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We have 2 of the Samsonite Aeris Comfort Spinner suitcases. We have had them for about 4 years now, and they have been on around 40 or so return flights, and they have been on removal trucks and ferries many times as well. Suffice to say they have had an awful lot of use! We bought them when we were living in Sweden and one of the reasons that we chose Samsonite was the 10 year global warranty. At the time we were moving around Europe quite a bit and so we figured that this was a handy peace of mind to have, especially as the suitcases were very expensive.
We have 2 different sizes in the suitcases, we have one of the 82cm size, and one of the 75cm size. In hindsight I think that we should probably have bought two of the 75cm size. Both of our suitcases are in red. The 82cm size I find is actually to big for the majority of our holidays, yes it can hold an awful lot of stuff, it actually holds way more than you need for a typical 2 week holiday. The couple of problems we have encountered though are that basically that one, you probably travel with it half empty most of the time, if you do fill it then it will probably be over your weight limit on the aircraft. (It weighs 6kg empty) And two, the other problem we have encountered with it is that as we tend to do a lot of fly drives to the US, it's too big and bulky for a lot of the car boots, especially with the smaller case as well, and a couple of carry on bags to fit in the boot (and shopping bags and the like, depending what we've been doing that day). If we had chosen two of the 75cm size then they would both easily fit into the car boots along with all of our other stuff. The 75cm size does easily enable you to fit in two weeks worth of packing, it also weighs less at just short of 5kg.
The cases themselves though are superb quality, and they are definately built to last. The outershell is very tough and sturdy and stands up to all sorts of knocks, ours do look a little bit battered now but they are still in perfect working order. Any suitcase will look battered though after the baggage handlers have thrown it around the airport! The cases have definately served us well, nothing that has been packed inside including fragile items has ever been damaged as the cases really do protect whatever is inside.
I especially like that the suitcases are sturdy enough to use as a seat, you can basically sit on the upright suitcase whilst waiting around in the airport.
The Aeris Comfort Spinner suitcases are the four wheeled suitcases, they do also come as a two wheeled suitcase which is called the Aeris Comfort Upright. This is the first time that we have gone for the four wheeled suitcases and I have to say that I find these much easier and much more comfortable to wheel around, especially if the suitcase is heavy. My husband says that he prefers the two wheeled type, each to thier own I guess. We have had no problems with the wheels locking or getting damaged at all on these suitcases, and they have been wheeled over all sorts of terrain many many times.
The telescopic handles on the suitcase slide in and out very easily and lock into position securely enough. The handles lock into position in a choice of two different heights. My husband is much taller than me and so just pulls the handle up to the the first position, I'm a little shorty and so I always extend the handle fully. The suitcases have integrated luggage label holders within the handles, they came with a number of paper name and address labels initially, but as we've moved so many times we ran out ages ago, and so now just pop a slip of paper in with our details on.
The suitcases are not lined, they are just the plactic shell, they do however have the elasticated criss cross packing straps in the bottom, and they have a seperate mesh divider with a pocket sectioning off the top. They have the carry handles on the sides rather than the top, but you can always lift them with the telescopic handle when it is pushed back in and locked down. They close and lock with two locking catches on the two shorter sides, and one large locking clasp which you can also put a padlock through on the longest side. We bought the Samsonite TSA padlocks at the same time as the suitcases.
I have to say that these do seem to be very popular suitcases, I always see people with these when in the airport. I would say that this just shows how good these are if they are so popular. I would definately reccomend these to anyone in the market for new suitcases. Yes they are expensive, they are I believe over £200.00 each, I can't remember what we paid, plus we paid in Swedish Krona anyway and the exchange rate is much worse now so it wouldn't really be a fair comparison. I would definately choose these again as and when they do need replacing, but as I said earlier I would choose 2 of the 75cm size this time.
Solid ....SOLID as a rock! *Breaks into tune*
Everything but the kitchen sink goes when I go away. This Samsonite is fairly spacious on the inside and is nice and sturdy. That was an important factor for us when buying it because we have spent alot of time travelling on trains and buses, and anyone that knows this way of travel, will know your suitcases can get pretty bashed around. I've actually got 3 of these because with having teenagers, they always want to pack heaps as well.
Very often with other suitcases that we've had, things, such like presents that you buy when away to stuff in your suitcase for the journey home get damaged. With the hard back case that the Samsonite presents, this isn't a problem and everything is well protected. We tend to use this suitcases for weekends away and it's plenty of room for everything. We tend to have to take more suitcases or bags if going for a week with there being 5 of us, but we use these as well.
The shell of the suitcase is hard and sturdy but its remarkably lighter compared to other hard backed cases (until you fill it!) With a rubber seal around the edge to protect from rain seeping in, this hardback case is not only waterproof, it is dustproof as well. Inside the suitcase is a stiff net pocket. My opinion of this is that it could do with being deeper because although wide there's not an awful lot of room to put much in.
The strong extendable handle is plastic with a metal strip underneath it. It extends for one and a half feet which is ample size for me at 5ft 4 to pull and my partner at 5ft 11.
The main pockets of these suitcases are just big enough though for a weeks worth of clothes plus a few extras. I tend to have to add things like nappies, wet wipes and bottles and the odd toy and everything fits in well. I'd say it's not big enough for a 14 day trip abroad.
