Last Updated: July 10, 2019

Roncato Luggage Review: Is It Worth It?

Roncato Luggage Reviews

If you want to know more about Roncato luggage, then you’re in the right place! In this detailed review, I will tell you everything about their best pieces of luggage, including both suitcases and duffel bags.

Roncato is an Italian brand that makes high-end luggage. Their prices are definitely not for everyone, but the quality and performance of this luggage should justify the price tags.

I will tell you if that’s the case, and I will show you some of their best-selling products. And I will also help you figure out which type of luggage is the best choice for you, if you are not sure what you should get!

Choosing The Right Luggage

Why Roncato?

Why should you buy a suitcase from this brand anyway, when you can get a cheaper on pretty much anywhere? Because you can afford it.

Roncato luggage is definitely not cheap or affordable, but they make up for their high price tags with features. For one thing, all of their luggage is made from premium materials, and you can expect it to last for years. Sure, you will experience some wear and tear, but that’s completely normal. And the wheels might break or come off, but you can always replace those.

See, that’s the difference between a Roncato suitcase and a $60 suitcase from Amazon. If a wheel breaks off on the cheap one, you’ll just throw it away. But if a wheel breaks off on this one, you will replace it.

Anyway, check out this video to get a better idea of what I’m talking about:

Now that’s the difference between a cheap suitcase and a Roncato. Not only can it survive a 7.5 meter fall with just a few scuffs, but you can also use it to shield yourself from gunfire. And you never know – we live in a crazy age, and that might actually come in handy one day. 

Apart from great durability, this luggage is also popular because of how lightweight it is. You can get a 34” suitcase that weighs less than 7 lbs, and that’s amazing. With cheaper luggage, you won’t get that weight on a 21” suitcase.

But these suitcases are definitely not for everyone. Don’t buy one if you can’t really afford it – it will hurt way too much when something gets broken and it needs replacing.

A Suitcase Or A Duffel Bag?

Roncato has all kinds of luggage in their collection. There are some backpacks and underseat bags, but they’re not really worth mentioning. They mostly focus on suitcases and duffel bags, so that’s what I will show you in this review.

But which one is the better option for you? That mostly depends on the length of your trips.

If you usually go away for a day or two at a time, then a duffel is really all you need. You can carry it on the plane and it’s not really a hassle to carry it around.

Also, if you need something with a lot of different pockets and compartments, then a duffel really is the best option for you. They usually have both internal and external pockets, which make it super easy to organize all of your things.

With suitcases – especially hardsides - there is always the issue of organization. You rarely get enough pockets, and you’re forced to use packing cubes if you want to separate your stuff.

But if you go on longer trips, and you are looking for a large bag, then a suitcase is the obvious choice. Roncato has lots of size variety to offer, ranging from 22” carry ons to 34” suitcases. But beware of the 34” ones – it’s really easy to overpack them, and you will wind up paying additional fees for overweight baggage.

I would also recommend a suitcase if you often drive places or travel by train. You don’t have to worry about baggage allowance, and it’s always nice to have a premium, high-end suitcase in your luggage collection.

Suitcases: Hardside Or Softside?

This is the easiest part – if you are looking to get a big suitcase that you will have to check at an airport, get a hardshell. Roncato hardshells are all made from polycarbonate, which is the best material for suitcases. It bends upon impact, and the chances it will break are much lower.

Keep in mind that baggage handlers just throw around your luggage, and a softside is not designed to withstand that. That’s why you see mutilated polyester suitcases on the luggage belt.

But if you want to get a carry on, or a suitcase for a road trip, you are fine with either a hardshell or a softshell. In that case, check out all of the features and sizes, and see which one is the best fit for you and your travel habits.

With all of that in mind, I think you’ll find it pretty easy to select your ideal piece of luggage. So, let’s check out the best ones that Roncato has to offer!


The Suitcases

The Hardshells

Roncato Box

Roncato Box 28' Spinner Anthracite

The Box luggage by Roncato is a really good option. All suitcases are made from 100% European polypropylene, so they are extremely lightweight. Polypropylene shells have better scratch resistance than polycarbonate shells, so your luggage will look brand new for a really long time. They are also more lightweight, but you can’t really compare the overall impact resistance and durability of the two – Polycarbonate is the winner there by far.

