August 26th, 2014

Travel Bag Showdown: 4-Wheeled Luggage vs. 2-Wheeled Luggage

Travel Bag Showdown: 4-Wheeled Luggage vs. 2-Wheeled Luggage


When you're figuring out which type of luggage to buy for your next trip, you're faced with a difficult choice: Should you go with a two-wheeled bag or a four-wheeled bag? Decisions, decisions!

Each offers its share of pros and cons. To help you figure out which bag is best for your specific traveling needs, Jeff in the marketing department at Eagle Creek, kindly weighed in on the topic and shared everything that you need to know.

1. What are some of Eagle Creek's best four-wheeled luggage options?

If you're looking for carry-on luggage, Jeff recommends the Tarmac AWD 26, which has wheels with 360-degree directional mobility. If you want to check a bag, Jeff says to go with the 4-Wheeled Upright 29, which, when expanded, has a packing capacity of 18 x 28 x15 inches (46 x 71 x 38 cm). And don't worry: Both bags come with Eagle Creek's No Matter What™ Warranty.

2. What are some of Eagle Creek's best two-wheeled luggage options?

When it comes to carry-on luggage, it's hard to beat the Tarmac 22. "This bag is our number one seller," says Jeff. For a checked bag, check out the ORV Trunk 30. It's the winner of the 2014 Outside Magazine Travel Award for Best Travel Luggage, and is the bag that all other gear bags are measured against. These bags also come with Eagle Creek's No Matter What™ Warranty.

3. What are some pros to having four-wheeled luggage?

Many people find it easier to move this kind of luggage. "Four wheels offer effortless mobility. They glide across smooth surfaces. It really helps people with joint issues, because it takes the pressure off of your elbow and wrist," says Jeff. You can roll this kind closer to your body, so you're not dragging it a few feet behind you and potentially tripping other travelers.  Frequent travelers love them because they're easier to shimmy sideways down an airplane aisle.

4. What are some cons to having four-wheeled luggage?

"You sacrifice a little room in your luggage for the 4 wheels, but not too much," says Jeff. "Also, wheeling a 4 wheeled bag on uneven surfaces can be quite difficult." They also tend to cost and weigh a little more.

5. What are some pros to having two-wheeled luggage?

A two-wheeled bag gives you a little more packing room inside the bag. It also tends to cost less and weigh less. Plus: "You can wheel them over just about anything, because you are pulling them not pushing them," says Jeff.

6. What are some cons to having two wheeled luggage?

"They put a little more pressure on your joints because you are pulling the bag behind you," says Jeff. It can be harder to roll them down a slim airline aisle, because they don’t maneuver sideways. And you're more likely to run into others with your luggage while dragging it behind your body.

As you can see, in terms of which is the best luggage, there's no clear winner. There are pluses and minuses for each bag, so see which one suits your particular needs best! 

Featured Products

Tarmac 26

Activate Rolling Duffel 32

4-Wheeled Carry-On

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by Jane Bianchi

Jane Bianchi is a freelance writer who has worked for a variety of national magazines, including Seventeen, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping.