This post is sponsored by Chester who provided me with the Minima in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of spinner luggage. The concept of it, yes. But the reality of it? Not so much. I’ve seen too many ill-constructed spinner bags come off the plane missing a wheel. Because of this, I have never owned spinner luggage. However, most people love spinners. So when Chester reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their product, the Minima Carry-On, I decided this was my chance to finally try one out and see for myself. Is the Chester Minima the best carry on luggage? Could my mind be changed?
I set out to answer these questions. Let’s see what I found…
For The Best Carry On Luggage…
What completes this sentence for you?
For me, it must fit comfortably in the overhead compartment on the plane, have great organization, be able to withstand frequent traveling and have sturdy wheels.
I’m excited to say that the Chester Minima Carry-On met all of these requirements and more!
Chester Minima Carry-On
This is what the bag looked like when it arrived. My husband brought it into the house and asked if I was sure there was anything in it because it was that light.
After opening the box and confirming that there was, in fact, a piece of luggage in it, I took the carry-on out and discovered it was sporting its very own protective cover.
The custom-fit cover not only protected the carry-on during shipping, but you can also use it while storing to prevent scratches and dust accumulation.
Out of their seven color choices, I chose…wait for it…black. I know, boring right? In my defense, I was going back and forth between pink and black. I ultimately decided on black (as I do every time) because I like to decorate my luggage with ribbons and they stand out better against black. But, you do have seven cool color choices: black, charcoal grey, aluminum grey, pink, ocean blue, sky blue, and sand. Get the one that best fits you and your personality!
I immediately liked the look of the Chester Minima. I’m not sure about the other colors, but the black has a cool sheen that looks black from some angles and charcoal grey from others.
The bag did well on the first impression. Now let’s dive deeper!
The Main Features
The polycarbonate hard shell is durable. While I was taking these photos (and didn’t have anything in it), a surprisingly strong gust of wind blew it over. It landed on a slope and slid all the way to the sidewalk. Not a scratch on it. I also sprayed the shell with water and it held up to its claim of being water-resistant.
It is definitely lightweight (see gust of wind above), however, don’t equate that with not being sturdy. I’ve had the lightweight suitcase that isn’t sturdy before. This is not the case with the Minima. It definitely seems to be a well-made, well-constructed bag.
I checked the dimensions myself and they are as stated. This does make the bag TSA and IATA compliant and means it will fit in overhead compartments on airplanes quite nicely. I compared the bag’s dimensions with Delta’s carry-on size requirements since that is the airline I always use. The Chester Minima measures a half-inch less than Delta’s height, length and width limits!
The leather luggage tag is a nice touch
The recessed TSA lock is definitely my favorite external feature. I’ve never seen, much less owned, a piece of luggage with a built-in lock!
Even more unique, I love that it keeps the zipper pulls secure while traveling. Do you know how many pulls I’ve lost off luggage and how aggravating it is? Okay, maybe you do. Well, the Minima takes care of that
little big problem!
The double spinner wheels are sturdy and quiet. I successfully and quietly rolled it across many surfaces including hardwood floors, carpet, a wooden deck, sidewalks, asphalt, and even a bumpy rug. It went where I went easily!
The aluminum telescoping handle did lock in two different positions which is great for different heights. I preferred the taller setting.
With a capacity of 38 liters, the interior is quite roomy. I loved that I could open it all the way up and lay it flat so I could see everything at a glance. The two large main compartments fit several days of outfits for me (rolling them up) and I could even use 1-2 of my packing cubes which I’m a huge fan of. Score!
I also really appreciated the two small zippered pockets. I could put things like underwear, socks, and sandals/flats/Toms in those. It is also good for other things such as smaller electronic items, chargers, and snacks!
Now for my favorite interior feature: the removable laundry bag! I feel like Chester manufactured this feature just for me! 😜 I’m all about a laundry bag and previously, I always brought the one that came with my packing cubes. However, now I have one included in my carry-on!
Laundry bags are always a great idea even if you don’t use them for dirty laundry. They can be used for wet swimsuits, towels, or even shoes you want to keep separate from your clothes!
I must address the price tag. While $195 might seem pricey and be more than you planned on paying for a carry-on, I think it’s fairly priced for a good carry-on that will last. Consider the features and how well-made the Chester Minima is.
Also, please allow me to let you in on a lesson I learned the hard way a few times over: You get what you pay for. Luggage is an investment for anyone but especially for the frequent traveler. Choose wisely!
Would I recommend this carry-on? Absolutely 100%. Why wouldn’t I? I’m using it myself!
BUT…The advantage of purchasing off the website (in addition to their free two-day shipping) is that Trimm Travels’ readers can enter TRIMM10 for 10% off their purchase! 😱🙌
Please understand I only endorse products that I truly believe in and have personally tested which is why you won’t find many on my site. The product must be something I’m interested in and believe will benefit other travelers.
I am genuinely excited to have my first spinner carry-on luggage! As in giddy excited. I honestly hate pulling my luggage along but hadn’t found a bag worth the risk. Until now. Now, I don’t fear having to pick up my luggage and carry it because of a broken spinner wheel.
Someone else wants to accompany me! Here you can see the size of the Minima next to Lexie, my 9-lb Maltese!
I already have trips coming up that the Chester Minima will accompany me on so check back soon to see how this bad boy stands the test of time!
Remember to click here and use TRIMM10 for 10% off to try one out for yourself. I anticipate your only problem will be deciding which color to get! Let me know how you like it and what color you pick! 🎨😃
‘Til next time…