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Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On

Alpha 2

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$645.00
$479.00
Color: Black
About this Item

STYLE: 22021D2

TUMI elevates your travel experience with Alpha 2, the pinnacle of our design innovation, engineering, functionality and performance. Alpha 2 embodies TUMI’s commitment to making the best better; it incorporates over 30 design improvements and more than 14 patented and trademarked TUMI components. The result is a collection of cases that are lighter and stronger while offering increased packing capacity, sleeker profiles, smarter functionality and easier maneuverability. Collection highlights include: 4-wheel cases with 360° wheels that are recessed into the bodies of the cases to provide more interior space, a lower center of gravity and stable multi-directional navigation, our patented Durafold™ Construction method that reinforces the case frames for superior strength and longevity, impact-resistant caps that provide additional corner durability, and our super-tough and virtually damage-proof X-Brace 45® handle system. Many of the 4-wheel cases feature three-stage telescoping handles and TUMI’s patent-pending, easy-to-use Lever Lock™ Expansion System that opens and closes securely to provide two-stages of expansion for additional packing space. Alpha 2 is made from TUMI’s patented, ultra-durable FXT® ballistic nylon. If you need one carry-on for domestic and international travel, this expandable, 2-wheel design may be the perfect case. With its shorter and wider configuration, it offers the packing capacity of a 22" case, fits easily in the overhead and will be accepted by most domestic airlines and many international carriers. The main compartment expands 2" (5cm) and features a built-in suiter component. Note that hanger shown is not included with this item; it may be purchased separately (#0052). For an additional cost, the TUMI Accents Kit allows you to quickly customize your bag* with striking accents of color. The kit includes components made from embossed leather: TUMI luggage tag, monogram patch, handle wrap and zipper pull ties. Its versatile zip pouch is ideal for carrying accessories. *Included with select styles only.

Features and Specifications
Dimensions
H: 22   in
W: 16  in
D: 9  in
Expanded Depth
11  in
  • Weight
    9.5  lbs
  • Capacity
    37  L
  • Primary Material
    Ballistic Nylon 
Interior Features
  • Built-in suiter component in lid pocket
  • Hanger bracket
  • Zip pockets
  • Mesh pocket
  • Passport pocket
  • Ticket pocket
  • Tie-down straps
Exterior Features
  • Front U-zip pocket
  • Additional zip pocket
  • Top side and bottom handles
  • X-Brace telescoping handle system
  • Two recessed wheels
  • Protective bumper guards
  • Add-a-Bag hook
  • ID tag
Ratings and Reviews
Overall Rating
Based on  reviews
Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On in Black

#PerfectingtheJourney

with the  Collection

TUMI Innovation by Design

Add-a-bag System

Quickly and easily add another travel piece or business case using our patented Add-A-Bag hook with secure fastened tab closure that holds in excess of 200 pounds. Also, many Tumi business cases and totes feature a back sleeve that slips over extended luggage handles allowing you to stack and carry heavier bags on your wheeled luggage. Used together, these systems allow travelers to carry 2 or even 3 items at the same time, effortlessly in one hand.
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Easy Glide Wheels

Our state-of-the-art in-line wheels incorporate sealed steel ball bearings and are mounted on solid steel axles in custom-designed, shock-absorbing bushings. They roll smoothly and quietly for hundreds of miles.
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Omega Closure System®

Tumi's patented closure system significantly reduces the risk of damage to the zipper. The Omega zipper puller is designed to break away from the bag if it becomes caught. The puller, rather than the entire zipper, is then quickly and easily replaced.
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FXT Ballistic®

Tumi was the first to bring ballistic nylon to the consumer market over 30 years ago. Now we have perfected it with our exclusive FXT ballistic fabric, which combines a unique weave and a special coating to make it ultra-tough and virtually abrasion proof.
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Tumi Tracer®

The Tumi Tracer® is an exclusive, complimentary program that helps reunite Tumi customers with their lost or stolen items. The core of the program is a unique 20-digit individual product number printed on a special metal plate that is permanently affixed to Tumi products. That number, along with the owner's contact information, is entered into our Tracer database when a bag is registered with us, and used to help aid in the recovery of lost or stolen items that are reported to us.
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Aircraft Grade Aluminum Extension Handle

The tubing of our telescoping handles is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making them both lightweight and extremely sturdy.
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DuraFold™

Tumi's patent-pending DuraFold™ construction method folds and reinforces the corners of hardside cases with heavy-duty stitching and impact-resistant caps that provide superior corner strength and impact resistance for long lasting use.
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X-Brace 45® Handle System

This patented, innovative handle tube system protects the telescopic handle of the travel case. It is made from lightweight-yet-sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum that forms a protective, impact-absorbing structure around telescoping handle tubes within the case. This new features virtually eliminates damage to the handle tubes while reducing the overall weight of the case.
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (22)
  • Stylish (19)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Good capacity (7)
  • Easy to carry (6)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Business trips (4)
  • Weekend trips (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Career (20), Practical (13), Modern (12), Stylish (10), Classic style (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (25), Personal (3)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 20+ annual trips (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21), Yes (5)

Reviewed by 47 customers

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5.0

Great bag

By Ben

from Boston, MA

About Me Career, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Capacity
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Long Vacations

    Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

    I use this for pleasure -- week trips.

    • Travel Frequency:
    • 11-19 Annual Trips
    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    AWESOME LUGGAGE

    By Road Warrior

    from DTW

    About Me Career

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Carry
    • Good Capacity
    • High Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Trips

      Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

      Fits in the overhead perfectly and the extra wide body adds so much capacity. Quality is excellent and lifetime guarantee ? How could you go wrong!

