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      22.08.2013 12:34
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      Gives me reassurance my belongings are safe whilst travelling.

      As mentioned previously we have recently just got back from our honeymoon, and now that we are back (and I have a bit of free time on my hands before starting the final term of my course) I am working my way through rating the places we've seen and things we took on holiday with us.

      Before purchasing this particular case I seemed to just own super size cases (I bought a couple of cheap ones to help me when I was moving around a lot as an undergrad student) and a much smaller case, one that fits within the hand luggage restrictions. This is why I decided I needed a case that I could actually take on holiday with me. I wanted a decent case that wouldn't break on it's first trip out (like the last one I owned that is now demoted to storing stuff in under the bed), but I didn't want to pay a ridiculous amount for one.

      === Price and Availability ===

      In the end I settled for this Tripp case which I purchased for £42 from Debenhams in a sale that they had on. Full price this particular case retails at £140. As lovely as this case is I wouldn't have paid that much for it, but I feel the £42 is a reasonable price. I believe that these cases are available from other retailers and also on the Tripp website, though Debenhams may be your best bet if you would like one as they often have these cases in an offer of some description. Having just looked at the Debenhams website I can tell you they are currently retailing this case at £45 (August 2013).

      === Case Specifications ===

      The case I have is basically the same as the one in the picture above, only mine has different colours. It's more purple and green. The patterns and colours though does make this an extremely easy case to spot on the luggage carousel at the airport - definitely far easier to spot than my partners almost plain black case, even with the yellow shoelaces tied round it's handles.

      This case is a reasonable size, actually larger than I first imagined when I originally looked up the case online before going to the store to purchase it. It is 76cm x 49cm x 33cm. This is a plenty big enough space to pack all your holiday essentials. If you're anything like me I seem to feel the need to fill my case when I pack, and this case is large without being overly so, so not giving me too much space to fill! The weight I was told this case was is 3.6kg, though just looking at Debenhams website it states 4.6kg. Both these figures seem quite high really, especially for a case that is claimed to be 'lightweight'. It is easily possible to get cases that weigh less than this, which gives you more of your luggage allowance to be used for your holiday stuff. That being said, on the way out of Gatwick Airport for our last trip my case weighed in at between 12kg and 13kg (a couple of kg more on the way back what with shopping additions) for a weeks worth of clothes, plus the odd spare thing here and there, 2 pairs of shoes and all the toiletries as well as other random bits and bobs. Maybe there is a chance they over-estimated on the case weight?

      === Usage and Wear and Tear ===

      Using the case is, well, let's face it... Pretty straight forward. Open zip. Put myself inside. Ask someone to close zip. Get friend to take this case instead of their own so I get an extra holiday! Something tells me that would make the case overweight, and I don't imagine it would be particularly comfortable, though saying that my dog does like to climb in it when I'm trying to pack to go anywhere.

      On a more serious note, this is a pretty simple case in that it doesn't have a lot of inner compartments, etc. for packing your things in, Nor does it have an expanding feature. These are not issues for me, but may be something that you would want to consider. The case is a 'soft' case, so isn't solid plastic. It is made from durable polyester. The back is solid, whereas the top can be squashed in (or can bulge out if it's overly full, but I've not needed to fill it quite that much!).

      Once you have your belongings inside there are two pretty bright pink straps on the inside that you can fasten in order to keep your belongings in place. These are pretty standard in cases these days, but they don't always seem to keep belongings in place. My experience of using these straps in this case though tells me that these straps actually do what they are meant to. Once you have these straps in place simply zip up as you would expect, and lock if you choose to do so. The case comes with a travel padlock and two keys for if you wish to do this. The case has two handles for carrying/lifting the case up, one on the top and one on the side - pretty much standard. It also has two wheels and a pull along handle so you can simply wheel it through the airport. It's also good to note that this suitcase is easy to 'drive'. I used to work in an airport, and believe me, it's insane how many people can't drive their cases. The pull along handle isn't too tall in height and is easy to pull up. When you want to put the handle back down again simply push the little button on the handle and it slides back down very easily.

