Tumi is a high-end luggage brand preferred by frequent travelers both for business and leisure purposes. The products offered by this brand are known for being functional and durable without sacrificing aesthetics. Each piece is built with a sleek profile that you can easily take with you anywhere you go, regardless of the season or destination – and for any occasion that may present itself during your travels.
Tumi has been manufacturing premium travel bags and suitcases since 1975 when it was founded by Charlie Clifford. The company is based in South Plainfield, New Jersey. The company name comes from a Peruvian ceremonial knife named “tumi”, which was used for sacrifices. In the 1980s, the brand cemented its market leadership with the introduction of the distinctive black-on-black ballistic nylon travel bags, which became well-loved for their chic aesthetic and functional features. The company now has more than 125 patents to its name in its quest to always be ahead in the industry, to offer products that work for the most discerning clients.
The carry-on luggage collection of Tumi is composed of pieces that are designed to meet all TSA guidelines, and can perfectly fit under the seat or on the overhead compartment during the flight.
The checked luggage pieces ensure that your belongings will remain safe and intact during the flight and onwards to your destination. They are available in hard side or rolling luggage options.
These bags are crafted specifically store and protect your clothing while in transit, so they maintain their good quality and so you can look forward to wearing them as soon as you arrive at your chosen destination.
Wheeled travel duffels offer the flexibility of being carried like a duffel bag, or being wheeled and pulled using the telescopic handle for more convenience.
Exclusive Features of Tumi Luggage Pieces and Travel Bags
Omega Closure System
Tumi bags and luggage pieces are equipped with this patented system that features a highly durable closure system. This means that the risks of damaging the zipper – a common issue with bags that may be of lower quality – are significantly reduced, making zipper replacement a thing of the past. The specially designed zipper puller is crafted to break away from the bag if it becomes stuck. The damage will then be confined to the puller and will not affect the entire zipper, with the puller easily replaced if necessary.
X-Brace 45 Handle System
The telescoping handle of Tumi luggage is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, producing a handle that offers superb sturdiness with a lightweight profile. These features make it easier for you to maneuver the luggage handle – a welcome characteristic especially if you only have one free hand to do so.
Easy Glide Wheels
Tumi uses cutting-edge in-line wheels that are protected by shock-absorbing bushings that are custom-designed just for luggage pieces. The wheels are mounted on solid steel axles and also feature sealed steel ball bearings. Each component is carefully chosen to produce in-line wheels that are designed to roll quietly and smoothly for hundreds of miles. You can look forward to countless trips using your Tumi luggage without worrying about damaging the wheels, even in fairly rough conditions.
The luggage handle is designed to easily accommodate a Tumi backpack being slipped over it. This feature makes it more convenient for you to keep your eye on both the luggage and the backpack, at the same time leaves you with a free hand to deal with other important things since you only need one hand to maneuver the combined luggage + backpack. Wheeling the two pieces will be more convenient for you to deal with when they are in one neat combination.
Innovative Materials Used by Tumi
These are the cutting-edge materials used by Tumi that make their products a cut above the rest of the competition.
Water-based Poly Fabric
The fabrics used in crafting the bags are coated with a water-based polyurethane process instead of a solvent-based coating that results in reduced contaminants being leaked into the water supply.
Tumi uses post-consumer recycled PET fabric for luggage and travel bag parts such as the zipper tape, binding, webbing, and interior lining. A total of 980,531 plastic bottles have already been turned into Tumi bags after being diverted from a landfill.
The company does its part to reduce environmental damage by cutting the level of virgin zinc in the bags by as much as 50%. Recycled zinc is used instead so depletion of the already limited zinc deposits is further minimized and environmental damage from mining is likewise lessened. By using recycled zinc, less zinc is wasted in the landfill and less energy will be needed to alloy and extract the zinc.
The revolutionary design of Tumi bags and luggage pieces resulted in the elimination of the majority of the PVC materials used in creating the products.
What Differentiates Tumi Luggage from Other Brands
Unique Registration Number
Each Tumi bag, luggage, and business case has a unique 20-digit registration code engraved in a metal plate. This number will need to be registered to the Tumi Tracer program so the bag can be part of a central database that can be used to trace the bag in case it gets lost.
