The best large suitcases for under $200

We’ve picked the best large suitcases hardside and softside for under $200. See our reasons why and get organised for your upcoming summer holiday!

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If you’re committed to reading this blog, or if you’ve shopped in store with us you may have heard us repeat the phrase ‘not everyone needs to spend $500 on a suitcase’. We say this because it’s true. Many of our customers are very frequent travellers seeking top quality gear, we see them more regularly than a casual traveller because they fly more, however the vast majority of travellers are casual travellers, with one, maybe two holidays per year. Typically, a casual traveller places less demand on their bag, with a more straightforward home – hotel – home itinerary, and the top of their priority list is value for money.

 

With Christmas being the peak travel season for casual travellers, we’ve done our studies and decided on the top 2 suitcases under $200.

 

The American Tourister Applite 82cm $299 $179

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  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Capacity: 114/25 litres
  • Material: Heavy Duty Polyester
  • Features: Expanding, double wheels, TSA combo lock
  • Colours: 3, black, grey or blue
  • In the range: 4 sizes, 50cm cabin, 55cm cabin, 71cm medium, 82cm large

Easily one of our best sellers, this suitcase is light, huge, comes in 3 colours and terrific value for money. American Tourister is Samsonite’s ‘young’ brand, so you’re buying great quality from a reputable company with a 10-year warranty. The fixtures and hardware are sturdy with double spinner wheels, a satisfyingly thick polyester fabric, built in TSA lock, expander and there are 4 sizes available in the range so you can choose what best meets your requirements.

We love this case; our customers love this case. The biggest negative feedback we receive on it is the rather bold and fantastically bright highlighter toned interiors, yet whilst full on, it does make it easy to find your gear inside.

Read more about it and purchase it online here

 

Delsey Belmont Plus Expandable 75cm Suitcase $329 $195

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  • Weight: 4.7kg
  • Capacity: 110L
  • Material: polypropylene
  • Features: expandable, TSA lock, double spinner wheels, double security zips
  • Colours: 3, black, blue, red
  • In the range: 4 sizes, 55cm cabin, 70cm medium, 76cm large, 82cm extra-large

It’s not the flashiest, but what the Delsey Belmont Plus lacks in style it makes up for in quality. It’s abundantly clear when you look closely the difference the smallest things make – the double zipper to start, is so substantial and smooth running that it makes other zippers look not up to task. Even the zip pulls manoeuvre into the TSA combo lock more easily than normal, both factors meaning less likelihood of damage when put under pressure (we know you’ll try and pack to much!) Double spinner wheels, an expander and a thoughtful interior make this suitcase a breeze to use.

It’s not the lightest available, but the weight is typical of a hard suitcase in this price bracket, similar models such as the AT Bon Air and Antler Juno (both also great choices for this price bracket) are 300-500 grams lighter, but we think the extra quality that contributes to that slight weight gain is worth it.

Read more about it and purchase it online here

 

Soft is Lighter! 

It is worth noting if you are shopping in this price range that softside suitcases are lighter, weighing around 2.8 – 3.5kg for a large. Hardside suitcases are around 4-5kg. Hardside suitcases are available lighter, they come down to under 3kg, but there are large price premiums on ultra-lightweight hard suitcases with prices starting from around $300 upwards for under 3.5kg.

 

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

Images via @delseyofficial and @americantourister_au with thanks

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New! The latest Samsonite Suitcase Reviews

New from Samsonite! We’ve looked at the pro’s and con’s of Samsonite’s most recent releases, 6 hard side and 1 soft side suitcase. Read on for our opinions in the latest Samsonite Suitcase reviews.

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Samsonite have released 7 brand new designs in the back end of 2018, and in store we’ve been hearing “but what makes them all different” on repeat. A fair enough question really as how different can 7 suitcases from the one manufacturer be? Let alone their other 20 odd ranges! So for those who can’t make it in store to check them out, we thought we’d summarise the latest collection and the unique aspects of each case by way of a trusty pro’s and con’s list!

 

Samsonite Stryde Glider Review

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To ease into this we’ll start with the Stryde, as it’s markedly different not just to Samsonite’s range, but to everything currently available. With a landscape orientation rather than a portrait shape, the smaller of the Stryde’s is only as tall as a cabin suitcase but has the capacity of a medium suitcase. Shorter, wider and a little chunkier the Stryde has a low centre of gravity for better performance when wheeling it around. Inside is a deluxe interior with double packing straps and built in wet pack.

