Suitcase Size Guide | What’s the biggest suitcase available?

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In the past few years with suitcases becoming lighter, we have seen the emergence of the extra-large suitcase, which is usually around 81-82 cm tall.  These suitcases typically have a capacity in excess of 110L which is enormous! So which is the biggest suitcase available? We’ve created a list with the top 5…

There are many good uses for these extra-large suitcases, most obviously, if you’re going on a long trip you can pack weeks’ worth of clothing in them. But they are also useful if you are moving overseas, carting gifts or work gear, carrying bulkier items such as ski clothes, or for multi-person packing. For a couple travelling together or a family, it is often easier to combine your gear into one suitcase and just manage one large suitcase instead of 2 or 3. This is particularly the case if you’re herding kids whilst transiting.

Delsey’s handy packing guide indicates that in this extra-large size you could pack;

  • 6 pairs of shoes
  • 24 shirts
  • 8 trousers
  • 2 coats
  • 2 toiletry bags

These extra-large suitcases do have their drawbacks though, and we encourage you to read our previous post ‘5 things to consider before buying a large suitcase’ to make sure that it’s the right option for your trips.

It is also worth noting that some of these extra-large suitcases may exceed maximum dimensions for some airlines, so always check with your carriers before taking it with you. And of course, weight restrictions always apply, so be sure to check your weight before you fly to avoid excess baggage fees, these are easy to run into with such temptingly large packing spaces!

 

Here’s a rundown of the 5 largest suitcases in our range:

* Capacity measurements are supplied by the manufacturer and they vary in how they are measured. We find some brands ‘run big’ whilst others appear to be more conservative. The following 5 suitcases would likely have a 5L variance between the largest and the smallest, they are all amongst the largest available. The weight of the suitcase should also be factored into your decision.

 

1. Samsonite S’Cure 81cm Suitcase – 138 Litres, 5.3kg

RRP $649, Our price $389.40

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Topping the charts at a mammoth 138L, the S’Cure is a rather utilitarian suitcase that it the modern version of the old Oyster cases. Featuring a hard shell and frame, this suitcase is very secure with clip lock closures. This suitcase does away with any luxuries that may add weight such as lining and pockets, however the sturdy construction, double wheels and quality fittings make this a solid work horse that offers years of travel.

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2. Delsey Moncey Waterproof 82cm Suitcase – 135.55 Litres, 5.5kg

RRP $399, Our price $239.40

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The Delsey Moncey is a similar suitcase to the Samsonite S’Cure, with a hard shell and frame and 3 clip closure that make the suitcase very secure and waterproof. It differs to the S’cure in that the interior is lined and has some pockets for organised packing (and is a smidge heavier due to this) but has the same utilitarian aesthetic on the outside with a scratch resistant shell and functional double wheels.

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3. Roncato Venice 2.0 Expandable 82cm Suitcase – 132 Litres, 3.1kg

RRP $499, Our price $299.40

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Far and away the largest of the softside suitcases, the Roncato Venice 2.0 is also substantially lighter than the S’Cure and the Moncey. The Venice is a luxury case with a quality construction and functional features such as the expander and organised packing thanks to the pockets. The advantage of choosing an extra large softside case is that to open and ‘live’ out of it you can place is up against the wall and open the lid. (Hard suitcases open through the centre and therefore need to be laid out flat to pack and unpack – check out our ‘hard vs soft suitcase’ article to see what will work best for you!)

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4. Osprey Shuttle 36 130L Wheeled Duffel – 130 Litres, 4.14kg

RRP $439.95, Our price $339.95

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Whilst technically a duffel bag, it’s included on our suitcase page because it packs and can be managed like a suitcase. With a huge capacity of 130L, there is a U-shaped panel that opens to the main cavity allowing you to load your gear like you would in a typical softside suitcase. The benefits of the duffel style include a wet pocket, rugged 2 wheel design with high chassis, this makes it more suitable for ‘off road’ travel, and a taller, narrower, ‘squishier’ design which suits car travel. This large off roader is ideal for sports travel, ski trips, camping or safari’s.

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5. Samsonite Lite-Shock 81cm Suitcase – 124L, 2.8kg

RRP $899, Our price $539.00

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Coming in equal 5th (see below for the other options), the Samsonite Lite-Shock is from Samsonite’s Curv range which is a patented material that has dramatically reduced the weight of the hard shell whilst offering exceptional flexibility and performance. The Lite-Shock is the lightest of the bunch, with a single pole handle and sports spinner wheels to minimise the weight. This, along with the other Curv suitcases are a terrific choice for those seeking the biggest, lightest hard suitcases available.

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Equal 5th – The Samsonite Firelite 81cm Suitcase – 124L, 3.1kg & the Samsonite Octolite 81cm Suitcase – 124L, 4.5kg

 

Prices correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.

Images 1 & 6 via @mysamsonite; Image 3 via @delseyofficial; Image 5 via black sheep adventure sports

 

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Suitcase vs. Wheeled Duffel Bag – Which should you buy?

You might be surprised to find a wheeled duffel bag is a more versatile solution for you than a suitcase, here’s why…

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Our ‘this vs that’ blog series has been a way of bringing the in-store shopping experience online, where we address our most commonly asked customer questions.  Questions such as ‘soft vs hard suitcases’ or ‘wheeled backpack vs backpack’ come up regularly (click the links to check out our thoughts!), the suitcase vs wheeled duffel bag comes up less frequently, and in all honesty, it’s usually our staff asking the customer this rather than the other way around. The simple reason for this is people mostly go straight to suitcases, the logic being that if you’re going on a holiday or flight a suitcase is your most essential item. Fair enough, it usually is.  However, the arrival of duffel bags, wheeled duffel bags, wheeled backpacks and hybrid suitcases means there is more than one solution to your packing needs, and one that may be better suited to your needs.

 

Today we’ll investigate a suitcase vs. wheeled duffel bag, looking at the pro’s and con’s of each and working out which is better for different types of traveller. It may surprise you that a wheeled duffel bag could be the better option for many travellers.

 

Before we get into it, it’s always worth remembering that you should shop for the type of travel you usually do, a bag will outlast one trip, so think beyond your next holiday and pick something that suits all your travel needs.