This is a complimentary product recovery program that helps customers trace and eventually, reunite with their stolen or lost luggage, bags or business cases. This feature helps in tracking down the lost or stolen bags wherever they may end up in the world, in case they get misplaced because of airline baggage mix-ups.
World-Class Customer Service
Customers will enjoy impeccable after-sales customer service after purchasing a Tumi product. The business, bag, or travel collections are covered by a 5-year limited warranty, while the accessories and wallets are covered by a 2-year limited warranty. The warranty covers manufacturing defects as well as normal wear and tear. Even after the warranty coverage has ended, customers can still look forward to attentive customer service should refurbishments or repairs (at reasonable costs) be needed.
Customers can also enjoy quick services such as repairs on the handle or zipper pull from one of the more than 260 Tumi locations around the world.
Tumi uses the following materials in producing premium travel bags and luggage pieces:
Ballistic Nylon – Commonly used in soft-sided luggage pieces, this material can easily be cleaned and works to hide scratch marks as it offers superb protection for the items inside.
Polycarbonate – Used for hard-sided luggage to offer an excellent protective casing. Tumi polycarbonate luggage pieces are available in various styles and finishes.
Tegris – Tumi has the exclusive, worldwide rights to use this material in the travel industry. It is a cutting-edge composite material that is also used for protective gear for NFL players, in lifesaving body armor, and by NASCAR race drivers. Tegris has outstanding durability yet is surprisingly lightweight- giving you the best of both worlds for luggage and travel bag use.
Leather – This luxurious and adaptable material is used in some of the most beautiful pieces of Tumi luggage. Leather bags can be used for both leisure and business trips because of their aesthetic appeal and functionality.
Recycled Materials – These materials are used to reduce the impact on the environment without sacrificing the luggage’s durability and quality. Some parts of the bags and luggage pieces are made from materials that came from recycled plastic bottles.
Tests Used by Tumi for Luggage and Travel Bags
Tumi ensures that its products go through comprehensive testing and trials before they are finally made available in the market. These tests use multiple real-life scenarios so the proper assessments can be done regarding their quality, performance, and endurance when used in the real world. A combination of 30 unique tests is used, with many of the trials developed by Tumi. Listed below are just some of these tests.
Handle Jerk Test
The telescoping handle is subjected to a series of pull and jerk tests to ensure that the handle will stay right where it is supposed to be, and not be pulled out entirely out of its socket. The test will make sure that the handle will be able to endure numerous moments of being used to hoist the entire luggage or bag without coming loose of its enclosure.
This test puts the bags through rough handling that happens in real life, especially in airports and other passenger terminals all around the world. The bags are filled to capacity and then placed inside a large tumbler, which then works to toss them continuously. To meet the manufacturer’s exacting standards, each case has to go through 125 cycles. To give you an idea of how strong and durable Tumi bags are, the bags and luggage pieces from competitors start to show signs of damage between 15 to 60 cycles.
Zipper Tensile Test
The zipper in each Tumi piece of luggage has gone through extensive testing to resist tearing and damage in real-life conditions. This means that you can squeeze in a few important items without worrying that the zipper will give way and break with the unexpected pressure it is subjected to.
Mileage Cycle Test
The in-line wheels used in the luggage pieces go through comprehensive rolling testing to make sure that they will always operate smoothly and durably to keep your belongings safe on countless trips, regardless of the destination and the season.
The TUMI Latitude Extended Trip Hardside Large Suitcase is made with a polypropylene ballistic material that ensures your belongings will be kept protected during your trip. This material is designed to bend and flex and can withstand harsh climates and high impact conditions.
It has a hardshell case that also boasts of a lightweight profile, making it easier to maneuver even when it is full so you will not have to deal with too much hassle and discomfort while lugging your suitcase around.
It is equipped with a retractable handle made from aircraft-grade aluminum. This handle helps you with rotating the suitcase whenever necessary, such as when you are changing directions while walking in airports.
The four spinner wheels easily carry the weight of the suitcase, so you do not have to exert too much effort when walking towards your vehicle or your destination.
The suitcase features the patented Omega Closure System that dramatically minimizes the risk of damaging the zipper.
It also comes with an integrated TSA lock for superior protection and safekeeping of your belongings.
The interior lid is equipped with two zippered compartments where you can store items without worrying that they will get mixed in with other belongings.
The fully lined interior has mesh tie-down straps to keep your belongings protected and in the right place even through long hours of travel time.