      Before purchasing my case I did read several reviews for Tripp cases in general as well as this one in particular and pretty much all of them only had good things to say. So far my case has been on a few short haul flights and shows very little, if any, signs of wear and tear, so seems to be living up to it's brand name. On top of this as an extra piece of mind it came with a 5 year guarantee, but it's not looking like I'll be needing it. If you are interested there are also other items such as holdalls, etc. as part of the same range so you could buy yourself a whole matching set.

      === Summary ===

      A great case for taking on holiday. A distinct pattern, so easy to spot at the baggage reclaim, yet the colours aren't too light or bright so the case won't look dirty the second you buy it. In fact mine still looks brand new. It is functional, appears to be durable, and gives the reassurance of being a well known luggage brand with a guarantee.

      The only downsides I can really see to this case is it's price at full price, and the fact it doesn't have any compartments or expansion features. I will drop a star for this as this is something so many cases do have as standard. This isn't something that bothers me in particular, but if the features were there I would use them.
      I wouldn't pay full price for this case as £140 is an awful lot of money, but I would recommend buying a Tripp case if they are on offer like they often are as this one at least is a really good quality and gives me reassurance my belongings are safe whilst I'm travelling.

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        12.09.2012 22:09
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        Before my recent holiday, I decided I needed a new suitcase that would fit all of my needs. My previous suitcase was quite heavy, so it took up a lot of my baggage allowance before I even put anything into it - not good for a serial shopper like myself!
        After hours of scouring the net for the best lightweight suitcases, I decided Tripp had the best selection, so I headed to Debenhams to have a look at the range on offer. I ended up choosing two suitcases from the Express Hawaiian range which are very similar to the Sunshine Flower range and have therefore been advised to place my review here.

        The Hawaiian range offers 3 suitcases and two bags as follows:
        Small handbag
        Large handbag
        Carry on suitcase
        Medium suitcase
        Large suitcase

        I purchased the carry on suitcase and the large suitcase, therefor can only comment on these in this review.

        They are both identical in print and style, with the only difference being the obvious size difference. Both are sturdy, soft touch suitcases which wasn't really what I was after, but I found it difficult to find a lightweight hard suitcase so went with these instead. I'm INCREDIBLY glad I chose soft suitcases over a hard one now, but I'll get onto that later.
        The cases both have two wheels and an extendable handle, each with a soft handle on the top and side of the case. There are no external pockets on the cases, although they do both have a tiny black pocket on the back, just big enough to slip an address card in and out of.
        The cases themselves are a lovely navy/indigo colour with white, fuchsia and purple flowers plastered all over. It's a beautiful print and really stands out from everyone else's red/black/grey/brown suitcases. My boyfriend thought it was a bit obnoxious, but I could spot my case a mile away so I found it pretty useful.

        The carry on case is perfect for short trips away, or for some extra luggage for your holiday. It fits perfectly into all hand baggage allowances, meaning you can have it with you on the flight, along with a small handbag.
        The dimensions, 55x36x19cm mean that you can pack enough for a weekend away, or you can keep it for your souvenirs on the way home. At only 2.8kg with a 24 litre capacity, it's relatively lightweight for the size of it.
        It is fully lined with a navy and raspberry lining dotted with the Tripp logo and also has two packing straps to keep your items in place. There is one at the top of the case and one at the bottom, however I prefer the kind that meets in the middle as it seems to hold things in place better.
        As I mentioned previously, I purchased this set for my holiday so I intended on using this for extra baggage instead of things I may need on the plane. We went to Canada, New York and Germany so I had plenty of stuff to take, including an outfit for a family wedding in Canada. I decided to pack my outfit for the wedding in my carry on case so that it would be with me at all times in case my main suitcase got lost.
        Along with my dress, underwear, shoes and jacket for the wedding, I packed a spare outfit, my straighteners, my curling wand, all of my underwear, a spare pair of shoes, my travel money, a book and 8 pairs of tights. I still had a little bit of room left in the case and it only weighed around 8-9kilos. The case was then zipped up and locked with padlock that came free inside. The padlock was great quality and came with two keys, although the keys were a little flimsy and didn't come with a keyring or anything, so that irritated me a bit, but the padlock itself was great.
        Originally, the carry on case should have been £135, however I paid £29 for it on sale, and it has now been further reduced to £25. I would never in 1 million years have paid £135 for this, but I would gladly have paid anywhere up to £50 for it. It also came with a 5 year guarantee which gave me some peace of mind whilst travelling with it.