PRO’s

  • A more compact overall shape meaning it can be stacked into car boots more easily and takes up less space when open for packing or unpacking
  • Low centre of gravity for improved steering and performance when ‘driving’. No chance of toppling when it’s fully loaded.
  • Appealing 3D textured external shell that helps prevent scratches and premium interior

 

CON’s

  • Whilst not ‘heavy’ it is significantly heavier than other similar priced suitcases of the same capacity
  • The extra wide handle is likely too wide for many briefcases or soft cabin bags ‘smart straps’ to loop over
  • There is not a cabin size case in the set (yet – it’s possible it may come later) – so it’s not possible to purchase matching pieces if you’re after a cabin & larger suitcase set

 

From $315 on sale – Shop it here

 

Samsonite Lite-Box Review

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Whilst we’ve seen updated releases of our favourite ‘Curv’ suitcases (Cosmolite, Lite-Cube etc), we haven’t seen a completely new Curv model for a couple of years. The Lite-Box is brand spanking new and features the undeniably class leading Curv material (woven polypropylene that is unique to Samsonite) with the latest Samsonite hardware and customer centric design features. We know our customers love the durability and stability of double wheels, the practicality of a double handle and double zipped dividers inside, and whilst these do add weight, the Lite-Box can handle it with the ultralight Curv material of the shell.

PRO’s

  • A Curv material suitcase with double wheels, double handles and double zipped interior dividers – in the other models there is usually only one or two of these features, not all 3!
  • Ultra-Lightweight Curv
  • Reinforced corners, heavier duty zips and solid wheels which will reduce some of the known weak points of the other Curv suitcases available

CON’s

  • A lofty price point that reflects the materials and technology in this case, at this price, this suitcase if for frequent travelers seeking the best and lightest available
  • Depending on your taste this could be a pro! But the Lite-Box is boxy and masculine in appearance where the other Curv suitcases have a softened appearance with rounded edges and curved 3D patterns.

 

Starting at $465 on sale for the cabin – shop it here

 

Samsonite Theoni Expandable Suitcases

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In the twelve or so years we’ve been selling hardside suitcases the most variation we’ve seen in design is bright colours or ‘painted’ shells. The vast majority are black or grey boxes with linear patterns to differentiate them. Well, Samsonite have stepped out of the box (pun intended) and released the Theoni – a bold and rare stand alone with it’s attractive 3D geometric flower print. Finished with soft rounded corners, copper metal hardware and a premium interior; the Theoni is for those who don’t like to blend in.

PRO’s

  • The unique 3D geometric flower print sets the Theoni apart
  • Premium fittings including double wheels, copper hardware, built in TSA lock, expander and deluxe interior with zipped pockets
  • Attractive price point with the cabin suitcase under $200

CON’s

  • There are lighter suitcases with similar functionality at this price point
  • Being a fashion-oriented case, if you love it, buy the set, as Samsonite tend to run it for a year or two then replace the line, meaning it will be hard to buy matching a few years down the track.

Starting at $195 on sale for the cabin suitcase – shop it here

 

Samsonite Aspero Lightweight Suitcase

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If you consider Samsonite as having 3 tiers of hard suitcases;

1)     American Tourister hard side – well built, reliable suitcases at budget friendly prices

2)     Samsonite hard side – well built, reliable suitcases with additional user-friendly features and premium hardware/fittings. These range from budget friendly through to premium.

3)     Samsonite Curv suitcases – the lightest and most premium of Samsonites offering. The prices reflect this, they are suited to frequent travelers.

The new Aspero is the top of Samsonite’s non Curv suitcases. It’s a premium suitcase, with a very lightweight construction and solid, reliable wheels, handle and zippers. If you want the best from Samsonite, but at a couple hundred dollars less than a Curv suitcase, the Aspero is for you.

PRO’s

  • The best models to compare it to in the Curv range is the Lite-Cube and Lite-Box as they have similar features. They all weigh exactly the same (2.2 kg) yet the Aspero is over $100 less than the Lite-Cube and almost $200 less than the Lite-Box. (Comparisons on 55cm models).
  •  Ticks the user-friendly check list of double wheels, double handle and double zipped interior dividers
  • Attractive, modern look and a choice of 3 colours

CON’s

  • Very few that we can come up with! Whilst the price is up there, we feel it’s warranted for the quality and lightweight nature of the case.
  • Perhaps a little boring in appearance, it doesn’t jump out of the crowd and wow you. This, however, can also be a great thing in remaining inconspicuous and it won’t date quickly!

