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I haven't had much luck with suitcases lately, they either have zips that break too easily or the handles are too stiff to pull out or they just aren't good at wheeling along. I have been on the lookout for a small case, suitable for hand luggage now for a while but I wanted one that has a good capacity inside and not one that is tight for space. I wanted it all but a lot of smaller suitcases are now more expensive, especially with the surge in hand luggage getting on free with the low cost airlines, it has now become a bit of a money maker for luggage companies.
I ended up going for this Borderline suitcase which is really nice, it is 40cm x 20cm x 55cm ideal for most airlines' hand luggage. It also has a large main compartment and is really light to hold. It has pink detailing on it which is a nice look to it and it comes on wheels so it is easy to roll around. The case is soft material, a strong fabric though that should last a good while. It really is compact and spacious and literally doesn't miss anything out with the design being perfect for all situations, it is a well designed small case.
BORDERLINE HAND LUGGAGE CASE
Now, I go away quite a lot at weekends and for weekends breaks so I like to ensure that I have a very strong, sturdy case that is easy enough to walk around with. This case is perfect for me, the pink works well adding some colour to it and on the front it has a metal badge with the Borderline logo on it which is nice. Now, on the front you have a small zip up pocket like you would on a ruck sack and you can slot everything in here quite flat from passports to tickets to anything really that will fit and it is a handy addition.
Not only do you get this front pocket but then there is the main front compartment which is huge inside and is quite flexible in terms of room so you can squeeze quite a lot in here and it is does fit a lot in, you will be amazed. The room in here for getting stuff in is much more than I've had in any hand luggage case that I have ever had, including those with an expandable zip area. It really is fantastic and even with a lot inside, you don't find that it gets ridiculously heavy to move around, it still feels light weight because of its design.
All of the zips are half pink and half metal which is a nice touch and they are very strong zips too, they don't stick, well they haven't yet and seem easy to move round. They are well put on and they seem reliable and have the whole for adding on a padlock if you want the option of extra security. The bottom of the case is made so that even if you want to stand the case upright it has two sticking out plastic parts which keep the case standing upright to balance it so that it doesn't fall over. It is good as this way you don't have to hold onto it all of the time.
The other thing I love about this case is the concealed pull out handle. It isn't noticeable at first but on the top there is a semi circle area with a zip and if you unzip this section, there is a handle that comes out, it is just a tall stick with a block to grip onto at the end but it is comfortable to hold onto for a while if wheeling it around. It is a great idea and if you don't want it out you can slide it back in and zip it away again. It is a clever idea and the handle is also very easy to pull out and it doesn't stick either which is useful.
The wheels on the case are great for rolling this around stations or airports. They wheel very quickly and don't jam. A lot of cases that I have had with wheels tend to get rusty after a while and don't roll with ease but this case it does the trick and makes life so much easier when walking with it. The case moves nicely and it just makes the case seem so much more lighter rolling it on wheels as it almost glides it is that good quality. The wheels aren't noisy either and are just your standard size.
There are a good few other options for maneuvering the case, you have your strong reinforced handle at the top that has just enough to get your hand under for moving it about if you don't want the pull out handle there all of the time. Not only is there the handle on the top but also you get the handle on the side which is very strong again and it makes it possible to support it from both handles or if you want to hold this on the side to make it more like a standard suitcase rather than a wheeled one.
The case has survived quite a number of trips so far and I am really impressed with this. It is a strong material and hasn't let me down yet. I fit everything that I could possibly want to fit into it and not being a solid frame, you can squeeze a lot more into the corners and it has more give on it. The case is easy to clean if it gets stained and the handles are all well put on and the case really is perfect for hand luggage. It fits exactly when I travel and gets me and my belongings from A to B with ease.
If you want to get hold of this case, you can get them from the Co-op which is where I got mine for just £9.99 which is a competitive price at the moment for small hand luggage cases. Amazon are also selling this case but it is currently unavailable at the moment.
I could not locate an official website for the cases at the moment.