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TRIPP TEAL GLIDE LITE II LARGE SUITCASE
My husband and I had been idly looking for a new suitcase for a few months of last year but upped the search when our holiday was fast approaching and we had another trip planned for later in the year.
I had suggested buying an ultra-light suitcase but at a price that wouldn't lighten my purse too much. I'd been looking around for bargains but hadn't really seen much. My husband isn't too keen on most of these large but very light suitcases. He thinks the large sizes look very bulky and also thinks they are so thin that they won't last long enough to justify their usually high price. We don't often pay very much for suitcases; I'm really not sure if it's worth it when you see how luggage is treated by the airport baggage handlers. Also seeing the way they crash about at times on the luggage conveyor belts makes me think even premium quality luggage cannot stand up to this and I would be more annoyed at an expensive case losing a wheel than with a case that I could easier replace. But then again, we've had some cheap ones that haven't lasted long enough to justify their cheap prices, even with little use. My husband thought perhaps we should pay a bit more for a better suitcase and see if it lasted any longer than our usual purchases.
We were looking for a large trolley type case and possibly one that was light in weight.
Although smart is nice this time we wanted a 'stand-out' colour other than black or navy blue. Not that we wanted to be noticed, rather that we wanted to 'notice' our luggage quickly.
On one of our many trips bargain hunting in a Debenhams department store, during a sale, we saw there were some decent offers in the luggage department. We looked for something either patterned or at least in a somewhat stand out colour in the hope of a quick retrieval of the case at airport baggage reclaim.
The best bargain seemed to be a large case by the manufacturers Tripp. This case was in a teal colour so we thought it would stand out from the usual black cases travelling round and round the conveyor belt.
We needed a case for our trip which wasn't far away and so when we saw that this particular case was on offer it looked good to us. I cannot remember exactly how much we paid but I know it was less than the sale price at present. We actually wondered at the time if there was a mistake as another case which we thought was the same wasn't as heavily reduced as the one we bought. Perhaps we should have asked!
My husband also opened a Debenhams account, giving us a furthr 10% reduction.
We made our purchase. Soon after this our suitcase was packed, pretty much to the limit by me, for our holiday. We were flying with Ryanair and had a 15 kg weight allowance for each case to be checked into the hold; so although the case was full it wasn't overly heavy.
We had thought the teal colour was quite unusual but as soon as we arrived at London's (in Essex!) Stansted airport we were surprised to see another family with the exact same suitcase-same size, same colour, and same destination. Wonder if their case had also been a bargain! I was glad that we noticed our case's twin as when we arrived at Lanzarote's Arrecife airport, our case was grabbed from the conveyor belt by a lady (the owner of the twin case) and quickly swung onto a trolley. My son was being vigilant as we had discussed this happening, and rushed to re-claim it. The lady looked at him in disbelief when he first explained it wasn't her case. Okay it was labelled but I don't have much faith in most holidaymakers. I've seen too many people just grab a case and not really look properly. And I'm always scared of being without my carefully chosen and packed holiday clothes. Before our return to England we bought a colourful luggage strap/belt for this case as extra identification and we hoped this other family hadn't had the same idea and chose a similar strap for their case.
On our next holiday, this time a holiday for two, we again took this suitcase. Now after two holidays I can say it has weathered well so far. The wheels are still in place, handles are intact, zips are still working and the fabric is in a good state of repair.
This case is part of a collection which, as well as the large case, has a medium case, small wheeled cabin suitcase and a flight bag. So if you want to be coordinated this collection looks good.
It has a capacity of 85 litres
Dimensions: height=83cm, Width= 49.5cm= Depth: 31cm
Weight: It is lightweight. When empty the suitcase weighs 4.6 kg. This isn't the lightest suitcase ever but we thought, after looking at and picking up lots, that for this type of case, it is light.
It comes with a five year guarantee.
The case has four castor type wheels. These wheels are 'easy-glide' and they do feel smooth. Having four wheels, I think, makes it easier to manoeuvre at a busy airport and also to balance when standing. I would say this case, even when it has 20 kg (to be honest, a little more on our second holiday!) Of luggage inside it feels nice to pull along. The wheels do feel nice.
This Tripp case has a handle at the top and also at the side. This makes it easier to grab quickly from the luggage conveyor belt whichever angle it is lying at. Of course, having a side handle means the case can also be used as a traditional suitcase, if desired.
The pull along handle is easy to raise and to lower into the closed position.
On the front is a roomy front pocket. This makes packing a little easier as it gives more scope for separating items.
It comes with a key and padlock. The padlock feels quite solid but we thought the key could be of a slightly better quality.
The large surface area of the inside of this case makes it almost a pleasure to pack, although this isn't a task I really enjoy at the best of times.
Inside there's a black soft, smooth nylon type lining. It has elasticated pockets at the side.
This case has packing straps which click together.
WHERE TO BUY:
This luggage is available from high street luggage stockists and on-line stores. I thought prices varied considerably so, if you are interested then shopping around before purchasing seems very worthwhile. It is available from:
www.tripp.co.uk Was £150.0 Now £59.00
Debenhams (store or on-line) Was £165.00 Now £75.00
This is an attractive case as well as being pleasant to manage and to manoeuvre. I would recommend this suitcase for use when travelling abroad but will expect to use it for holidays in this country as well. As the wheels and design in general make it nice to pull along, even when heavy, it is suitable for travelling both at home and abroad.
I wouldn't pay full price for this myself but then I don't pay a high price for luggage anyway. If a bargain can be found then it is worth buying.