Are you thinking about getting a Revo suitcase? If so, you should try to find out as much as you can about them. And that's exactly what you can do here! In our detailed review, we will tell you everything there is to know about these made in USA suitcases.
Usually when people see a made in USA tag, they expect a lot from the product. They think they're getting superior quality, even though the price tag already tells them what to expect.
With Revo, you're pretty much getting what you're paying for - and that's never a bad thing. The luggage is averagely priced, so expect average overall quality. But obviously there's more to them, so keep reading!
The durability of any suitcase mostly depends on the materials that it is made of. Because of that, some Revo suitcases perform better than others.
There are two main materials used for the shell of hardside Revo luggage – ABS and Polycarbonate. ABS plastic is the less durable option, and suitcases that are made with it are generally cheaper. The plastic breaks upon hard impact, and I don’t recommend these for checked bags.
Baggage handlers will throw around your suitcase a lot, and ABS doesn’t handle that very well. One nasty landing is all it takes for you to find your suitcase on the carousel looking like a tractor ran over it. So, if you are looking to get a large checked suitcase, you’re better off with something from their Polycarbonate range.
PC is a much more durable material. It is flexible, and PC shells don’t break under impact – they bend, and then they pop into their original shape. That’s why these suitcases can survive multiple falls and nasty landings without any cracks.
Of course, you also have to think about the wheels and the handle. Even though the shell might pass the durability test, there’s other things that can go wrong – wheels can come off, or the handle can be ripped apart. Look for an aluminum wheel handle, because they are a lot sturdier than plastic ones.
With wheels, it’s pretty much a gamble. Whether you’re paying $100 or $1000 for a suitcase, you can never be completely sure about the wheels. Their durability depends on how often your suitcase lands on them, which is something you can’t really control.
They are the weakest point of your suitcase, and I recommend having a spare one tucked away in your bag. It takes 10-20 minutes to replace one spinner wheel (depending on how skilled you are with tools), and it’s much easier to do that, than it is to travel with a three-legged suitcase.
My rule is hardside for checked bags when you’re flying somewhere. A softshell is simply not designed to deal with being thrown around, and looking at it on the carousel often times resembles witnessing a crime scene. So, if you’re looking at suitcases that are 25”+ and you intend to bring them on an airplane, then a hardside will be your best friend.
And in all other situations, it depends on your personal preferences. If you like having multiple pockets and external compartments, then a softside is the obvious choice. They allow for better organization – these suitcases usually have a single packing compartment, but they make up for it with multiple pockets.
The same can’t be said for hardsides. The two packing compartments allow for some organization, but often times you will have just a tiny little pocket in the bottom compartment.
Durability also isn’t a really big factor if you’re just putting your luggage in the trunk of your car – the rules that apply for checked bags don’t really apply there. And, another thing to keep in mind is that both the softsides and hardsides by Revo have spinner wheels. You will have the same maneuverability regardless of the type of shell.
So, go with your gut and personal preference. Get a suitcase that you believe you will get the most use out of. Which brings me to my next point:
You’d think this was an obvious one – you should get a suitcase that’s just the right size for your trips. Meaning, don’t get a 28” suitcase just because you don’t have one and you think you might need it in distant future. Get a suitcase that’s the perfect size for your upcoming trip – that way you’re guaranteed to use it.
Lots of people I know made the mistake of getting a suitcase that they didn’t really need. Like my best friend, who always goes on business trips for 3-4 days, and who get a 30” suitcase because she didn’t have one. And guess what – it’s still sitting in the closet with its tags on, two years later. So, don’t make the same mistake as her, because that’s not how you get good value for money.
To get the best value for your money, you should get something that you will use really often. Really big suitcases (30” and larger) are great for trips that last longer than 10 days. If you don’t go on those, then you’ll be fine with a 26”. And if you have insane packing skills, you’ll be fine with a smaller one. With some tips and tricks, you can easily pack for a week in a carry on.
The Radar suitcase has a pretty unique design of the shell (for Revo). It is ribbed, but the ribbing is done in concentric circles. The shell looks very stylish, and you’ll probably pick up a lot of compliments with this suitcase. Plus, the design is hypnotic, and ensures that it takes you while to notice any scuffs on the shell.
The exterior of the luggage is made from 100% matte Polycarbonate, and the shell has really good impact resistance, thanks to the flexibility of the material.
There are four double spinner wheels on this luggage, which allow for good maneuverability. However, they are rather small, so it might not be that easy to get around with the larger suitcases. The double-barrel wheel handle does help with that, as it locks into extended position for easier maneuvering.
There are also two grab handles – a top one and a side one. They are rubberized for good grip, but are not that soft and comfortable.
