Chester Luggage Reviews 2019 – Minima Carry-On And Regula Checked Spinner
Chester Travels (colloquially known as Chester Luggage) is a relatively new and not yet that well known luggage brand. It seems they have only been around since 2017, but we believe the products they have come up with so far - the Chester Minima Carry-On and the Regula Checked Suitcase - will be around for a good, long time. We believe this is a new adddition to the best luggage brands!
We’ll take a closer look at them in the Chester luggage reviews that follow below. We'll also check out what buyers think of them.
And, drumroll please, we have a Chester Coupon Code to share!
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All right then, here we go. We’ll start by looking at the similarities between the Minima and the Regula. After that we’ll look at them separately and also check out user reviews.
Read on or click on the heading of interest in the table of contents below.
About Chester Travels
According to themselves, Chester’s aim is to manufacture minimalistic, high quality luggage in a traditional design in a medium price range. Their estimate is that the average traveler pays about 30% more for luggage of equal quality as their own. (They COULD be referring to Away luggage, who makes comparable luggage of similar quality.)They claim that their luggage is “unbreakable”, a bold statement indeed!
Chester Luggage Guarantee And Warranty
This is actually our favorite feature to present in this Chester luggage review:
Chester offers a 100-day trial period for your Minima or Regula!
If you don’t like your new suitcase, for any reason, you can simply contact the company, and they will send you a free shipping label to make your return. You will then get a full, no-questions-asked refund, assuming you didn’t mangle the case while you had it. This is awesome and means you can buy risk-free!
So make sure you plan your purchase so that you will actually use the case at least once in the first 100 days after it arrives. Since 100 days is more than 3 months, chances are that you will have plans to use it soon after you get it. This time period would, for example, cover the entire summer and a little more.
Chester Luggage Warranty
Chester obviously considers both the Minima and the Regula to be very durable, so they cover it with a 10-year limited warranty. This includes:
In short, if the functionality of the bag is compromised the warranty covers that.
If this happens, the company will "provide a repaired or replacement Luggage" and also cover the cost for the return.
Pretty neat in our opinion. Not many luggage manufacturers take the cost for returning the luggage for repairs under the warranty.
Materials And Durability Of Chester Luggage
Chester Luggage cases should be some of the most rugged luggage available today because they’re made with a polycarbonate shell.
This thermoplastic is used when impact resistance is important. There is just enough “give” that it can absorb external hits and yet not show dents or dings that you might see on other cases made from for example ABS.
Feel free to transport those delicate collectible souvenirs on your trip back home. The military-grade materials will protect them safely.
It’s also fairly lightweight as well as water-resistant, so a little rain or a splash from a puddle shouldn’t give cause for worry. Your delicates inside will stay warm and dry.
The manufacturer also claims that the shell is easy to clean. This means that if you (or someone else!) spill something you should be able to easily wipe it off.
Maybe, but this is merely speculating, it also means that any scuff marks are easily removed.
Sounds like a good choice of material for the Chester luggage!
Wheels, Handles And Lock
Both the carry-on Minima and the checked suitcase Regula have four double spinner wheels that rotate a full 360 degrees making it easy to roll even over the rough terrain you can find in some places.
The rollers are especially quiet, so you won’t annoy other travelers as if you were pushing that one shopping cart with the squeaky wheel. The wheels are also somewhat protected by the wheelhouse, especially on the Minima.
The aluminum, telescoping handle locks in two positions. No matter how tall you are or how long your arms are, you should be able to pull it behind you with ease.
When it’s time to pick it up (in the case of the Minima to shove it into the overhead bin), you’ll find a grab handle on the top and another on the side to make the lift a breeze.
The recessed TSA-approved lock on the top of the bags will keep unwanted hands from getting inside your Chester luggage but will still let inspectors easily open it if they get curious about your bag in customs.
The two zipper pulls will be locked into the faceplate. You slide the mechanism to the right, and the zippers will pop up once the lock is opened.
As with other similar locks, you initially set the number wheel to all zeros. With the aid of a pen (or similar device), you can change the combination to whatever 3-digit setting you want.
Just like changing a default password, you should make this change soon after you get your case. You should also make it a number you won’t forget, so that you don’t have to write it down.
You also get a handsome leather luggage tag, always a nice little extra.
Interior design Of The Chester Luggage
Inside both current pieces of the Chester luggage there are two like-sized compartments.
Both sides can be sealed off with a zippered divider, no risk of your private stuff falling out when the bag is opened. There is one big and two smaller mesh pockets on the divider panels for storing smaller items so they don’t scatter themselves and become hard to find. You’ll also be able to pack your techs separate and safe.
A feature we really love is the removable laundry pouch! With this you can keep your used underwear and socks separate from your still clean ones. No more guesswork around which one is used and which one is not, lol!
The inside is fully lined with a distinguished striped fabric.
Now it’s time in our Chester luggage reviews to take a look at the Minima and the Regula separately!
Chester Luggage Reviews: Minima Carry On, Does It Fit Everywhere?
What Do Buyers Think About The Chester Minima?
Virtually everyone who already owns this hard shell carry on loves it. Even those very few who have anything negative to say about it still manage to praise it in some way too.
Below is a summary of how people (504 at this point) all over the web have rated the luggage. Pretty impressive ratings! The average is 4.8 out of 5 stars.
(We're aware that one percent is missing here, that is lost between the decimals of each score.)
So why did a few people not like it?
One had the very bad luck of a zipper breaking. Ouch. Warranty should easily take care of that though. Other reasons are zipper pull breaking (ouch again), too small, color too glossy (Sky Blue), exterior material looks cheap. We all have different tastes!
