Product Type: Travel Zone Suitcase
Newest Review: ... flexibility to it but is not as sturdy as a rigid case. Also it is black in colour so needs some sort of decoration on it to distinguish it... more
Travel The Zones Of The World
Travel Zone GM203T 56cm
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Travel Zone GM203T 56cm
Advantages: size, durability, lock-ability, price, simplicity.
Disadvantages: One compartment, looks a bit boring and is nothing new!
I bought myself one of these medium sized suit cases for my travels to the Island of Zante last year. I wanted something which could be used to store things safely within my room, which was large enough to hold 20Kg of clothing and toiletry's, and which could be purchased for under £30. The 'Travel Zone GM' was the perfect candidate, so I went ahead and bought it!
The first obstacle you come to after removing the bags packaging is its zip(s). The zips are strong and sturdy, and they run along well positioned teeth sown into the rugged fabric of the bag. The zips to the main compartment come together so that a padlock can be added - offering some resistance to thieves, and definite resistance to airport working thieves who cannot risk ripping fabric. The loop holes at the ends of the zips are wide enough for medium sized pad locks, but nothing over the size of your palm.
The bag has one large compartment which I found allowed me to contain all the clothing required a week away - along with toiletry's. Several tops, a couple of pairs of trousers, a towel, pants and socks, a jacket, a coat, along with the usual toiletry arrangement will fit nicely. There could have been a bit of variety in the compartment compartment however, personally I like to divide up my stuff into organised sections. The bag does have an exterior pouch however, mainly used for such items as your passport and a book.
The 'Travel Zone GM' has two plastic wheels set into its plastic base at either end of its rectangular bottom structure. They are accompanied by opposite stubs to stop the thing falling over uncontrollably. The system seems to work well, though as with most models, if you pick up too much speed, the wheels can't take the velocity and the whole thing sways then falls.
The handle is a differently coloured plastic (made to look aluminum) which erects from the wheeled side of the contraption, directly above in the center. It has a two-step motion which allows children and adults to pull comfortably. However, I myself at 6-foot find it very UNcomfortable to pull on the top setting - you have to bend down irritably the whole dam time. The handle folds right into the bag, hiding it completely.
One of the best things about this suit case is that it's small enough to act as 'hand luggage' if you want your belongings with you and you're not carrying any liquids or sharp/general-contraband items aboard.
Overall, this is a really neat little bag with few faults. It does suffer from the difficulties encountered by all bags of its nature and is in no way innovative or unique. But it's priced correctly and does exactly what it says on ... you get it. Yet again, another product that's simple but effective - you've got to love it.
Summary: £30 quid, why not?
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