 

Wheeled Duffel Bags

PRO’s

  • The non-rigid design is far better suited to loading into cars, boats, trains etc. So, if you are hiring a car, doing safari, catching a tour bus or plan on some road trips in the next little while, a duffel bag may be the way to go. This is of particular importance if you’re travelling with your family or a group – it is far easier to manipulate 4 softer bags into a boot than 4 boxy suitcases.
  • Open packing space – the main drawcard for duffel bags is they generally have one main packing cavity that can be huge, this suits people travelling with bulky clothing or equipment. Duffel bags are very suited to camping, skiing, surf trips or activity-based trips.
  • Flexible packing space – on a similar note, they are more adaptive to unusual shaped items. Suitcases are very unforgiving to ski boots or a helmet for example
  • Lightweight – given they don’t have all that structure, duffel bags are normally very lightweight
  • Easy to store – Often they can flatten right down allowing you to store them under your bed or at the top of a wardrobe when not in use.
  • Rugged Construction – duffel bags are generally made from a hard-wearing fabric and have 2 wheels, they cope pretty well with being dragged and banged up across various surfaces. Suitcases can get scratched and often have more delicate parts.
  • Pack more in – if you consider a soft cabin size bag, you can definitely squeeze more gear in than a cabin size suitcase, and you also get checked/weighed less often. Worth considering to avoid paying for large luggage or extra baggage fees.

CONS’s

  • Less protection for your gear – the soft structure of a duffel bag provides no impact resistance like many of the suitcases, so not only does your gear normally end up more crumpled, if you have any breakables they are more at risk.
  • Less secure – Being made from fabric and zips, duffel bags are easier to break into
  • More difficult to pack and organise – whilst large compartments are great for bulkier gear and shoving loads in, they are harder to find things in and keep organised
  • Less stable – whilst stability of the wheeled duffel bags has improved, if they are not well packed they can fall over a lot which can be a pain whilst transiting
  • Less stylish – and this is a considerable factor! Luggage has a very practical function but it’s a bonus if they look great, duffel bags tend to have a very ‘practical’ sense to them where suitcases exist in every colour and design to suit your style. And, more importantly, if you are travelling for business you may need a more professional aesthetic for client meetings or conferences.

 

Suitcases

PRO’s

We’ll avoid relisting everything said above just on the inverse and instead touch on unique aspects.

  • Ease of use – the latest suitcases really do make travelling a breeze, from loading your gear to sailing through security, they are so easy to pack, wheel, pull, push, check in and out and generally just maneuverer around regardless how big and heavy they are.  Wheeled duffel bags are definitely harder to pack and are more cumbersome.
  • Easier to manage multiple bags – 4 wheels makes a world of difference if you’re managing more than one bag. It makes it easy for one person to manage two large suitcases, two soft bags on top, and have a child strapped to you.  If you’re travelling with small children this should be considered.
  • Greater features range – suitcases tend to have more features to choose from, such as expanders, security zips, built in TSA locks, name tags and so on.
  • Security – you can choose a suitcase to suit the level of security you need, from less secure soft suitcase right through to clip closure hard suitcase, there’s plenty of options
  • Protection – and on a similar note, the more rigid the suitcase the more protection it offers the goods inside, so you can carry fragile items if needed.

 

CON’s

  • If you have more than one large suitcase you will need a 4WD or a van and forget getting taxis! We know we mentioned this above, but it needs rehashing, if you need to take shedloads of gear and need to get in cars, consider duffel bags
  • Difficult to carry – whilst we like to think we won’t need to lift a finger on holiday, often even luxury holidays come with cobblestones, a gravel drive or a set of stairs that your suitcase will need to be carried over. They can be awkward to carry comfortably.
  • And yep – 2 points repeated, they are heavier. The extra frame work and wheels do mean extra weight. And they are bulky to store. When not in use suitcases take up a lot of room, something that needs to be considered for apartment dwellers.

 

So, with those points for consideration it is easier to see where a wheeled duffel bag may in fact be a great option for some travellers. Anyone who goes on ski trips between their Fiji holidays or a US road trip then a Euro summer may benefit from a wheeled duffel.

We’ve picked out our favourites, and also some interesting options for those who want the best of both worlds.

 

Best Wheeled Duffel Bag: Victorinox VX Touring Range

From $359.40 – $479.40 on sale

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The Victorinox VX Touring Wheeld Duffel Range are premium quality duffels designed for all types of travel with some terrific benefits. They are amazingly lightweight, they have multiple compartments including a wet/dry compartment and are a terrific soft and narrow shape that is easy to manage. Victorinox has also worked in some typical suitcase features such as an expander, a wide suitcase style opening and contrast interior so you can see your gear and they come with a TSA combination lock and name tag.  These bags suit everything from business trips, road trips, ski trips, resort holidays and everything in between.

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Best Suitcase: Delsey Belmont Plus Suitcase Range

From $149.40 – $209.40 on sale

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the ‘best’ suitcase as there is such a big range to suit different needs, however the Delsey Belmont Plus is a terrific all-rounder, great value suitcase. Setting it apart from similar suitcases, the Belmont plus has an expander, ultra-durable break in resistant zips and is available in 4 sizes.

Shop them here

 

Best Crossover Bags – get the best of both worlds with these hybrid bags

High Sierra AT8 Range Wheeled Backpacks

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From $209.30 – $279.30 on sale

This is a drop bottom duffel bag which means the bottom half opens out and packs like a suitcase and the top half packs like a duffel bag. It quite literally is the best of both worlds! As an added bonus, these bags also have a backpack harness giving it amazing versatility.

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Lipault Original Plume Suitcases

From $149.40 – $197.40 on sale

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These are ultra-soft suitcases which gives you the packing and handling convenience of a 4 wheel suitcase but a more ‘squashable’ design that allows you to ‘shove more in’, ‘squash it down’ and stack a couple in a car.  A terrific option for those who like the practicality of a duffel but want the easy of use and style of a typical suitcase.

Shop them here

Prices correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.

Images via instagram – @lipaultparis_official, @victorinox, @highsierra_ausnz, @delseyofficial

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Top 7 Lightest Cabin Suitcases

We’ve listed the 7 cabin suitcases that come in under 2kg

All coming in at under 2 kg, these ultra-lightweight cabin suitcases will maximise your onboard allowance by consuming as little of your weight restrictions as possible. We’ve compared like for like models, all 55cm 4-wheel cabin suitcases and ranked them in order for you!

Overall soft sided suitcases are lighter. The only hard suitcases to weight in under 2 kg are from the Samsonite Curv range, which are a patented material that is lighter and stronger than others on the market. They are also more expensive! A typical lightweight hard cabin suitcase is about 2.5 – 2.9kg. So, if you’re after as light as can be for on board, then opting for a soft side or investing in a Curv suitcase is the way to go.

