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Alpha 2

Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On

$645.00
Color: Black
Details

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).

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

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (20)
  • Stylish (17)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Easy to access items (5)
  • Lots of pockets (5)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Business trips (3)
  • Weekend trips (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Career (17), Modern (12), Practical (12), Stylish (10), Classic style (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (22)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 20+ annual trips (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

Reviewed by 43 customers

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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

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Tumi for 1M miles and counting

                  By Ellie

                  from Korea

                  About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • High Quality
                  • Lightweight
                  • Lots of Pockets
                  • Size
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • None So Far

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Warrior
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                  This was purchased as a replacement for my Tumi T-Tech carry on which finally fell apart... that sounds bad but the carry on made it over 1 Million miles and lasted 8 years of pretty consistent travel. I'd easily say I got my money's worth.

                  So far, this bag seems equally, if not more, durable and can fit as much stuff as my prior bag. I'm typically doing 4-5 day trips; it's tight but I can make it with this bag. I really like the garment bag feature that I can use to easily pack suits and dress shirts. It's very stylish and professional (I'm often bringing this to meetings with me as I'm usually heading to or from the airport directly).

                  I've only had the bag for 3 weeks and 3 trips... the real verdict will be how it holds up in 2-3 years! Time will tell... for now, I'm very happy with the bag and would recommend it for anyone that does a decent amount of travel.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect Format

                  By Ellie

                  from Korea

                  About Me Career, Classic, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Access Items
                  • Good Capacity
                  • High Quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • ANY trip

                  Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                  The Continental format is so practical that we bought a second bag for my wife. We both love these Tumi cases.

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

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love it!

                  By Ellie

                  from Korea

                  About Me Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Trips
                    • Weekend Trips

                    Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                    I use this as a carry on - perfect! The largest carry-on around.

                    • Travel Frequency:
                    • 6-10 Annual Trips
                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Ruggedly Built, Sophisticated Styling

                    By Sammy's Nunu

                    from Chicago, Illinois, USA

                    About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Add-a-bag Feature
                    • Balanced With Add-a-bag
                    • Durable
                    • Easy Roller
                    • Fits In Bin Compartment
                    • High Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Personalized
                    • Roomy
                    • Rugged Construction
                    • Rugged Zippers
                    • Status Symbol
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Not Enough Pockets
                    • Partition Front Pockets

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Trips
                    • Day Trip
                    • International travel
                    • Traveling
                    • weekend trips

                    Comments about Continental Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On:

                    My wife purchased the TUMI Continental Carry-On for me to match my TUMI Large Expandable Organizer Labtop Brief. I travel 50-70% of my time domestic and international and this has been a great luggage for short and long trips. I prefer not to check in bags and the Continental Carry-On allows me to pack enough for a 2 week trip but still allows me to carry on.

                    I have had to check the bag in planeside when it is "puddle-jumper prop plane" otherwise it fits in the overhead bins.

                    I have owned NON-TUMI bags previously and the zippers were so small and flimsy that they would fall apart. You can tell the TUMI is build for the long run with the larger more rugged zippers. Who needs your bag contents spilling out from a zipper failure?

                    The Add-A-Bag strap was too long and allowed the Laptop Brief to drag a little. I contacted Tumi and explained my dilemna and they sent out a modified strap with a shortened adjustment at no charge to me (item or shipping) to correct the problem. This is what I call true customer service. My laptop bag does not drag and is better balanced when running gate to gate.

                    I will be purchasing the Potomac International Carry-On for my wife.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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