        When it came time to use the carry on case, I did find it was a bit of a bugger to drag behind me. Anytime I was zipping in and out between people it seemed to tip to the side so I did end up carrying it in Heathrow, but it was fine in every other airport as they weren't quite as busy.
        One bonus I discovered with this case is that if I put it under the chair in front of me instead of in the overhead baggage compartments, I've got myself a nice wee footrest. I can never actually reach the footrests on planes, so this was really handy!
        After two weeks and 4 countries (if you include home!) this case is still in great condition - as expected. It barely looks used and I suspect it will last me for a good few years to come. I have a weekend away coming up next month, and then another short trip in December so I plan on using this case for both of these. It's a perfect little thing and I'm so glad I bought it.

        As for the large suitcase, I could live in it. Everyone thought it was ridiculous when they first saw it as it is a mammoth of a thing, but it was perfect for what I needed it for.
        Like the carry on case, it's lightweight, roomy and comes with a padlock. It is identical to the cabin case, so I won't describe it again. The dimensions, 76x49x33cm don't sound like much written down, but when you see it you'll be shocked! It really is the biggest suitcase I've ever seen and at only 4.5kg, it's incredibly lightweight for the size. It can hold 86 litres worth of stuff, so you can pack your life away and set out on your travels.
        This suitcase is also lined with the navy/raspberry lining and has the baggage straps, again one at the top and one at the bottom. I was very impressed with these actually, as even though they don't meet in the middle of the case, they managed to hold my stuff in place very well. As I was travelling for 2 weeks, I had roughly 20 outfits, a few pairs of shoes and another book in there. By the time I finished packing, it was only half full. This left plenty room for all the shopping I planned on doing in New York!

        When it came to using the case, I didn't use the Tripp padlock as I expected it would be cut off when we landed in JFK. I used a TSA approved one instead so that they could lock it back up if they needed to search it.
        The entended handle and two wheels were my lifesavers when it came to moving it around as although it's lightweight, it would've been very heavy to walk around with. I decided to rest the cabin case on the top of the suitcase whilst dragging it around, meaning I only had the one to pull when I had both suitcases with me. It wasn't a perfect fit, which I would've expected as they are from the same collection, however the cabin case didn't ever fall off so I can't complain.

        I mentioned earlier that I'd been looking for a hard case as I'd always found them to be more robust, but this case was the only one out of our party that wasn't damaged and it was the only soft case we took. It didn't burst and none of the material has started to fray or anything, so I'm very impressed. It is also waterproof, so if you're out in the rain your possessions won't get wet - something that always bothered me about soft suitcases. Just don't submerge it into a bath because it'll probably soak through eventually.
        One thing I did notice was that because the large suitcase wasn't filled to the brim (even after all of my shopping), the front of it did pop in a bit, but I just need to pop it back out and it was fine. No damage whatsoever, it just looked a bit silly coming along the baggage belt.

        Everything about this case oozes high quality and unlike the cabin case, I would've been happy to pay the full price of £150 for this one. I managed to get it for £47 on sale which is a steal, and I believe it is now available for just £35 in Debenhams. It has sold out online, but my Debenhams still has quite a few so definitely check it out if you're interested. This also comes with a 5 year guarantee.

        Overall, I am incredibly impressed with the quality of these cases and the capacity of them combined with how lightweight they are make them perfect for my holidays! One thing I will point out is that the 5 year guarantee does not ensure you get the same suitcase back, it just ensures you'll get a replacement of the same value. It's a bit of the pain in the bum if you've bought a matching set like me, but I can't see myself needing to use the guarantee anyway.