This suitcase comes with a unique 20-digit product number printed on a metal plate. The number is entered into a database for the Tumi Tracer recovery program, along with the owner’s contact details, to aid in the recovery of stolen or lost items reported to Tumi. This complimentary program helps customers in reuniting with their belongings in cases of lost or stolen luggage.
Durability & Warranty
This suitcase comes with a 5-year warranty.
The dimensions of this suitcase are 31.2 x 21.5 x 12.6 inches.
The polypropylene ballistic material is designed to adapt to harsh climates and harsh impact conditions, ensuring superior durability
A patented closure system greatly minimizes the risk of damage to the entire zipper
Equipped with a durable yet lightweight retractable handle made from aircraft-grade aluminum
Comes with the complimentary Tumi Tracer program for easier tracking of lost or stolen luggage
Some customers commented that the suitcase was more easily scratched than they imagined
The TUMI Tegra Lite Max International Expandable Carry-On Luggage is constructed using a cutting-edge polypropylene thermoplastic material that is also used by NFL players for their protective gear, by NASCAR race car drivers, and for lifesaving armor.
This suitcase is designed to expand another two inches to provide you with additional space in case you need it, such as when you bring in more items when you go home than at the start of the trip.
It has mesh tie-down straps that will keep your belongings intact where you placed them originally, so you can rest assured that your things will still be organized when you get to your destination.
The compact design lets you enjoy enhanced convenience as you travel, without worrying about a bulky piece of luggage.
A TSA integrated lock keeps your belongings safe and protected from theft wherever you go.
This suitcase is equipped with two packing compartments that ensure your belongings stay exactly where you want them to be, without mixing in with the other items inside the case.
The interior is also built with a suiter section to keep your suits or dresses separate from other clothing items to protect their quality and appearance while in transit.
A hanger bracket is also included to ensure that the hanger stays in place even when the suitcase is subjected to rough handling in airports and other terminals.
Two mesh pockets and a zip pocket are built into the suitcase interior to provide you with more compartments where you can store other personal belongings, keeping all items organized while you travel.
A front u-zip pocket lets you store items that you want to easily access, such as documents or a change of clothes.
It comes with a 20-digit product number that needs to be entered into the Tumi Tracer recovery program database, so you can easily track and reunite with your luggage in case it is lost or stolen while you travel.
Durability & Warranty
The TUMI luggage comes with a 5-year warranty.
The dimensions of this suitcase are 22 x 14 x 9 inches.
This durable hardcase is lightweight to offer enhanced convenience while you travel
Uses a revolutionary material that is also used in lifesaving armor and athletic protective gear
Expandable by 2 inches, giving you additional space for more items
A U-zip exterior pocket provides easy access to important items without opening the entire suitcase
Some customers complained that the hardshell exterior gets scuffed and scratched easily
The TUMI Tegra Lite Max Medium Trip is built with a revolutionary material called polypropylene thermoplastic composite – the same material that is used for NFL players’ protective gear, by NASCAR race car drivers, and for constructing lifesaving body armor.
It is equipped with double turning wheels that go in whichever direction you want the suitcase to take, making it so much easier for you to maneuver the case when you travel regardless of the location.
It has a retractable telescopic handle that can be adjusted to multiple heights, so you do not have to worry about feeling discomfort as you pull or push the suitcase along large airports or other transportation terminals.
This suitcase has a TSA integrated lock that gives you the peace of mind of knowing your belongings are protected from being stolen even during those times when the case leaves your sight for a while.
It also features bottom and top side handles that let you enjoy the flexibility of hoisting the suitcase from these sides without too much effort in doing so.
This suitcase comes with a front u-zip pocket that lets you store items you may need to easily get to, such as important papers.
Two zip pockets in the interior portion keep smaller items intact and prevent them from spilling and mixing in with the other things inside the suitcase.
There are also two packing compartments that ensure your belongings will be kept organized throughout the trip, just as you fixed them into place when you packed your stuff.
The suitcase interior features a hanger bracket that keeps the hanger securely in place so the clothes will be protected from creasing and wrinkling that may result from excessive movement inside the suitcase.
The mesh tie-down straps inside the suitcase will keep your belongings firmly in place, ensuring that they will not get mixed up and more fragile items are securely held in place to prevent damage.
