“ For a suitcase that professes to be the world's lightest, the Sub Zero G certainly doesn't feel flimsy. With ample space for your belongings and plenty of useful pockets, it is more than just a light weight suitcase. „
Item: Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Suitcase
Size: Small - 56x36x19.5cm
Colour: Charcoal grey
Bought from: Argos
Fly me to the moon....OK OK take me on a city break with a low budget airline!! haha
This claims to be the worlds lightest luggage. So OK it IS light, but is it a good design and reliable and any good other than not weighing much...I shall let you know, below :-)
Sizing and design:
I bought the cabin size case 56x36x19.5cm, this case is similar to all other suit cases in that it is rectangular, it has wheels, it zips closed and can carry your luggage. Here's more details on all the features and any extras. Lay this case on its back and to get in to it you unzip it open around the outer edge of the case. Unlike a lot of other more modern cases this one doesn't split in half, it unzips like a lid to reveal the inner section of the case. One big rectangular space. I really LOVE this. As it means you can get so much more packed in without having to split your packing in two sections. Older cases all used to be like this, but when hard cases came out they all seemed to be designed to split in two. The inside of the case has a loose-ish plastic inner covering which I assume is there to keep your clothes dry should your case be out in the rain, but is also good as it means it is wipe clean in case your sun cream leaks. The 2 zips that close the case for the main section are sturdy and have a good size of space on them for you to be able to paddalock them closed with a couple of different makes of paddalock. On the outside of the case you have 2 pockets. You can't lock the external pockets as they only have one zip so only pop a news paper or non valuable items in there. Plus they aren't protected so anything in there will be likely to be bashed if laid on that side or if you have to lay anything on top of your case, so for the most part I don't really use these. The handle for pulling this trolley case is wide and padded. I like that too as it is soft on the hands and really easy to use. The poles that create the handle pull up from the inside of the case (you can see where they go when you have the case open and unpacked). They are made form super light weight metal so don't account for much of the overall weight of the case. This is a really simple yet stylish case. I like that it is compact yet the majority of the space is useable, unlike those hard cases I mentioned where the ability to squeeze stuff in was often lost due to the shape of the case. This case also has a handle on the side and the top, both made of super light hollow metal, helpful if trying to pull it out of over head storage space on a plane.
Colour: I chose my case in Charcoal Grey so that the OH could use it too. My other tiny cases have all been pink and have not been shared haha. The colour is really a bit shimmery and looks like it would cost more than £29.99, I will say however that as so many people have these cases these days, if you are getting a bag the size that goes in the hold, make sure and attach something to it that makes it distinguishable, otherwise you will be at the carousel for quite a while saying "is that one mine". This does come in a load of different colours and designs so if you fancied something a bit more flamboyant, its out there waiting for you haha
Durability and ease of mobility:
This case is just as easy to pull about as any other case with 2 wheels. It looses nothing on the movability front owing to it being super light. The wider handle actually makes it easier to pull as you can put your hands any where on the bar that feels comfortable. The case rests on 2 plastic feet to stand it upright when its not in motion. The wheels seems to go where you want them to, but again I think wonky cases are sometimes down to wonky users as much as the wheels not going the right, way, the person in charge of them has to be going the right way too ;-) I wasn't sure how safe my clothes would be in a "soft" case, but the material is really sturdy, similar to what I see in really expensive ski jackets. Although just to be safe I do wrap things like my hair straighteners in a bundle of clothes and have them right in the middle, no edges poking out towards the outer material of the case. This case has been on 2 trips with me and ne with the OH and still looks brand new. The label on it when I bought it said it has a 10 year guarantee, but it has a disclaimer to say it wont pay out if it is damaged during travel, haha so that is kinda useless.
Overall I love this wee case. it looks smart, it fits in over head storage spaces, you can actually take more clothes as the case weighs less and shape makes it easier to pack your things away.
I invested in one of these "world's lightest" when they had them on offer in Matalan. The one I chose to purchase was the small version whose stated dimensions are H55 xW40xD20cm. Looking around the internet, there seems to be a few different branded versions of the case, which creep up to 21cm deep, which in my case (oops sorry for the pun) was the critical factor here - all my other luggage exceeded the 20cm depth stated by Ryanair. I can still see the 20cm version is listed on Amazon, and I can confirm that the one I got from Matalan does fit in the Ryanair guage without the need to sit on it!