        Thanks for reading!

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        31.05.2012 20:43
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        Highly recommended

        I was in desperate need for a good and large suitcase for my 2 week cruise holiday two years ago. I wanted an expensive one, as I learnt from my sister's mistake of buying a cheap-ish one; she paid around £30 for a suitcase from T J Hughes a couple of years ago and it had 'broke' (the handle had broken) at the airport at the beginning of the holiday (on the suitcase's first trip). So I was looking for a suitcase that would last.

        I was in Debenhams and saw that they had a huge sale on travel items. Browsing the different suitcases, there wasn't much that caught my eye although to be honest, I didn't really care what the suitcase looked like - a suitcase is a suitcase right? That was until I saw this lovely Tripp suitcase.

        As I was going on a two week trip, I needed a suitcase with plenty of space and so this one is perfect. It is considered to be a 'medium' sized suitcase, although it is very big and so it makes me wonder how big a large suitcase would be. I tend to carry a lot of stuff (including a load of items which I do not actually need), and yet I still had loads of space left which was good. The case is also very deep which means that you can put quite large items in it.

        The suitcase weighs 4kg when empty although whilst large it is very easy to move around. It has two weeks and a long handle which makes movement smooth and quite light considering that the case it big. The case is very hard and sturdy which is great as it means that my treasured and breakable items (I.e hair straighteners) are very well protected and safe in this case. The case is very stable which means that it is unlikely to tip over.

        There are two zips, which are called kissing zips (they meet in the middle). This is good as it means that the case is easy to close even if it is full. The case also comes with a lock and two keys which is very useful.

        The suitcase consists of a dark navy 'background' with lots of pink and blue flowers on it. The suitcase is indeed very attractive and I love it's girlie look. One thing which I like about this case is the fact that it is easy to spot. I have been on a few holidays with this suitcase and every time, everyone else has to search for their 'plain suitcases' whereas I am always the first to get mine as it is so easy to spot.

        I have been on many trips with this suitcase (say around 5 or 6) and despite it being bashed around etc. it still looks really new. It hasn't worn at all and it is still going strong which I am really pleased about.

        If you are after a high quality suitcase, I would definitely recommend this one. When I bought mine, it cost me around £100 instead of £135, although I believe it can be found at a much cheaper prices now.

        Thanks for reading!
        May 2012
        Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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          04.04.2012 04:59
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          Bright and loud with lots of room

          Let me start off by saying I don't like the look of this suitcase, it is a bit garish for me. I like feminine looking things but this is more psychedelic than feminine if you ask me. However I have used it quite a few times when traveling for a couple of reasons. Firstly it holds loads, and secondly it is very easy to spot on the luggage carousel at the airport. This suitcase is vivid to say the least. The body and background is in a dark colour while the part that pops out like a 3D movie is the large pink flowers that are sporadically placed all over the case along with some less vivid blue ones. The quality of the materials used is one of the things I like about this case. It is strong and durable, thick and weatherproof. 

          The case on it's own weighs just over 4kgs when empty. That is one of the down sides of this bag over others as that's 4kg of clothes you are losing out on even before you have started. The lighter the bag the more you can afford to put into it. This weight seems to be coming mostly from the metal frame that gives this case a quality, heavy feel. The wheels at the bottom are not light and flimsy like on other cases so these too may be adding to it's weight. There is a telescopic handle as you would expect and this extends and retracts with the greatest of ease.

          This is described as a medium sized case but I find there to be plenty of room in it to see me over a weekend stay away for example. It has a 58 litre capacity ( whatever that means I find it strange that they measure everything in letters from refrigerators to suitcases) it has a good strong zip that wraps right around the case and it came with a handy little lock and key. My mother bought this case for me from the official  trip website and it cost less than £40 as far as I'm aware. I wouldn't buy this design myself but I would buy the case again and the make again, as I find it to be good quality and well made but next time I'll pick the design.

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          02.04.2012 17:10
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          Another quality piece of luggage from Tripp.

