The RW_01.1 Road Warrior by Latitude 56 is the type of suitcase I’d imagine a Concorde pilot rolling through the airport with.
The RW_01 has a sharp, sleek design and is clad with the Lat_56’s iconic hexagonal foam exterior. The brand sells two carry ons: the RW_01 and the RW_02.
What’s the difference between the RW_01 (2-wheeled Garment Bag) and RW_02 (Spinner)
Read more: Latitude 56 Road Warrior Review.
I own both and they are very similar. They have the same retail price ($449) the same outer foam front cover, same incredibly sturdy handle, very similar interior.
- RW_01 is 2-wheeled, the RW_02 has 4 spinner wheels
- The RW_01 wheels are the type you’d find on inline skates whereas the RW_02 spinner wheels are hard plastic
- RW_01 has a garment bag and hanger for a suit, the RW_02 doesn’t
- The RW_02 is slightly heavier because it has 4 wheels
- The RW_01 is about an inch or two wider
- Lat_56’s astonishingly sturdy telescoping handle
- High quality components used throughout
- Organization, including several interior pockets, a shoe/dirty laundry pouch, and the suit packing system
- Sleek, professional look
- Smooth and quiet inline skate wheels
As for weight, this bag is neither light nor heavy – it’s average at around 7 pounds.
The wheels are described as “longboard skateboard inspired”, although as someone who used to longboard quite often, these wheels are much more like those on inline skates rather than the wide longboard wheels. Either way, the Road Warrior’s wheels are very smooth and quiet, and will easily take terrains ranging from smooth airport terminals to cobblestone streets.
I raved about the Lat_56’s telescoping handle in my previous RW_02 review, and this suitcase has the same exact handle. As I wrote in my previous review, “the telescoping handles on most suitcases (even the $700+ Tumi bags) tend to wiggle and rattle, but there was none of that from the RW_02.”
The handle is one of the most common suitcase breaking points, but you won’t have any worries with this handle. It’s about double the thickness of your average handle, which adds some extra weight – one of the reasons this suitcase isn’t the lightest.
This suitcase is well built throughout. All aspects are reinforced, all components feel solid, and most of the exterior is made from ballistic nylon.
This suitcase only has two wheels. If you want a spinner, go for the RW_02 model.
Some minor design quirks I would point out:
- There is no built-in luggage lock, although the RW_01 includes a combination lock. The problem here is I often find myself losing my locks and many suitcases in the market at far lower price ranges have built in locks.
- The top grab handle is insanely padded, which is a good thing, but the side handle has no padding whatsoever.
- What is the point of a zippered cover over the telescoping handle? It serves no practical purpose.
Suit Packing System
The RW_01 includes a suit packing system, which is basically something like this from Samsonite, except nicer. If you’re a business traveler, this is a big perk which the RW_02 doesn’t have.
The garment sleeve allows you to hold up to 2 suits and has sturdy but light foam hanger. There’s a rigid part at the bottom with instructions on how to fold the garment sleeve so that your suits will stay wrinkle free throughout your journey. I’ve tried packing a suit in the garment sleeve, and it’s pretty straightforward.
The Lat_56 RW_01 carry on can be summarized as a luxury, fashionable workhorse with plenty of pros. While some may think $449 is a lot for a suitcase, I would argue that it’s much better value than most Tumi or even Rimowa suitcases which are often found in the $1000+ range. Budget travelers can stick to their rucksacks, but if you want the best, get the Lat_56 RW_01 Road Warrior.
Where To Get It
- You can find the Road Warrior 1 at Lat56.com for retail $449
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