      • Travel Frequency:
      • 20+ Annual Trips
      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      2.0

      Does not pass domestic airlines' carry-on size requirement

      By EB

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Career

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Capacity
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

          American is cracking down on carry-on size - had to check this bag. Was told Delta is next. Do not buy it if you expect to carry it on. Of no value to me with multiple flights each week.

          • Travel Frequency:
          • 20+ Annual Trips
          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          1.0

          Returning it the same day

          By smoke

          from Denver

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Small Capacity
            • Zippers Break

            Best Uses

              Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

              I travel for a living. Sometimes I'm on the road 3 weeks a month. I've always used Tumi suitcases; they were simply the best. I have an international suitcase from a different company, and it's coming apart. I thought I could replace it with this one, but I was wrong. First off, I really dislike 4-wheeled luggage; the wheels take up space in the overhead bin that could be used for clothes. Just my personal preference, but I find 4 wheels to be a compromise. So I went with this 2-wheeled model. And simply, it doesn't work for me. Tumi's 22 inch height measurement is a full inch and a half shorter than my current 22 inch luggage. You really have to force a suit in it. It's a poor fit. The depth of this bag, 9 inches, is just too shallow, and 2 inches of expansion isn't enough to fix it. The storage space inside the lid of the luggage won't come out; it acts as a flap. And the zippers are a world smaller than the ones on my older Tumi luggage, which makes me worry about their durability. I just had a Tumi bag returned from repairs for zipper pulls than came off, so I'm now concerned about the quality of their stuff. I've sworn by Tumi for years and years, but they're just not putting out the products I need any more. Time to move on and find another manufacturer, I guess. I received this bag this afternoon; it will be at UPS for return tonight.

              • Travel Frequency:
              • 20+ Annual Trips
              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              1.0

              Not good.. bring back the old design!!!!!

              By SLV

              from New York, Miami, the world

              About Me Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Balance Tips Easily

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                  I have had the older version of this bag for years and used it at least 3 times per week.. it was fabulous. Great design and weight balance. It was finally time to buy a new one.. I wore my previous one out. I purchased this new version and immediately regretted my decision after packing. The weight isn't evenly distributed, it falls forward when full and standing upright. The hanging garment bag portion is a poor design. There are only 2 straps which are supposed to secure the clothing and the fold out base which they sit on isn't long enough so the clothes are very messy when you try and fold them over and end up bunched up all over the place. The previous one was longer when open, and had essentially a sheath that zipped up around the clothes and held them in place so they were neat and straight when you folded them into the bag. I am an avid user of Tumi products, but come on guys.. get it together. This product isn't usable. I'm searching every Tumi and luggage store to stock up on as many of the older version of this bag I can find so they will last me and my husband a lifetime.

                  • Travel Frequency:
                  • 20+ Annual Trips
                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  2.0

                  Good, with one serious flaw

                  By Doug

                  from East Lansing, MI

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                  This bag is well-constructed and its extra couple of inches of width provides some appreciated additional capacity versus the international model. The only major problem with this bag is its horribly designed suiter. I have been traveling for 30 years and have never had as big a problem with wrinkled suits as I have had since using this bag. This is really just an inexcusable design flaw for a company like Tumi. It might work if you are a woman, but if you are man with a suit size bigger than about 36 or maybe 38, forget it. It is much too narrow among other things. Tumi needs to go back to the drawing board with this one.

                  • Travel Frequency:
                  • 11-19 Annual Trips
                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  great product

                  By mark

                  from San Jose, CA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                  great product

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbeatable Luggage!

                  By Ellie

                  from Korea

                  About Me Career, Modern, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Access Items
                  • Easy To Carry
                  • Good Capacity
                  • High Quality
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Trips
                    • Family Trips
                    • Long Vacations
                    • Weekend Trips

                    Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                    Outstanding luggage. My previous Tumi finally broke its handle after literally millions of travel miles and hundreds of rolling miles. When I needed a new piece of luggage, of course, I came back to Tumi. The enhancements in this latest piece of luggage are visible and pronounced. An outstanding engineering achievement. Best luggage available!

                    • Travel Frequency:
                    • 20+ Annual Trips
                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Very disappointed

                    By Space Traveller

                    from Canada

                    About Me Career

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Access Items
                    • Easy To Carry

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Business

                    Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                    I have been a TUMI user for years. so felt this piece would be a good investment. Unfortunately after having it only 4 months one of the wheels is wobbly and ready to fall off.

                    Had I known this would have reconsidered.

                    • Travel Frequency:
                    • 20+ Annual Trips
                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love it

                    By Business Traveller

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Career, Modern, Practical

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Access Items
                    • Easy To Carry
                    • Easy To Identify
                    • Good Capacity
                    • High Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                        I have been a Tumi user for more than 10 years. Everyone in the family has their Tumi bag. I have used a couple of my bags for 10 years.

                        This has improved on a already good product. I switched from the old regular alpha (taller, less wide) to this (continental) and now no longer have problems taking on international flights. The slightly extra width actually allows me to pack more due to the extra space between/next to handle at bottom.

                        The Zip section for suits is a "great" feature (the savvy traveler folds their suits and this allows me to have it in it's own section vs sitting on top of existing stuff) - allows me to have 2 sections inside bag.

                        For those who think it's expensive - not true when you factor in cost per use for a vastly superior/durable product.

                        It's lighter, slightly smaller than the earlier "continental" so easier to get on the plane without airlines complaining. It's perfect for Domestic and International - and I prefer the extra width for the additional space - and the extra width still allows it to fit the gate baggage check frame.

                        • Travel Frequency:
                        • 20+ Annual Trips
                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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