Product Type: Sub Zero G Suitcase
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Lightweight, stronger than it looks but our handle broke very quickly
Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Suitcase
Member Name: helenc72
Sub Zero G World's Lightest Luggage Suitcase
Date: 05/09/12, updated on 05/09/12 (546 review reads)
Advantages: Large, light, plenty of pockets, stronger than it looks,
Disadvantages: Our pull out handle got stuck and can no longer really be used
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!
Summary: A good case apart from the handle issue
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