“ Brand: Antler / Type: Suitcase / Size(cm): 65 x 43 x 31/35.5 / Weight(kg): 3.5 „
Since I started working full time some 7 years ago now I have always tried to travel at least 3 times a year, it is a hobby of mine and I love taking in foreign culture.
This year I have been lucky enough to visit Berlin for a weekend and will be going to Portugal next month. Unfortunately, that will be all this year due to saving for a big trip to New York next year.
I brought this suitcase a few years back after my old one was damaged. It is still in great condition after probably 6 or 7 flights, something that my previous suitcase couldn't manage.
My previous suitcase cost me £20 from Matalan, and it last two flights before the wheel fell off. This suitcase cost me £90 from a local store that sells bags, suitcases and so on. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but for the extra quality I feel it was worth it. It hasn't let me down so far, even though it has been lost for 3 days in America.
For me, the suitcase is a great size. It isn't too bulky and I can fit all my luggage in the case without any problem. If I had to take a hair dryer, straighteners, makeup and a hundred pairs of shoes like my girlfriend, I believe it may be a struggle.
The suitcase has an extendable handle that makes carrying and manoevering the case simple and feels sturdy. The case is also black and looks like every other suitcase, so I would recommend adding some colourful laces or straps somewhere on the case to make it stand out from the rest. This will also make it easier to spot on the luggage carousel.
Another feature of the case is the fact that it is expandable. If you need to add extra luggage then you can unzip a section of the case and you get an extra bit of space to the top. I haven't had to use this yet, but it is nice knowing they are there should i need them.
I am not going to say my suitcase looks like new, but it has only got the odd scuff here and there which is to be expected. It still works and holds my luggage perfectly and I am glad I spent the extra money getting a sturdy case like this.
After a few years of leaving home and borrowing my mum & dads suitcase every time we went away, they decided to buy me a set for Christmas.
Whilst I have never been so cheeky and asked how much they cost, a quick search online shows me that this case costs in the region of £110 for the single medium sized suitcase but you can also get a set of three for around £250 including delivery which is what we have.
The suitcase is a nice deep plum colour, measures around 65 x 45 x 31cm. One of the benefits of this suitcase is that in actually expands by around another 4cm - I find this a real benefit as even though I bring back less stuff back from holiday with me than I take, I always struggle to fit everything back in. The main compartment of the suitcase is fully lined in a grey polyester, and inside there are two zipped mesh pockets which I find quite handy for putting my toiletries in.
The handle large telescopic handle extends to two different heights; there is just under a foot difference in height between me and my partner so I like this as he doesn't moan as much when he has to pull them along. The handle feels quite sturdy and locks into place easily, it also does not move from position unless you depress the button on too if the handle. As well as the handle, there is also a grab handle on one of the sides of the case should you wish to carry it this way.
The suitcase weighs just over 3kg when empty, I though this sounds quite heavy however it does actually feel quite light and even when full, I am still able to lift on my own.
The suitcase comes with 4 wheels which rotate 360 degrees. I was a bit dubious about using this at first as I was used to two-wheeled trolleys but I actually find that it was easier to manoeuvre than a two wheeled case. The suitcase also comes with a TSA combination lock, although as we mainly travel in the UK, I have not had any need to use this. TSA is recognised abroad, particularly in the USA as the airline/airport staff have a specific tool to open these so you don't have to leave your case open for the journey.
The suitcase is also available in black, after a quick search online I have found the range is available in large department store such as John Lewis and House Of Fraser, it is also available online from Amazon and direct from Antler.
We have had the cases for a few years now, used on numerous occasions and they are wearing very well, the corners have rubber on to protect from damage and so far, have done a good job. The suitcase comes with a 10 year warranty and I can see why they provide this as I cannot see any problems occurring.
Overall, I would recommend these suitcases, but I would only give 4 out of 5 stars due to the price - I would never pay this much for a suitcase but as it was a present, I am very, very happy with the product.
Thanks for reading.
--What you get--
Quality suitcase with several roomy compartments to take away on holiday, abroad, for overnight stays.
Available in a range of colours including black and purple.
--Value for money--
At a fairly costly initial buy, the suitcase becomes worth it after using it a great deal. As it is fairly durable, I would overall say it is value for money if you have the cash initially.
