Product Type: Eastpak Suitcase
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A king amongst cases.
Eastpak Container 85
Member Name: herja
Eastpak Container 85
Advantages: VERY BIG AND VERY STRONG
Disadvantages: No locks on zips.
10 years ago I bought my first Eastpak product. It was a back pack.
I had always thought their bags to be somewhat over-priced and could always find a version of similar size and colour for a quarter of the price.
But, with East pack you really do get what you pay for. The quality of these bags is second to none. That back pack I bought is still going strong and has been tested beyond any limit imaginable....stuffed full with heavy books it has stood the test of daily abuse. The material has not frayed or broken and the zip, despite beind stretched to its limit, is still intact.
Naturally, after withstanding many arduous years, I find myself turning to Eastpak for all my baggage needs.
I have bought other smaller backpacks, computer bags and suitcases...this suitcase being one of them.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ONE?
It's VERY big!
ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT LITRES of big! Now, for a soft suitcase, which it is, that is one ample clothes carrier!
But, apart from its size, its strength is what sets it apart.
The company originally began making duffel bags and knapsacks for the armed forces but after noticing that students were beginning to use army day bags as school back packs, they began to manufacture for the consumer as well.
Their bags have continued to be famed for their durability as well as their functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Easkpak were the first to use 'Cordura', an extrememly hard-wearing fabric that is resistant to tearing, fraying and scuffs. This material is not only tough, but it retains colour well and is light-weight.
WHAT DOES THE BAG LOOK LIKE?
It's a soft bag with a flat, structured hard bottom and rounded sides. A 'no-nonsense' bag that is perfect in its simplicity. It has a large side zippered side pocket. The supports are metal and the telescopic handle pulls out and locks easily and is just as easily put away.
The bag, despite it's size glides along on its wheels very smoothly...even when filled to capacity. Because of it's length it is possibly even easier to wheel along and there is no bending down neccessary and no bashing into the backs of your legs! I can't vouch for other people legs, mind you....though most are wise enough to get out of the way when they see this coming!
There are two handle, one at either end of the bag as well as the two usual handles which meet in the middle and can be fastened together with the soft velcro that wraps around them. There is also a shoulder strap, though, depending how full could be difficult to use.
The zips on this bag are big, thick and strong and give peace of mind.....these are not gonna bust easily!
My bag is 'Shed Brown'. Dark enough not to show the dirt too much yet a colour not often seen in luggage, at least not that I've noticed. (Easily distinguishable from other luggage on a conveyor belt.)I believe it is also available in navy, black and grey and possibly other colours depending where you buy it from.
WHO WOULD USE THE BAG?
I bought this for a two month trip to Norway and it held enough stuff to last the entire time...including thick jumpers, boots and other warm clothing. There was even room left for the inevitable shopping whilst there and the pressies to take home. It could also be great for a couple going away for a week or two and even a family weekend trip in which you would prefer to take only one bag.
Naturally it would not be cabin friendly and if you were to fly with it, weight could be a concern.
MEASUREMENTS AND WEIGHT?
The bag weighs 3.9 kilos, which is surprisingly light for its size.
The bag measures 84 x 44 x 38 cm.
Lies flat so it can easily be stored under a bed or on top of a wardrobe.
Only niggle for me is that the zips do not lock together. The zip is unlikely to come open of its own accord, but I would buy small luggage locks to fit the zips and prevent it opening and also make it more difficult to prise open! Not that bad a niggle to remove a star.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
THe RRP is 85 pounds, but I bought mine from Amazon for 62. It is now available for 57...
Keep a look out for it on eBay too....there are a few that look very similar but vary in size...make sure you get the 138 litre one if you want the biggest, or a smaller one if you don't require the big option.
Summary: If you want luggage that stands the test of time , Eastpak is the way to go.
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