Samsonite Winfield 2 Review

Thinking about buying a new Samsonite case? The Winfield 2 series is definitely worth checking out.

It is a very light and flexible case, which makes it easy to lift and also not so prone to damage.

The spinner style case is also a cinch to move around, and the clamshell design (opens into two halves) make it easy to pack.

There are three size choices: 20, 24 and 28 inch, which makes it easy to find the right size for your next trip.

Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner

Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner (Deep Blue)

The most notable features are:

  • Polycarbonate hard case that is light, flexible and strong
  • 3 handles for easy carrying and pulling with the wheels
  • 4 wheeled spinner for more easy rolling
  • Clamshell design with luggage straps on one side, mesh cover on the other
  • Built-in TSA Code lock (no more lost keys or broken locks)
  • Expandable case using zippered expander (in case you over pack)

Specifications

  • 20 inch: 23.0" x 14.5" x 9.5" at 6.7 pounds
  • 24 inch: 27.0" x 17.5" x 11.75" at 9.3 pounds
  • 28 inch: 31.0" x 20.0" x 12.75"at 11.5 pounds
  • 4 Colors: Charcoal, Orange, Deep Blue, Purple
  • Polycarbonate brush-stroke exterior
  • Nylon-lined interior

Inside The Suitcase - Organizing Your Clothes

Samsonite uses the popular clamshell design on the Winfield which means they are easy to pack as the open up completely in two parts.

Each section gives you access to the full volume of the suitcase by using a simple nylon lining that covers the whole suitcase interior.

The bottom section has a zippered side pocket where you can store you smaller items. They have also provided elastic cross straps to help keep all your luggage in place once it is packed and vertical (or in the hands of the airport staff!).

The top section has a few interesting features:

First, there is a full mesh cover which is great for keeping everything in place when you close the suitcase.

Second, there is a couple of handy mesh pockets in the cover itself. These are great for things you want to get to fast or just secure in place when the suitcase is closed.

So, how would you pack such a case. Personally I tend to do: heavier and larger items on the bottom, lighter and more wrinkle-prone items on the top.

Oh, and let's not forget that there is also an expander zipper along the length of the case on the outside. So, you can overpack this baby, then use the extra couple of inches width with the expander (see image).

Or, like I did just yesterday coming back from a weekend trip, expand the zipper, close it, then zip it up again to compress the load.

Samsonite Winfield Inside Clamshell

Samsonite Winfield Inside Clamshell (Purple)

Samsonite Winfield Top Section

Samsonite Winfield Top Section

Samsonite Winfield Expander Zipper

Samsonite Winfield Expander Zipper

Suitcase Handles

The Samsonite Winfield's come with a strong metal telescopic handle to help you push it (or drag it) around the airport.

The main struts are made of aluminum and the handle is nicely contoured to make it comfortable to hold. The button in the middle makes it quick and easy to collapse it for check-in or putting in the overhead.

There are also two easy-to-grab soft handles on the top and side. Handy for putting in the overhead or trunk of the car.

Samsonite Winfield Telescopic Handle

Samsonite Winfield Telescopic Handle

Samsonite Winfield TSA Lock

Samsonite Winfield TSA Lock

TSA Lock

The Winfield cases also come with a built in TSA approved lock, that allows you to slide in the zippers and lock it. It is also a numbered combination lock, so you don't have to find your key when it comes time to pack (I always lose them or have too many on my key ring).

This is great if you don't want to bother with a separate lock, or lose it. As it is attached. It is also TSA approved, which means they can open it if they want.

The only downside I find is that it is quite a pain to get the zippers into such locks, and it is not the most secure lock I have ever seen (a 3 numbered code lock). I personally still use a more secure, separate TSA lock on my cases. I just lock the zippers together (and always carry my valuables in my carry on).​

Spinner Wheels

Spinners need to have great wheels because you rely on them to move almost on their own. A lot of reviewers on Amazon love this case because it is so easy to roll. So, Samsonite have done a great job there.

Spinners need to have great wheels because you rely on them to move almost on their own. A lot of reviewers on Amazon love this case because it is so easy to roll. So, Samsonite have done a great job there.

Note: If you have never used a spinner before, it does take a little getting used to. The weight of the suitcase needs to be pushed from the telescopic handle alone (or if you have long arms, you can push the case body). It is not "always" simple to do if the case is heavy (say 40+ lb). but I find it way easier and you hit less people in crowded spaces - because the case is next to you, not behind you. You can also tilt and drag it like a simple roller (two wheeled) case too. Which is great for difficult terrain.

Samsonite Winfield 2 Wheels

Samsonite Winfield 2 Wheels

Final Thoughts

The Winfield series is a great piece of luggage for those who want a well built spinner suitcase with clamshell design.

​Samsonite have covered all the details with the TSA lock, the mesh pockets, the expandable zipper and the super-strong case material. So, this case should definitely last you a while.

The only downsides with such a case I find are that it can scratch quite easily and the wheels are a little exposed. So, it might look a little more worn than a soft case or one with a diamond pattern like the Omni Series.