Starts from $285 on sale for the cabin – shop it here 

 

Samsonite Polygon 80/20 Suitcase

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The latest 80/20 style suitcase is the Polygon. The 80/20’s are designed for those that want a hard suitcase but don’t love the split through the middle 50/50 style packing. (Read our review of the first 80/20 suitcase – the Spin Trunk here to see how the 80/20 works and the pro’s & con’s). The Polygon have taken this packing style a step further with the flat max design, so it’s better for living out of and closer in nature to living out of a soft suitcase. Packing style aside, the Polygon also boasts our standard user-friendly checklist of double wheels, double handle and double zipped packing dividers inside.

PRO’s

  • 80/20 packing with flat max – this makes a hard suitcase pack like a soft suitcase. Being able to simply lift the lid, lean it against the wall and live out of your suitcase is a game changer for those who move around a lot and don’t like to unpack at their destination.
  • The flat max design is upside down – the large cavity is the front, making the 80/20 packing style work better than previous models and other designs available
  • Deluxe Hinomoto double wheels with a brake, double handle, recessed TSA lock, lined interior with dual zipped dividers

CON’s

  • We’ve not road tested the Polygon fully loaded yet, but our impressions so far are very good. We don’t have anything negative to say yet, and feel it’s a great design for those that want to give a hard suitcase a go, but prefer the packing style of a soft suitcase (which is us!)

 

Starts from $225 on sale for the cabin – shop it here

 

Samsonite Evoa suitcase range

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The Samsonite Evoa was technically released early in the year, however we still thought we’d cover it. We love how it looks, and evidently our customers do to as its been very popular. It has an attractive brushed silver or brushed black finish and is modern and appealing in its simplicity. The Aero-Trac suspension and premium interior set this suitcase apart from the competitors, in simple terms, it’s smooth to manage, quieter than other cases, it’s expandable and fully lined with a built-in wet pack compartment. There are 4 cases in the range including a laptop friendly cabin suitcase.

PRO’s

  • Aero-Trac suspension for a smoother, quieter ride
  • Attractive, modern design and one of only a handful of expandable hard side suitcases by Samsonite
  • 4 suitcases in the range including a business cabin suitcase with a very functional layout for business travel

CON’s

  • It is up to a kilo heavier than other suitcases in its category
  • A slight premium (we’d say $20-40) on the price thanks to the premium wheels and luxe finish, worth it if you love the look of it (which we do it does jump out at you when sitting alongside others in the store), if you don’t, there are similar options priced just below this one.

 

Starts from $239 on sale for the cabin – shop it here 

 

Samsonite Base Boost 2 Softside Suitcases

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The only softside addition this year, which is a great indicator of the way luggage is going (hard, hard, hard!) But there is a lot to like about the new Base Boost. This is a second edition, not a completely new concept, and happily they have kept the innovative cable lock system and gotten rid of the strange ball wheels of the previous model. The cable lock solves the rather annoying issue of needing multiple locks to lock a typical soft side suitcase, there is a built-in cable that extends through the front pocket zipper and locks into the main compartments built in TSA lock, very handy. Lock aside, the case is lightweight, has an expander, comes in 4 sizes including a 2-wheel 50cm upright and a lower, more economical price point than the first edition.

 

PRO’s

  • The built-in cable lock which is totally unique and solves the annoying issue of needing multiple locks to secure all compartments of a soft suitcase
  • A well-built, lightweight suitcase with an attractive price point
  • 4 sizes in the range including a 2-wheel 50cm upright domestic carry on suitcase

CON’s

  • Single wheels – there are options at this weight and price point that have double wheels
  • A little bland in appearance perhaps, however it’s a nice streamlined design, just a little on the boring side!

 

Starts from $155 on sale for the 50cm cabin suitcase – shop it here

 

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

Images via @samsonite_au Instagram with thanks. 

 

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In Review: The new Cabeau Evolution S3 Memory Foam Pillow

The heavily awarded and supremely popular Cabeau Evolution S3 Memory Foam Pillow has had a makeover this year, we look at the updated model in detail.

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We rarely dedicate a blog post to a single product, however with the popularity of this pillow we thought we would look at the new 2018 model, the latest features and review once again, just why this pillow is so damn good!