          Three years ago I borrowed a Tripp suitcase from my daughter for a holiday abroad. I was impressed with both the look of the case and the quality and borrowed it on further occasions, until eventually last year I finally purchased one for myself.
          What impressed me the most about the Tripp suitcase I borrowed, was its sturdy quality as well as being roomy and functional for my needs. Despite being thrown around by both the baggage handlers and on the luggage carousels it showed no sign of damage.
          My daughter also purchased further Tripp suitcases and I purchased one of these Navy Express Sunshine Flower suitcases. Just like the one I had borrowed, this Tripp suitcase is also a good sturdy suitcase and quite striking to look at and I also thought it would be easier to recognise on the luggage carousel at the airport!

          I had wanted another large suitcase as I found the larger ones suited my needs for both going abroad and also when having a break here in the UK, as it would still fit into to boot of my car and hold a lot of clothing, towels and accessories and therefore I wouldn't need to have several bags or holdalls.
          The only problem with it being so big is that it does tend to feel heavier than other cases I have had in the past and indeed its weight of 4.3kg is taking up a fair bit of your baggage allowance when travelling abroad, but I have managed to stay within the limits whilst still filling the case, although I have had to request the extra baggage allowance when booking holidays abroad. It can also feel heavy to lift, however, this isn't something I personally have had to do, as I pull it along thanks to both the extending handle and wheels on the bottom, but I do have to get my other half to lift it in and out of the boot of the car as it is too heavy for me to lift on my own when full. Therefore this is something you should take into account when buying a large case.

          The suitcase has a height of 67cm, a width of 41cm and a depth of 26cm with a 58 litre capacity.
          Its wheels also feels secure and sturdy and this is another thing which impresses me about the quality of Tripp luggage. The handle on the top extends and slides away smoothly and there is also a sturdy carry handle on both ends to make the case easier to lift.
          My case came with a small luggage padlock and keys and there is also an address label provided which slots into a small transparent pocket on the case.

          The inside of the suitcase is fully lined and has the usual packing straps to keep the contents of your suitcase secure and prevent them moving around too much. It's very spacious, but I was surprised to discover it does not contain the handy pockets and zipped compartments inside which the other Tripp suitcase I'd had experience of has. I was quite disappointed by this initially and if I had noticed this in store then I may not have purchased this case. It was my own fault for not checking before buying and just assuming it would be the same as the other one. Once I got it home and discovered this, I couldn't be bothered to return it to the store and although I would have preferred it to have these handy pockets inside when I bought it, I can honestly say the lack of these has not caused me any problems. I am so used to always having pockets etc inside a suitcase I simply presumed this would be something I would need and would indeed miss, but I haven't missed them at all and so my 'need' was really just a case of what I had been used to, but not really a necessity. The items I would normally pack into the compartments were easily packed into the case without any problems and therefore I won't be bothered at all if future purchases do not have these compartments either.

          This suitcase was priced at just under £40 from Debenhams, which isn't exactly cheap, given that you can pick up some bargain, cheaper priced suitcases in supermarkets from time to time, but this case did have an RRP of over £100 which makes it a bargain and Tripp luggage is also the best quality I have found when it come to my personal experiences of luggage. However, I must admit there is no way I would pay £100 or more for a single suitcase!

          Overall I am more than happy with this suitcase, it is another quality Tripp suitcase which has protected my luggage well and the outer case has no damage despite being used several times now. Whilst this one certainly has feminine appeal due to it striking floral design there are plenty others to choose from. When making any further luggage purchases, I am sure I will be buying from Tripp and therefore am more than happy to recommend this luggage.

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            28.12.2010 20:12
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            Looks like a darts players shirt, but god it's reliable!!!!

            Last summer I decided that the next suitcase we bought was going to be something reasonably priced, something with the capacity to carry the full 23kg for a flight and something that we could easily spot rolling around the luggage conveyor belt without fear that it wasn't ours.

