New to the Gregory line is the Quadro Pro Hardcase with four, count them F-O-U-R wheels for a smooth ride. I am testing out the 22” Hardcase carry on for this review. The Quadro Pro Hardcase also comes in a 30” version for additional storage.
Available in an anthracite black or steel grey, the polycarbonate shell on the Quadro Pro Hardcase is incredibly strong and built to sustain high impacts. You know what I am talking about… the luggage loaders for the planes, clumsy bell boys, narrow stairs of the hostel. The polycarbonate shell is ready to handle all the tumbles, tosses and TSA agents you can throw at it. We don’t recommend throwing actual TSA agents.
Integrated into the shell of the Quadro Pro is a TSA approved combination lock. By my math, the three-number combination lock provides the user with 999 possible combinations. That’s a lot of options and a great deterrent for any thief. I appreciate how the zippers are secured in place and do not flop in the wind, so to speak, when the lock is engaged. The zipper pulls are large enough for those travelers who may suffer from arthritis or have fine motor skill issues.
Besides the pull handle on the outside of the Quadro Pro Hardcase, there are three additional grab handles that allow you to get a good grasp on the bag no matter the position in the overhead compartment, in a car trunk or when pulling it off the belt at baggage claim. The Quadro Pro Hardcase pull handle can lock into multiple lengths for the perfect tow.
The four independent wheels allow the Quadro Pro Hardcase to follow you through the crowded airports, down cobblestone streets and navigate the maze of your hotel without tipping your bag. Pull or push your way through your adventure, the independent wheels will react and roll smoothly in multiple directions.
Just in case you decide to bring home some really yummy rum from Cuba or small antiques from Venice, the Quadro Pro Hardcase can expand about 2” for additional storage space.
Diving into the internal space of the Quadro Pro Hardcase, there is amble organization already constructed into the bag. The Active Shield compartment is brilliant! Not only is it coated in TPU, it can be removed from the bag. No more wasting the plastic trash and ice chest bags from hotels when you have gross gear. You can be sure your smelly, wet and sweat soaked gear won’t affect the rest of your clothing when placed in the Active Shield compartment.
Behind the Active Shield in the Quadro Pro is a large compression compartment for gear and clothing. The buckle is large and easy to release and straps are thick enough to pull down on.
The opposing side of the Quadro Pro has two small mesh pockets for delicate gear or even cords and chargers. I love having the additional loops to attach items to. This is a great place to attach your ditty bag or string through hats and scarves for the trip.
Weighing in at 8.63lbs, the Quadro Pro Hardcase is relatively lightweight. It has a total volume of 45L and can take the abuse of adventure travel. At the time of this review, the Quadro Pro retails for $199.95. A steal for everything this suitcase offers. The Quadro Pro Hardcase will definitely be by my side for years to come with the quality construction Gregory has put into it.
Get Your Own
You can pick up your own Quadro Pro Hardcase on the Gregory website or at a retailer near you. Gregory has a great, interactive search tool to help you locate their quality gear closer to home.
I recommend the Quadro Pro Hardcase to the weekend traveler, college students, men and women alike and for those who want a carryon that pairs well with a sense of adventure.