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Hartmann Buyer’s Guide

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Hartmann has been a “symbol of excellence” since 1877—bringing its signature style and attention to detail to a huge range of cases and bags. Originally based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Hartmann brand exploded in popularity in the first part of the 20th century. The company began manufacturing large cases such as the Hartman Trunk and the Hartmann Red X, but quickly moved into more portable cases as fashions changed. Immortalized by Ian Fleming in the James Bond novels, Hartmann cases are synonymous with sophistication, with today’s designs combining form and function to provide a huge range of practical and stylish luggage pieces. Check out our Hartmann buyer’s guide and discover the perfect case for your next trip—wherever you are travelling.

Hartmann Tweed Legend Luggage Review

Victorinox Lexicon Luggage

Advantages

  • 100% nylon tweed fabric for strength and style
  • Huge range of choices designed for any trip
  • Expandable cases with excellent capacity

Disadvantages

  • Heavier than some other collections
  • On the more expensive side of the Hartmann lines
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Price Range: $419 - $859




This vintage-inspired range of bags and cases packs plenty of modern features into its refined, retro casing. Including compact duffels for weekends away and larger spinner cases for either domestic and international travel, the Tweed Legend collection looks fantastic and brings all the packing features you’ve come to expect from a truly contemporary luggage line. With garment bags, padded suiters, multiple pockets, and tie tapes, these cases ensure that packing is always hassle free. The 100% Nylon tweed fabric brings strength, durability, and stain resistance to the line, while full-grain leather trims and the Hartmann signature figure 8 handle add an extra touch od sophistication.


Hartmann 7R Luggage Review

Victorinox Lexicon Luggage

Advantages

  • Ultra strong carbon fiber pull-handles
  • TSA locks are included for increased security
  • Lightest ever Hartmann collection
  • Highly durable materials

Disadvantages

  • Polycarbonate doesn’t offer the same kind of expandability as fabric cases

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Price Range: $500 - $650




The 7R brings contemporary polycarbonate construction to the Hartmann collection using metallic Curv® from Samsonite. The lightest ever Hartmann line, these cases don’t compromise on durability and offer superb protection for your belongings. Available in a range of sizes, these luxury spinners are suited to trips of any length and can be used on either domestic or international flights. Including a selection of dividers, zippers, cross straps and pockets, organizing your belongings in the spacious compartments is quick and simple. Finally, shock absorbing wheels and carbon fiber pull-handles mean maneuverability is never an issue with the 7R line.


Hartmann Vigor Luggage Review

Advantages

Victorinox Lexicon Hardside

  • Easy access to your belongings when on the move
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Large capacity options for longer trips

Disadvantages

  • Not as light as the 7R collection

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Price Range: $299 - $399






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The Hartmann Vigor collection provides travelers with polycarbonate construction at a lower price-point than the 7R collection. Featuring the iconic Hartmann figure-8 leather handle, smooth spinner wheels and lightweight construction, Vigor cases offer excellent maneuverability and long-lasting build quality. The sophisticated jacquard lining is complemented by a range of compression straps, pockets and compartments that mean you can easily pack for any type of trip. Finally, the paired down aesthetic of these cases offers a minimalist approach to design and ensures your luggage choices are timeless—however many years you’re on the road.


Hartmann Innovaire Luggage Review

Victorinox Spectra

Advantages

  • Lightweight, durable, and scratch resistant Curv shell
  • TSA mounted security locks
  • Organizational pockets and compression straps

Disadvantages

  • Hardcase shells offer less expandability than softcase shells

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Price Range: $450 - $550




The Innovaire collection from Hartmann is a mid-priced, hardcase line designed for regular travel. Featuring a range of organizational features for quick packing, alongside and smooth spinners wheels and a telescopic pull handle, these cases are ideal for trips of any length and easily maneuvered in airports and train stations. The TSA lock brings an added level of security while travelling, and the innovative woven layering technique used to manufacture the Curv material offers ample protection for your belongings.

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Hartmann Ratio Luggage Review

Victorinox Victoria luggage

Advantages

  • Iconic Hartmann style in 100% ballistic nylon
  • Full-grain leather trims
  • Extra expansion for longer trips
  • Integrated leather identity pouch

Disadvantages

  • Ballistic nylon doesn’t offer rigid-type protection like polycarbonate

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Price Range: $249 - $549







From carry-bags to large spinners, the Ratio collection from Hartmann brings sophistication and style to ballistic nylon construction. Beautiful full-grain leather trims and the iconic Ducord™ stripe accentuate the aesthetic, while the integrated leather identity pocket marries form and function to ensure you’re always prepared while on the road. Tri-fold suiters and spacious compartments give you plenty of options when it comes to packing, while the wide-contoured handle system and smooth spinner wheels mean getting around is a breeze.