            This Tripp Navy Express Medium Suitcase is flower coloured, its dark navy with pink and blue flower patterning all over it. The case looks garish and to me ugly, but that is really why I wanted it, as alongside my wife's own bright pink suitcase we always know exactly when our cases are rolling around. Also it is so ugly you'd spot somebody trying to nick it, although it is also so ugly it would take a brave person to try to steal it!!!

            In the past we've bought fashion cases that lost their looks quickly and were either awkward, hard to carry or simply poor quality, this ugly duckling really excels in two of the three areas and has no looks to lose.

            The case is the same as others in the Tripp range, heavy with a good size inside, it also comes with a Five year guarantee which I think is excellent and shows real confidence by Tripp in their products. They are right to feel confident, this is a soft luggage item, but is hard wearing and has done us proud when we've used it recently.

            The case weighs over 4kg without any luggage so it is fairly heavy as your losing almost a quarter of your weight limit for luggage simply through the case, but it has a strong metallic ribbing to ensure it is sturdy and can carry luggage without risk of collapse, therefore it is a necessary evil.

            The case has wheels at the bottom and a trolley handle which extends and it is reasonably reliable, although at 6ft 1, I do find it difficult sometimes having to bend down slightly to pull it. I think the handle is fairly decent and it doesn't stick like some others I have used in the past.

            The case is 67cm tall and 41cm wide with 26cm depth, it has a 58 litre capacity, it is a reasonable sized case that isn't overwhelming and doesn't take up too much space in your car, like some of the large cases that can still only take 23 kilograms. Zips come round the outside of the case and a lock and key are also provided for added security. The zip is reliable and easy to use and the case is made of polyester, so far it has survived two long haul flights easily enough and the polyester hasn't really had any damage, unlike the pink case which is hard plastic and has lots of dents.

            The case is easily identifiable and small enough to pick up whilst being large enough to carry 23kg, I rate this highly and wish they would stop saying how much the case should retail for as it clearly isn't worth more than £100, but is definitely worth its current £32 and even the £40 I paid. The Tripp range are convenient and reliable, they are available in Debenhams around the UK and offer good value and comfort, i'd recommend this, its ugly, but I wanted ugly, reliable and easy to spot over fashion, as I was sick of losing cases or struggling to identify them on arrival at airports!!!

            We bought the suitcase for £40 in Debenhams, the label said the suitcase was reduced from £135 but having checked whilst writing this review, this is simply something they record on the cases as its currently possible to buy the case on the Tripp website for £32 although you may find there is also a delivery charge of some kind.

            We bought the suitcase for £40 in Debenhams, the label said the suitcase was reduced from £135 but having checked whilst writing this review, this is simply something they record on the cases as its currently possible to buy the case on the Tripp website for £32.

            If this case is too ugly for you, there is also a plain black or navy version that is of similar quality but doesn't look like a darts players shirt!!

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              22.11.2010 15:47
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              A good quality piece of luggage

              Whenever I go on holiday abroad the bit I hate and dread the most is waiting for my suitcase to appear on the carousel at the airport. I always have that awful dread that its not going to appear, and when I spot it the relief is wonderful. To try and help spot my case quickly I've always tried to avoid black or plain cases and get something that stands out. Up until recently I has a vivid pink case but now pink has become very popular and my case isn't so easy to spot quickly anymore. Hence my trip to Debenhams, where I picked up the Navy Express Sunshine Flower Suitcase.

              The case cost me just £40.00 and was labelled as being reduced down from £120.00. I don't think I would have forked out £120.00 for a suitcase but £40.00 was a bargain. Apart from the price the other big plus point for me was the colour and pattern. The Express Sunshine suitcase is navy with big flowers all over it in 2 shades of paler blue, brown and pink. It would certainly be noticeable on an airport carousel. It also has a small silver square on the front with Tripp written on it.

              The case is described as medium, its approximately 67cm's high, 41cm's wide and 26cm's deep. It has a capacity of 58 litres. So quite a roomy piece of luggage. Its made from a tough polyester material and as the case comes with a 5 year guarantee it should be hard wearing.

