“ Brand: Samsonite / Type: Hard Case / Trolley: 4 Wheels / Style: Standard Cases „
When it comes to luggage in my opinion the Samsonite cases are some of the best you can buy. When you see what airlines do to your suitcases, i.e. throw them around, bumping them, crashing into other luggage, trolleys etc you know you really need a bag that wills hand up to heavy handling and be able to keep your stuff inside protected.
This Samsonite is definitely hard wearing and tough. We have used it for a number of airline journeys now and although its got a couple of scrapes on it it does not have any dents or proper damage and I can see it lasting for a good number of years to come. We tend to travel with just one suitcase between the two/four of us nowadays if we are only going somewhere for a couple of days but still need a big suitcase to be able to hold all of our stuff.
This case is a hard shelled case which I think is great as it is very tough but it does have a few drawbacks in my eyes. I like to cram as much as much as I can into my suitcases and when I use a fabric one its easier to sort of sit on it and try and close the zips by squeezing down the sides and pressing on it but with a hard shelled case you can't, you just have to close the case as it is although this does mean that you don't overfill it and make it too heavy to carry.
The grew thing about this case is that it is on wheels, definitely a must when you have a case as big as this as I find it too heavy to carry just on its own and do need help from my hubbie when it comes to lifting it in and out of the car, off a carousel etc. There are four wheels on the bottom of it which spin around 360 degrees so its a very easy suitcase to push and pull as it pretty much goes wherever you want it to which is great. The handle to this suitcase is located at the top of the case and its quite sturdy so you are able to pull along a heavy suitcase quite easily. The handle is a telescopic handle so it goes in and out of a slot at the top of the case meaning it is protected when not in use. WHen you need to pull it up there is a button you press and then you can pull the handle up. When it is up all the way it sort of snaps into place and so will not go down again until you press the button in to depress the handle.
Its quite a plain looking black case which is fine, if I was rich I'd travel with a beautiful set of antique Louis Vuitton luggage and trunks but alas, I have to stick to regular luggage. I would recommend in order to spot your case amongst all the other baggage on the carousel to add a label or bright piece of ribbon as well as you name and address so you can distinguish your luggage from the others. We travel to the USA quite a bit as I am half American and what is great about this case is that it has a permanent TSA combination lock on it. You need this for when you travel to the USA as this enable their staff to open your cases if they need to and means they do not have to break other kinds of locks or damage your case. They have the tools available to open a TSA lock and not other locks.
Inside the suitcase is large and will take a weeks worth of clothes, shoes etc and I like the capacity it gives you. There are dividers in this bag which makes it quite easy to pack and I use them during the time I am away to store my dirty clothes in one side so they do not get mixed up with my clean clothes. This case was expensive at the time, I think we paid in the £150-£160 region but it has served us well up to this point and I can see it lasting for quite a few years to come so we will definitely get our moneys worth out of it.
**What a BEAST!**
We were very fortunate to pick this suitcase up from my family member because it set him back a whopping £140, and that was in the sale! I've seen them in John Lewis for £200 but would imagine you could pick one up cheaper if shop around. Try Ebay maybe. I'd really begrudge paying so much for a case, but if you have the money quite happily, its definately worth consideration.
If you are looking for a large, stylish and very secure case, that is going to do an excellent job of protecting your belongings - consider this case. I'm really glad we were given it and have had alot of use out of it so far.
Silver and Grey in colour, the Samsonite Graphite is a large case with an 88 litre capacity. It weighs in at around 5.5kg which is quite heavy, so thats something to take into consideration when travelling abroad because with it being full, its going to have an impact on those scales and allowances! On top of the suitcase is an extendable handle that pulls out so it can be easily pulled along. Pulling the case gives a smooth ride thanks to the securely fitted wheels. I do find it pretty heavy to pull though so tend to leave it to hubby! I do pack the suitcase fully though, so it probably wouldnt be so much of a problem if I didnt have everything but the kitchen sink.
The exterior of the case is very strong and it looks modern and smart.
Inside the case is your main compartment with 4 seperate pockets which can accomodate items such like toiletries, phones, books, magazines, camera etc. A flexible shelf inside helps protect certain items and the picket storage and shoe dividers also come in really useful. I am easily able to pack 2 weeks worth of clothes in this suitcase and tend to use if for long stay caravan holidays.
I particularly like the security on this suitcase due to the 3 pin easy to use locking system. Basically all you need to do is put in a 3 pin number so that your belongings and valuables are kept extra secure.
**10 Year Guarantee**
......... definately testament to it's durability. It's built to last and the manufacturers know it!
I am very happy with our case. It's solid, sturdy and out of my many suitcases, is definately one of my favourites. The fact it was given to us makes it even more of a fave due to the massive price saving!
also available at there outlet shop bicester village oxon for £135.
When I'm travelling I have two types of luggage, if we are off trekking and going to be doing a lot of travelling around then I take my rucksack however if it is for work or a tranquil holiday on a resort or for a city break then I will be carrying a lot more valuables and cosmetics and then I want to ensure my items are well protected and then I go for my rather expensive Samsonite Graphite. I bought this baby on e-bay for £148.00 which is well below the normal retail price of over £200, it had been used once and the user found it to be too big hence the sale, either way I knew that I was getting a bargain.
This is a large case and it means that when filled it is a heavy beast however wgen empty it is surprisingly light down to the graphite construction, it is solidly made and a lot of the parts such as the handles of the tow bar are recessed which protects them from damage and also snagging whole on the luggage carosel. It can handle 88 litres and weighs 5.5kg which you do have to factor is as that eats into your allowance however I do tend to travel relatively light so weight allowances have never been a problem for me.
What I do like about this Samsonite is the fact that my luggage feels safe. It has a three point locking system that is easy to use and I always fit an additional travel band lock as well, there is a inbuilt flexible shelf to seperate those items you want to protect from heavy creasing and some pocket storage around the inside and dividers for shoes and the like, it certaionly does make packing easy especially on the return journey when you have items that need to be washed and the odd clean item as well that you want to keep apart.
Mine has picked up a few scratches and dinks but so far it is proving to be a great investment, the moulded wheels seem very robust as the adjustable handle is very comfortable to use and smoothly slides up to different lengths. It is a lot of money to spend however bought new they come with a 10 year guarantee something I do not have but I trust in the brand and know that I can rely on this product.
Equipped with 4 wheels, 3 point locking system & integrated TSA lock.