 

I’m traditionally not a fan of any travel pillows – they’re either somewhat comfortable but a pain to cart around, or inflatable and convenient to pack but not very comfortable. However, as more and more airlines do away with in flight pillows as a standard offering, they have become a necessity to aid in getting some on board rest. Then Cabeau came along and shook up the entire product offering. By designing a pillow that actually worked with the constraints of the airline seat rather than against it, they developed a pillow that enables far improved head support, reduces aches and pains associated with long haul travel, and made it luxurious, washable and easy to travel with.

 

The latest release, the Evolution S3 has taken this even further with the notable addition of seat straps – these allow you to attach the pillow to the seat itself, effectively customising the seat to have comfortable head support. The first of its kind, these seat straps will once again, completely change the game.

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Returning to basics though; at the core of this pillow is premium memory foam, soft and comfortable, it conforms to your neck and adapts to the position providing soft comfort yet firm support. The back of the pillow is flat so it doesn’t push your neck forward when resting against the seat. The sides are raised offering side support and the neck toggle allows the pillow to be wrapped around your neck and adjusted firmly to give 360-degree support and stop head bobbing.

The 360-degree support holds your head and neck in a much better position than what one would usually get when nodding off to sleep sitting upright, this reduces tension and strain and therefore reduces travel associated pain and aches including headaches and sore necks. So, if you use this pillow even just to watch your movie your muscles will be better off. If you manage some sleep too, then you will arrive feeling 100 times better.

 

The soft, luxury outer cover is moisture wicking and comfortable. Most importantly it can be removed and washed allowing you to clean the ‘plane germs’ off after each trip and it gives you a fresh clean pillow for each journey.

 

The revised zippered carry case squashes the pillow down to ¼ of its size so it can easily be stowed in your carry-on luggage. This is a huge deal if you’ve ever carted one of those beans filled pillows around – what a pain (there’s a reason why airport bins are full of them!).

 

There is also a new small zipped pocket on the side that you can store your instructions in or small personal effects such as headphones or a credit card/cash. A small feature perhaps, but you can get your beauty sleep with all your items safely stowed in your locked carry on overhead, then when you wake purchase a glass of wine with the credit card that’s been safely stored in your pillow, no need to go rummaging up top to find your money.

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So, there’s a run down of the latest features – we’re looking forward to hearing what our customers think of the new features.

Shop the new Cabeau pillow here

Images via Cabeau

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Best new products for adventure travellers

Don’t be left holding the bags on your next trip, these break through travel products keep your gear secured whilst you join in on all the action. From off road duffels to portable safe’s, here are our top new products for adventure travellers.

Not having the right gear can definitely hold you back when you’re on holidays, and being prepared means you don’t need to turn down any opportunities that come your way. Being able to secure your gear so you can head out for a day trip, pick up your travel bag to hike to the remote tree house accommodation or locking away valuables so you can go for a surf with your mate are the types of things that can make your entire trip. There’s a wealth of products available now to make this all possible, to simplify travel for you and give you the freedom to explore without being weighed down or left out so you can mind the stuff.

 

Best of all, whilst this gear can be used in the remote jungles of Indonesia, you’ll find a world of uses for it at home; lock your phone away while you’re at the beach with the kids and actually catch some waves with them rather than watching from the shore. Load your travel pack up with a picnic for a local bushwalk, or stow your wet gear in your duffel for a day on the boat.

 

Here are our Top Products for Adventure Travellers:

Osprey Ozone Duplex Travel Pack – Available in men’s or women’s

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This innovative 2 in 1 travel pack is a completely new concept. Featuring a travel duffel that attaches to a generous daypack with tech storage, this duplex pack allows you to use one or the other or both at the same time. Particularly useful for when you’re short on time but have a packed schedule, you can drop your clothes and gear off at hotel reception and continue on to sightseeing with your daypack, no need to pull everything apart and repack simply zip off and go. Or carry all your gear for a trek, then jump in a 4WD for a safari, leave your duffel behind while you explore on foot with your daypack and essentials. The options are endless, and like us, we bet you can think of countless times this would have been a handy travel companion!

