The Arlo Skye Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket is a dependable hard-shell carry-on bag that delivers solid value and functionality.
If you’re like me, you need a hard-shell bag that can take a beating. But, you also want a bag that has easy-access convenience to certain items that you need when traveling. That is why the Arlo Skye Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket offers reliability for the frequent traveler. Here’s why and how it shapes up for road warriors looking for the next great carry-on bag.
Dependable and functional hard shell
This bag is designed for heavy use. While families will appreciate its thoughtful design, I found this bag to be an exceptionally designed piece for frequent business travelers. Most hardshell bags are notable for their durability without focusing on accessibility. This bag does double duty thanks to its exterior pocket. You can unzip an outer section to grab paperwork, reading material and even a laptop that is protected with its hard shell coating.
Another important note about this bag is that it fits into most airline sizing units, which is a necessary evil to consider when buying a new bag. An easily extendable handle pulls out from the back of the bag. With four spinning (and quiet) wheels, you can roll this bag across most surfaces (including those challenging carpeted areas).
The hard shell does add a bit of weight to the bag, even when empty. This is important to consider when traveling internationally as many foreign airlines weight carry-on bags. It weighs around eight pounds without anything inside. But, let’s not forget what adds a bit to the weight: it’s most-appreciated feature. That is the 10,050 mAh charger and 18W USB C and A ports that allow you to charge personal devices even when you do not have easy access to a wall charging outlet. There are a removable battery, adapter and USB Type C cable, to.
The bag has an impact-resistant Polycarbonate exterior plus tamper-proof double-coil outer zippers (the TSA-approved locks). No one is getting into this bag unless they have a TSA key, and that should make you feel very safe.
Ample interior space
If you thought a bag like this would be tight on space, you’re be wrong. One of the benefits of a hard-shell bag is that you can push it closed while stashing it full without it appearing to bulge. There is a zippered section in the main compartment to keep things eparated. The bag comes with two shoe bags (does anyone else dislike having the bottom of their shoes touch the rest of your clothes?) and a laundry bag.
Perfect for today’s times, there is also an anti-microbial interior. That means that just in case your belongings intermingle, you will still be free from worry. I liked that the main compartment felt sizeable for a week’s worth of clothing and travel gear (if not more). The front pocket does not impede much on the internal compartment of the bag. I also liked that the front pocket unzips from top to bottom. It makes it harder to access the contents without being noticed since you cannot just slip a hand in a pocket.
An exterior TSA-approved lock is great for those that choose to check the bag. If a nosy security person needs to see what is inside the bag, they can do so without compromising your bag to potential criminals.
You can monogram the full-grain leather tag on the exterior of the bag to make it even more useful and stylish. The Arlo Skye Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket retails for $375 and comes in a variety of colors. This is a great bag for those that want to keep their belongings safe and secure while also making a fashion statement.