A good point made by one user is that "a handle on the bottom would make it easier when lifting into the bin". We agree and hope that future editions of the Chester luggage Minima can have that.
Just one (former) owner returned their Chester luggage because they didn’t like the feel of the handle. No one else has complained of any problems with it. This same owner also feared that the case would be a dirt magnet without putting it to the test. Other users have not made any complaints about that.
Other users think the case is well-organized, they especially appreciate the laundry bag. We wish every luggage manufacturer had this feature. It just makes so much sense. No more guessing which pair of socks haven’t been worn yet.
The spinner wheels seem to work very well. We cannot find any complaints about them at all.
Owners note that the zippers are high quality. There shouldn’t be any sticking or fabric tearing related to them.
People really like the overall look of the case too. Some owners even report getting compliments on their Minima from other travelers.
You can get this case in a nice array of colors - black, aluminum grey, sky blue, sand, ocean blue, charcoal grey or pink. Our favorite? Sky Blue, it’s like a summer day!
What Are The Main Features Of The Minima?
We’ve mentioned a few of the features already - the handy laundry bag, the sturdy zippers, and the spinner wheels. There are several other items you’ll want to know about that we’ll cover below.
You can also check out the Chester Travels Minima Carry On directly on the Chester site, and don't forget to use the coupon code TRAVELGEARDEPOT!
Back to our Chester luggage reviews: The interior of the Minima has a capacity of 38 liters. That’s about 1.34 cubic feet.
Chester says you can think of this as a “three- or four-day weekend’s worth of stuff”. Of course, this all depends on what you think you need over the course of three or four days.
Some travelers could fit a full week’s worth of stuff in this amount of space, while others would barely last a day or two. Still, on average, we think Chester is probably in the ballpark at 3 or 4 days.
The Minima was designed to fit into the storage compartments of the vast majority of airlines. We think you’ll be hard pressed to find an overhead storage area that can’t handle it, but please make sure to always check with your airline before you go.
Chester also claims that, at 7 pounds, this piece of luggage is “one of the lightest in the industry for hard-shell cases”. Based on our own search for lightweight carry on luggage we know there are lighter bags, but 7 pounds is definitely in the lighter end of the spectrum.
Is Chester Minima The Right Carry On Luggage For You?
The Chester company clearly targets a large group of people with the Minima. From business travelers to the occasional weekend warrior and virtually everyone in between, Chester thinks the Minima is for you.
To make the decision personal, ask yourself questions like these:
If you can answer “yes” to most of those questions, then we think the Minima is an excellent choice for you.
Conclusion - And Does It Fit Everywhere?
Well then, does it?
Checking our Cabin Baggage Table it actually does seem to adhere to most common airlines' restrictions concerning carry-on luggage, with the exception of Qatar Airways. But please, always check with your travel agent or the airline you're traveling with!
Unless you are someone who really can’t or doesn’t want to travel with just a few possessions in a carry on, we can’t think of a reason not to like the Chester Minima. There just doesn’t seem to be any downside to this piece of luggage.
Right then, let's get on with our Chester luggage reviews and see what the checked size has to offer!
Chester Luggage Reviews: Chester Regula Checked Spinner Suitcase, Frequent Flyers Take Note!
We are more than happy that Chester Travels have finally issued a checked suitcase to go along with their Minima Carry-On. Chester luggage is high-quality travel gear for sure!
If you’re a frequent flyer in need of a new or an additional piece of luggage that you can check on your travels, take a good look at the Regula Checked Spinner Suitcase. It could be exactly what you’ve been searching for.
In this Chester Luggage review, we’ll take a look at its specifications and its features to help you see if this case is the best one for your and your travels.
If you’re in a hurry and want to check the pricing and availability of this Regula suitcase at Chester site right away, you can click (or tap) the button below. Don’t forget to use your exclusive coupon code!
Use the code TRAVELGEARDEPOT and get 10% off when you buy your new Chester luggage!
What Do Buyers Think About The Chester Luggage Regula?
If you think the Minima was well rated you will not believe your eyes now. The Regula’s average rating is a whopping 4.9 stars out of 5 possible!
Being quite a new release there are so far “only” 32 reviews around. We have only found one complaint among the reviewers: there is no large suitcase. Chester, did you hear that?
What Are The Main Features Of The Chester Regula?
This case measures 26 inches tall by 18 inches wide by 11 inches deep. When flying, this compact size will let you avoid any extra baggage charges. These measurements gives you just over 2.6 cubic feet (76 liters) of space inside. With proper packing, you can fit a lot into that amount of room.
You can rest assured that the Regula meets both TSA and IATA checked baggage guidelines, so there will be no extra hassles in that department.
Being on the small side also means that the suitcase doesn’t weigh that much either. Empty, it weighs only 9.5 pounds (4.3 kg). So, unless you’re going to be carrying a load of bricks, you should find it easy enough to tote from place to place.
The Regula has one feature that is not present on the Minima. If you want to lay the bag down on the side, there are four knobs or feet that will keep the surface off the ground. Thoughtful!
Conclusion - And Is It A Good Choice For Frequent Flyers?
One business traveler who flies frequently and now owns a Regula says it all: “I have to pack and repack for work trips A LOT and I usually dread it but packing in my Chester makes me feel organized and together.”
There is only one thing we wish for when it comes to this Chester luggage bag - please bring us some more colors! Charcoal Grey and Ocean Blue is nice'n all, but we love the sky-blue and sand colors in the Minima collection.