The Heys Luggage Reviews for Kids You Must Read

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The Heys Luggage Reviews for Kids You Must Read

Ever since its establishment in 1986, Heys Luggage has been putting out light, good-looking bags for travelers of all ages and needs. Nowadays, it also has a robust selection of designer bags for younger ones.

From Marvel-character-inspired to animal-themed designs, Heys isn’t short of carry-ons for kids. In these Heys Luggage reviews, we’ll be going over three of the ones we think most worthwhile for you and your tots to look at, as well as our reasons for selecting them from among the rest.

Heys Marvel Deluxe Spiderman Kids Luggage

Boasting a Spiderman-themed design on the shell, this Heys hard-shell offers Marvel-lous style for the webslinger-loving child. It sports a rounded and tapered polycarbonate shell that allows it to measure 18 by 12.5 by 9 inches while still weighing only 3.7lbs.

It is a roller, so there are only 2 wheels, and they are clear inline skate ones that protrude sufficiently to give the case enough elevation for easy rolling.

A telescoping handle is on the back, as well as the Heys Luggage badge. The closure uses a strong zipper while the interior has a large zippered compartment in the lid and cross-straps for restraining clothing.

Pros

  • Very tough case
  • Nice, appealing design on the cover
  • Easy to roll, even for little ones

Cons

  • A little on the small side if your kid is already 7 or up

Heys Luggage claims to have produced the world’s lightest carry-on (the “xcase”, in 2003) even before airlines first introduced baggage fees, and it’s not hard to believe. Even today many of its hard-shelled cases remain among the lighter options for travelers, and the same is true of its hard-shells for kids.

At a mere 3.7lbs, even your toddler won’t have too much trouble with this one, which is part of what makes it so great. Bigger kids—think: ones already aged 7 and above—will very likely want something bigger to hold all of their things, but those with smaller children will get a lot of use out of this bag for years.

It’s very sturdy and actually feels more expensive than it really is. It also fits into every airline’s regulations for carry-on luggage. All in all, you could do far worse than this for your kid’s first hard-case roller.

Bumble Bees Travel 2-piece Tote Luggage Set

This is a 2-piece travel set with a hard-shell case of lightweight and tough polycarbonate in a contoured and colored bumblebee design. The two pieces comprise the backpack, which measures 13 by 10 by 5.5 inches and weighs 1.2lbs, and the luggage or upright, which measures 18 by 13.5 by 9 inches and weighs 3.5lbs.

The backpack unit, like the upright, opens via a zippered closure, and it can be slipped atop the upright for easy carriage of both bags.

The upright roller has 2 transparent, inline skate wheels and a yellow hard-shell back to go with its front (the backpack’s rear side is black cloth). The printed bee design on the hard shells is also protected from scratches and scrapes by a clear and glossy coating.

Pros

  • Very attractive
  • Great storage capacity in this 2-piece design
  • Pretty durable (with just one caveat)

Cons

  • While generally durable, the hard shell’s clear coating does tend to scratch off easily, so the shells still take some scratches with rough usage

This is one of the best-looking sets of luggage we’ve seen for kids in a while. Not only is the shaped, black and yellow bumblebee look appealing, but the set also includes both an upright and a backpack.

You can fit a lot of things in this luggage set, which is also surprisingly light at just 4.7lbs for both units. It’s easy to carry around, even easier to wheel about, and likely to please your little one.

Durability-wise, it’s just what you’d expect from Heys, with the polycarbonate barely creaking even when subjected to heavy pressure from above (we tested it when it was filled, though).

The only real hitch we had was that the clear coating didn’t do as much as Heys claimed it would to prevent scratches. It minimized them a little, yes, but our units still got some scratches on them after being thrown around a bit—and let’s face it, kids will likely throw around these bags.

Heys America Marvel Comics 21-inch Carry-on

This hard-shell luggage is made of tough polycarbonate material with a color design made up of Marvel comics covers from such popular titles as Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. It has a zippered closure and a zippered expansion system for flexibility. It measures 21 by 13.5 by 9 inches and weighs only 6.2lbs. It also has 4 multi-directional spinner wheels for easy moving.

Pros

  • Very light but hardy
  • Nice size for bigger kids and even young adults
  • Classic comic cover design is very eye-catching

Cons

  • Won’t be suitable for the smaller kids because of its size
  • Shows a few scratches when handled roughly

This is a fantastic option for the bigger kids—as well as the kids-at-heart. Comic and Marvel fans will love the classic cover design and your kid will probably collect compliments for other fans while at the airport. It feels good and tough and doesn’t fight you when you’re driving it, and also has a lot of space inside. It actually comes in a larger version for people who need more space, but the 21-incher is just about perfect for younger teens and most airlines.

Conclusion

So which of these should you get your kid? It depends on how big he is. For toddlers and very young children, the Spiderman may be the best choice, as it’s the most compact as well as the lightest of the three we’ve lined up.

Slightly bigger children may prefer the Bumble Bee, which can actually serve very young kids too (as long as you don’t make them carry both the backpack and the upright).

Older children should be given the Marvel Comics print bag, which can actually be used by adults as well, so it represents potentially the best return on investment given that there’s a higher chance of using it for a longer time than the other two (which can be outgrown).

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