+ countries...we travel A LOT) around the outer edges. This bag has reinforced seams so it can retain it's looks over the years (amen to that).

There's also a 25'? Expandable Spinner and a 29'? Expandable Spinner. All of the options come with a Lifetime Warranty on materials and workmanship. I look at good luggage as an investment in my enjoyment. If the wheels come off, it can ruin your fun. Shop smart as you prepare for all your journeys in 2012.

Visit Travelpro at www.travelpro.com to see all the styles.

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Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did get a bag for review purposes.

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