Product Type: Tripp Suitcase
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You won't Tripp over this case
Tripp Navy Express Sunshine Flower Suitcase
Member Name: Ainat
Tripp Navy Express Sunshine Flower Suitcase
Advantages: Robust and durable, easy to spot at baggage reclaim, good size.
Disadvantages: No inside pockets or expansion features. Cost full price.
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.
Summary: Gives me reassurance my belongings are safe whilst travelling.
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