For the 50+ Traveler

From rugged checked luggage pieces to lightweight multi-purpose carry-on style bags, we've collected the best in the market. Take a look at these great luggage pieces and choose a winner for your next trip.

1. Stylish: Samsonite Winfield Spinner

Although not the most critical feature, many travelers enjoy luggage that is stylish as well as functional. The Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Hardside Spinner is an excellent overall bag that looks great, too. It has multi-directional wheels for ease of movement, a squared full-capacity design, and a full-zip interior organization pocket design. But its best feature is a brushed aluminum exterior design. These brush strokes camouflage the inevitable scuffs and scrapes that happen to hard-shell checked bags. The Winfield Spinner is lightweight at and medium size (24 inches), which is optimal for a four-day trip. For those looking for a more substantial checked bag, this model also comes in a 28-inch size.

Buy: Samsonite Winfield Spinner for $179.99

2. Durability: Delsey Helium Aero 29 inch Expandable

Another great-looking bag, the Delsey Helium Aero 29 inch model takes a beating during handling and can manage all the road warrior miles you throw its way. It has all the expected features of a high-end checked piece of luggage, such as 360-degree spinner wheels, organizable interior with zippered compartments and straps, and an easy-glide retractable handle. As a bonus, the bag expands an additional 2 inches - an essential feature in hard-shell models that can be unforgiving. Users rate this bag high for its durability, with quality oversized self-repairing zippers and an integrated 3-dial TSA lock.

Buy: Delsey Helium Aero 29 inch Expandable for $140.00

3. Function: Nomatic Travel Bag

If you are looking for an all-purpose bag, one that has unsurpassed organizational features while being lightweight and stylish, Nomatic's Travel Bag may be just for you. It is technically a carry-on bag but is full of features that may allow it to be a replacement for your checked bag needs. Available in a base model, with three levels of add-ons, the Nomatic includes integrated laundry bags, water bottle storage, laptop case, shoe storage and more. Its innovative strap system allows quick switching from a backpack to a duffle. It is also designed to fit snuggly on a roller-bag handle should you need more storage and use it strictly as a carry-on item. The Nomatic Travel Bag retail price starts at $229, with an expanded model retailing for $449.

Buy: Nomatic Travel Bag for $229.99

4. Oversized: Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32

For those looking for a large bag that is easy to maneuver, rugged and forgiving at the same time, the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 is a rolling duffle that fits the bill. This bag is rife with features, from numerous organizational pockets, secondary storage spaces so clothing can be kept separate from gear, and multiple carry points. Since it is a soft bag, it weighs much less than many oversized bags, at just seven pounds. It holds a massive 5,500 cubic inches of clothing and gear and rolls on heavy-duty treaded wheels that can quickly overcome any obstacle.

Buy: Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 for $299.00

5. Lightweight: Samsonite Luggage Fiero HS Spinner 24

Durable checked luggage doesn't get much more lightweight than Samsonsite's Fiero HS line, and its 24-inch model is perfect for a 3-4 day trip. Its fully-functional 360-degree spinning wheels are rugged and lightweight, and its hard shell is designed to resist scratching from handling abuse. It also comes with a fully dividable interior and a durable locking system.

Buy: Samsonite Luggage Fiero HS Spinner 24 for $220.00

6. Organizable / Garments: Delsey Helium 45 inch Deluxe

Heading to a wedding or a business meeting? The Delsey Helium 45 inch Deluxe is the best garment bag on the market today. Garment bags often suffer from floppiness - if you are not carrying them, they rumple your clothing. Delsey's design keeps everything rigid enough to protect suits and dresses while still being forgiving when packing in a car or taxi. The bag opens book-style to allow access to its several compartments, so travelers do not have to dig for frequently accessed items. It holds a lot and is super lightweight at only five pounds. To make it easier to carry, Delsey has included padded straps and multiple carry points, too.

Buy: Delsey Helium 45 inch Deluxe for $85.00

7. Overall: TravelPro Platinum Magna

For travelers who need many features in their luggage, the TravelPro Platinum Magna may be the best piece of luggage on the market today. The Platinum Magna Spinner Suiter combines an easily maneuverable rolling checked lugged with garment bag functionality. It features eight patented self-aligning Magna-trac wheels for unparalleled mobility. Featuring premium fabrics, leather handles, brushed chrome appointments and "Supra" zipper heads, the Magna line looks as good as it functions.

Buy: TravelPro Platinum Magna Spinner Suiter for $254.99

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