The problem with having these bags is they look very similar to so many others so if you're trying to spot your luggage on the baggage carrier, do what I do and buy those huge signs that say ' HANDS OFF THIS IS MY SUITCASE!' ...
Had this suitcase for about 6 months now and on our last trip away it proved very good and very sturdy.
It's pretty spacious inside and we managed to fit loads into our suitcase and still have room to spare. Having seen the suitcase be bashed around by the luggage loaders onto the plane (and occasionally by us!) it coped very well and remained sturdy.
The size is just right, not too big that it's annoying and gets in the way, but it isn't too small that you can't fit enough in it.
Like I said, it's a very sturdy suitcase and can withstand any old airport bashes and bumps. The suitcase isn't bad looking.
Only one small nag is that it does look very similar to other Samsonite suitcases and even other brands as well, so it can become very confusing at baggage reclaim telling different suitcases apart. Other than that, the suitcase is well built and sturdy.
I try to get away a few times a year, generally only around Europe and even then I typically only bring a carry-on (Ryanair flights!). Recently however I was on a trip to Beijing so I needed to increase my luggage space.
When I was looking around online I knew nothing about what case to buy, only what size I wanted. I came across the Samsonite website and knowing that they were a reputable brand I settled on the Samsonite Aeris Comfort spinner. It is a hard cover (won't get squashed), four wheeled suitcase with an extendable handle. Samsonite claim that the hard cover is resistant to scratches but after one leg of my trip the cover had a scratch down one side. I don't know if I can blame Samsonite or the baggage handlers at Schipol for this though. The cover does feel quite tough though and doesn't feel like it will buckle easily. The extandable handle is of a high quality and stays firm in your hand, compared with cheap knock offs that wobble and break easily. The locking mechanism is standard samsonite and should protect your baggage from thieves, for a short while at least. Moving on the four wheels is effortless and makes toiling through large airports and around a big city a little more bearable. The only downside here however is the weight. Samsonite say that it weighs 5.3kg empty but after lugging it around it feels like 20! Just be wary if you have a low baggage weight limit on your flight.
Inside the case looks quite pretty with a cream and blue patterned insert. This is a nice touch and breaks up the business like formality of the case. The insert feels glossy to the touch and perhaps may rip, though this has yet to happen to me. An interesting feature of the samsonite is the luggage straps that exist inside to restrain your contents. Unlike normal cases which have them tethered at a fixed point, the samsonite variety can move in place in order to match the height of your luggage. They slide along fixed poles at the side of the case, which are pretty stiff so they won't move accidentaly.
Overall I'm quite happy I bought this case, it was a bit expensive at £205 but it is a quality investment that will do me for a long time. And also, Samsonite threw in a free inflatable crocodile (or is it alligator?) with the purchase. Don't ask me why!
I bought mine while in Scotland since i had bought so much stuff i needed to haul it all back home, and there was no spare room in my original case.
The case has very stiff netting inside it, with pockets at the back, and also a double zip which can be used to padlock the lot.
The handle is plastic but has a metal strip running underneath it, to keep the weight down. Speaking of weight, it is very heavy because of the outer lining. It is really thick and is designed to protect your stuff.
I kicked it once an a very minor dent appeared then just popped back out again with no damage on the inside. Clearly built to last, but this makes it harder to lug around.
The handle extends for about 1 and a half feet and then just clicks into place. The annoying thing is thought that it only clicks into place twice. Either have it fully extended, or don't. My daughter had trouble pulling it along as she is short and it was scraping along the floor behind her as she holds it very low down.
The netting inside is made from a sort of elastic but stiff material with a waxy feel to it, and i can just about fit an atlas in there, and that's about it. Its very wide, but its not very deep at all.
For space in the main pocket you are well catered for. Plenty of it, and i can fit 7 days worth of clothes in there, pus a few books. However, you will need to fold them up neatly, and it will crease them and get them cramped. 5 days worth of clothes is a more comfortable fit but 7 is the maximum.
Its a great case i must admit, but equally it can be made better. Lighter, and with more internal netting pockets, or bigger ones, would earn 5 stars.
This Samsonite is one of the lightest hard-shelled ones and doesn't lose anything from being this. I went in the store and the salesman stood on it, how many other shops stand on their own product? None, as far as I know. It has a nice ribber seal around the rim of the shells which means it is more waterproof than most cases and also it is dust proof which helps with storing it in the attic.
Everything on it is rugged as can be but you expect this from any Samsonite don't you. If this is the first Samsonite you are looking at, it is probably heavier than previous cases you've had. Don't fret, it will last a lifetime. The Aeris Comfort I have comes with a 10 year warranty covering all manufacturing faults. I have had to use this when a wheel came loose. Not because of bad design, but because baggage handlers like to use cases as footballs! The service I received (which is what you are actually paying for) was perfect. I went in and instead of sending it off for repair, the staff fixed it there and then. What you are paying for, and you must remember this, is the warranty and the name. I like everything I own to be durable and this tops the charts on that front.
The new Aeris Comfort collection by Samsonite is a new generation of lightweight wheeled suitcases combined with modern aerodynamic designs and an exclusive Samsonite patterned texture. The Aeris Comfort Spinner 82cm has a highly functional interior with two pairs of elastic straps and a large zipped pocket.