“ Brand: Artos / Type: Printed holdall / Cabin bag „
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=Argos Flowered Holdall=
One of my bad habits is buying luggage, I must have about 4 sets of suitcases and a variety of bags, but when I saw this one I knew I had to have it. It had a rose design which I thought was unusual. I was going to stay with friends for a couple of days, without sounding mad it was cheaper to catch an internal flight on hand luggage than it would have been driving, so another plus point as this would weigh less than a 18in suitcase. I paid about £20 for it.
The bag has a 30 litre capacity, but for me as long as I could fit enough clothes in it that was fine, the size of the bag apr. 12in height, 18in width and 6in depth, and has a weight of 1.5kg. Weight and size it seemed to be the answer to everything. It even had a retractable handle and 2 wheels.
Included in the bag was a shoulder strap, which I found to be useful as it gave me the choice to carry or pull along, the strap was comfortable to use, although I tended to pull it along more than carry.
I will admit that even before I got out of the house it had been packed and repacked about 3 times, not for the want of over packing, but you need a degree in getting this packed, as really dependant on how you're going to carry it is how you pack it. This may sound mad, but bear with me.
-Shoulder Strap Carry-
For carrying the bag this way, I found that it was better packed as heavier items laid across the bottom, fill the gaps with roll up items, light nightie, underwear, as the zip is on the top of the bag, this evens the weight of the bag out and make it easy to carry.
You need to pack this completely different, as packing as above the weight is not evenly distributed as you roll along and it won't really go anywhere without a massive struggle and it wants to tip over, so with this style of roll along, you need to pack at a sideways bottom up as you need the weight at the bottom of the bag to support the base to wheel it along.
To me, I want a bag that if I'm going to use I want a choice how to use it, if I want to swop carrying methods, great, but with this bag you can't.
I also found that the handles were not strong on the bag, I was looking at the stitching and noticed that it was starting to come undone after about 2 uses, the material of the bag was not very strong either. Although I used mine as check in luggage, I would not have been comfortable using the bag as check in luggage, as I would have had visions of my underwear going round the luggage reclaim!.
The zip was not very strong, even though there was space in the bag, it was a struggle to do the zip up, I did not want to pull hard for fear of breaking the zip
=What did I do=
when I returned back from my break, the bag went back to Argos, I know it was £20 for a bag, but I really did expect better quality from the bag.
=Would I recommend=
Apart from the fact I loved the pattern, I'm sorry I could not recommend this bag.
I decided to buy a holdall with wheels as it was supposed to make life easier when travelling around by train and plane. Unfortunately this holdall from Argos which was price £19.99 did not do the job well. Despite the attractive design of the fabric, there are few other redeeming features. The size of the bag is H29, W46, D25cm, it has a 30 litre capacity and weighs 1.5kg when empty (info from the Argos website).
==What I liked==
You can see from the photo here on DooYoo that this bag has an attractive, modern design which caught my eye. The price of less than £20 was also a factor that encouraged me to purchase the bag. I liked the idea of the bag being on wheels as I often pack my bags so heavily, my arm ends up hurting and typically I am wandering around with more than one bag so everything just gets very heavy and awkward. The size of the bag is fairly decent, but see below for more info about filling the bag up so although it is large, you can't put too much in it which defeats the object really. There was a free shoulder strap that came with the bag (luckily) and I had to use this.
==What I didn't like==
Unfortunately there is more NOT to love about this bag than there is to love which is disappointing but in this instance, you do get what you pay for. The material isn't particularly good quality, nor did I expect Antler quality at Argos prices, but a little less flimsy would have been brilliant. When the bag is full (you must put heavy things at the bottom otherwise you have no chance of wheeling it anywhere), the wheels and handle sort of twist making it very difficult (almost impossible) to wheel the bag around which resulted in me picking the bag up by the main handles. Unfortunately they were quite flimsy too and before too long one of the handles had begun to tear away from the bag (fair enough my bag was full and heavy but surely it should withstand some weight?!), this is where the shoulder strap came in handy and to be fair, the shoulder strap worked well. However, this defeated the object of the bag being on wheels so I was back to square one. The wheels are too close together to be able to wheel the case in a straight line and the plastic handle was very, very flimsy and felt like it could snap at any minute. When I got to my destination, to add insult to injury the zip broke completely. The bag went back to Argos for a full refund and a conversation about poor quality.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this bag for durability or practicality. I imagine it would be fine for a teenager to take their stuff to a sleepover but for someone travelling around the country, invest in something of better quality. Very disappointed but definitely got what I paid for.