The key with cabin suitcases is they are normally in your care, so they do not need to be as robust and rough and tumble as if you were checking them in. We often advise customers to go as light as possible for on board, and for their bigger suitcases to factor in some protective inclusions and durability.

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1. American Tourister Herolite 55cm Cabin Suitcase – 1.6 kg

$289 $149.40

Often the lightest suitcases are so stripped back that quality and functionality are compromised. The Herolite has retained the core essentials for a comfortable ride and functional packing with 4 wheels, internal packing straps and a front pocket. The Herolite is perfect for those doing short interstate trips who want to maximise their on-board packing allowance.

Shop it HERE

 

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2. Antler Oxygen Cabin Roller Case – 1.7 kg

$249 $173.40

Perfect for weight conscious travellers, the Oxygen cabin suitcase may not be the prettiest in the bunch, but the design is so user friendly it doesn’t matter. When opting for the lightest suitcases, sacrifices need to be made, often side and base handles are left off. The Oxygen is the only one in our list with top, side and base handles, which is significant when you’re lifting your full cabin suitcase into the overhead compartment. It also has generous spoked spinner wheels and a flexi frame designed to provide maximum strength for it’s lightweight structure.

Shop it HERE

 

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3. Samsonite Lite-Shock 55cm Cabin Spinner Suitcase – 1.7 kg

$579 $345

The Lite-Shock is the lightest in Samsonite’s ultra-light Curv suitcase range. This is the ‘sporty’ model with a single pole handle and large spoked wheels, the ridged design is reminiscent of a rib cage protecting valuable organs! The Curv material is higly resilient, its flexible, shock absorbing and resists cracks and dents whilst protecting your gear. If you’re seeking quality in a hard suitcase, the Curv is as good as it gets.

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4. Samsonite Cosmolite 55cm Cabin Spinner Suitcase – 1.7 kg

$579 $345

The Cosmolite is the original Curv suitcase and is celebrating a decade since its release. Ten years is a long time to be so unparalleled in strength and light weight technology, yet the Cosmolite still reigns supreme! The Cosmolite 3 is lighter than its ever been with sport spoked wheels an integrated handle, built in TSA lock and premium interior. A Cosmolite sells every 1.5 seconds around the world, it’s stood the test of time and is a worthwhile investment.

Shop it HERE

 

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5. Samsonite Uplite SPL cm Expanding Cabin Suitcase – 1.8kg

$329 $195

Lightweight, stylish and expandable, the Samsonite Uplite cabin suitcase ticks more boxes than simply ‘light’.  Coming in at under 2kg, the Uplite has an impressive list of features, first and foremost, it is expandable (the only one in our list that is), and its fitted with striking rose gold accents and a two tone design.  There is also a front and side pocket, interior organisation and built in TSA lock, this lightweight suitcase hasn’t sacrificed any packing features.

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6. Samsonite 72 Hours DLX Cabin Spinner Suitcase – 1.8 kg

$329 $164

The Samsonite 72 Hours cabin spinner suitcase is our most recommended lightweight cabin bag.  The new version has double spinner wheels which are more durable and easier to manoeuvre on rougher surfaces. The 72 hours also offers extra value as it comes with an emergency bag, which can be used as an additional soft carry on bag for any overflow.  It also features a built in TSA lock, front pocket and internal packing straps.

Shop it HERE

 

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7. Samsonite Firelite 55cm Cabin Spinner Suitcase – 1.9 kg

$579 $345

Three of the five Curv suitcases weigh in at under 2kg, the Firelite being the 3rd. Similar in aesthetics to the Lite-Shock, the sporty Firelite has been a long-standing member of the Curv family. The water-resistant zip is the key difference in the Firelite, it has a zip seal that works to keep water out so is the best option if you’re spending long periods of time outside or near bodies of water.

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Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change

Images via @mysamsonite, @americantousiter_au & @antlerluggageoz

 

 

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Expensive vs Cheap Luggage | Is more expensive luggage really worth it?

Everyone seems to have had some degree of experience with the inexpensive suitcase that has lasted for years and is battered and loved down to its fraying handle, and in contrast the expensive suitcase which the wheel fell off on its maiden voyage. So, is it really worthwhile spending more money on quality luggage, or is it just luck of the draw (or baggage handler)?

 

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There is such a huge variety of suitcase models available, with prices from as low as $50 right through to thousands of dollars; so what exactly are you paying for in the more expensive models? As with all things today where there is a fashion element, the very top end has a designer/brand premium, once you go over about $1500 RRP for a large suitcase, the prices will reflect the designer, brand, leather or materials, hand finishing or limited edition.

Similarly, at the bottom end, anything below about $180 RRP for a large suitcase will be a copy and/or make use of very inexpensive materials. Whilst copies don’t always mean horrible quality – when you’re counting on moving parts and major pressure points, the copies have not been designed specifically with consideration to the parts, and will therefore break down sooner rather than later. For example, on an original design, the wheel might have been specifically chosen as its load bearing point is strengthened, an inexpensive copy will bulk purchase a similar looking wheel and attach it, so as soon as there is a full load in the suitcase, the cracks will appear (pun intended!)

So, what should you be paying for a suitcase? The answer is, the price of the suitcase you are looking for will relate to what attributes you are wanting, and how expensive those are. If you are wanting the lightest suitcase available, then you are actually needing fairly breakthrough technology and expensive materials. The hardware needs to be as light as possible, whilst offering enough strength to support a fully loaded case and stand up to the strains of baggage handling. That is far harder to achieve than a strong, heavy suitcase.

Additionally, if you are wanting any packing features, such as internal organisation, laptop compartments, expanders and so on, these will push the price up. And features such as durable double wheels, lockable handles and flexible but strong frames, built in locks and warranties will mean more dollars.

To return to our original question of does more expensive equal a better suitcase, the answer is, in most instances yes it does, and this better suitcase will last longer and offer you more. That does not mean that we think everyone should spend $500 on a new suitcase – a suitcase that expensive will suit certain travellers but not all. As a guide, a mid range suitcase from one of the major brands will cost around $299 – $399 full RRP (for a large suitcase). These suitcases will include the following;

· Quality materials and construction, perfectly suitable for the majority of casual travellers

· Considered design and quality tested

· Relatively lightweight, not the lightest available though

· 4 Spinner wheels

· Built in lock

· Lined interior

· Warranty cover

 

It’s rare that you wouldn’t find a suitcase in this bracket on sale year-round, so expect to pay about $180 for a large suitcase.