On my latest booking, to check a case into the hold on Ryanair now costs £50-£60 for a return flight, so being able to find a hand luggage trolley case within their stated sizes to manage without a checked bag, really pays for itself on it's first trip.
Onto the case itself and obviously the main feature is that it's so light! Its shape and structure is held by a rigid frame but the whole of the body of the suitcase is made from a tough fabric. There is almost a padded feel to the fabric, but it holds its shape no problem when you start to fill it. The one I own has two pockets similar to the one in the dooyoo pic, but the one on the pic seems to have a slightly deeper pocket at the bottom whereas the one on mine is totally flat - you could only get documents or a magazine in there - maybe this is responsible for the crucial 1cm difference, so its worth looking around!
It has two wheels on the back/base of the case and two sturdy plastic "feet" on the front of the base which mean that it's easy to stand the case up and it supports itself without any problem.
The other great feature about these cases (all the range as far as I've seen) is the main pull handle. It is the same width as the whole of the case, which means a much easier packing experience ... Normally the handle is smaller than the width of the case, so when you open it you get two ridges running the length of the back of the case where the handle sits when retracted. With this one they go down the edges of the back, so when you unzip the case you are faced with a lovely clear rectangular space that you can actually start to lay clothes flat directly into. The handle itself has a padded foam along the length and it's really easy to pull around. There are also elastic straps to hold your clothes secure although I don't usually use these as it's usually so packed the clothes hold themselves quite tight enough! You'll be surprised how much it holds, and I have managed a week away with this case on 3 occasions, though I do travel light, obviously!!
There's two chunky handles, one on the top and one on the side, and both seem very securely fixed to the material/body of the case.
This is a brilliant brand and the case I have has already done great service and shows no sign of wear and tear. They aren't cheap - £20-£35 depending where you find them for the small one, but it's definitely worth the money.
Like most girls, I could probably be accused of taking far too many clothes and shoes on holiday! Every year I find myself packing the case, weighing it, emptying it, repacking it, weighing it again and finally getting it to an acceptable weight for the flight out, only to have to go through the whole process again when packing to come home and trying to fit all of the souvenirs in too. One of my gripes with a lot of suitcases is that they are so heavy on their own and take up 5 or 6kg of the baggage allowance before you even put anything in them.
So I finally purchased one of these worlds lightest suitcases. I have to admit I looked at these several times in the shops but always felt that they seemed so flimsy and wouldn't withstand the baggage handlers at the airport, however after reading many reviews of the suitcase and being slightly reassured by the 10 year guarantee, bit the bullet and paid £50 for a large size case.
I can safely say this is the best case I have ever had. Weighing only a couple of kilos I can fill this to the top and still be able to comfortably lift it. No more worrying about going over the baggage allowance. It is very roomy inside unlike some cases which seem to be filled with the handle mechanism. It has a very large cushioned handle which makes it comfortable to carry without the bar cutting into your hand, and perhaps most importantly, it is made of sturdy stuff. I have now had this on 3 flights and it is still fully intact. It is a stylish looking case, and I see that there are now a variety of designs on sale too if you want something a little trendier.
Overall, this is a must for anybody who travels abroad with everything but the kitchen sink! I will be purchasing another in the smaller size for shorter trips too.
Whenever I go into Matalan, the holiday section is bombarded with these suitcases in a variety of different colours and sizes to suit the needs of practically anybody!
It claims to be the lightest suitcase in the world and I think this claim does hold some ground. The suitcase really is very light; this is vital for travelling by aeroplane where even the slightest weight excess can cost you a lot of money. By minimising on the weight of the bag, you can pack much more for your trip and be better prepared at your destination. Another advantage of the low weight is that it makes it easier to move around. Not only it is easier to move around an airport or to and from the car but what I have came to realise which many people do not tend to think about it how easy a suitcase is to store. We store our suitcases in the loft/attic and the heavier suitcases can be a real pain to put up there as not only must we use our energy to prevent us falling to our doom from the ladder but we must also share this energy with holding up a weighty lump of suitcase! This suitcase does not have this trouble and makes loading and unloading from its storage position above our heads a breeze!
The case is not amazingly "pretty", it really does have just a basic visual design. It seems to have been designed with one purpose and the rest has just been made acceptable. I still see no problem with not having a good looking suitcase as I bought it to do a job, I am not really going to be staring at it for a long time and judging its looks, am I?