--My personal opinion--
This suitcase is the ideal size to put in the hold. As a person who doesn't like carrying *too* much luggage, this size is ideal. The two compartments and the main compartments can be secured with a lock for extra security on aeroplanes and when on the move. The wheels make this a great suitcase for rushing across busy foreign cities and it is a very lightweight choice especially when you use the wheelie function.
I have the purple version of this suitcase, this makes it slightly more noticeable when waiting for your luggage off the aeroplane, as everyone's looks the same when the majority of suitcases are black! This suitcase is stylish and sophisticated, durable and versatile. Whether you're only going away for a few days or off backpacking for a few months, this size of suitcase is probably the largest I would consider taking with me as it is all about travelling light in my opinion!
The inner pockets appear to be mostly waterproof, so this is another useful feature if you get caught in a downpour. The bag could even be used as a wheelie briefcase if you need space for lots of stuff to take to work with you. The convenience of having a bag with wheels far outweighs the initial cost, though of course there are cheaper options available to you on the market! This product is a high quality, designer piece of luggage and this is reflected in the price. Another product I would recommend, similar to this is the Skyflite Vitesse, at a fraction of the price, but with the same basic features.
The suitcase comes with an inner zippy pocket, useful for stowing away passports and important documents. It also comes with a useful handle on the side of the suitcase, so you can pick it up and carry it if need be on rough terrain.
Look for a bargain on this and you won't go far wrong for quality, long lasting luggage.
My 4 star rating is down to the price tag!
I do quite a bit of travelling and one of the essential items you need when you travel is a suitcase. I have a really nice medium size Antler suitcase which is perfect for just me, no having to share with the husband. I would say that this case is perfect for a weekend away just on its own as I do take quite a lot of stuff away with me and can be used as an additional case if you go away for longer.
The case is fairly boring looking, just basic black but that is all you really need with a case. The only problem you might experience with a black case is that 99.9% of other people also have black suitcases so if you check them on a flight and then look for them on the carousel it is sometimes hard to find them. I counter this by tying a coloured ribbon around the handle and including a name tag not he bag to make it easy to spot at airports. This case came with a little tag that you can write your name in. It then has a little bit of leather covering the name tag so it is not immediately visible but hangs on the side to enable you to identify it.
The thing I like about this suitcase is that it is expandable so if you want to add that extra pair of shoes you can. The case has zips around it which when closed make the top of the bag quite flat but if you unzip these it adds an extra 10 litres of space on the top which is a really nice feature. I find sometimes if you have the case expanded all the way it sometimes is a bit top heavy and will not stand up perfectly but if you have it as the smaller size case the case stands up well and does not fall over at all.
The case has a retractable handle at the top of it which is easy to lift up and down. There is a little button you press on the handle to enable you to pull it up and it goes back easily again. The handle is quite a nice height for me and is easy to pull. The handle has contours on it which fit in the hand nicely and make it easy to pull. There is another handle on the top of the case and one at the side and this makes it quite easy to lift if you hold the handles on both sides. This is a nice feature when you are trying to pull it off the airport carousel.
I have had this bag for a couple of years now and apart from the odd scratch etc there are no rips or tears and I think this bag has held up really well. The bag is made of a tough fabric material and so you can really push and pull it to fit in all your clothes. The measurements of the case are:
Dimensions: 64 x 41 x 24 (+5) cm; 25 X 16 x 9.5 (+2) inches
Weight: 3.7 kg.
Volume: 66 litres
We are lucky enough to travel quite a lot as a family and our old suitcases were looking a little worse for wear so we decided it was time to invest in some new ones which then saw us taking a trip to our local John Lewis.
I had various criteria for our new cases; they needed to be light, spacious, colourful, easy to manage and a size that I could handle well as I am not very tall.
We seemed to look at lots of cases but we ended up choosing the Antler Tourlite II as it fitted the majority of our needs and since none of the cases on offer were 100% perfect this offered the best compromise.
Colour: I particularly did not want a black suitcase. We have all been there, staring at a luggage carousel after a long flight as hundreds of similar black bags go trundling around whilst people desperately try to read the tags in the hope that it is theirs. Our last cases were an unusual shade of blue and were always easy to spot. These cases do come in red but unfortunately they were out of stock and since we had left it a bit late to buy our new luggage we were stuck with black being the only option. If I am honest they are not completely black, they are made of more of a two-tone black/grey hard-wearing polyester fabric but they are still quite dull. Luckily we have a couple of colourful luggage straps which we have never used before but we have now brought these into operation to make our cases easier to identify. The one advantage of the dark colour is it does not show the dirt after baggage handlers have thrown it across the floor like our old cases did.
