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Meet Caroline’s New Hartmann Lineaire Suitcase – Review

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This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their suitcases. Today’s Hartmann Lineaire suitcase review comes from Caroline, our team writer.

Hi everyone! I’m Caroline and you might know me as the team writer here at Her Packing List. But what you might not know is that I just got my very first grown up suitcase. I usually travel with backpacks and my last suitcase was a part of a family set. So you could say it was well past time!

Tell us about your suitcase brand, style and price.

I did a lot of research before choosing my Hartmann Lineaire Expandable Spinner Carry On. I wanted to make sure that I could carry it on for both domestic and international flights. I even measured it against budget carrier restrictions to be sure.

It came down to the Hartmann Lineaire and a similar model from Briggs and Riley, but in the end I picked Hartmann because it was 2 pounds lighter.

It retails for about $300 but I got it on sale for closer to $250. The cost is about what I expected from a quality suitcase that would last me many years. It’s also under warranty in case anything happens.

Hartmann Lineaire suitcase review

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Is it too big, too small or just right?

Just right. It’s 20.25 x 15.25 x 8.5 inches (approximately 2625 cubic inches or 43L) and is perfect for both a short weekend getaway or a longer trip.

Is it fabric or hard shell?

Fabric made of nylon

Spinner or roller?


What made you choose your brand and style of suitcase?

I knew I wanted a lightweight carry on and I knew I wanted a reliable brand that would hold up. I made the decision because of the light weight, at only 5.4 pounds empty, and the fact that it was on sale! I’d heard great things about the brand over the years.

What features of this luggage do you love? Are there any you would like to see changed or improved?

Some of the great features include two front pockets to store your toiletry bag and two handles to make it easy to throw into the overhead bin. It’s expandable and lightweight, with compression straps inside, a water resistant pouch, zippered flap and your own lock.

The nylon material holds up and comes in black, tan and blue. The expandable section isn’t the whole bag, but just a panel, which should still allow it to be carry on only unless airlines are super strict. The bag is usually 8 inches in depth but expands to more like 9 in the top portion.

The only feature I would change is that the handle could be attached from the outside so that the interior would have more room. But this isn’t a deal breaker by any means. It also has more trouble spinning on carpet than it does on wood and tile. If you place a smaller bag on top, it can tip over and be more difficult to navigate.

Hartmann Lineaire suitcase review

Can you carry this suitcase onto airplanes?

This suitcase is approved for carry on for domestic and international flights, including budget carriers. The only flights you might have trouble with are small, regional flights.

What sort of traveler and trip is this suitcase perfect for?

This suitcase is ideal for business travelers going on quick trips or even for city breakers who are into packing light. I recently brought this suitcase on a ten day work trip to New York and had the perfect amount of space, even when I bought some gifts to bring home.

Would you recommend this suitcase to other traveling females?

I would absolutely recommend this suitcase to my fellow travelers. You can throw a purse or personal item on top and use the spinners to get your bag through the airport with ease.

Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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