Available in Men’s & Women’s – RRP $249.95  $199.95

Shop it here

Pacsafe’s range of Portable Safe’s

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On first glance, these seem like they’ve been designed for very cautious travellers to stash their passports & valuables in when visiting Bali for the first time. Whilst very useful for that, these portable safe’s are an exceptionally versatile little product that can be used on their own or inside your pack to store anything from your wallet and phone right through to technical or sensitive work equipment on the job site. These safe’s have a protective mesh so they are slash proof, they also lock around the top with a wire cord that can be used to tie down the safe to a fixed object also. This is terrific if you want to lock up your car keys, phone and wallet while you surf or as we mentioned, secure your camera, laptop and gear whilst working a photo shoot, or even turn it into a portable locker for open plan work spaces.

From $110, See the range here 

Pacsafe Anti-Theft Backpack & Bag Protectors

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The whole point to backpacking is to go places you wouldn’t necessarily get to see on typical holidays or tours. However, so often, backpackers are so weighed down by their packs and not being able to break free from them that opportunities get missed. So regularly your travelling between hostels or even when you’re checked in, the hostels are not overly secure and you feel the need to keep you gear with you. The Pacsafe Bag protectors change all that, simply wrap the mesh over your backpack, secure it to a fixed object like a lamp post or your hostel bed and find freedom! And it’s not just for the big things, being able to lock up your bag at the train station while you duck to the loo or find something to eat can be an absolute game changer.

Also useful to secure work gear on job sites, sports gear at playing fields or for securing your helmet and gear with your motorbike.

Available in 3 sizes from $127, see them here 

Pacsafe’s Secret Bra Pouch, Belt Wallet and Travel Belts

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Sometimes a good old money belt is called for if you’re hitting up the markets in busy tourist zones and want to see discreet and secure. Traditionally though money belts have been hot and uncomfortable and generally not suited to hot climates where clothing is lighter and less likely to obscure the obvious outline.  Pacsafe have thought outside the box and come up with a variety of options to get around this. All working with the same principle of concealing cash and credit cards under your clothes, the bra pouch, secret belt wallet and travel belts all provide extra options to suit the climate and types of clothes you’ll be wearing.

From $22, see them here

Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel

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These are new to the Transporter range and bring a large, robust and weatherproof option to the duffel on wheels offering. Designed to be suitable to load on roof racks and terrific for camping, these heavy-duty bags are also terrific for sports travel such as surfing trips, skiing or boarding, boating, or transporting gear.

Available in cabin size, 90L & 120L from $249.95, see them here  

High Sierra Composite Wheeled Backpack Duffel Bags

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These bags are lightweight, versatile and great value. With a duffel on wheels design and a hidden backpack harness they are a great go-to if you want a more affordable option for adventure travel. Terrific for camping, sports travel and school camps, as well as being a great option for teens or young adults who do a mix of car, plane and sports travel. This bag is up for anything.

Available in cabin, medium & large from $153, see them here

Prices correct at time of publishing and are subject to change.
Images via @Pacsafeofficial, @Ospreypacks & @highsierra

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Choosing the Right Cabin Suitcase

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Not as straightforward as choosing a medium or large travel case, we’ve written a go to guide on choosing the right cabin suitcase for the type of travel you do.

Cabin suitcases generally work harder then their larger siblings as we often use them for an extra couple of trips each year, whether it’s interstate work trips, overnight getaways or even to haul extra gear to the office for a big day. We tend to use them differently to large suitcases too, whilst sometimes they are used simply for your clothes, generally we want to take our tech with us, have easy access to tickets and books etc and we always want to stuff that extra jacket in just in case.

In theory, cabin suitcases don’t get checked in, meaning they are not subjected to the same rough handling as large suitcases, but their wheels and handles do tend to get more of a workout as we use them more frequently, lift them overhead more and bang them around.

Whilst we understand the desire to match your cabin suitcase to your big suitcases, sometimes it can be a good idea to look at others available as there are a huge range of bags with added features that may benefit your short in between trips. For example, cabin bags with laptop compartments, backpack straps, super lightweight or expandable functionality could just be what you need.

 

Here are 5 unique cabin suitcases and who they suit;

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1. Victorinox VX Touring Expandable 2 in 1 Carry-On Wheeled Duffel & Backpack

Essentials: 2.7kg; 43 – 47L; $789 $473.40

Like its long name suggests, this bag is a case of what doesn’t it do?! This bag looks like a suitcase, packs like a suitcase, is soft like a duffel, has wheels and a handle like a suitcase, has hidden backpack straps, a laptop compartment and an expander. It has been designed for almost any type of travel and is money well spent if you do a variety of trips. This hardworking bag is still lightweight at 2.7 kg, and is a very generous 47L.