The Radar luggage features split opening – two packing compartments, for easy packing and organization. Also, these Revo suitcases have capacity that is expandable by 2”, which great for everyone who like to shop while they are travelling. They don’t have any locks, so they’re not the best option in terms of safety of your belongings.
The Stealth suitcases are the only ones that have an ABS shell. I definitely don’t recommend them as checked bags, because ABS doesn’t have great impact resistance. It is plastic and it will break upon hard impact, unlike Polycarbonate, which bends. However, if you don’t plan to take these on an airplane, they’re as good as any other suitcase. And the low price tag makes them even more attractive.
Because the shell of the Stealth luggage is made from ABS plastic, it has really great scratch resistance. That’s one area where ABS actually performs better than PC. The ribbed design of the shell also helps with this, as it makes any existing scuffs much less visible.
These are equipped with single spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle that locks into extended position. The wheels are really small, so expect decent ease of maneuvering. But nothing too spectacular.
There are two grab handles on the Stealth suitcases – on the top and on the side. Both handles are rubberized, and give you great grip of your Revo suitcases.
The interior is divided into two packing compartments with expandable capacity. Both compartments are fully lined, and feature zippered closure. The bottom compartment has cross straps and a small zippered pocket on the side, while the top compartment features a full panel zippered divider.
These suitcases are made from 100% Makrolon Polycarbonate. They have really good impact resistance, because of the flexibility of the material. But they don’t have amazing scratch resistance – that’s a typical downside of Polycarbonate, so get a suitcase cover if you want it to look brand new for a long time.
You get four double spinner wheels on these suitcases, which roll pretty smoothly. You’ll have good maneuverability of your luggage thanks to them, especially with the retractable wheel handle. It is made from aluminum, so it is lightweight and really sturdy, and it can be locked into both extended and stored positions.
The Impact even has a bottom grab handle – something that hardshells rarely have, but which makes so much difference when you actually need to pick up your suitcase. There are also grab handles on the top and side, which are rubberized for improved grip.
These hardshells are great for organization. The interior consists of two fully lined packing compartments with expandable capacity. The top compartment has a full panel zippered divider, which features a large zippered pocket and several smaller slip pockets. And the bottom compartment has one zippered pocket on the side, as well as elastic cross straps that keep your belongings in place.
The only downside to the Impact luggage is that the smallest one is actually 22” tall with the wheels and the handle, so not every airline will accept it as a carry on.
Luna is probably the best hardshell suitcase you can currently get from Revo. And that’s reflected in its price – it’s also the most expensive luggage you can buy from this brand. But that’s because they opted only for the premium materials here, with the Virgin Makrolon Polycarbonate shell and aluminum wheel handle.
The shell of the suitcase is really durable, and it has decent scratch resistance. It is ribbed, and that helps a lot with the scratches, since they won’t be nearly as visible as they would be on a completely smooth shell.
Luna luggage features four double spinner wheels that roll smoothly and quietly. They give you excellent maneuverability of your suitcase, especially in combination with the telescopic wheel handle. The handle also locks into position when extended, and it stays upright. And it is made from aluminum, so it is both sturdy and lightweight at the same time.
These suitcases have recessed TSA locks on the top. The locks are classic, three-digit combination locks, like you see on pretty much all other suitcases. And they are a necessity, if you frequently fly to the States.
The interior of Luna luggage features two packing compartments with expandable capacity. Each compartment has a zippered divider, and your suitcase will look extremely neat when you open it up. But those dividers don’t have pockets, so they’re not the best option for travelling organized.
The Pipeline suitcase are a really good option. Their shells are made from 100% Polycarbonate, with an additional PC film that really enhances their durability. The shell is completely ribbed, so it has good scratch resistance as well. And these are not as expensive as the Luna suitcases – they are about a $100 cheaper.
There are four double spinner wheels on the suitcase, and they are made from rubber. That’s a good and a bad thing – it’s bad because rubber wheels don’t roll as smoothly and quietly as plastic wheels. But it is a good thing because they are a little more durable, and they’re easier to fix.
Rubber chips away in pieces, and even if part of the wheel falls off, you can still use the suitcase. And fixing it is as easy as rolling some tape around the base of the wheel.
There are two grab handles on the Pipeline luggage, which are sturdy and comfortable. Also, you have a telescopic wheel handle with a push button that locks into both extended and stored positions.
The interior is divided into two packing compartments with expandable capacity, both of which have full panel zippered dividers. One of those features a large zippered pocket, so these have some organizational capabilities. Not the best, but actually better than what we had on the Luna luggage. The one downside to the Pipeline luggage is that they don’t have any locks, let alone TSA ones.
