Last Updated: August 15, 2019

Samsonite Winfield 2 Suitcase Review (Updated for 2019)

Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner

Samsonite Winfield Inside Clamshell

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 it's not so prone to getting damaged.

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

There are three size choices: 20, 24 and 28 inch, which makes it simple to find the right size for your specific needs.

The most notable features are:

  • Polycarbonate hard case that is light, flexible and strong
  • 3 handles for easy carrying and pulling along
  • 4 spinner wheels 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

What About The Winfield 3 Suitcase?

Samsonite Winfield 3

You probably know by now that there is also a newer version of this suitcase – the Winfield 3. And if you’re wondering what the differences are between the two, here’s what you need to know.

The Winfield 3 is the newest version of the Winfield collection by Samsonite. But, it does not have a drastically new redesign. In fact, it’s almost exactly the same as the previous model – the shape and design of the shell are the only things that have really changed.

The Winfield 3 has more of a square shell, as opposed to the rounded one of the Winfield 2. And its shell is more textured, as you can see in the photo above.

There are also some differences in the sizes of the suitcases, but the differences aren’t consistent. You can see what I mean by that in the tables below:

Samsonite Carry-On, Burgundy
Samsonite Checked-Medium, Brushed Anthracite
Samsonite Luggage Checked-Large, Charcoal

Body Dimensions

20.0" x 13.5" x 9.5"

24.0" x 16.5" x 11.0"

28.0" x 19.75" x 12.5"

Weight

6.7 lbs

9.3 lbs

11.5 lbs

Samsonite Winfield Small
Samsonite Winfield Medium
Samsonite Winfield Large

Body Dimensions

18.25" x 14.0" x 8.75"

24.0" x 17.0" x 10.5"

27.5" x 19.5" x 12.5"

Weight

6.13 lbs

8.55 lbs

10.54 lbs

The largest difference between these two Samsonites is actually availability. The Winfield 3 is sold in Canada, while the Winfield 2 is sold in the US. At least on Samsonite’s official website. If you’re from Canada and would prefer to get the Winfield 2, you can still find it on Amazon Canada. But you can’t find the newer Winfield 3 on the Amazon.com, so keep that in mind.

And that’s pretty much all I have to say about the differences. Since Samsonite didn’t make any drastic improvements or even changes with the newer model, it’s safe to say that Winfield 2 is still one of their best suitcases.

Now, let’s check out what features you get on this affordable hardshell.

Inside The Suitcase - Organizing Your Clothes

Samsonite Winfield Inside Clamshell

Samsonite Winfield Inside Clamshell (Purple)

Samsonite Winfield Top Section

Samsonite Winfield Top Section

Samsonite uses the popular clamshell design on the Winfield which means they are easy to pack as they 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.

Samsonite Winfield Expander Zipper

Samsonite Winfield Expander Zipper

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 Telescopic Handle

Samsonite Winfield Telescopic Handle

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.

The telescopic handle can be locked in both the extended and stored position. However, you can't lock it in multiple extended positions, meaning that you can't really adjust it to fit your own height perfectly. Some of you will probably find the handle too short, or too tall. 

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).

Samsonite Winfield 2 Wheels

Samsonite Winfield 2 Wheels

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.

Pricing

I felt like I needed to talk about this a little - the prices of these suitcases are amazing. 

The Winfield 2 is a lot cheaper than the average Samsonite suitcase.

Seriously - even the 28" spinner is around the $150 mark. And you can get all three of these suitcases individually for the average price of their Cosmolite or Tru-Frame hardsides. And if you decide to go for the set, you can save an additional $100.

If you're looking for some high-quality luggage gifts for Christmas, a Winfield 2 set would be an awesome choice.  

Final Thoughts

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

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​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.

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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