The Argos Value wheeled holdall I am reviewing was bought two years ago and therefore is not current stock.
However it is an excellent item and as it has been replaced by a very similar item, I feel the review is still
I bought my holdall prior to a weekend away and with no bags suitable I was on a mission to find the cheapest bag possible. Argos has an extensive range of baggage options in their catalogues, but I immediately flipped to the cheapest option possible.
The bag I bought was on offer at £9.99 from £19.99 and was one of the Value range. They had a pinkish one and a bluish one.
The holdall itself has a capacity of approximately 64 litres, and is made from polyester which has a repeated flower print in pink, purple, white and red. The "flower" print looks more like a line with basic shaped petals on it alternating in the colours mentioned and repeated across the entire bag. The background to this print is black as are the holdall handles, which are a good size and easy to grab. The bag has a detachable shoulder strap which can be adjusted in length but has a padded shoulder support which again can be moved up and down the strap to ensure maximum comfort.
The handles are covered in a soft plastic (leather effect) and are stitched on well, they show no sign of wear at all and have taken some pretty heavy loads. Likewise the shoulder strap is still sound after all this time.
The internal section of the holdall is lined and the lining is zipped over the handle poles, which are fitted into a plastic section at either end. At the handle end, the handle is tucked into a curved plastic base. This base stops it from bending or getting damaged. It extends from the holdall by 16cm which makes the entire product approx. 100cm in length when being pulled along.
The other end of the holdall also has a plastic base which holds the wheels. This is grooved and extends up the length so that when laid down it doesn't damage the fabric of the bag at all. The wheels have never been anything but fully functioning, although the bag does tip sometimes, mainly due to the size of it in comparison to the wheels.
One the handle is pushed back in it slots into the metal frame which forms the structure of the bag. The zipped up inside fabric allows you to fill the holdall with stuff without ever touching the frame/handle.
There is plenty of storage here, with both and internal and external zipped pocket. The zip for the whole bag extends fully from one side to the other leaving loads of room to manoeuvre and get big items in and out if necessary.
So far I have very minimal wear and tear on this product which is amazing as I'm not the most delicate of people when travelling. I pretty much throw my luggage around unless I have something breakable in it.
The price was amazing and even at full price is exceptional for such a well-made bag. The only downside if the pattern. It's quite bold and not really my style but as I don't use it every day I'm not fussed. It clearly stands out so if travelling by plane and putting it through the baggage handlers you will clearly see it on the conveyor belt. Equally it will fit in the boot of any normal size car with no problems at all.
If you do travel and you want to lock you bag up you will have to buy additional padlocks, however, the zips have a hole so you can fasten a padlock between the two of them and secure the contents on the inside.
The best bit about this bag, is that whilst it is a good size, measuring 45cm at full height, 60cm in length and 30cm in width, it squishes down and can be stored quite compactly. Obviously the length cannot change as it has a metal frame, but it can be flattened from the middle and I tend to place it on the shelf in my wardrobe, with no problems putting other stuff on top of it.
Like I said, this specific item is no longer stocked in Argos but they are their value equivalent and from what I can tell it is just a more modern design called Multi-Print Wheeled Holdall and is retailing at £24.99 at the moment.
I am lucky in that I have family in Geneva and Ryanair and easyjet fly there very cheaply. To get the cheapest seat possible I only take handluggage and for this I need a holdall. I brought this for £14.99 from Argos. The main reasons I went for this are the low price and the floral design.
The bag 29 by 46 by 25cm, which is small enough to take on a flight as hand luggage. Despite being fairly small you can fit a lot in it as it has a 30 litre capacity - a bit like Mary Poppins' bag! It comes with a detachable strap that you can wear across your body. It has two wheels and a handle so you can pull it along the floor and fastens with a zip. There are two small handles at the top so you can carry it like a bowling bag if you prefer. It is made of canvas so is not waterproof. It is very lightweight at only 1.5kg.
I really like the monochrome, floral design of this bag and I have been complimented on it more than once.
One downside is that the plastic of the pull-along handle is very flimsy. I wouldn't be surprised if it snapped - although it hasn't yet *touches wood*.
Another really irritating thing is that when you are pulling the bag along if the floor deviates from being completely smooth in anyway it topples over. This means that the wheels are useless outdoors as pavements are not smooth. Because the bag is fairly small I just carry it with the small top handles when I am outside so it isn't a huge problem but it shouldn't really happen. On smooth floors like in airports it's not such a problem although it still topples occasionally.
I think that for the money this bag is OK - I will use it until it wears out or the handle snaps but I won't be buying another one. When the time comes I will pay a bit more to get better quality!