From there, if you would like additional features such as expandable, double wheels, even lighter, improved strength (for frequent flyers), longer or more inclusive warranties or internal organisation than $180 would be your starting point and prices would go upward depending on what you’re after.

So just like a cheap T-shirt will shrink after one wash, a cheap suitcase could fail you quickly, and there is nothing worse than being stuck with a suitcase with 3 wobbly wheels when you’re trying to do a city dash to make your flight. It is worth it to invest in decent luggage, however that doesn’t mean spending $500 apiece.

In our opinion the below suitcases offer terrific value for money in their category:

SOFT SUITCASES

1) American Tourister Applite

 

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Entry level pricing for a well-designed suitcase with an expander, a built in TSA lock, double spinner wheels and contrast interior. American Tourister is owned by Samsonite, so you have the benefit of Samsonite’s extensive luggage testing and quality materials, in addition to a solid 10 year warranty. The Applite has been around for a few years and it has served our customers well, we see very few warranty claims on this line.

Applite 82cm Suitcase RRP: $299 Our Price $179.40. Shop it here

2) Samsonite B-Lite

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The Samsonite B-Lite has been around for a few years, and comparatively to some newer models it’s plainer and a little clunkier, however, its so generous for its size than you can often size down and its got double spinner wheels, a built in TSA lock, its expandable, fully lined and has a Samsonite global warranty. The B-lite range is also extensive so you can mix and match to find a bag combo that fits your needs exactly.

B-Lite 78cm Suitcase RRP: $449 Our Price $269.40. Shop it here

HARD SUITCASES

1) Antler Juno 2

 

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The Antler Juno is a hugely popular case, customers are drawn to the colour options (there are 10!) and the price point, however from our perspective this case ticks many of the key quality boxes also. Made from a durable polypropylene the suitcase is strong and reasonably light, there are double spinner wheels a built in TSA lock and Antler 10-year warranty.

Antler Juno 2 Large Suitcase RRP: $299 Our Price $179.40. Shop it here

2) American Tourister Curio

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This suitcase came out on top of the Choice suitcase reviews, which is terrific, however we believe the criteria for the awards is not as extensive as it should be. It considered material quality, but not usability, practicality and endurance across different travel circumstances, so the results whilst correct, only consider one part of the equation. In terms of the Curio though, it backs up that it has a quality polypropylene construction, it’s also reasonably lightweight and features double spinner wheels, built in TSA lock and 10-year warranty. It’s very similar to the Juno 2, but from the American Tourister brand which is owned by Samsonite. It features a distinctive circular pattern and is available in 3 colours

Curio 80cm Suitcase RRP: $339 Our Price $203.40. Shop it here

And while we’re on the subject…

Samsonite Cosmolite – is it worth the money?

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The Cosmolite and all the suitcases in Samsonite’s Curv range are priced from $899 RRP for a large, and we’re always fielding the ‘is it worth it’ question. Whilst we don’t believe the Cosmolite or Curv suitcases are for every traveller, we do believe their prices are correct for the products and very worthwhile for some travellers. The Curv technology is absolutely breakthrough, and since its entry on to the market in 2011, no other manufacturer has come close to presenting a similar material. The Curv suitcases are the lightest on the market, by some margin, and the material is highly resilient and suitable for frequent travel. In the 7 years we have been selling them, we have never seen a Curv suitcase cracked. Whilst they are not completely immune to baggage handlers, they perform exceptionally well and the material itself is unmatched. We do recommend Curv suitcases to travellers seeking the lightest and best performing suitcases.

The Curv Suitcases include the Cosmolites, Firelites, Lite-shocks, Lite-Cubes & Lite-Locked

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Suitcase Size Guide | 5 things to consider before buying a large suitcase

The vast majority of customers who enter our store for a suitcase come in with the intention of buying a large size and we always ask them to stop and consider this.  At first thought it makes sense, buy the maximum size and then you can fill it as much as needed for each trip – simply leaving some empty space if you don’t need the entire capacity.  However, a large suitcase does have some major restrictions, so read our suitcase size guide with 5 things to consider before buying a large suitcase.

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1. Will you need to carry your suitcase?

This may seem obvious, but with the high-quality wheels on luggage these days, we often get away with getting door to door without actually lifting the bag.  A full large suitcase can be heavy and awkward to carry. Obviously, you will normally stick to the packing limit of up to 23kg, however, even at this weight a large suitcase would be hard to carry for a distance. Consider whether you have stairs at your house, or at your destination or a rough surface that the bag will need to be carried over. If you will need to carry your suitcase, consider a medium, it’s a more manageable size to pick up and carry, even at maximum weight capacity.

 

2. Will you be travelling by car or bus in your journey (including taxis)?

Car boots are only so big, and one large suitcase can be all that fits in the boot. Or in the case of compact cars, taxis or other local transport, a large suitcase may not even fit. Also consider what your travel companions are taking, for 2 people, 2 large suitcases and 2 cabin suitcases, it would be questionable whether everything would all fit in a NYC cab.  If you’re on a tour bus, restrictions may apply anyway.  And if you’re heading to Greece, Africa or Asia, consider how your large suitcase will work when getting around by donkey, jeep or tuk tuk.

 

3. Are you travelling on your own and wanting to catch cabs or public transport?

Similar to the previous point, but more on a logistic level. Consider being on your own, with your large suitcase and your cabin bag, attempting to hail a cab on a busy Parisian street, and attempting to load your suitcase and other gear in the rain, in a hurry, with cars honking because your blocking the traffic. It’s stressful and hard to manage – especially if you need assistance lifting the weight of the case! Same story for public transport – lugging your suitcase on to a busy subway and through crowded metro stations is seriously hard work and will have you wondering why on earth you needed that fifth pair of shoes you probably won’t wear!

 

4. Do you have somewhere to store a large suitcase?

Large suitcases are bulky.  They don’t easily store in a cupboard or under the bed. If you have a small place or limited storage then consider whether you really need a large suitcase.  A medium is a bit easier to manage as they can often squeeze into the top of a wardrobe or the bottom of the linen cabinet.

 

5. They can encourage over packing

A full large suitcase (even the superlight ones!) is generally hovering on or over your 20-25kg limit, and no one likes an overweight fee!

If you consider the above 5 points and still think a large is the way to go, then go for it, if you can work around those issues then a large suitcase will work for you.  However, if you think you may encounter issues like we’ve outlined above, the combination of a medium plus a cabin suitcase normally gives you a similar total capacity to a large suitcase, and gives you more versatility for different trips – you can take one or the other or both as needed.