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Hartmann Metropolitan 2 Luggage Review

Victorinox Vx touring

Advantages

  • Available in black or safari brown
  • Ideal for business travelers
  • Thoughtful organization features
  • USB port

Disadvantages

  • Nylon material provides simple aesthetic not to all tastes
  • Less protection than polycarbonate

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Price Range: $149 - $499



The Metropolitan 2 line is built for business trips, but it is equally at home on leisure trips of any length. Featuring durable nylon construction over a honeycomb frame, these bags and cases remain easily maneuvered yet offer enough protection for your belongings even over many years of travel. Contemporary features such as the USB port help you stay connected while on the move, and organizational features such as the tri-fold suiter keep your clothes looking their best. Finally, the richly embossed lining adds a touch of class to these otherwise understated cases.

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Hartmann Century Luggage Review

victorinox werks traveler 5

Advantages

  • Expandable by up to 2 inches
  • Integrated ID tags
  • Double twill polyester construction brings superior durability

Disadvantages

  • Among the heavier Hartmann collections

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Price Range: $99- $409



Crafted from double twill polyester for a smooth, tailored finish, the Century collection from Hartmann brings together a hundred years of craft and design. Featuring a fully expandable design for extra capacity while on the road, the spinner cases in the collection are versatile and practical at every turn. The range also includes bags and duffels to complement the larger cases, allowing you to build a high-quality luggage collection at a great price-point. Easily maneuverable in tight spaces thanks to the virgin aluminum pull-handle and ball bearing wheels, these cases are also great when on the plane or train.

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Hartmann Size Guide

Our Hartmann size guide is designed to help you determine which case or bag from each collection is best suited to your travel habits. Check the sizings and decide on the capacity below.

Domestic/Economy - Cabin IATA:20L/34L
Domestic/First Class - Cabin non-IATA: 45L
Intercontinental/Economy - Check in: 64L/82L/85L
Intercontinental/First Class - Check in: 82L/85L/89L/98L/100L

Cabin IATA Cabin non-IATA Check in Small Check in Large
HARTMANN TWEED LEGEND Weekend Dufffel Underseat Carry-On Spinner Domestic Carry-On Spinner Global Carry-On Spinner
7R Small Spinner Medium Spinner Large Spinner
VIGOR Explore International Wide-Body Spinner Carry-On Spinner Medium Journey Spinner Extended Journey Spinner
INNOVAIRE Medium Journey Spinner Global Carry-On Spinner
HARTMANN RATIO Classis Deluxe 2 Weekend Duffel Classis Deluxe 2 Carry-On Garment Spinner Classis Deluxe 2 Domestic Spinner Classis Deluxe 2 Long Journey Spinner
HARTMANN METROPOLITAN 2 Travel Duffel Underseat Carry-On Spinner Medium Journey Expandable Spinner Extended Journey Expandable Spinner
HARTMANN CENTURY Travel Duffel Global Carry-On Expandable Spinner Medium Journey Expandable Spinner Extended Journey Expandable Spinner

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Hartmann Materials

When purchasing a new piece of luggage, carefully considering the materials used within construction is an important part of the process. Here, our Hartmann buyer’s guide looks at how the materials in the hartmann collection stack up against each other

Whether you choose Hartmann hardsided or softsided luggage will depend on your personal travel habits. For increased protection when checking cases, Hartmann hardsided luggage uses 100% virgin polycarbonate or durable and scratch resistant Curv. These hard shell cases provide the ulitamte protection when your bags are sorted by heavy-handed luggage handlers.

Hartmann softsided luggage allows a little more flexibility when packing, but still offers plenty of protection. Whether in twill polyester or ballistic nylon, these cases bring a unique aesthetic while still providing a rugged protective casing that’s suitable for most types of journeys.

Cleaning your Hartmann luggage should be done regularly, and you should always check the instructions. In general, however, a soft cloth and a mild soap is ideal for polycarbonate, while a mild detergent and warm water can be used for fabric cases.

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Hartmann After Care

After your purchase, following the correct maintenance and care procedures for you Hartmann luggage will help extend its life. Whether you require spare parts or you need to repair your Hartmann luggage, Kaehler is on hand to help. Read our warranty guide and repair guide for more information. To arrange a repair near you, please contact your closest store.