But they do have a more attractive price tag, since they cost about half as much as the polycarbonate Roncato suitcases. These have double spinner wheels, which roll quietly and smoothly. Plus, their color matches the color of the suitcase, and I think that’s a really nice touch. It never hurts when your suitcase is as stylish as you are.

The Box suitcases have zippered closure, but they don’t have expandable capacity. They feature TSA friendly locks, which keep all of your stuff safe, and give you some peace of mind in your travels. The wheel handle is extendable and locks into multiple positions, which makes it super easy to move around with your suitcase.

There are two packing compartments in this suitcase. But there are absolutely no pockets inside the Box, and that’s a huge downside for me. However, you do get two zippered dividers, so at least you can separate some of your stuff. Also, the dividers and the lining are both removable and washable – very convenient if you tend to spill things.

Pros

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Double zippered dividers
  • TSA friendly lock

Cons

  • No pockets at all
  • Polypropylene does not have the best impact resistance
  • Capacity not expandable
  • Overall Dimensions: 21,7” x 15,7” x 7,7”
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions: 18” x 27” x 10,4”
  • Weight: 6.30 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions: 19,7” x 30,5” x 11,7”
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs

Roncato UNO ZLS Premium

Roncato UNO ZSL Premium 32' Spinner Luggage (32', SILVER)
Roncato UNO ZSL Premium 32' Spinner Luggage (32', SILVER)

This Roncato suitcase is made from 100% European Polycarbonate. It has great impact resistance, and it will be able to survive pretty much anything. However, it doesn’t have the best overall scratch resistance – if you want to protect the shell from scuffs, I strongly suggest you get a thick luggage cover.

The luggage has double spinner wheels for great manoeuvrability, and a telescopic wheel handle that locks into multiple height positions. There is a three digit TSA approved lock that keeps you belongings safe, which is a must if you fly to the US often. Also, the grab handles are recessed and made from soft-touch rubber, so that they feel comfortable in your hands.

There are two packing compartments, and both of them have full panel zippered dividers. One compartment has two pockets on the divider, which allows for easy organization.

In terms of size variety, this is definitely the winner. The Uno Premium suitcase is available in 6 different sizes, including both a domestic and an international carry on. With this kind of range, it should be pretty easy for you to find the size that is right for you.

And whichever one you choose, it will be remarkably lightweight. The 34” suitcase is the heaviest one, and it weighs 9.9 lbs. That is actually a really great weight for a suitcase that is half my height! But that’s the benefit of polycarbonate I was talking about earlier – you won’t have the same weight and durability with any other material. Anyway, you can see the dimensions and weights of all Uno suitcases in the boxes below.

Pros

  • A lot of size variety
  • Excellent durability and weight
  • Double full panel dividers

Cons

  • Capacity is not expandable
  • No corner guards
  • Dimensions: 21.75” x 15.75” x 7.75”
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 21.75” x 15.75” x 9.75”
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 28” x 18” x 9.5”
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs
  • Dimensions: 30” x 20” x 11”
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 32” x 20.75” x 11”
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs
  • Dimensions: 34” x 22,5” x 13”
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs

The Softshells

Roncato Uno Soft

22' Carry-on Spinner Champagne - Champagne

The exterior of the Uno Soft is made from ballistic 1050D twill nylon. The material itself has been treated for dust and water resistance, but also for abrasion resistance. So, although this is a softside suitcase, you can expect it to last you a really long time. Especially because it has corner trims, which improve the overall durability of these Roncato suitcases.

Additionally, there are PU leather accents on the suitcases, which make it look a lot more sophisticated. As for the other features, you get double spinner wheels on these, which allow for easy manoeuvring of your luggage. And there is a telescopic wheel handle that is height adjustable, so that everyone can adjust it to their own height perfectly.

The Uno Soft suitcases all feature TSA friendly locks. They are three-digit combination locks and you don’t need a key to open them up. Also, the zippers on this luggage are tamper-proof, which is great. You can travel without worrying that someone will be able to break inside your suitcase and tamper with your stuff.

These Roncato suitcases have expandable capacity, which great if you usually shop on your trips. They actually have a pretty elaborate interior, with removable and washable lining. There are tie-down straps in the packing compartment, which actually have a divider – something you don’t really see that often in softshell suitcases. There are several pockets on the divider, as well as inside the packing compartment itself.

There is also a big pocket on the lid (in the bigger suitcases this is a suiter section), and a few external ones. Overall, great luggage for travelling organized.

