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Victorinox Buyer’s Guide

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While Victorinox is perhaps most famous for the iconic Swiss Army Knife, the company also has a collection of high-end luggage and travel gear known for its precision, functionality, and versatility. The company itself dates back to 1884, when founder Karl Elsener opened a knife cutlers’ workshop in Ibach, Switzerland. A few years later, the Swiss Army Knife was born, a product so successful it carried the company for another hundred years into the new millennium.

In 1999, Victorinox released its first line of luxury bags and cases, staying true to the ethos of practicality and functional design. Today, the company offers a broad range of luggage collections for every type of traveler—from short-haul to long-haul and everything in between. Read on to discover the collections in our Victorinox luggage review and decide which bags and cases are right for your next trip.

Victorinox Swiss Army Luggage Review - Line by Line

Victorinox Lexicon Luggage Review

Victorinox Lexicon Luggage

Advantages

  • Broad range of different sizes–from backpacks to hold luggage
  • Durable ballistic nylon
  • Advanced device protection and organization
  • Easily combined with other larger Victorinox pieces

Disadvantages

  • Soft-sided luggage and backpacks don’t offer the same protection as hard sided
  • Significantly higher price-point than the Altmont range

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Price range: $319 - $335





The Victorinox Lexicon collection offers travelers a selection of different bags and cases designed to fulfil a broad range of travel needs. From the Lexicon Professional backpacks that make travelling with electronic devices a breeze to the versatile, expandable wheeled carry-ons that provide plenty of space for a long trip. Travel Sentry locks are also included for extra security—making this range ideal those with valuable items to transport.

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Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Luggage Review

Victorinox Lexicon Hardside

Advantages

  • Break-resistant 100% virgin polycarbonate
  • 60mm dual-caster wheels for maneuverability
  • Large sizes for longer trips
  • Part of the Swiss Tracker Bag Tracking Program

Disadvantages

  • Hard sided luggage not as flexible as soft sided
  • No garment bag as found in other Victorinox lines

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Price range: $460 - $600





Designed for ultimate durability and longevity, the Victorinox Lexicon Hardside luggage collection keeps your belongings safe using virgin polycarbonate. Other features within the range include Integrated Travel Sentry Approved locks with lock recovery program, access to the Swiss Tracker Bag program, and a hidden ID tray in the handle for easy identification. Ideal for longer trip and family vacations, the Lexicon Hardside collection offers a range of hold sizes and includes a number of larger carry-ons.

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Victorinox Spectra Luggage Review

Victorinox Spectra

Advantages

  • Lightweight hard sided luggage with Bayer protective polycarbonate
  • Dual-caster wheels for stability and easy handling
  • Large sizes for longer trips
  • Modern design for sophisticated travelers

Disadvantages

  • Hard sided luggage not as flexible as soft sided
  • No garment bag for formal clothing
  • No compression sleeve as found in other high-end bags

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Price Range: $349 - $459



The Spectra 2.0 is all about its modern appeal. A hard-shell grooved case looks every inch the sleek bag a spy should carry. It also has one invaluable benefit going for it—a polycarbonate shell. It’s going to stand up to frequent travel and show less wear and tear than its counterparts. The carry-ons have dedicated laptop pocketing that you can slide out when not in use, and plenty of small storage pockets on its lid that you can reach into to grab items with ease. If you like simplified packing and would pass on a garment sleeve in favor of a cool, performance driven design, this is your bag.

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Victorinox Victoria Luggage Review

Victorinox Victoria luggage

Advantages

  • Soft sided bags and carry-ons for maximum flexibility
  • Luxurious finishes and silver hardware for added sophistication
  • Ideal for shorter trips

Disadvantages

  • Not as large as some of the other Victorinox lines
  • Feminine styling may not appeal to everyone

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Price range: $149 - $299







A timeless collection of luggage that injects a dash of style and sophistication, the Victoria collection from Victorinox is designed by women, for women. Combining elegance and organization in a range of bags and cases, this collection will appeal to female travelers of all types, working equally well as business luggage and leisure luggage. The Ambition 20” 4-Wheel Global Carry-On, for instance, provides ample packing space for trips of any length, all wrapped in a stylish black casing with splashes of bold color and sparkling silver hardware accents.

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Victorinox VX Touring Luggage Review

Victorinox Vx touring

Advantages

  • Soft sided bags and carry-ons for maximum flexibility
  • Luxurious finishes and silver hardware for added sophistication
  • Ideal for shorter trips

Disadvantages

  • Not as large as some of the other Victorinox lines
  • Feminine styling may not appeal to everyone

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Price range: : $150 - $360



For adventurers and urban explorers, the VX Touring collection from Victorinox provides an ultra-light and hardwearing selection of bags engineered to withstand the rigors of life on the road. Including backpacks and expanding duffels, the VX Touring range serve a multiplicity of functions—just like the famous Swiss Army Knife. The lightweight polyester exterior is flexible and allows easy packing, with a variety of interior features such as zippered mesh storage pockets, adjustable compression straps, and dedicated storage for electronic devices helping you stay organized while on the move.