Here are 4 alternatives to buying a large suitcase, that when combined give you 100L + packing capacity:

Victorinox Spectra Medium Expandable Suitcase

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Whilst just shy of the 100L capacity goal, we’ll forgive it as this is the only 2 in 1 option.  This medium suitcase has a huge expander that takes it up to 91L. It is effectively a medium and a large suitcase in one, and you can adapt it to suit your needs.

Shop it here

Samsonite Octolite 68cm Suitcase + Samsonite Octolite 55cm Cabin Suitcase

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The 68cm Octolite is a very compact and convenient size, yet a generous 75L. If you purchase the matching cabin suitcase, you get an additional 35L for a total of 110L. Having 2 sizes gives you flexibility with an option for weekends, a week away and longer trips, and they store inside each other.

Shop the 68cm Octolite here, and the cabin 55cm size here

Samsonite B-Lite 71cm Expandable Suitcase + Samsonite B-Lite Carry-on Bag

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The 71cm expandable B-Lite suitcase already has a generous 88L of packing space, and it expands up to 94L. By purchasing the matching soft carry-on bag you get an additional 30L of packing space.  The Carry-on bag can also be used for weekends away or as a gym bag giving you more value for your money.

Shop the B-Lite 71cm suitcase here, and the Carry-On Bag here

Any medium suitcase + the Samsonite foldable duffel

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This handy foldable duffel bag gives you an extra 40L of packing space whenever you need it! It folds down to a pocket size package that you can tuck into your suitcase or cabin bag – then simply unfold it if needed for overflow or extra gear you’re bringing home. The great thing about these foldable bags is that you can use them whilst you’re on holiday as a day bag or beach bag.

Shop the Samsonite foldable duffel here

Or shop all foldable bags here 

Images 1, 3, 4 & 5 via Samsonite AU Instagram / Image 2 via Victorinox Instagram

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Which is the right suitcase for you? | Backpackers

There are certainly no hard and fast rules about the perfect suitcase for your circumstances, however we have noticed that our customers will typically fall into one of four categories; the casual traveller, the business traveller, the adventure traveller and the backpacker. Here are our top picks for these 4 types of travellers.

This week we will look at the ‘Backpacker’

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The Backpacker

If a backpacker takes a suitcase are they still a backpacker? It’s true that due to the nature of a backpacker’s travel (multiple destinations in one extended trip – usually staying only a few nights in one location before moving on), that a backpack is the most sensible option. It allows the bag to be carried when moving from one destination to the next and means the carrier is unrestricted in what they do. It doesn’t make sense for a backpacker to take a hiking pack though – unless they are hiking at some stage. Hiking packs are designed for hiking, not for long term living out of your bag.

Often times backpackers could get away with a suitcase – the convenience of the wheels would make getting around much easier and they are easier to pack and live out of. Their only disadvantage is that they are cumbersome to carry, so for the off occasion the backpacker needs to pick them up they are not suitable. Thankfully these are no longer the only two options – with the world of wheeled backpacks, wheeled duffel bags and travel packs, backpackers can select something far more suited to their needs.

Wheeled backpacks are a great all-rounder choice. Look for one with a panel opening that packs like a suitcase. If you will need to carry your bag for extended periods ensure the pack has a comfortable harness and a waist strap for extra support. Also consider getting a removable daypack, as this will allow you to have a small bag for daytrips and overnight trips that attaches to the big bag making managing the two far easier.

If you opt for a travel pack, look for the same features, a panel opening and removable daypack, these make living out of the bag much easier.

Key Factors to consider when choosing a bag are:

  • Wheeled or not – This depends on where you are going and what you are doing. Read out post on which is better here.
  • Budget – Backpackers tend to be budget travellers; however the bag is something you should invest some money into. You need something with decent quality zips, wheels and materials to see you through. A backpacker is harder on their bag in the one trip then most suitcases see in their lifetime. It’s also very difficult to get your bag repaired when you’re kayaking in Africa, a broken bag can ruin your trip.
  • Size – It’s tempting to get the biggest option available as backpackers go on long trips, however it’s important to get the biggest size you can that is comfortable to carry. If it’s too heavy once it’s full to carry comfortably, then it’s too big.
  • Wheels – Look for high quality, big wheels and a high clearance from the ground so that it can be wheeled over rough surfaces. Also look for lots of hardware around the base that protects the fabric from wear and tear when the bag is being dragged.
  • Packing Features – Avoid top loading packs, they are designed to be weatherproof for hikers but make it really difficult to pack and find things in. Look for a panel opening that packs like a suitcase, then if you want additional compartments there are options for sleeping bags, wet compartments and shoe compartments.
  • Additional Luggage – Backpackers should avoid additional bags as they need to keep things simple to make it easy to get around and also to secure in hostels and lockers. Look for a daypack that attaches to your main pack – even when both are full.  If you need a smaller handbag or travel bag opt for a cross body design that can be worn at the same time as the pack.
  • Accessories – packing organisers are amazingly useful for backpackers, they help keep your gear organised which makes you feel a little more in control when you’re on the move. Also consider a cable lock to secure all the compartments on your bag, and allows you to lock your bag to your bed or public transport for additional security when you’re in hostels or moving about.

Most Popular Options

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The Osprey Sojourn Range –

The Osprey Sojourn is perfect for backpackers. It’s a premium quality backpack on wheels, and it’s loaded with practical features for all different sorts of trips. Available in 3 sizes, the Sojourn packs like a suitcase making it easy to access your gear, and the included backpack harness is an anti-gravity harness with waist strap, allowing the user to carry the pack for short distances up to day trips or a 2-day hike depending on pack weight. The Sojourn features a high road chassis (high clearance from the ground) and oversized durable wheels ensuring the case is durable enough to be dragged off road.

 

The Osprey Sojourn is a more expensive bag in its category, it is however backed by a lifetime warranty and comes highly backed by the staff at The Luggage Professionals.

SHOP THE OSPREY SOJOURN RANGE HERE

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Osprey Farpoint/Fairview Travel Pack – The Farpoint and Fairview range are travel packs designed specifically for men (Farpoint) and women (Fairview), that integrate a comfortable harness and a high quality pack that has a panel opening. With the gender specific fit, the pack is comfortable to carry even for extended periods of time, yet the panel opening makes it easy to live out of.

SHOP THE OSPREY FARPOINT/FAIRVIEW RANGE HERE

Also consider the Osprey Daylite daypack which attached to both the Sojourns and Farpoints/Fairviews.