Pros

  • Great for organization
  • TSA friendly lock
  • Expandable capacity

Cons

  • Grab handles barely noticeable
  • Light color is a magnet for dirt
  • Overall Dimensions: 15.75” x 21.75” x 9.25”
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions: 17” x 28” x 11.75”
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions: 19” x 32” x 11.75”
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs

Roncato Venice

Roncato Venice 27.5' Expandable Spinner Luggage (One size, Black)

The Venice suitcases are made from a mixture of nylon and polyester. So, not really the ideal materials, but still pretty sturdy and durable. And the luggage has a frame, which significantly improves its impact resistance and durability.

These suitcases have single spinner wheels that are very smooth. The telescopic wheel handle allows you to manoeuver your luggage with ease, and then stores into its own zippered compartment when you’re not using it. One downside of the Venice suitcases is that they don’t have TSA locks, so you can’t really leave your luggage unattended and be sure that it’s completely safe.

You get a lot of external compartments on this luggage, including one that can fit your 13” laptop. There is a zippered external pocket on the very back of the suitcase, as well as two additional ones on the front. And a slip pocket on the side of the suitcase, for all the stuff you need handy – like your passport and ticket.

The actual packing compartment is a bit simpler. It has tie-down straps to keep your clothes in place, and a zippered pocket on the lining. That’s one thing I don’t get – why would you want to put something in a pocket, and then put all of your clothes on top of it? It also has expandable capacity, and a large pocket with a zippered divider on the lid of the luggage. Also, the linings are all removable and washable, which is very convenient.

Pros

  • Framed suitcases
  • Expandable capacity
  • Multiple external compartments

Cons

  • No TSA lock
  • Not a lot of internal pockets
  • Overall Dimensions: 15.75” x 21.75” x 9.25”
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions: 17” x 28” x 10.25”
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions:  19” x 32” x 11”
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
  • Overall Dimensions:  34" x 19" x 11.75"
  • Weight: 6.9 lbs

Roncato Zero Gravity Sl Dlx

Zero Gravity Dlx

This is one of the best carry ons you could pick up. It’s a really small suitcase, and airlines will almost always treat it like a carry on. Also, it is extremely lightweight, which allows you to pack more stuff inside it, and stay comfortable when you’re carrying your suitcase. But the price is definitely the best part, since this is the most affordable suitcase from Roncato.

They did sacrifice some features though, to lower that price tag. You don’t get spinner wheels – instead, you get old-school skate wheels. You have to tilt your suitcase to get them rolling, and sometimes that can cause a lot of strain on your arms. But, it’s a small suitcase and it won’t really be too heavy, so that’s not something you need to worry about too much.

It doesn’t have a side grab handle, and that’s another downside. You will notice the lack of it when you want to pick up your suitcase and put it in the overhead bin. But you do get a top grab handle, which just extends from the main body of the suitcase. And it is really durable.

The Zero Gravity suitcase has a single packing compartment with tie-down straps. There is a large divider on the lid of the luggage, which acts as a really big pocket. And you get a large external pocket on the front of the suitcase – so maybe not the best, in terms of organization, but definitely good enough for the size of the suitcase. Additionally, the packing compartment can be secured with the TSA friendly lock, which is always a useful feature.

Pros

  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • TSA friendly lock
  • Carry on sized

Cons

  • Skate wheels
  • Not a lot of pockets
  • No side grab handle
  • Overall Dimensions: ​​​​21.75” x 15.75” x 7.75”
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs

The Duffel Bags

Roncato Adventure Duffel Bag

Roncato Adventure Travel Duffle, 45 cm, 43 liters, Black (Negro)

The Adventure duffel bag comes in two sizes, and they are actually pretty different. Let’s start with the smaller one (pictured) – a 16” duffel bag which can easily fit over or under the seat in any airplane. It’s made from 600D nylon/polyester, and it has some organizational features. That includes a shoe compartment and a few pockets inside.

But the most interesting thing about this duffel is that it doubles as a backpack. At the very bottom of the bag, there is a hidden compartment with shoulder straps. I like that you have the option to carry this on your back and free up your hands – very useful if you’re travelling with lots of luggage. But it also has a luggage strap and regular carry handles, just like normal duffels do.

The larger Adventure duffel is a bit simpler. It’s a 22” bag, so not all airlines will accept it as a carry on. It has two carry handles that are attached with a piece of leather, as well as a padded and adjustable shoulder strap. But no backpack straps on this one.