One criticism that I do have for this suitcase is that its handle isn't very fluid when retracting. It can be a bit of a struggle to get it out and putting it back in - something you do not want if you are in a rush!
If you are careful it will give you no real hassle but it can get a little frustrating if you want to do it quickly.
I have also found that the suitcase does have quite small wheels so if you are pulling it along on rough ground (e.g. a car park), it can occasionally struggle as it tries to get over all of the bumps of the ground. However, on a smooth surface of an airport, a train station or on concrete slabs, it pulls along as well as any other.
The suitcase features a variety of pockets, both outside and inside which is great for organising all of your luggage in the suitcase without it all being mixed together. This makes your first moments on your trip far easier as you can find everything far easier without the need to empty out the contents of your luggage all over the floor!
Due to the small weight, I was expecting it to be a little flimsy but while I have definitely had more robust suitcases in the past, this is far from flimsy. It can pretty easily handle my weight sitting down on it whilst trying to zip the case when we find out we have packed it just a little too much and I feel little concern when I accidentally drop it down the stairs on our way out of the house. I have a feeling that this suitcase will see us through many years and many trips!
Over the last few years I have travelled quite a lot, especially while living abroad and flying to London every few weeks for courses and job interviews when I was applying for my training contract. I seem to get through loads of suitcases as I often find that they don't last too well when they are being used a lot and subjected to some slightly rougher treatment, e.g. rather than just taking them from the boot of the car and checking them in at the airport I do often have to go on the tube with them, take them up stairs in stations with no lifts, wheel them for fairly short distances on the street etc.
This particular suitcase is one my mum bought when we went to Florida in January. As we were going for three weeks to stay with family she had packed loads of stuff and was worried her case was going to be really overweight, so when she saw this one in the shops as "the world's lightest" she decided to get it and repack! The suitcase has been used on a few occasions since then, and I used it for my 2 week trip to Austria in August.
The suitcase really does feel very light indeed. When empty it feels almost weightless when you wheel it compared to a normal suitcase which definitely has a certain weight and sturdiness to it.
=== Packing Space ===
The inside of the case feels quite flat and there are no metal rods taking up half the case, as you sometimes find. All the structure of it is zipped away inside the lining. You can feel it, but it is not as intrusive as with some cases.
It is a large case with plenty of room for packing. The capacity is 60 litres. The main area is good for folding clothes and if you want to keep toiletries, shoes or other items separate there are also a few other pockets. There is a large netted pocket at the top inside the lid. There are also a couple of elasticated pockets at the bottom of the inside lid and I used these for bottles and toiletries as the pockets are quite secure and I felt confident that if I put the bottles in a plastic bag and then in these pockets there was no real risk of anything making a mess if I did have the bad luck of something leaking.
There are also two large pockets on the front of the lid. I don't really use these as I would rather just put everything inside the case and lock it, but they could be useful to stuff in any small extras you forgot to pack, and they do offer a bit of extra storage for mainly flat items.
The case can easily be locked if you have a travel padlock, as the zips have holes which these can be threaded through.
=== How resistant is the suitcase? ===
As I said, the handle has already broken a bit on ours which we have had for less than a year. The handle is a pull out one which goes across the whole width of the case. It is metal with a foam type covering to make it comfortable to hold. However on ours the handle is now very stiff to pull out and once it is out it is almost impossible to push it back in. As I don't want to struggle with trying to jam it back down every time, I now just use the small material handle on the top, but as this is not extendable it is not quite as comfortable to wheel the case along with. It is okay for me as I am not that tall, but I have to be careful not to trip over the case when carrying it with this, as a long pull out handle puts a bit of distance between your feet and the case, whereas the small one doesn't!
However, forgetting the handle for a minute, the main body of the case is still going strong. It is made from Nylon and initially feels a little flimsy as it is so light, but it seems to be stronger than it looks.
It is able to resist a bit of water. When I pulled this case off the luggage belt at Stansted I was pretty annoyed because it looked like it had a huge wet patch on it! It was raining slightly when I arrived and this patch must have just been from the few minutes on the runway before being loaded onto the belt. On closer inspection I could see that although the case was a bit wet, nothing inside was wet at all and my clothes and belongings had been protected. The case dried quickly and the water did not leave any mark at all. I'm sure if it was out in the rain for hours it could become a problem, but it withstood this bit of rain absolutely fine.
=== Size and weight ===
Size (H)64, (W)42, (D)22.5cm.