Images via Osprey

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Which is the right suitcase for you? | Adventure Travellers

There are certainly no hard and fast rules about the perfect suitcase for your circumstances, however we have noticed that our customers will typically fall into one of four categories; the casual traveller, the business traveller, the adventure traveller and the backpacker. Here are our top picks for these 4 types of travellers.

This week we will look at the ‘Adventure Traveller’

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The Adventure Traveller

 

We define Adventure travellers as anyone who is doing more than simply travelling to and staying in a hotel, but who is not backpacking or hiking with their pack. This covers a broad spectrum, and will general include ‘backpackers’ (those who aren’t walking with their packs for long distances), those on extended trips which involve moving about and anyone surfing, fishing, boating or just staying off the beaten track a little. These travellers will be wheeling their case most of the time – and need the convenience of wheels to enable them to move about easily. Yet they also need the flexibility of external pockets, the ability to carry the bag when needed and the ability to load it into a car, bus, train or boat easily.  They may also need the option to store the bag and use a daypack or smaller bag for a night or two – essentially, they demand durability, functionality and most importantly the flexibility that a traditional suitcase may not offer.

Whilst you may not consider yourself an adventure traveller, it’s worth considering you’re in between trips away – your major holiday might be a hotel stay, but if you do car trips or camping in between times, then it’s worth considering a bag to suit these activities also. The key factors we tell them to consider are:

  • Soft or hard – Generally soft or more flexible cases suit adventure travellers, they are easier to load into vehicles and have external pockets or features that are useful when travelling off the beaten path.
  • Budget – there is a broad range of bags across all price points, however it is worth noting that generally these bags include more features than a straightforward suitcase and the prices can reflect this. Match up your budget to the demands you are putting on the case, if it’s a once a year car trip you won’t need to spend so much, 5 months traversing Africa – then it’s better to invest in a premium bag.
  • Size – This is totally dependent on your trip and also subsequent trips. If you do a real variety of travel, look for a case that has a zip off day pack or squashes down so you can adjust the size to suit.
  • Wheels – 2 or 4 wheels would suit. It’s more important to ensure the rear wheel quality will stand up to your trip demands. Generally, once you’re outside the airport, the case will be dragged on 2 wheels, so look for large wheels with good clearance from the ground that will handle cobblestones, dirt paths and grass etc.
  • Packing Features – This is the most important consideration.  A wheeled backpack or wheeled duffel bag are very popular options for adventure travellers. They offer a large main packing space but offer additional functionality such as removable daypacks, all wheel capable wheels, external pockets and specialised gear compartments, attachment points for extra gear, and most importantly, many have backpack straps so you can carry your luggage as needed.

This is a useful function beyond simply walking or trekking with your bag, being apple to carry your luggage on your back serves you very well when travelling by train, moving about busy cities that may involve stairs and uneven surfaces and getting your bag up and down from your top floor air bnb apartment.

  • Additional Luggage – Adventure travellers should try and limit the total number of bags they have to make life easy when carrying it all together. If you have additional bags, look for ones that attach to your main bag for easy transiting or that keep your hands free, such as a cross body bag or convertible bag.
  • Accessories – an adventure traveller will need travel adaptors, a toiletry bag, a foldable bag (this packs inside your main pack and gives you a small, lightweight bag to use for the beach, day trips or an overnight trip), padlocks and security items to suit your destination.

 

Most Popular Options

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Images 1 & 2 via Osprey Packs

The Osprey Sojourn Range – The Osprey Sojourn is the perfect cross over bag for adventure travellers. It’s a premium quality backpack on wheels, and it’s loaded with practical features for all different sorts of trips. Available in 3 sizes, the Sojourn packs like a suitcase making it easy to access your gear, and the included backpack harness is an anti-gravity harness with waist strap, allowing the user to carry the pack for short distances up to day trips or a 2-day hike depending on pack weight. The backpack harness is removable should you want to use the case for later trips where you don’t require the pack feature. The Sojourn features a high road chassis (high clearance from the ground) and oversized durable wheels ensuring the case is durable enough to be dragged off road. The compression straps allow you to compress the bag, reducing the size and keeping your items inside secure when the bag is not full.

 

The Osprey Sojourn is a more expensive bag in its category, it is however backed by a lifetime warranty and comes highly backed by the staff at The Luggage Professionals.

SHOP THE OSPREY SOJOURN RANGE HERE

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Victorinox VX Touring Range – For those adventure travellers where hotels feature more than hostels, but whom would still benefit from a more versatile case, the Victorinox VX Touring range fits the bill. This is a range of expanding duffel bags with the convenience of high quality wheels and trolley. This range is super lightweight and has a large cavity that packs like a suitcase as well as two wet/dry pockets. There is a laptop sleeve in the front pocket, attach a bag capability and external hardware to protect the case when off road and ensure stability when full and standing upright. The range is available in 5 sizes ensuring the right fit for any trip.

SHOP THE VICTORINOX VX TOURING RANGE HERE

 

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Which is the right suitcase for you? | Business Travellers

There are certainly no hard and fast rules about the perfect suitcase for your circumstances, however we have noticed that our customers will typically fall into one of four categories; the casual traveller, the business traveller, the adventure traveller and the backpacker. Here are our top picks for these 4 types of travellers.

This week we will look at the ‘Business Traveller’ – check back over the next few weeks for casual, adventure and backpacker top picks!

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The Business Traveller

Business travellers demand more from their luggage as they travel more frequently than a casual traveller, they often have more specific requirements such as tech storage or garment carrier inclusions and business travellers require reliability – a wobbly wheel just won’t do when racing from the plane to your meeting. So whilst business travellers are not usually venturing off the beaten path, they do tend to have their bags with them more than a casual traveller so durability is key. Business travellers also look for bags that will last a few years of frequent travel with a solid warranty so repairs are fast and fuss free.