It’s made from the same material as the other Adventure duffel, so it has the same durability. It also has a luggage strap on the back, and a small zippered pocket on the front. There are also several pockets inside the bag, which allow for easy organization.

Pros

  • Smaller duffel doubles as a backpack
  • Both have luggage straps

Cons

  • Neither has compression straps
  • Dimensions: 16” x 11.7” x 10”
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (shipping weight)
  • Dimensions: 22.7” x 13” x 10”
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs

Roncato Ironik Wheeled Duffel Bag

Ironik Hand Luggage, 40 liters, Blue (Blu Notte)

A wheeled duffel is a good option you don’t really want to get a suitcase. They are the better choice for travelling organized, since they have more pockets and compartments. The Ironik ones in particular have three packing compartments, with clamshell style opening. And all the compartments can be closed off with dividers, so there’s no risk of your stuff falling out of the bag when you open it.

Everything will be easily accessible, which is really convenient. The largest compartment also has tie-down straps, for ensuring your clothes stay in place. But I don’t recommend the bigger bag for flights – you would have to check it, and I don’t think it would survive the trip. Plus, the duffels don’t have a lock, so your stuff isn’t exactly secure.

The bags are made from thick and durable nylon, which is water resistant. They also feature corner trims and they have pretty good impact and shock resistance. The outside of the bag has compression straps that double as a carry handle, and that really helps when the bag isn’t completely full. Compressing it ensures that your stuff inside won’t get jumbled around, and it makes the bag smaller and easier to carry around.

But you don’t really need to carry it around, thanks to the in-line skate wheels. Those are a great addition, especially on the bigger bag – carrying a full 26” duffel on your shoulders can be painful and make you sore. And that’s not a fun way to start your trip.

Pros

  • Skate wheels and a telescopic wheel handle
  • Three packing compartments
  • Corner trims

Cons

  • Not a lot of internal pockets
  • No lock
  • Dimensions: 21,6” x 14,5” x 7,7”
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • Dimensions: 25,5” x 14,2” x 9,7”
  • Weight: 5.90 lbs
Roncato Venice Sl - Expandable Cabin Duffle/Tablet Holder 10' (Blue)
Roncato Venice Sl - Expandable Cabin Duffle/Tablet Holder 10' (Blue)

The Venice duffel bag is a great choice for the occasional business trip. It looks very sleek and professional, and it would go great with your Roncato Venice suitcase! The duffel bag actually has a luggage strap on the back, which allows you to secure it to the wheel handle on top of your suitcase. A good option if you want a bag to have with you on your flight, that holds all of your travel necessities.

It is made from a mixture of nylon and polyester, so it is pretty sturdy. Also, because of the materials it is water-resistant – your clothes will be perfectly safe in the rain, but don’t completely submerge it.

This is a 19” bag, so it is cabin sized and it can easily fit under the seat. And it has expandable capacity, which is actually pretty rare for a duffel bag. But very useful, especially considering the size of the bag. Additionally, it comes with a shoulder strap and padded carry handles, so can choose how you want to carry it.

The inside of the bag has several pockets, including both zippered and slip ones. Also, the luggage strap on the back has both top and bottom zippers, so you actually use it as a pocket if you don’t have a suitcase to attach the bag to. There are a few more large pockets on the front of the bag, including a sleeve that can fit a 10” tablet. Overall, this is a great bag to have to in addition to your suitcases on a longer trip, but also a good overnighter.

Pros

  • Multiple pockets
  • Luggage strap on the back
  • Water resistant

Cons

  • No size options
  • Single compartment inside
  • Dimensions: 19” x 13” x 8”
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (shipping weight)
Roncato Speed Travel Duffle, 55 cm, 20 liters, Grey (Gris)

The Speed duffel is the best option for clothes. It has U-zip opening, which makes packing very easy, and makes everything inside easily accessible. The bag is made from 600D nylon and 150D polyester – both tough and durable materials. It is a bit on the bigger side – at nearly 22”, not all airlines will accept it as a carry on.

And unfortunately, there are no external compression straps that would help you make the bag smaller. Or internal ones for that matter, and that is one small downside. But there are a lot of pockets on this bag, and I really like that. You get internal slip pockets on the sides, which are great for all your smaller items – jewelry, watches, cufflinks or even cables. And then you have two zippered pockets on the sides of the bag, as well a large one on the very front.

