We were very happy to see American Tourister finally get back to their roots with the new hardsided, clamshell, zipperless American Tourister Tribus line of suitcases.
American Tourister started out in 1933 as a small luggage manufacturer called American Luggage Works. They were located in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally started by two brothers Sol and Irving Koffler, the company was sold to Samsonite in 2009.
The Tribus takes American Tourister away from their traditional metal alloy frame design and into the world of rigid formed plastic shells. The influence of their sibling company Samsonite is easy to recognize in this case but at a slightly less expensive price tag.
This is a rugged suitcase that will keep your belongings safe and will last you for a long time.
The inside of this case is fully lined with easy to clean polyester fabric. It gives the suitcase a very finished look and feel.
The American Tourister Tribus suitcase has the two main features that we look for in a really safe suitcase.
This is a great suitcase. The polypropylene shells are strong and flexible. This will deter thieves from trying to gain access to your belongings by cutting through this material.
The two point latching system with integrated TSA locks ensures that the case stays closed even under force. The tongue-and-groove with locking latch system is far superior to zippers for keeping "bad guys" out of your suitcase.
You can feel very secure that once you check this bag in, the contents are safe from damage, thieves and smugglers.
Well, if you know anything about our website, we only promote suitcases that meet our definition of a safe suitcase. The American Tourister Tribus suitcase definitely meets out expectations and more. We especially like that it is made from 100% polypropylene and uses a tongue and groove latching system to stay closed. We give this case full marks for safety!
Does American Tourister make a hardsided zipperless suitcase? Yes they do. After concentrating on softsided luggage for a time, American Tourister finally released the hardsided Tribus line of suitcases in 2019. This case is available in a 20" carry-on and a 25" and 29" checked version.
Is Polypropylene a good material for a suitcase? Yes, Polypropylene is strong, light and resists breaking and scratches. You can read more about it on our luggage materials page.
Is American Tourister owned by Samsonite? Yes, American Tourister is a brand that was purchased by Astrum International in 2009. Astrum changed their company name to Samsonite in 2011.