Business travellers include anyone who has one big international conference a year, to those that traverse interstate weekly, they typically have the same basic needs from their luggage. The key factors we tell them to consider are:

  • Soft or hard – this is personal preference, see our soft vs. hard suitcase guide for advice!
  • Budget – given your frequency of use, then investing more into your case will ensure you get premium parts and materials for durability, a reliable warranty and additional packing features such as laptop compartments or garment carriers.
  • Size – this depends on the sort of travel you do. The general rule is the smaller it is the easier it is to manage and the more versatile it will be across different trips requirements. Do consider whether your business travel includes mini bus transport or group scenarios in which suitcase size needs to be factored in.
  • Wheels – 4 wheels is virtually standard on suitcases now, however once outside the airport most people still drag their bag on 2 wheels, particularly as you move between meetings or around cities. For this reason, ensure the rear wheels on the case are particularly stable and high quality.
  • Packing Features – consider whether you need a laptop compartment, file compartment, specialist equipment storage, a garment carrier and so on. Some ranges include garment carriers inside them, and there are many cabin suitcases that now incorporate laptops and file storage allowing you to use them as suitcase or mobile office.
  • Additional Luggage – It’s typical for a business traveller to have a cabin sized mobile office on wheels and a large suitcase if required. The mobile office can act as your briefcase when you arrive, however look for a design that is versatile allowing you to use it as luggage, or a briefcase and an in between. Also make sure it is easy to manage with your large suitcase if you need both.
  • Accessories – a business traveller will require adaptors, luggage sorters (including tech compartments for chargers and cords), a toiletry bag and possibly a travel wallet to keep travel related documentation and money sorted.

Most Popular Options

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The Victorinox WT Werks range –

The Werks collection has long been a favourite of business travellers. It’s tough and reliable, with an excellent warranty (covering airline damage) and the case has been designed with business travel in mind. The range itself is expansive with everything from suitcases to garment carriers and duffel bags, allowing travellers to mix and match exactly what they need. The bags all work together, with straps to hook the handheld bags to the trolley bags for easy coordination when using them together. The suitcases all include integrated and removable garment carriers. And there is a range of business briefcases to match, meaning just about any business travellers needs can be met from this one range.

SHOP THE WERKS RANGE HERE

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Victorinox Spectra Range –

Victorinox are known for catering to the business traveller, and their key hard suitcase range is no exception. A wide range when you include the game changing Spectra expandable, the range includes cabin suitcases with removable mobile office capability allowing complete versatility for different types of travel. The Expandable collection allows you to have 2 suitcase sizes in one, meaning you can half the amount of luggage you need for all your different business trips – and Victorinox’s large range of briefcases and soft bags will easily work with the Spectra’s.

SHOP THE SPECTRA RANGE HERE

 

Images via @victorinox Instagram

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Which is the right suitcase for you? | Casual Travellers

There are certainly no hard and fast rules about the perfect suitcase for your circumstances, however we have noticed that our customers will typically fall into one of four categories; the casual traveller, the business traveller, the adventure traveller and the backpacker. Here are our top picks for these 4 types of travellers.

This week we will look at the ‘Casual Traveller’ – check back over the next 3 weeks for business, adventure and backpacker top picks!

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Image via @chloe_bh Instagram

The Casual Traveller

Casual travellers will typically have one main holiday per year up to 3 weeks and a couple of smaller getaways throughout the year. Whilst casual travellers may travel domestically or internationally and may have a huge variety of trips planned, the key thing is they are flying in, checking into a hotel and pretty much staying in the one spot before flying home – or they may move around two or three locations, but each location will be hotel style accommodation.

The vast majority of our customers are casual travellers, we advise the casual traveller to think beyond just the one trip and buy something that will suit them for up to 5 years if not longer. They key factors we tell them to think about are:

  • Soft or hard – this is personal preference, see our soft vs. hard suitcase guide for advice!
  • Budget – casual travellers don’t need to buy top of the line luggage, normally it doesn’t get used enough to justify the cost. However you should invest in a reputable brand with a solid warranty and solid construction. We recommend spending between $150 – $300.
  • Size – where possible we push people toward medium suitcases, they are easier to manage when you need to lift them and fit in car boots more easily (important to consider as your next trip may be a road trip!), they are also easier to store at home. If extra space is needed then you can add a cabin bag or look for one of the smaller of the large suitcases.
  • 4 Wheels – most casual travellers opt for 4 wheels, they are easy to manage through airports and hotels. Look for ‘double’ spinner wheels for more durability.
  • Suitcase features – the top features a casual traveller will use are built in locks, durable wheels, durable zips and durable handles. Also, suitcases do ensure some rough handling, major brands can be repaired more easily should any damage occur (under warranty or not).
  • Additional Luggage – For casual travellers, you don’t necessarily need a matching cabin suitcase. If you do a lot of domestic flights for the weekend or overnight, then a matching cabin suitcase is ideal, it will serve you well for all trips. If your other mini-trips away are car trips or a bit of a mix, also consider a duffel bag or weekender style bag. Just look for a model with a loop on it so it can slide over your suitcase trolley handle when being used together.
  • Accessories – casual travellers will generally need locks (if not built in); travel adaptors; a toiletry bag; luggage organisers, waterproof bags or plastic bags and a neck pillow as the key essentials.

Most Popular Options

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Image via @mysamsonite Instagram

The Samsonite B-Lite range – The B-Lite collection is a big range which includes 5 trolley cases and a range of soft bags and toiletry bags to match allowing travellers to pick out items that will fit their needs. The B-Lite collection also has design inclusions that set it apart – the double wheels and strength in the handles are superior to many of the main competitors at this price point.

SHOP THE B-LITE RANGE HERE

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American Tourister Bon Air Range – The Bon Air is a fantastic balance between weight, function, aesthetics and quality. Again it has the double wheels that give it an edge over similar bags

SHOP THE BON AIR RANGE HERE

Next week we will take a look at which is the right suitcase for business travellers.

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Which is Better | Wheeled Backpacks vs Backpacks

Perhaps third on our staff’s frequently asked questions list is should I take a wheeled backpack or a backpack, and what’s the difference? We’ve delved deep into the Wheeled Backpack vs Backpack argument.

This is the latest in our “Which is better” posts – in case you missed it our earlier posts, find them here:

Hard vs Soft suitcases’  and ‘2 Wheel vs 4 Wheel Suitcases

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For once this FAQ has a clearly defined answer. It’s simple: will you need to carry this pack for trekking or extended walking (full day of intense walking or 3+ days of easy walking) at any point on your trip?

Yes > A travel pack is the way to go

No > A wheeled backpack is your answer

So that should be that right? Wrong! Backpacking or adventure trips are rarely that cut and dry – take for example the person travelling for one year with a 3 day trek booked in the middle, do they really have to cart a pack around for 362 days simply so they are more comfortable on the trek? Well yes and no, read on!