This Tumi suitcase is integrated with a distinctive 20-digit product number to be used in the Tumi Tracer recovery program. The number will make it easier for you to track your suitcase in case it gets stolen or lost while you are traveling.
Durability & Warranty
This suitcase has a 5-year warranty.
The dimensions of this suitcase are 26 x 19 x 13 inches.
Equipped with double turning wheels for easy maneuvering of the suitcase
Uses the same cutting-edge material that is used for lifesaving armor and protective gear for athletes
Comes with a hanger bracket to keep the hanger and your clothing intact inside the suitcase
Can expand by an additional 2 inches for more space for other items
Some customers complained that this suitcase is too heavy
The TUMI Tegra-Lite Max Large Trip Suitcase is constructed out of the same material that is used in making protective gear for NFL players and NASCAR race car drivers, as well as in building body armor.
The bottom and top side portions are equipped with sturdy handles that enable you to easily lift the suitcase from these sides without exerting too much effort and energy.
This suitcase is built with a zip-around opening that can expand by 2 more inches, providing you with more space so you can bring more items to your preferred destination.
It comes with a TSA integrated lock that protects your belongings inside the suitcase secured from being stolen especially when the case leaves your presence in airports or other transport terminals.
The wheels are designed to move to easily turn so you will not have any problems maneuvering the suitcase to the direction you want to take.
This suitcase has a fully lined interior built with two packing compartments that are spacious enough to keep your clothes and other personal belongings intact while you travel to your destination.
It is equipped with mesh straps that are used to tie down items, so they are protected from unwanted movement to prevent damage while you are traveling.
It also comes with a suiter section that keeps your suits, dresses, and other delicate clothing items in their separate space so they can maintain their quality and appearance.
A hanger bracket works to secure the hanger in place even when your suitcase is being tossed in airport terminals, so you can look forward to your clothing items maintaining a wrinkle or crease-free condition during your trip.
An accessible front pocket lets you store important items such as documents in a place where you can easily get to them without the need to fully open the entire suitcase and expose your personal belongings.
This suitcase lets you enjoy the use of the Tumi Tracer recovery program, which makes it easier for you to track your suitcase in case it gets stolen or lost. The suitcase has a special 20-digit product code that needs to be entered into the program’s database so tracking your suitcase can be done if necessary.
Durability & Warranty
This suitcase has a 5-year warranty.
This suitcase has the following dimensions: 29 x 20 x 13 inches.
The zip-around opening can expand by another 2 inches for additional space for your belongings
The bottom and top sides have sturdy handles that make lifting the suitcase easier to manage
Has a special product code that makes suitcase tracking easier, in case it gets lost or stolen
Equipped with a front pocket that offers easy access to items without opening the whole suitcase
Some customers commented that this suitcase is quite heavy and is easily scratched
The TUMI V4 International 4 Wheeled Carry-On Luggage is constructed using multiple layers of polycarbonate material to provide exceptional durability that you can count on for years to come.
It is equipped with exterior raised channels that enhance the durability of the entire suitcase, enabling it to withstand the rigors of frequent traveling.
This suitcase features 4 wheels that make it easier for you to lead it to the direction you want to turn to without encountering too many difficulties.
This hardside luggage offers superb durability without sacrificing convenience, with a lightweight profile that can make traveling much easier to manage.
It comes with a sturdy handle made from aircraft-grade aluminum that is designed to absorb impact. This means that the retractable handle can keep up with the repeated pulling and pushing without succumbing to premature damage.
The lined interior is equipped with a double compartment zip pocket that keeps your belongings organized from the time you pack the suitcase until you get to your destination.
There is also a smaller zip pocket that you can use to store smaller items, so they are kept separate from other stuff, and to keep your belongings looking neat and organized while you travel.
The interior is built with compression straps that are designed to keep belongings and more fragile items in their rightful places, to keep them protected from damage.
This product lets you enjoy the benefits of the Tumi Tracer recovery program that helps you reunite with lost or stolen luggage. The suitcase comes with a unique 20-digit product code that needs to be entered into the program’s database so you can have an easier time tracking the luggage if necessary.
Durability & Warranty
This suitcase offers a 5-year warranty.
The dimensions of this suitcase are 22 x 14 x 9 inches.