The reduction in weight really does help. I had to fly Ryanair to Klagenfurt as it's the only airline which flies direct, and their baggage limit is a stingy 15 kg. I was very close to this limit when flying out, even though my case was half empty as I had taken loads of stuff out after weighing with scales at home. With a heavier case it would have been almost impossible to take everything I need and still be within the limit, so I did really appreciate this. When flying with a more usual 20 kg allowance, this case should allow you to take everything you need without too much stress.
=== Overall ===
I like this suitcase and really my only complaint is that the pull out handle has become so stiff that you can barely use it. This doesn't really affect the case that much, and it is still a decent suitcase which I would recommend, especially if you tend to pack a lot and could do with saving a little bit of weight or if you often travel on Ryanair with their tight allowance!
I've had the cabin sized version of this suitcase in Black for about 18 months now. I bought it from Matalan and it's one of the best investments I've ever made! It actually saves me money because I don't need to pay to check in luggage - I take it all on the plane with me.
The cabin sized one is perfect for it's intended purpose - it is as big as is allowed but meets the majority of airlines restrictions (I haven't come across one that it hasn't met). My partner has a cabin suitcase but it isn't as big or anywhere near as good as this.
I have travelled on a two week holiday and just taken this suitcase - I regularly go for a week with it. Of course it isn't actually a magic tardis and I do have to plan what I'm taking and make some sacrifices. Paying to take hold luggage can add about £50 to the cost of your flight though which I would much rather put towards my next holiday or some great meals when I get there.
This suitcase is really light but it's also very sturdy. The zip on it is very good. Many airlines insist on only one bad and so I often find myself at the airport trying to squeeze my handbag into this case and the zip has never had a problem with this. I've also dragged it down steps and things and it still looks like new.
The case has a couple of pockets on the front so you can easily get to a few items. I think it looks classy and expensive in the black version.
I sometimes think those little wheels that mean it can go in all directions would be nice but I'm not prepared to give up my little holiday hero!
I bought this case in 2009 and have never had anything problems with it. It has carried bottles of alcohol, clothes food shoes, up to 32kg and has survived. It is sturdy and comes in a variety of colours and now 4 wheel - on offer in Argos.
I have 2 mediums - dimensions vary - my son's is smaller at 55cm and mine is 64cm both classed as medium. Will hold 20-25kgs comfortable and clothes come out the other end with only a few creases. also have the small which is perfect for hand luggage and there is even an extra small suitable for children!
Would whole heartedly recommend it; comes with a 10 year warranty and weighs next to nothing. Shop around to find the best price, expensive but well worth it.
p/s because of the new 4 wheelers, the 2 wheelers has come down in price considerably!
Whenever I go on holidays, I always find it hard to keep within the given weight limit because I like to plan for every eventuality. When flying with budget airlines, I am frequently given the task of doing so within a specific weight limit. This is hard enough for me, but harder still when the weight of my empty suitcase takes away a quarter of this limit before I've even packed. For this reason, I decided to purchase the Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Trolley Case.
What makes this suitcase special?
I've got the medium sized one and the most special feature of this suitcase is that it only weighs 2.19kg. This means that your weight allowance won't be eaten up by the suitcase itself so you can take more things. It also means that if you are travelling relatively lightly, your suitcase won't be too heavy for you to manage.
My suitcase isn't the prettiest thing I've ever seen and it doesn't stand out in a way which would make you spot it on a conveyor belt. It is made from Nylon and it is a dark grey colour. The zips are black and the handles are both silver. The inside of the suitcase is black and it is covered with grey squares. If this is too boring for you then you can also get the suitcases in brighter shades of pink or red and there are also some patterned ones that you will have no trouble locating on a conveyor belt.
It has a volume of 60 litres and internal pockets in order to keep some of your things separate and safe. It has a silver retractable pulling handle with a black part for your hand so if it gets too heavy for you, then you can wheel the bag along on its wheels and it also has a grey handle on the top and side which you can use to carry the suitcase instead. Its two zips meet in the middle so the case can be padlocked shut for your extra piece of mind.
There are two pockets on the inside which you can slip things into and one of them is netted so you can see the things you put inside. On there front there are two zipped pockets, one large and one small and they make for good storage and the easy location of your things without you having to undo the whole suitcase. The suitcase is 71cm tall, 44cm wide and it has a depth of 24cm. If this is too big or small then there is a small, large and even a cabin bag also available. The suitcase also has a strap that you can link over your clothes so that even if your suitcase isn't quite full, then your clothes will stay neat and folded up inside.