              It has a trolley handle that pulls up and pushes down smoothly and 2 sturdy wheels to make pulling your suitcase smooth and easy. I had a case with flimsy wheels once and one of them fell off while I was in France, I hated carrying my case everywhere instead of being able to pull it, it makes travelling seem so much harder. However this case does have a side handle and a top handle if you need to lift your case. These appear very well made and reliable.

              The case has "kissing zips" and comes with a small padlock and keys. I'm not sure if I will use this though as I like a brightly coloured lock to make my case that bit more noticeable. It also has a little address label on the back.

              The interior of the case is grey and although it doesn't have any internal pockets or flaps it does have packing straps to keep your luggage in place. .

              All in all I'm pleased with my case. I used it on a long weekend to Paris and I spotted it straight away on the carousel, relief! It held up well to being lumped about and when I got home and examined it I was pleased to see that it wasn't marked at all My last case looked dreadful after just one holiday. Suitcases have a hard life at airports. I have also used it for a few days in this country and I was very pleased with it on this occasion too. Its well worth the £40.00 I paid for it.
              It looks a sturdy well made piece of luggage and has a nice bright pattern which is exactly what I was looking for.

              I only have one gripe with this case and thats the interior, there are no little flaps or pockets, but overall
              I would recommend this case if you are looking for something reasonably priced, well made and easy to spot in a pile of luggage at an airport.

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                A good quality piece of luggage for your travels.

                Before my recent trip to New York I knew I needed a bigger suitcase as the one I have was quite smaller, and I knew I would be doing quite a bit shopping in New York! I've had a smaller suitcase by Tripp for years and I've long been impressed by the quality of it. It's a good sturdy suitcase that feels like it's made with good quality materials and barely looks worn despite it being on quite a few trips including being dragged around the London Underground on a few trips. It was already set in my mind that my new suitcase would preferably be a Tripp one and so after browsing around on Debenhams who stock Tripp luggage, I came across this Navy Express Sunshine flower suitcase.

                Initially I was impressed with the size of it, it was a nice large and spacious suitcase, and I knew I would be able to fit a fair amount of shopping in there. At first I was slightly concerned about the weight of it whilst empty, it does weigh 4.3kg which is fairly light weight but when I was lifting it up it felt quite heavy to me. Despite this once I had packed all of my belongings for the journey out I was pleased to see it came well under our luggage allowance, and on my return journey with it full to the brim it was still a good amount under the allowance. The suitcase has a height of 67cm, a width of 41cm and a depth of 26cm, and it has a 58 litre capacity, which was plentiful for a 5 day trip to New York.

                One thing which attracted me to this particular suitcase is the floral design. I originally owned a plain navy suitcase by Tripp and this design I thought was pretty and noticeable. It's very handy when waiting at the luggage carousel as it's quite noticeable and whilst not bright and overly girly, I find it had a nice feminine quality without looking cheap or tacky.

                The suitcase has 2 sturdy wheels and this is another feature I like about Tripp suitcases as the wheels aren't flimsy little things but are very sturdy and walking over bumps is easy with this. The handle is also equally good quality and slides away nicely when needed. There is a carry handle on the top and on the side for ease when lifting this suitcase, and again they are fastened on well and won't give way if you are lifting the suitcase by one of these handles. The suitcase has kissing zips and comes with a padlock and 2 keys. I hate using key operated padlocks on my suitcases as I worry I might lose the key so I swapped this for one of my own number code locks, but if you don't mind a key operated one then it does save you the expense of buying a lock. On the back there is also an address label panel with the label provided, making you feel slightly better that if your luggage does get lost, then at least it holds your address.

                The inside of the suitcase is grey and fully lined, and it has 2 packing straps to keep the contents of your suitcase secure. It's large and spacious but doesn't feature any separate panels or pockets which my other Tripp suitcase has.

                This suitcase cost me only £40 from Debenhams, supposedly with an original price of £135 however it seems Tripp luggage is always on special, whether online or in store, so you would rarely pay full price for one of their suitcases. I was extremely pleased with my suitcase, my luggage was well protected on my holiday, it has a nice design and it's extremely good quality, therefore I highly recommend this particular suitcase.

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