Built with multiple polycarbonate layers for superb durability with a lightweight profile
The exterior features raised channels for enhanced durability and protection
The retractable handle is constructed from impact-absorbing aircraft-grade aluminum
This suitcase is expandable to give you more space to carry additional items from your trip
There are no reviews available for this product at the time of writing
The TUMI Alpha 3 Continental Expandable Carry-on Luggage is constructed with FXT ballistic nylon that offers excellent durability you can count on for years to come.
It features a DuraFold construction that is resistant to impact, along with protective bumper rails and impact-resistant side panels that ensure your suitcase can keep up with the challenges of frequent traveling.
The Dual-Coil zipper break design is built to have the zipper break away from the zipper system when it is caught, protecting the entire zipper from being damaged so your belongings remain intact inside the suitcase.
A telescopic X-Brace 45 Handle System can absorb impact so continuous pulling and pushing will not damage the handle. It can also be adjusted to multiple heights so you can easily change the setting to suit your comfort level.
The bottom, sides, and top handles make it easier for you to lift the suitcase from any side.
The zipper can expand to give you an additional 2 inches of space for even bringing more items for your trip.
This suitcase comes with dual integrated TSA locks so you can keep both the main opening and the front opening secure to keep the belongings inside safe.
The interior portion can be accessed two ways: either by opening the front lid entirely or by the split-case entry so you will not need to expose all your belongings when you only need to access a few items.
A removable garment sleeve is designed to fit in one suit that can be kept free from creases while you travel.
A hanger bracket keeps the hanger firmly in place so the clothing item can be protected from unwanted wrinkling or folding while in transit.
The interior and exterior parts of this suitcase are equipped with multiple compartments that allow you to keep your belongings securely in place and protect the items from damage that may result when things bump and rub against one another inside the luggage.
This suitcase has a unique 20-digit product code that needs to be entered into the Tumi Tracer recovery program, which then allows you to easily track where your luggage may be, in case it gets lost or stolen.
It has a built-in USB that ensures you can stay connected wherever you are while you travel.
Durability & Warranty
This product comes with a 5-year warranty.
The dimensions of this luggage are 2 x 16 x 9 inches.
Built with durable ballistic nylon, with impact-resistant side panels and DuraFold construction
A built-in USB port lets you charge your gadgets while on the go (power bank sold separately)
The zipper is designed to break away when it gets caught, leaving the rest of the zipper system intact
Dual integrated TSA locks keep the main and front openings secure
There are no negative reviews available for this product at the time of writing
The TUMI Merge Extended Trip Large Suitcase is constructed with a ballistic nylon material that offers superior durability while maintaining a lightweight profile that you can carry without exerting too much effort.
The top and side handles are designed to retract so you can easily use them for lifting the suitcase in the most comfortable way.
A 3-stage telescoping handle is built from aircraft-grade aluminum for an extremely strong yet lightweight profile that can keep up with numerous pulling and pushing for years to come.
The zipper system can be expanded for an additional 2 inches of packing space, ideal for bringing items home from your vacation destination.
This suitcase is built with a zipper puller that is designed to break away completely from the bag in the event that it gets caught, protecting the entire zipper from being damaged so your belongings remain protected inside the luggage.
The interior has a hanging zip pocket with 2 compartments that can keep different items separated in their own spaces, so you can maintain the proper organization of your belongings during your trip.
Two more zip pockets with mesh details are built into the interior of the lid for more space for your items.
Compressions straps help keep your belongings firmly in place and prevent damage that may be caused by unwanted movement or accidental rubbing against other things inside the suitcase.
A hanger bracket secures the hanger in place to keep your clothing protected from being wrinkled in transit.
The front of the suitcase features 3 zip pockets – a vertical front pocket, a front lid pocket, and a top quick-grab pocket where you can place items that you need to easily access whenever necessary.
The suitcase comes with a distinctive 20-digit product code that can be used to track lost or stolen luggage using the Tumi Tracer recovery program.
Durability & Warranty
This suitcase comes with a 5-year warranty.
It has the following dimensions: 31 x 20 x 13 inches.
Constructed from ballistic nylon for a sturdy yet lightweight profile
Equipped with multiple exterior pockets for additional storage and easy access to important items
Zipper puller is designed to break away from the bag when caught to protect the zipper system from damage
The suitcase can be expanded by 2 more inches for additional space
Some customers noted that this style is plain looking compared to other Tumi luggage designs