Product Type: Sub Zero G Suitcase
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AT LAST I'M TRAVELLING LIGHT!
Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Suitcase
Member Name: lak11
Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Suitcase
Date: 15/12/10, updated on 10/07/12 (2768 review reads)
Advantages: Case starts off lighter so you can pack more in.
Disadvantages: Expensive for what it is if not on offer.
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.
Summary: A good idea
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