“ Brand: Samsonite / Type: Soft Case / Trolley: 2 Wheels / Style: Standard Cases „
If you are looking for a nice compact little case that is perfect for weekends away then look no further than this Samsonite two wheeled case.
We've had this case for a number of years now and it has proved handy again and again. If you are someone who travels on airplanes like we do then this is definitely the case for you. What I really like about this small case is that its classified as cabin luggage so it will fit on a commercial flight as hand luggage. For example I often take this if I am going on an EasyJet flight and do not want to check in any luggage becasue you have to pay for bags so this suitcase works perfectly as handluggage and you don't need to worry about the size of it or extra charges.
The suitcase has two wheels at the back so in order to pull it along you simply tip it up and pull with the handle. I find the wheels go round well and I never usually have a problem with it tipping it when I am standing it up, except if maybe I have overfilled the front pocket but most times it stands up on its own which is nice.
There is a retractable handle at the top of the suitcase which pulls out easily and then clicks back into place when you are not using it. The handle is sturdy and pulls the suitcase well. I also find sometimes when I want to lift up the case but don't want to pull the handle down, like when I am on the Underground for example and know I will be using the handle when I get off the escalator, I sometimes just lift the suitcase with the handle fully extended and it withstands this weight and way of carrying it too. The only thing I don't like about the extendable handle is that the casing for it is inside the case meaning the bottom of the suitcase is not completely flat and this is quite annoying if on my travels I have picked up a nice souvenir that needs lying flat in a case to not bend it. However, there is flat space inbetween this casing so you could put flat things in there if need be.
The suitcase has a combination lock built into it which I really like. When you zip round the zips to close the bag, at the top of the case there is a little number combination slot where the zip tags go into and lock into place. Here you then set the combination and it only opens once you press a little release button to get the zip tags out. I think this is much better than having a padlock on a suitcase and it works well and protects my belongings inside.
There are two zipped pockets on the front of this suitcase which makes it handy to store your boarding pass or a magazine in.
All in all a really handy case to travel with.
When flying I'm one of those annoying people who always tries to get the largest possible bag into the plane that I can get away with, sometimes this is my only case saving time at the other end waiting for baggage handling while for longer trips I like to have at least one or two changes of clothing with me as in the past I have experienced that dual holiday where my destination is not the same as my luggage. The Samsonite 325 that I have is a soft case trolley design that is ideal for hand luggage as it maximises the amount I can carry and is not too heavy to lift up into the overhead compartment. There are bigger sizes in the range but these would have to go into the hold.
It is black in colour which is ok for taking on a plane as you will not have to identify it on the carasel however if you do have one in the hold then you will need something to help identify it on the carousel as it is a bit generic looking.
Like all Samsonite cases it is really well made, it is a soft shell design and not one of the rigid ones they make however do not confuse it with a totally flexible canvas design, this is somewhere in the middle, robust and strong hopwever it has a little give in it. It is also water resistent, I know having spilt coffee on it once while waiting for a flight.
The expandable handle locks into place and the locks on the outside of the case are the combination style so sit flush with the case. The length of the handle is pretty generous when fully expanded. The moulded wheels are nice and smooth and quiet when in use.
There is plenty of storage space inside, more than enough for a weekend away as long as you do not over do it with non essentials. For long haul flights where I have other luggage in the hold then it easily handles a couple of days clothing and the flight essentials I want as well as any valuables I would not trust to the hold. In addition it is light weight when empty and easy to carry with a seperate handle if you do not want to use the wheels.
It is not cheap, but then that is the case with most Samsonite products, I paid £75 for mine which was a sale price with 25% off however it has been on a number of trips with me and still looks in great condition hence it has proven good value for money as I expect to get a lot of years use out of it.
Although this suitcase comes in a variety of sizes, the one that I have is roughly hand-luggage sized, although it doesn't look that small - however, I've never had any problems taking it onto flights, although I wouldn't want to cram it too full. I bought it because I wanted a strong, durable suitcase that I could rely on to travel with - something that wouldn't break or get damaged. This is a good choice, because it has a tough exterior, although it's not solid - you can move it a little. This is better than a canvas surface at times, as it's a little more hard-wearing and is more water-resistant.
The suitcase has got plenty of space inside, and I find I'm able to fit a large amount of clothes and other things inside, and one thing that's really nice about it is that I'm able to lock it using the combination locks on the outside, which are really easy to set up and use. It's got an extendable handle that you can lock into position so it doesn't slide back, and together with some good, strong wheels I find it's very easy to wheel around an airport or the streets of a city. The suitcase itself is also very light for its size, and isn't too difficult or heavy to manoeuvre, so it's a really convenient thing to have with you as hand luggage. It can also be carried using a handle.
The only real problem with this suitcase is the price - I paid a little over a hundred pounds for it, and while I think I've got lots of use out of it (and it's also still pretty new-looking, apart from some minor marking and scuffing to the wheels, so it stands the test of time pretty well), this is a lot of money. However, the risk with this sort of thing is that if you buy more of a budget product, it won't last and you'll have to replace it - also if you had any problems while you were on holiday, it could cause difficulties. For this reason, I think this is good value, and I'm glad that I spend a little more money than I normally would on a suitcase - hopefully this should last me for a long time still to come.
Overall, I think this is a great product, and although the price would put off some people, I think it's worth it. The looks are nothing special, but you get a really good all-round suitcase that's tough and strong and practical, but is also nice and light and easy to travel around with. I would definitely recommend this product, although maybe try to find one in a sale if possible.
My over night samsonite trolley cost me about 80 pounds, I bought it in the duty free/travel value or whatever they're calling it these days. In normal shops it costs about 90 pounds but I would still say it's worth every penny. It's cabin luggage size, although don't take this as a guarantee you will always be allowed to carry it on especially if you are in economy class. I choose a semi-hard trolley, it's not solid plastic or metal but it's not soft canvas either. It's actually a kind of firm rubber covered in canvas. I find this really good as with canvas often things get damaged, with solid plastic or metal it can be difficult to fasten the trolley closed unless you an expert packer. It has made travelling so much easier, no more running through airports with heavy bags slipping off your shoulders, weighing you down and leaving you hot and flustered. This trolley is great, it handles very well, it has decent sized wheels which are very good for negotiating curbs, although the wheels do only do one direction which can make it difficult when trying to steer through crowds or around duty free shops. It has rubber flaps covering the zip so it doesn't get damamged no matter how much luggage handlers thow it around. It has elestic straps inside to hold down your clothes and a seperator which allows you to put shoes in the lid of the trolley and stops them touching you clothes. The seperator also doubles as a pocket which is useful for under wear or toiletries. There is also an outer pocket which is just right for easy access to an umbrella or newspaper. Finally there is also an extra strap to allow you to fasten another bag ie vanity bag or laptop to the trolley. I do have one problem with my trolley, if I've had to check my luggage through I have to check I have the right trolley when I retrieve it. Several times there has been other identical trolleys on the same flight as mine, I've now tied som
e coloured thread around the handle to make it easier to tell which is mine but I think Samsonite could do with expanding their colour range.