Best Suited To: Travellers who do mixed travel, business one weekend, then camping the next. This bag is tough and extremely versatile.

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2. Roncato D-Box Cabin Suitcase with removable laptop backpack

Essentials: 2.3 kg suitcase + 0.7kg backpack (3.0kg total); 37L suitcase + 4.2L backpack; $699 $419.40

Whilst this is a very specific example, I’m sure most business travellers find themselves in this position. They land interstate, and either go straight to meetings, or their rooms aren’t ready for check in so they store their overnight gear and head to work. The D-Box has a removable laptop backpack, allowing you to unclip the front pop it on your back and continue on. When the two are attached, it operates like a perfectly normal cabin suitcase, saving the nuisance of a separate briefcase which are bulky and often a nuisance to travel with.

Best Suited To: Frequent Business travellers who fly in the morning and head straight to work.

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3. Samsonite Prodigy Cabin Size Mobile Office

Essentials: 2.8 kg; 40L; $429 $257.40

A hard cabin suitcase with an easy-to-use while on-the-go laptop & business compartment and storage for a night or two’s gear. Whether you use this for business travel, or simply to effectively transport your laptop for leisure travel, this case keeps your laptop secure and it’s easy to get in and out quickly and easily through security. It’s hard to find smart, hard sided laptop suitcases so this one stands out from the pack. It also stands out as it’s one of very few ‘non-black’ mobile offices on the market (it’s available in black too for traditionalists!).

Best Suited To: Those who do short overnight business travel in between longer trips where they like to take their laptop on board. This suitcase simplifies travelling with your tech, and the hard side structure keeps everything protected.

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4. Osprey Meridian 22 Wheeled Backpack (60 Litre)

Essentials: 3.8 kg; 60L; $449.95 $339.95

The Osprey Meridian 22 is hugely popular for good reason. Trade in your average cabin suitcase for this one and discover this bag can take you anywhere. Perfect for your traditional travel, the hidden backpack straps, removable daypack, high chassis, off road wheels and extra generous 60L packing space allows you to go off road, on water, camping, road trips, weekend getaways, work trips, 1 night or 5 nights; in short, this bag suits just about any trips you want to take! Osprey comes with a lifetime warranty too; this bag will last for years of adventures and is well worth the investment.

Best Suited to: The Meridian’s daypack does have a 15-inch laptop sleeve, so truly can do anything, however, it’s probably not suited to regular business trips. It’s terrific for all other types of travel though and you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

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5. Victorinox Spectra Expandable Global Carry-On

Essentials: 3 kg; 26-35L; $929 $557.40

Taking its cues from Victorinox’s swiss army knife, the Spectra expandable luggage range has been designed to be multi-purpose and offer versatility to its owners. The Spectra suitcases are all absolutely premium from handle to wheel, with proven performance through its years of availability. The Expandable Global Carry-On has the added benefit on an expander function allowing you to increase or decrease the capacity according to your needs. The removable business sleeve also allows you to customise the case, with a comprehensive business fit out when needed, then simply remove if you’re travelling for leisure.

Best Suited To: This suitcase is perfect for frequent business travellers, it’s a hard worker and will stand up to the demands of frequent travel. Simply remove the business sleeve when travelling for leisure.

 

Whilst we love a matching luggage set as much as anyone (actually probably more), for many travellers, a harder working cabin suitcase may offer more versatility and value for money for multiple trips through the year.

Discover our full range of cabin suitcases here.

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Quality Indicators to Look for When Buying Luggage

Quality Indicators to look for when buying luggage

We’ve put together a cheat sheet on what to look for when you’re suitcase shopping, so you can navigate the endless options with ease. These 5 quality indicators to look for when buying luggage.

Buying luggage is not something you do every day; and chances are the options have completely changed since you last purchased luggage. With new technologies allowing bags to get lighter and lighter and changes to airline requirements it’s unlikely you’ll be completely across the key things to look for in your new suitcase. Luggage can be quite an investment too, so we’ve created a bit of a cheat sheet with a quick checklist of things to look for that are the key quality indicators. These are the factors that you would look at to compare bags that meet your weight, size and style requirements.

 

1. Wheels

If there are 2 wheels, they should be large, a little rugged looking and on an axle. They should have adequate protective casing around them and fit snugly into the case, not be hanging off the bottom.

