9/27/13

Ikea Upptacka Carry-On Roller Bag: A First Impressions Luggage Review

I was in the market for a new carry-on roller bag.  My old bag* lasted 10 years, but finally the fabric near the zipper gave way.

Ikea was offering their Upptacka carry-on roller bag for $39.99 – a good price for an essential piece of luggage.  I bought one, and though I haven’t yet taken it on a trip, here are some initial impressions and photos.

The design is unique.  People who have seen my new Upptacka bag say it looks like a big lego block.sm_ik1_smwBesides this navy blue color, it also comes in yellow and gray.  It has an extendable handle that can lock at two different heights.  There is one zip outer pocket.

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The Upptacka wheels are like roller-blade wheels.  This bag does roll really smoothly. 

Though 4-wheel “spinner” roller bags are popular now, I prefer the two-wheel style, like in this Ikea bag.  This way you get an extra inch of storage tucked around the wheels. 

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This roller bag opens into two halves.  One side is an open compartment with a zip mesh cover.

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The other side has straps and a small zip bag.

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The dimensions of this Upptacka carry-on are 15” x 20” x 7.75” and it weighs about 8 lbs empty.  The tag says it is made of foam, polyester, and aluminum.

*My old luggage was an Olympia bag, like this one at Amazon.  I almost got another Olympia, except that I am not a fan of the spinner wheels, which currently is their only option.

p.s. I have no relation to Ikea, these are all my own opinions.

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