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Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • Lightweight and durable ballistic casing
  • Dual caster wheels with added stability and smooth handling
  • Compression panel and divider for easy packing

Disadvantages

  • Garment sleeve not available with some 4-wheel carry-ons
  • Material is less abrasion-proof than the Spectra range

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Price range: : $69 - $327



If you like the latest packing features but in a classic and easy-to-use packing configuration, the Werks Traveler 5.0 collection is a great fit. They have an expansion system, garment sleeve on most designs, and a helpful packing divider that can either provide a flat packing space or be used on top to help compress clothing down with a strap. A smoothly woven ballistic exterior is both durable and good-looking. Arguably, the Werks 5.0 range is aimed at vacationers but the garment sleeve makes it transition easily for the occasional business trip.

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Victorinox Werks Traveler 6.0 Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • Durable ballistic casing for heavy use
  • Practical Pack More system
  • Integrated USB ports
  • Expandable for increased capacity

Disadvantages

  • Garment sleeve not available with some 4-wheel carry-ons
  • Material is less abrasion-proof than the Spectra range

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Price range: $295 - 925



As the latest iteration of the Werks Traveler series, the Werks Traveler 6.0 collection packs in plenty of intelligent features and smart design—improving on the 5.0 series. From handy totes to large, upright cases, there’s plenty of options for both long and short trips. The larger cases feature a Pack More System with x-shaped compression straps alongside a tri-fold suiter and mesh pockets for the ultimate in organization. The smaller pieces in the range include drop down expansion panels and simple integration with larger cases for even greater carrying capacity. The Werks Traveler 6.0 collection is truly versatile and ready for anything.

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Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Backpacks Review

victorinox altmont

Advantages

  • Lightweight and compact—ideal for short trips
  • Practical organizational features for easy packing
  • Designed to protect electronic devices
  • Easily combined with other larger Victorinox pieces

Disadvantages

  • Backpacks not suited to longer trips
  • Minimal hold protection

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Price Range: $79 - $129



The Altmont collection from Victorinox packs plenty of features into its compact size—and this line of stylish backpacks is the perfect companion for modern travelers. Including the Altmont Classic, Altmont Professional, and Altmont Deluxe lines, these sophisticated bags appeal to a variety of different tastes. They also include a range of organizational features designed to keep your belongings safe and secure, with dedicated laptop and tablet pockets ensuring that delicate devices are well looked after.

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Swiss Army Luggage Review — Size Guide

Our review includes a useful size guide to help you choose the ideal piece of luggage for your needs. Refer to this Swiss Army Luggage size guide and determine which piece from each collection suits your requirements best.

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
Altmont Classic Laptop Backpack Deluxe Laptop Backpack
Lexicon Bellevue 15” Laptop Backpack Bellevue 17” Laptop Backpack 22” EXP 2-Wheel C/O
Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer Carry-On Wide Global Carry-On Medium Packing Case Large Packing Case
Spectra Dual Access Extra Capacity U.S Carry-On Expandable Global Carry-On Medium Expandable Large Expandable
Victoria Aspire Expandable Foldable Tote Ambition 20” 4-Wheel Global Carry-On
VX Touring VX Touring Backpack VX Touring Expandable Large Duffel VX Touring Expandable Extra-Large Duffel
Werks Traveler 5.0 Example Weekender Tote Duffel with Tablet/eReader Pocket 22” Expandable 2 Wheeled Carry-On 24” Expandable Dual Caster
Werks Traveler 6.0 Weekender Medium Upright Case Frequent Flyer Carry-On Large Upright Case

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Victorinox Altmont Luggage Review — Materials

Victorinox luggage employs a variety of different materials in the manufacture of its bags and cases. When selecting the right kind of bag for your travels, you should pay close attention to the kind of protection you require. Generally, travel luggage can be split into hard sided and soft sided luggage.

The soft-sided luggage within this Victorinox luggage review includes materials such as ballistic nylon which is both waterproof and tear resistant. However, this type of material will not protect your delicate belongings if the bag is placed in the hold.

The hard-sided luggage within our Victorinox luggage review uses materials such as polycarbonate. These rigid cases provide extra protection when placed in the hold, however, they are prone to scratching and scuffing. Additionally, these materials provide much less flexibility than their soft-sided counterparts.

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Victorinox vs. TUMI

Despite the fact that Victorinox only began manufacturing high-quality bags and cases in the late 90s, they are still considered among the top luggage manufacturers operating today. Naturally, TUMI and other brands provide plenty of competition, and sometimes it can be difficult to choose between the many cases on offer. However, here at Kaehler we have a simple way for you to solve the Victorinox vs Tumi debate. Take a look at our TUMI Luggage Buyers Guide and compare each of the cases and bags from our Victorinox luggage review and measure up what’s best for your needs.