Overall, it is great if you want to separate your things into their own compartments. And considering that the Speed duffel has a 60-liter capacity, I think that is very helpful.  Unfortunately, there is no luggage strap on the bag, so can’t really place this on top of your suitcase.

But the bag does have stops on the bottom, which protect the fabric when it’s on the ground. Also, there is an adjustable shoulder strap with padding that should be pretty comfortable. The two carry handles are joined together with a Velcro strap, which makes it a lot easier to carry this bag in your hands.  

Pros

  • Great for organization
  • Stops at the bottom protect the fabric
  • U-Zip opening

Cons

  • No luggage strap
  • No compression straps at all
  • Dimensions: 11.8” x 14.2” x 21.6”
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (shipping weight)
Medium Carry-On Duffel Black - BLACK

The Uno Soft duffel is made from ballistic 1050 d twill nylon – the same material Uno Soft suitcases are made from. So, you can expect both the suitcases and the bag to have the same level of durability, and that’s really great.  The material is resistant to abrasions, water and stains, so it is pretty easy to maintain and keep clean.

This duffel is under 21”, so you shouldn’t have any issues using it as a carry on. Especially because it is small enough to fit in the overhead compartments in airplanes. The bag sadly doesn’t have a luggage strap, so it’s not the most convenient option when you’re travelling with a lot of luggage.

The bag has leather accents, and that includes leather carry handles. Aesthetically, they look great. But leather gets worn out pretty quickly, and I don’t think they are the best option if you plan to use this bag really often. Luckily you can utilize the shoulder strap instead, and keep them looking brand new for a longer time.

There are two zippered pockets inside the duffel bag, and a small external one on the back of the bag. Also, there are some internal slip pockets, which are great for all of your smaller things.

Overall, I think that this is by far the most stylish Roncato duffel bag. If you’re considering getting one or two of the Uno suitcases, this would be an awesome addition to complete that luggage collection!

Pros

  • Good for organization
  • Shoulder strap included
  • Very durable material

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a luggage strap
  • No compression straps
  • Dimensions: 20.75” x 13” x 9”
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs (shipping weight)

Roncato Luggage Review: Our Top Picks

If you’re not sure which luggage is best choice for you, maybe our top choices can help!

The Uno Premium suitcase is the one to get if you’re looking for a hardshell. It offers unparalleled durability and sturdiness, which is perfect if you are a frequent flyer. And if you’re not, the suitcase will last you even longer – even better. The polycarbonate shell is incredibly impact resistant; so much so that not even a bullet can break it. And there are so many different sizes to choose form, ranging from 22” to 34”. The interior of the suitcases also offers easy organization of your belongings, and the TSA friendly lock keeps them all perfectly safe.

Roncato UNO ZSL Premium 22' International Carry-On Spinner Luggage 51630225 (22' INTERNATIONAL, SILVER)
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Roncato UNO ZSL Premium 22" International Carry-On Spinner Luggage 51630225 (22" INTERNATIONAL, SILVER)
  • Integrated triple combination lock with TSA system
  • Shell made of 100% European Polycarbonate high impact resistant and anti-scratch surface consisting of "Diamond tips" shell texture

The Venice suitcase is a great choice if you want to get a softshell. It has spinner wheels, so it is pretty easy to move around with this luggage. There are several external compartments on the bag, which make it easy to organize, and have whatever you need easily accessible. Also, the suitcase has expandable capacity, which is perfect if you often go shopping on your trips, and return home with more stuff than you originally brought.

Roncato Venice 22" Carry-On Spinner (Black)
  • Designed Developed in Italy
  • Patented Lightweight Frame

The Speed Travel duffel is definitely my favorite duffel bag. It has lots of different pockets, a spacious packing compartment and little feet at the bottom that protect the fabric from ripping. I especially the U-Zip opening, since it helps make packing super easy and quick. And you have both carry handles and a shoulder strap, so that you can carry it however works for you best.

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Roncato Speed Travel Duffle, 55 cm, 20 liters, Grey (Gris)
  • Series: Speed
  • Dimension (L x W x H): 55cm x 30cm x 36cm

You can check out the prices of all of Roncato luggage from this review and Amazon. And if you don’t think Roncato is the right brand for you, check out some of our other reviews – maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of them!

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About the Author Roger Timbrook

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!

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