These Revo suitcases are a good option if you like having multiple compartments. They’re awesome for travelling organized, thanks to two spacious external pockets and two internal ones. The exterior of the suitcases is made from dobby nylon – the best material for softside luggage. Nylon is very sturdy and has good water-resistance. Plus, the Traffic Light suitcases have rubberized corners and a polypropylene tray on the bottom, which improves their overall durability.
The packing compartment is fully lined and spacious. It features two tie-down straps that help keep all of your clothes in place – especially helpful when you don’t fill up the packing compartment entirely. And it has expandable capacity, so you can come home from your trips with more stuff than you originally brought.
One thing I don’t approve of are the wheels – they are very small, and that is really obvious on the largest suitcase. I’m not sure if they could handle the weight of it properly, so I think you won’t have great maneuverability of your luggage. Larger suitcases are always harder to maneuver because of their bulkiness, and especially when they have disproportionally small wheels.
The single spinner wheels perform best on the smallest suitcase. The luggage has a double-barrel wheel handle, and two grab handles – one on the top, and one on the side. Overall, I think you’ll be fine with these suitcases, as long as you don’t check them at an airport.
The Logic suitcase is currently available in only one size. But it is the perfect size for a carry on, so consider it if that’s what you’re looking for. It is made from tough and durable polyester, with seriously reinforced bottom corners. Plus, the top corners are also rubberized, so this should be a pretty durable suitcase.
The wheel handle is ergonomic, and lies comfortably in your hands. It helps you move around with your suitcase with easy, especially in combination with the single spinner wheels. Which are perfectly proportionate with the size of the suitcase.
There are three grab handles on the Logic – a top one, a side one, and a bottom one. That’s pretty helpful, especially if you would like to use it as a carry one – it’s much easier to pick up your suitcase when you have both a top and bottom grab handle.
You get one packing compartment, and that’s pretty standard for a softside. It has expandable capacity, which is always useful. It is fully lined and features valet-straps that keep your clothes in place. There’s one zippered pocket inside the packing compartment, and a very large mesh compartment on the lid of the suitcase.
Also, there are two external pockets – great for any last-minute items. Or just for things you want to have handy while you’re travelling.
The Twist suitcases are my favorite softsides. They are made from ballistic dobby polyester, and have rubberized top corners and reinforced bottom corners, for enhanced impact-resistance and durability. These are the only softshells that feature double spinner wheels, which give you really good maneuverability of your suitcase.
The wheels are pretty small and they are made from rubber. But they are so much easier to maneuver than single spinner wheels, so size isn’t really an issue here. And there’s also the double-barrel wheel handle with a locking button, which helps with that even more.
In addition to that, the Twist luggage features three grab handles – top, bottom and side ones. Plus, there is also an add-a-bag strap, which makes travelling with several pieces of luggage easier and more comfortable.
But the packing compartment is the star of the show. It is fully lined, with expandable capacity and tie-down straps. There’s a mesh zippered pocket on the side of the compartment, as well as a waterproof pouch for your wet clothes. And then there’s also a large zippered pocket on the lid of the suitcase, and several slip pockets on top of it.
Moving on to the external compartments – you get two of those, and both are pretty big. In general, I think these are the best suitcases if organization is one of your main priorities, because of all the different pockets and compartments you get.
Maybe you are still not sure which of these Revo suitcases is the best option for you. Let me help you with that – here are the top three suitcases that I recommend.
If you really want a hardside, then I would recommend either Luna or Pipeline. Both of them are really good choices, since they both feature sturdy Polycarbonate shells. But there’s some upsides and downsides to both of these.
The Luna is sturdier out of the two, and has a TSA lock, but doesn’t have any pockets inside. It’s the better option if you want a large checked bag that you can travel overseas with. However, it’s also the more expensive option.
The Pipeline, on the other hand, is more affordable, and has pretty much the same level of durability and impact resistance. But, it has a few more features inside, including pockets for your smaller belongings. It doesn’t have a lock, unfortunately, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a checked bag. But I would definitely recommend it as a carry on.
The Twist is by far my favorite softside. I love having lots of different pockets, because it allows me to organize all of my smaller items – jewelry, watches, cables, chargers etc. Also, the Twist has an advantage over the other softsides because it has double spinner wheels, which are much sturdier than single spinners. The expandable capacity of these Revo suitcases is also a really useful feature, since it means you can shop without worries on your holiday.
If you’ve come this far and you still haven’t found the right luggage for you, then you’ve still got some reading to do. Check out our other posts on similar luggage brands – maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for there!
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!