Size: Both the large and the medium cases appealed to us and in the end we purchased one of each so that we could adjust to different trip lengths. The medium case is 65cm x 44cm x 32cm but it does have an expander zip that gives an extra depth up to about 35cm when full. The manufacturers say that it has a 72/83 litre capacity. I find the medium case is a great size for me to manage as even when it is full I can still lift it which means that I know it will be under the weight limit for Virgin and BA (I can lift about a 19kgcase).
Weight: Having picked up most of the cases in John Lewis I was most impressed by the weight of this case. It only weighs 3.5kg but unlike several other lightweight cases I looked at it didn't feel flimsy or at all fragile. I want to carry my weight allowance in clothes not case weight so this was ideal.
Manoeuvrability: I have found that 4-wheeled cases are quite easy to move around so I wasn't sure when I saw that this was only a two wheel case. However the wheels turn well and I have had no trouble manoeuvring the cases through busy airports or across bumpy roads. The telescopic handle has a good quality grip and locks easily after pulling it out, it doesn't slide back into the case at all until you press the button, it locks at two heights which is ideal since hubby and I are quite different heights and it suits us both. The case also has sewn in handles on the top and side. These feel secure and they have enough room under them to allow a good grip but lie flat against the case the rest of the time. One strange thing about the case is the fact that there is no handle on the bottom but there is a fold out stand to help keep the case stable when storing upright. It does state that this stand should not be used for lifting or moving the case but it is in such a position that it is an obvious thing to grab hold of when the case is lying flat on its back. I am sure that luggage handlers would automatically grab it and probably break it and I couldn't blame them but using the luggage straps does mean that they are not accessible whilst we are travelling. The case does have little legs at the front and we have found these sufficient for stability whilst waiting at check-in etc.
We have now been using these cases for the best part of a year; they have been by train to Paris, on a cruise ship around the Med and a long haul plane trip to Orlando so we have tried them in various conditions.
I have found that the zips are very good quality, they do not jam at all and have good sized tags which make them easy to use and they have interlocking loops which makes them easy to secure with a lock. The cases also came with TSA padlocks which we find useful as we travel to America every year and have previously had to leave our cases unlocked.
Packing the cases is a very pleasant experience. They are lined in pale grey so it is easy to see what is inside. At the one end there is a large zipped mesh pocket which I find handy to keep all the little bits that I lose amongst the stuff in my case like camera chips and contact lens cases. There is also a mesh zipped pocket inside the case lid which is useful for all the paperwork I take when I go away in case of emergencies! What is really great is the space, the design seems to give a huge amount of luggage space, the corners do not seem to curve in and the retractable handle doesn't seem to take much space. This case is a similar size to my old one but it definitely can take more clothes and holiday paraphernalia than my previous one. The expander works well as it covers virtually the full size of the case rather than just part of it and I found that particularly useful when coming back from the US with all my bargains.
In general I have been happy with the performance of these cases but they are certainly not perfect. They have rubberised corner protectors to help protect against damage but I have noticed that they already have a few chips missing out of them and the material is looking a little frayed along one of the edges. Considering that they are supposed to last 10 years I will be keeping a close eye on this part. Also if the case is not terrible full the front part seems to cave in a little and it looks a bit messy, the one case seems to do this more than the other and although it is not a serious problem I do like my cases to look neat. Although these cases do not feel quite as sturdy as heavier cases they still seem robust enough to cope with normal travel.
The medium sized case cost me £89. I think it looks very smart (as long as it is full enough) and it certainly ticks most of the boxes of what a good case should have. I do wish it was a brighter colour although I think my other half does prefer the more sombre shade. I find the balance stand at the base unnecessary and it may prove to be problematic if it breaks but I will take the case back if that happens. The 10 year guarantee is against poor workmanship not wear and tear but if the damage is caused due to the flawed design I will certainly be complaining but since everything else is pretty much perfect I do hope that this does not happen. All I need to do now is plan my next trip to test them out some more.