I got mine from Argos and it cost me £34.99 which I think is a reasonable price for something that should last for years and should allow me to carry a lot more of my things around with me. It is also available from a variety of online websites so you may find it for a little bit cheaper.
The suitcase is just as light as promised and this means I can include lots more of my own things when packing. The outside does look quite flimsy and delicate and I didn't know how well it would withstand being hauled and flung about. It is soft too so I didn't know how well it would protect the things inside. I needed have worried however because all of my things have remained intact with this suitcase and the delicate looking exterior has survived without a scratch. The retractable handle is easy to pull out and it is a good height for me when trying to pull the case. The wheels spin well and you can manoeuvre the suitcase without too much bother. The suitcase has enough compartments for me to separate my luggage out which allows me to be more organised and stops me from having to rummage through the whole thing.
All in all, this suitcase is really very light and despite its delicate appearance, it does a good job of protecting my things and it is quite hard wearing. It has plenty of compartment and interlocking zips which means that you can keep your things safe and sound. Apart from the rather drab appearance, this suitcase is great for those who like to travel light... while carrying lots of things!
I travel a fair bit and when I'm going away for a week or less then I try to use a suitcase that allows me to take hand luggage only. The case I tend to use when I want to use hand luggage only is my Sub Zero G Luggage Trolley Suitcase. When I bought it I bought it from the Enekes Shop in Cheltenham which cost me only £36.00, but it is currently being sold in Argos for the increased price of £49.99. I do think this is a really good price for a small suitcase, and while there were suitcases i would prefer to have for hand luggage, this case was the best within the price range I was looking at when I bought it.
This case is a soft shell case that has dimensions that are suitable for hand luggage on flights that have reduced dimensions permitted (i.e. Easyjet and Ryanair). The cases dimensions are 49 cm x 34 cm x 18 cm and so it is a small and compact case, but it does have a 30L capacity and so I was surprised how much I could actually fit in tot the case. All of the packing is down on one side of the case (i.e. it is not a split case), but there are four internal pockets on the lid, and two external pockets also. The pockets are a decent enough size to be able to fit useful stuff in it - for example, I tend to pack leads and plugs in one pocket, travel documents in another pocket, my camera etc. in another pocket. The pockets on the outside are zippable, whereas the ones on the inside are netted and are elasticised rather than zipped. The outside material is splash-proof and so it's fine in all weathers and while there are different patterns, I have a bright pink case which makes my case easily identifiable.
One of the big selling points about this case is that apparently it is the worlds lightest case. It is certainly a very light case, weighting about 1.5kg and so obviously this makes moving it and lifting it especially easy. The suitcase does have a handle, but I tend not to use this except for going up stairs, as this is a trolley case and so it is much easier to simply pull it. There are only two wheels and while I prefer four wheels which allow more flexibility when moving the case, the case does move easily and the wheels do not stick. There is a retractable pulling handle which is at a good height and can be adjusted according to preference.
There is a five year manufacturers guarantee - although I actually believe it will last considerably longer than that. Although it is so lightweight, it does feel robust and that it can put up with the normal strains of travelling. There is not a lock included, but a lock can be attached to the zips for security.
Overall, I think this is a really good case and I will continue to use if for short trips. I recommend this for anyone looking at taking a suitcase for hand luggage.
I am incapable of travelling light and always always went over my baggage weight limits at the airport and ended up paying ridiculously high charges. Then I heard about the Sub Zero G lightest suitcase and knew I immediately had to have one and it hasn't disappointed!
At first, I thought they were quite expensive for a suitcase but when I actually felt how much lighter they were compared to other suitcases, I knew this would be a worthwhile purchase. Before, my big bulky case used up almost a quarter of the allowance most airlines give you (15-20kg), making packing stressful as I was constantly aware I couldn't take everything I wanted and had to weigh it every five minutes! Now this is not a problem as the case itself weighs practically nothing so I can pile as many clothes and shoes as I like with no hefty fines to pay.
I also thought as they were so lightweight, that the quality and durability would be compromised but this does not seem to be the case as I have used mine for a few holidays now and it is still as good as new.
The only negative thing I can think of about these suitcases is the look of them; the only ones I have seen are quite plain, dull and boring. Whilst this is more personal preference, it does also make it difficult when looking for your case on the conveyor belts in arrivals among the other hundreds of plain black cases. But this is not a major issue and can easily be solved by attaching a coloured luggage strap which is what I always do.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this suitcase to anyone who finds it hard to travel light as it makes it so easy!