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The Pro’s and Con’s of a Wheeled Backpack

PROS

  • It’s like a suitcase you can take off road. And for this reason they are ideal for more than just gap years. When the terrain becomes too much for the wheels to handle, simply pick it up and put it on your back. This is not limited to just walking to a campsite – dirt roads in off-the-beaten-track towns, cobblestones, stairs, railways & subways, packed sidewalks, rainy, muddy or snowy conditions or sea adventures are all examples of conditions that may cause your suitcase to be less helpful and more of a liability.
  • They combine the best bits of a suitcase – the wheels and handle (obviously) but also the packing structure – they generally open out like a suitcase making them easy to pack and find what you’re after.
  • And the best bits of a travel pack – many models come with a removable day pack, giving you options when you travel, plus they feature things like compression straps, tie ons and quick access pockets just like a travel pack would.
  • The quality and range of wheeled backpacks has really improved in recent years, models on the market now have terrific support and excellent padding and comfort when being carried, so they can be carried more readily and for longer than earlier generations of wheeled backpacks.

CONS

  • When using it as a suitcase you do lose a lot of space and some weight to the harness. Some wheeled backpacks do have the option of a removable harness, which cancels out this negative – Osprey’s wheeled backpacks all have this option).
  • When using it as a backpack you have the additional weight of the handle and wheels to carry – and also the discomfort. The handle is a rigid pole that runs down the back of the case – it takes quite a bit of support and padding to ensure the pack is comfortable and supportive despite this straight metal rod.  The wheels whilst often wide set; can only be so far apart, they can dig into your hips after a while.

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Photo by Nat Saggers of Checkin-Out 

The Pro’s and Con’s of a Backpack

PROS

  • The latest batch of travel packs and backpacks offer such great support and comfort with such a range of sizes and packing options available. Osprey Packs even have packs especially designed for men and women, meaning your pack is fitted perfectly and you’re ready for even the longest on foot adventure.
  • If you’re trekking or walking on your trip, a travel pack is most definitely the way to go. A comfortable and suitable design allows you to enjoy your adventure and not be weighed down and miserable with an ill-fitting or too heavy bag.

CONS

  • Perhaps the biggest downside to travel packs is they are really only suited to trekking or walking trips, which can often mean they are a single trip purchase, where a wheeled backpack can be used for all sorts of travel.

 

So now you know what type of bag you’re buying, how do you then know which one to buy? Our advice here is to match the bag up to the length and ruggedness of the trip. It may seem counter-intuitive to advise a backpacking student to send $300+ on their bag, but well, they should. They live out of their bag for months at a time, drag it and throw it, wear it, sleep on it, rely on it. Their bag is their life – and if it breaks, well then, their life is broken. Maybe not so dire, but it will feel like it in that moment when you’re zip is broken, clothes are leaking and the next main town stop to get it repaired is 3 weeks away.

So our main tips are these:

  • The longer your trip, the better quality the bag should be.
  • The more rugged your trip, the better quality your bag should be.

 

What to look for when purchasing a wheeled backpack

  • The key things for a wheeled backpack are the same as on a suitcase. The zips, wheels, material, handle and warranty
    • Zips – they should be rugged, large and lockable (on all pockets if that’s what you need)
    • Wheels – wheeled backpacks always have 2 wheels, so look for large wheels with a durable tread, preferably on an axis (avoid smaller roller blade wheels) and a generous kickplate and protective plastic housing around the base of the case. This will absorb the impact of being dragged upstairs and so on, rather than wearing through the fabric.
    • Material – rip stop nylon, water resistant, thick and highly resilient.
    • Handle – the poles should be sturdy – a warped pole can mean a handle that stops going up and down so the poles should be sturdy and have adequate protection from getting damaged.
    • Warranty – the warranty is generally a good indicator of quality, 1-3 years would be sufficient for a shorter and less rugged trip, 5-10 years is ideal and lifetime means the company really back their product – look for lifetime if you really need something high quality (Osprey’s lifetime warranty is a good example!)
    • Pack comfort and support – if you are purchasing the wheeled backpack just so you can catch a train or get across the odd paddock then you can get away with something simpler and lighter, it should always have a lumbar or chest strap though if it’s over 50L. For anyone who will need to actually carry their pack, look for adjustable shoulder straps with great padding and comfort, test it out in the shop or before you go with the bag weighted to check the support.
    • Features such as a removable day pack, raincoat, mesh panels and so on are dependent on your specific needs for your trip.

 

What to look for when purchasing a backpack

  • If possible, visit us in store and try some on. The harness systems on travel packs are very sophisticated now, and its best to get matched up and test it out.
  • If that’s not possible, give yourself time if buying online. We allow refunds for 100 days – so you can order it, test it out at home and then swap it if need be.
  • In terms of quality indicators, zips, material, harness and warranty will be your biggest clues;
    • Zips – they should be rugged, large and lockable (on all pockets if that’s what you need)
    • Material – rip stop nylon, water resistant, thick and highly resilient.
    • Harness – the more sophisticated the harness is the more comfortable the bag will be – things such as height adjustable straps, breathable mesh panels, lumbar and chest straps, even weight distribution and so on will make a huge difference 7 days in to your trek.
    • Warranty – the warranty is generally a good indicator of quality, 1-3 years would be sufficient for a shorter or lighter trip, 5-10 years is ideal and lifetime means the company really back their product – look for lifetime if you really need something high quality (Osprey’s lifetime warranty is a good example!) When your comfort and back health are in question, buy the best quality you can afford.
    • Features such as size, capacity, removable day pack, tie downs, raincoats, packing style and so on will all depend on what sort of trip you’re doing.

So there you have it – our comprehensive guide to wheeled backpack vs backpack, a seemingly simple question!

And to answer the question we posed earlier about the traveller with a 3 day trek booked in the middle of their year long trip – the best option would be a wheeled backpack with a generous removable day pack. Take the day pack on the trek and leave your bigger case behind.

OUR TOP PICKS

Wheeled Backpack: Osprey Sojourn 28 Wheeled Backpack. This top of the line wheeled backpack features a fully loaded harness (which is removable), high clearance trolley system and superior wheels. It’s also backed by their lifetime warranty, it’s one of the toughest in the game.

RRP: $399.95   $319.95

Wheeled Backpack Honourable Mention: Caribee Fast Track 75 Wheeled Travel Pack.  Caribee have really knuckled down in understanding how people use this bag, it’s got loads of great usable features including a detachable day pack, integrated show bag and internal organisation.

RRP: $445  $311.50

Mens Backpack: Osprey Waypoint 80 Men’s Travel Pack. RRP $349.95 $319.95
Women’s Backpack: Osprey Xena 70 Womens Travel Pack  RRP $449.95 $369.95
Both are specifically designed for optimum comfort and weight distribution for men or women and are loaded with features that make even the most intense trekking paths easier to navigate.

Shop our range of Wheeled Backpacks HERE

Shop our range of travel packs and backpacks HERE

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