If there are 4 wheels, generally double wheels are easier to manage than the smaller single wheels (that look like traditional castor wheels), and will offer better durability. Again, the wheels should look very integrated with the suitcase rather than just an add on.

 

2. Hardware including zippers and bumpers

Zippers and zip pulls should be large and smooth to run. Once a suitcase is full there is a lot of pressure on the zip and the bigger the better. Check them around corners, if there is any resistance whilst the case is empty and new, then move on!

On soft suitcases there should also be adequate bumper protection around high impact zones including the base and wheels that protect the fabric from fraying after repeated knocks.

The hardware on the wheel housings should be substantial and stabiliser bars/feet are useful.

 

3. Handles including carry handles and trolley handle

Handles are a key break point along with wheels and zips. Look for handles that tuck flat or are recessed to minimise knocks in transit and also keep in mind the more handle the better. Typically, suitcases have one on top and the side, sometimes there are grab handles integrated around the feet which is very useful as then two handles can be used when lifting avoiding all the pressure in one point.

Trolley handles should be well protected and have a push button release or lock away when not in use. If they can slide out easily in transit then they can get knocked and bent which stops them working.

 

 4. Materials

There is a lot of variety in the material of suitcases now with most of them offering fairly sturdy options. For a soft suitcase, polyester or nylon should have a high denier or thickness. This will either be represented with a ‘D’ number or a ‘number x number’ reading, the bigger the numbers the better.

For hard suitcases the different materials (polyurethane, polypropylene & polycarbonate) have different properties, with the focus mostly being on getting the suitcase as light as possible. The lightweight cases should be flexible and bounce back into shape easily enough. Rigid suitcases should have an excellent, solid frame to keep it nice and rigid even under immense pressure.

 

5. Warranty

Warranty is a tough one as there are so many rules and exemptions that it’s not a blanket indicator. It’s not quite as simple as a ’10 year warranty means your suitcase will last 10 years’.  In most instances, your suitcase should last beyond that, however the nature of the game means it’s bound to be mistreated somewhere along the way, and of course it depends on how frequently you travel and your mode of travel. For luggage, warranties should be viewed in a manner of how easy it is to service your suitcase. A global brand can offer you assistance on the other side of the world, where a local brand may not.

In saying that, there are some warranties that separate themselves and offer lifetime or extended ‘cover everything’ warranties. Value can be placed on these types of warranties.

A 2-10 year warranty is about standard, yet should be considered along with other information in gauging a bags durability.

 

In our opinion, these are the key indicators – information should be readily available online to help you make your decision, or you can pop in store to speak with a sales consultant who can help match you up to bag that suits your needs.

 

And because what’s not important is just as important when deciding, here are 5 things that are not actually quality indicators;

  1. Internal pockets & lining – this is a luxury! Many of our most robust bags do without any lining to cut down on weight, and most will have minimal pockets and so on. If there is lining just ensure is looks robust enough not to rip and that the zippers are a good size.
  2. External patterns or textures – hard suitcases all have different patterns and effects, these will impact how well your suitcase wears with some resisting and disguising marks better than others, mostly though, it’s a cosmetic attribute rather than a quality indicator. A beat-up suitcase may look rough but will still do the job!
  3. Expanders and built in locks – these are convenience offerings that are very useful to some, and will likely influence the price of the suitcase, but they are not reflective of quality or durability. A suitcase that doesn’t have these features is not necessarily worse quality, so if you don’t specifically need them you can look beyond this.
  4. Brand – just because you have heard of the brand does not mean a particular suitcase is the best quality. It is true though that the large brands offer global warranties which are useful. A large brand such as Samsonite will have up to 50 suitcases at once, all offering different points of difference to suit different customers, some are most definitely top of the range, others offer difference features for specific travel. Make sure you’re looking at the right suitcase for your needs, then compare like for like models using the above indicators.
  5. Price – whilst there is an element of you get what you pay for with luggage, you also pay extra for benefits such as expanders, interior features, laptop compartments, special materials and so on. Many of which you may just not need and therefore don’t need to pay top dollar. Read up on some entry level and mid-range bags too to check out what the differences are and put together your ‘must have’ list to narrow your search rather than navigating by price.

 

So there you have it, take some notes and go check out some suitcases like you know what you’re doing!

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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.

 Shop it here

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.

Shop them here

 

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.

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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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