I went looking for a suitcase this year that I could use to take abroad with me, as I didn't need too much I wanted something light, and thought it would guarantee that I wouldn't get any excess baggage fines. This little gem was recommended to me by a few friends and after quite a bit of research I decided to buy it.
I bought mine from Argos for around £40 which I thought was a brilliant price for the product.
The suitcase has a two inset wheels and a retractable handle which makes the suitcase easy to get around, as you can simply pull it along beside you! Much easier than having to pick it up and hold it everywhere you go.
The design is very simple, but this is what I love about it! It is a charcoal grey colour with nothing fancy about it, but has two large pockets on the front which are very convenient for storing passports, other travel documents, mobile phones or anything else that you need to be able to access easily.
In my opinion, this suitcase is the best that money can buy. It is very light and very simple, and does exactly what it's meant to do, but it's light weight makes it better than many competitors.
I purchased one of these suitcases back in October 2008 ready for my trip to South Africa in November 2008 as I only had a small luggage restriction and was going for 10 days so would need a lot of stuff. I was so surprised when I actually lifted the case off of the floor to find how light it was.
They suitcase was fairly expensive but as it was so light and came with a 10 year guarantee, I decided to go ahead with the purchase and actually bought two, one for me and one for my sister who was also coming to South Africa.
We used the cases for the trip and were find on luggage restrictions so all was good. The only problem was that they are basic black and were slightly hard to spot on the baggage reclaim belt. We bought bright red and yellow luggage straps to put around them which made life easier so this wasn't too much of a problem in the end.
When we took our cases to tenerife, I got mine out of the car and by the time I had put it onto the shuttle bus to the airport, I found that one of the legs had dropped off so ti didn't stand up properly. The same problem occurred on my sisters case when she was travelling on a train. As there is a 10 year guarantee, we contacted the shop where we bought them from and they told us to bring them to be sent off for repair. the first case came back and appeared to be fixed until we went to use it and found that it actually didn't belong to us, but to someone from London as their name was inside. We then discovered that the handle on this case didn't work so we assumed that, that was the problem this case had been sent away with.
We then had 2 cases, one with a leg missing and the other with a broken handle that actually didn't belong to us. We again contacted the shop where we purchased the cases from and they said they would send them off to be check and repaired.
Later day I got a phone call on my mobile from the store manager saying that the warehouse had heard about our problems and instead of repairing our old cases, they would just replace the two cases and give us two new ones that were the newer model. This was very generous of them and shows that they are a very good company to deal with.
I really recommend these suitcases for travelling abroad with a weight restriction as you can't really find anything else lighter. They come in a range is sizes to suit everyones needs. they also do cabin size bags that you can take as hand luggage but fit as much as possible in. The price of them is fairly high but you could always look out for offers on them. If not, they are still worth the money as they can last for a long time and have the guarantee that will get the case swapped if there is a major problem with it.
I bought this suitcase from Argos a few weeks ago for my holiday. They have a saving of £20 on at the minute. Originally these sell for £54.99 but they had them for £34.99. I have also seen these in our local House of Fraser outlet at £40. The dimensions are as follows... (H)64, (W)42, (D)22.5cm. This is for the medium sized sub zero case.
I 1st looked at them in House of Fraser and felt them to see if they really were light. They really are light! This however made me a little dubious about the quality of the materials used to build the case and if it would withstand an over enthusiastic spanish baggage handler. When I did my research I found Argos to be the cheapest and decided to give them a go. Knowing that Argos would take it back if it wasnt fit for purpose.
The handle is great. Made of very lightweight material but strong enough to pull the case along without it moving out of shape. It is a long handle which is a novel idea, not the prettiest but different.
The case on the outside has pockets with zips and there are also pockets inside. If you don't fill the case though things can fall out of the interior pockets. There are also 2 bands inside which clip together to hold clothes in place. This seems sturdy enough.
The wheels are ok but not brilliant. I think again to keep weight down they have used the lightest ones possible but not thought about people who pack heavy things. I have a feeling after a few trips these will start to buckle.
Overall this isn't the best looking case but it does the job and is very very light. It came back from our trip in one piece and I will definately use it again. A good product I can recommend.
