The Hartmann Herringbone is, quite simply: gorgeous. Plus, the build quality matches the looks. I remember that old Chevy Corvette ad stating 'every
craft has a master'. Well, even suitcases must have a 'a master', a top-of-the-line representative. The Hartmann Herringbone Hard Side Spinner 26 is one
suitcase that can play that role for mid-size suitcases.
What's with the 'Herringbone' designation? Let's take a closer look at that hardcase . . .
Note a very attractive herringbone pattern- something that we only usually see in fabric.
But there's more to the Hartmann Herringbone. Unlike other hardcases, you'll get a composite of polycarbonate and leather. That,
together with meticulous build quality, really makes this suitcase visually striking.
If I were to choose one part of this bag that best symbolizes the whole bag it would be the Figure 8 handle.
It is a combination of the craftsmanship, design and material choice that effectively represents the Herringbone suitcase in particular and also the
wider Hartmann brand.
Maybe the most painful part of owning this bag is that it will get worn and scuffed as it accumulates the miles. That cannot be avoided but Hartmann
does put in some protective touches.
Shown below are corner guards right were you want them.
The other protective feature is integrated with the wheels.
You'll get four spinner wheels, which, in tandem with the telescoping handle will mean effortless upright movement on all four wheels. That is, you'll
get the same ease of mobility that comes standard with all four wheel spinner bags.
And now for the protective pieces. Right on top of each wheel the molding encases the lower corners of the bag just as the corner protectors cover the
Hardcases have to be better at withstanding the bumps of baggage handling better than soft-sided bags since the polycarbonate suitcases are not as
flexible as their fabric-based cousins so protection on all corners are a practical necessity. The way that they are implemented in this suitcase
does add to the attractiveness of the Hartman Herringbone.
The integrated TSA lock gives you needed security and spares you from having to buy a separate lock.
The suitcase opens right through the middle giving you two compartments with a divider. The compartments have tie-down straps and
Comparing The Hartmann Herringbone Spinner (26 Inches)
Like the Hartmann Herringbone the Delsey Helium Titanium gives you a hardcase for your stuff. Unlike the Hartmann the Delsey does not
incorporate any leather into its design, nor does it have that attractive Herringbone pattern. The Delsey has a very polished, modern, and utterly
metal look to it.
With the Delsey Helium Titanium you'll also get a dual compartment design.
The Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 is the soft-sided alternative to the Hartmann Herringbone Spinner.
In place of the Hartmann's dual packing space you get the Samsonites singular packing area surrounded with lots of pockets.
With the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 you get uniquely designed wheels that will give you a smoother roll over rough terrain. You'll be
giving up the Herringbone's beautiful polycarbonate and leather design though.