The best spinner carry-on: Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD

If you’re in the market for a new carry-on luggage and want something a little different, then I have a real winner for you. The best spinner carry-on luggage right now is the Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD. This is probably one of the most thoughtfully designed bags I have ever seen. Everything has a reason for being on there and everything is useful.

The Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD (or all-wheel-drive) is the 4 wheel spinner version of their Tarmac series luggage. It is sort of a mix of hard-side luggage and soft luggage. This is because the belly of the bag is made of a durable polycarbonate material that is incredibly hard to damage. This also gives the bag some really good structure. The back side of the bag is made of a very durable Bi-tech fabric that is also really durable (as is everything Eagle Creek makes).

Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD carry-on

The Tarmac AWD and its split design inside

On the inside

The bag is a split design which means that when you open it up the whole thing is basically split in two with equal room on either side. This is really handy because the lid side actually acts as a really good garment compartment. If you use packing cubes consider using the Eagle Creek packing folder to secure your dress shirts and pants in this space. It all secures with a high quality zipper filled in with a cargo-net material. On the opposite side there is a roomy area to drop the rest of your stuff (hopefully in packing cubes).  Once this side is packed it is all held in place with a really handy cargo netting with snaps and buckles. This cargo net can also be totally removed and fastened to the outside of the bag to hold stuff to the outside of your bag (like a jacket, pillow etc.)

On the outside

But the outside of the bag is where this bag really excels. First up is one of the most solid pull handles in the industry. It is solid and has a great grippy rubber handle that retracts into a protected inset area of the bag. On the back of the bag there is a large exterior pocket. The nice thing about this pocket is that it is 3D (meaning that it actually has some volume). I tend to store more toiletries bag in there as it is the perfect depth for it. Within this pocket is a small document/iPad/tablet pocket which has come in handy to carry train tickets, passports and other important stuff.

The last pocket is on the very top of the front of the bag right below the handle. This area is perfect to store sunglasses, passports and other small things. And the bag actually includes an integrated keyring loop (with a bottle opener on it!) Within the pocket is also an elastic and plastic “coat keeper.” This little device pulls out of the pocket and then loops around the handle of the bag to secure a coat or other garment to the top of the bag. These are the little touches that make this bag really shine.


The whole bag just feels premium with solid zippers and buckles throughout. The wheels on it are decidedly chunky, with inline skate style wheels what actually have a form of treads on them for rougher terrain. All around I think this is probably the best spinner carry-on luggage on the market (unless you want a full hard body bag).

The Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD carry-on is available in a US domestic carry-on as well as an International carry-on which is a bit smaller for those budget European carriers. If you are unsure what size you need for your region, check out our carry-on size chart with all of the major airlines in the world. The International carry-on version is only available in a two wheel design since it needs to remove two wheels to retain space inside the bag.

Overall rating


  • Awesome pocket design
  • Great handle and zippers
  • Quality materials
  • Very smooth wheels


  • International size only available in 2 wheel design

Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD 22 inch Carry-On Luggage

 out of stock
as of July 7, 2021 9:39 pm


  • Four over-sized ultra-durable Dynamic Spin Wheels offer effortless 360o directional mobility
  • Textured polycarbonate back offers ultra-light durability, while hiding scuffs and protecting handle system
  • Lockable quick stash 3-1-1 pocket contains:
  • Coat Keeper securely holds outerwear to luggage
  • Key fob with Porter Key bottle opener

Eagle Creek Tarmac International 21.5, Asphalt Black

$309.00  in stock
4 new from $309.00
1 used from $137.54
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as of July 7, 2021 9:39 pm


  • Expansion zipper for more capacity
  • 17 inch laptop sleeve in main compartment
  • Padded tablet and electronics sleeves in front padded pocket
  • Innovative coat keeper holds jacket to the top of the bag
  • 10x13.75x21.5


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