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When we booked our holiday last summer we realised we didn't have enough suitcases for the whole family to travel with. After looking around for a while and a teenage daughter requesting something pink because she thought she would spot it better on the conveyor belt at the airport, I spied this set of travel bags on offer in Argos down to just £20 for the two instead of £27.99.
This style of travel bag suited us as a selection because the smaller holdall would come in handy for travelling to the gym when not on holiday so we were effectively killing two birds with one stone from this purchase.
As the bags are soft styled instead of a rigid backed suitcase I was slightly worried they wouldn't stand up to the test of the hustle and bustle of the airport, but we would know not to purchase this style again if this happened and were willing to give it a go.
Included in the price as mentioned are two different sized bags. The first is the main suitcase travel bag which measures 35cm high x 68cm width x 33cm deep. It holds an 8- litre capacity which measures up well against rigid suitcases which are more expensive.
The travel bag has a section on the base where it hosts plastic ridges and a wheeled section. This was essential to us as travellers to be able to wheel the bags through the airport. There's nothing worse than having to carry heavy bags.
The hand for the travel bag is retractable when not in use and pulls out easily from the bag. Overall when filled the bag does a good false impression of acting like a suitcase in many ways.
I was worried it wouldn't pull in a straight line and topple over if the bag was packed inconsistently, but overall it managed to hold its own even when being rushed quickly through a busy airport and through crowds of people.
If you were inclined to hold the bag without using the wheels then there are adjustable straps attached for this purpose as both two short handles and a long strap for over the body. I found the longer strap to be quite cumbersome when attaching the luggage straps at check in but if we had been organised they could have been removed prior to travelling.
Space wise inside the bag we found it to be as spacious if not more than packing the suitcase. We found that we could pack quite a lot inside the bag and due to it not having a rigid plastic casing, then it weighed in less than your average suitcase may at the airport.
The smaller holdall measures 28cm wide, 50cm wide and 27cm deep. This bag just has holdall handles on the top of the bag and a large zipped area. This would be idea for hand luggage if you don't over pack it to ensure it fits through the space allowance. We didn't use it for hand luggage on our trip but it has been used plenty of times for short gym trips etc at home.
Security wise for the both bags are average and haven't got anything special attached to them which to be honest I wouldn't have expected for the price. The larger travel bag can easily have a small padlock attached to the zips as they meet in the middle. This is something I would recommend as you will appreciate your bag will get thrown around quite a lot when out of your site.
Both bags are nice to look at in two tone pink shades. The travel bag lasted well through two airports and during our stay on holiday. It arrived back in the UK looking slightly grubby but we didn't expect it to stay immaculate. I think this is also due to the light shades of pink material from the bag. Black hides so much more.
Overall we have been pleased with our purchase and both bags will definitely last us for more holidays should be lucky enough to get one this year.