As I don't travel light it's always a worry for me that I have packed too much into my suitcase. I know that fines for excess baggage can actually be what I'd call EXCESSIVE! I understand that some airlines are especially strict on this and you can be hit with fines on the return journey. Because of this and the fact that liquids and gels cannot be taken, for security reasons, in hand luggage it is easy to find oneself over weight, well it is for me in any case, and, although I have invested in digital scales, when I first heard of these extra light cases I was interested.
My sister-in-law had bought an extra light case and was pleased with it. However, she was annoyed, as was I, that we had missed out on the Argos deal when they were selling these for half price. I think the stock soon sold out! I had a look around for a light weight case. T. J. Hughes was selling some, as were Matalan.
When my husband looked at the case sold in T. J. Hughes he remarked that he didn't believe it was worth the price and the suitcases that e already owned were good enough. His view is just pack less. Being without something for two weeks that I might need is a worry to me that he cannot understand.
I did agree though, that for the sake of saving the weight involved (a few kilograms) I didn't think this was a good purchase. We decided when we next needed a suitcase then we would reconsider. Well, saying that tempted fate. A few weeks later, my husband went up to the loft to bring something down and had a look at our luggage at the same time. He handed down our largest case to show me that the handle was coming off. Because of this I considered that buying a lightweight suitcase now wasn't such an extravagant purchase, after all.
I couldn't find a decent offer on the suitcase that I wanted, either in Hughes or Matalan, only on the small sizes. I decided to purchase from Argos. I thought if I didn't like it then it would be easy to return.
On making the purchase and arriving home with it I will say that I don't find these lightweight cases attractive. I think they look rather bulky and not at all neat or smart. That said though, the purpose of these cases is to provide serviceable luggage that will allow one to carry more inside it as it starts off so light before anything is placed inside.
When packing for my holiday I used the case for my own clothes and toiletries. I found the extra weight that this case allowed me was just right, so for me this made all the difference. When weighed my case weighed in at less than the 20kg allowance I was allowed. It was easy to pack clothes into this; in fact it was a real pleasure because of the size. Skirts and dresses fitted well, better than with my last large case which is slightly smaller than this one. I used the pockets and flaps to separate items thus making packing easier. I found the shoe pockets useful. When finished the case zipped up well
This case isn't as solid in feel as more traditional cases, so bear that in mind as it won't offer too much in the way of protection. I always pay lots of attention to fragile objects and wrap them in towels and clothing for as much protection against manhandling as possible.
As to the longevity of the case itself, I am of the mind that Gatwick airport porters are quite happy to throw luggage around and I find that good quality suitcases seem to suffer almost if not as much, so I prefer to not spend too much on luggage. I hate to see something expensive become damaged on its first trip. I think this case will last quite well fabric wise, but usually with cases it's the handles and wheels that give up first. This case handled its first holiday very well but that may be luck, I suspect it was. I would expect it to last about the same as my usual suitcase which are trolley cases.
As to wheeling this trolley case along I wasn't so keen. It was a little awkward and I did have the feeling it would overturn. It didn't, but I took care and soon swapped for a smaller case with my husband. To be fair we didn't have to pull cases along for much of a distance as we found a trolley. However, lifting this onto the belt to be weighed at check in, my husband said he felt the case was slightly more awkward than a more conventional case of the same weight. However, this doesn't matter too much as one doesn't have to carry a case too far at airports. We did have to carry cases up some stairs in the hotel and again he said it was a little less easy than our previous suitcase but not to a great extent.
The Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage comes in different designs and colours. I think mine is the second largest size. I personally would rather have bought this in a more flamboyant style as then it's so much easier to spot on the luggage conveyor belt. I bought the plainer design as this was the only one in stock at the time so I merely decorated it a little for noticeability's sake.
I don't think the weight difference is great but if all the family are using a sub-zero case then it will make quite a bit of difference. The current selling price is £44.95 which I feel is a little excessive. If however you are lucky enough to purchase when on offer it can be a very useful purchase.
Here are some further details as taken from the Argos website, www.argos.co.uk:
Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage 64cm Trolley Case.
2 external pockets.
4 internal pockets.
2 elasticated shoe pockets.
Elasticated quick release packing/clothes retaining straps.
2 corner wheels.
Top and side handles.
Retractable tow handle.
Size (H)69, (W)42, (D)22.5cm (when handle fully extended).
Size (H)64, (W)42, (D)22.5cm.
Capacity 60 litres.
Manufacturers 10 year guarantee.