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
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.
2. Delsey Moncey Waterproof 82cm Suitcase – 135.55 Litres, 5.5kg
RRP $399, Our price $239.40
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.
3. Roncato Venice 2.0 Expandable 82cm Suitcase – 132 Litres, 3.1kg
RRP $499, Our price $299.40
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!)
4. Osprey Shuttle 36 130L Wheeled Duffel – 130 Litres, 4.14kg
RRP $439.95, Our price $339.95
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.
5. Samsonite Lite-Shock 81cm Suitcase – 124L, 2.8kg
RRP $899, Our price $539.00
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.
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