Samsonite, Ri­mowa, Amer­i­can Touris­ter, Tumi

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Samsonite’s Evoa col­lec­tion launched in 2017. There are three colours avail­able: sil­ver, cop­per and black, all with a brushed fin­ish.


The case has a min­i­mal­ist style with a tex­tured brushed ef­fect that gives a sleek metal­lic aes­thetic (the case it­self is made of plas­tic, though it does fea­ture metal corner pro­tec­tors).

There are three sizes avail­able – mine was the small­est 55cm/20inch va­ri­ety, suitable for carry-on. At 3.4kg the case doesn’t eat into the stan­dard 7kg car­ryon al­lowance too greatly. The fin­ish of the prod­uct is ex­cel­lent and the case is sturdy, though I would ex­pect the plas­tic ex­te­rior to get scratched over time. The

Evoa zips open into two equal halves, though only one side has a full di­vider, which zips closed. The top half of this di­vider is a plas­tic mesh, while the bot­tom is a translu­cent pocket that’s good for stor­ing doc­u­ments. One no­tice­able fea­ture is that the han­dle mech­a­nism doesn’t in­trude too much into the in­te­rior space so you don’t lose too much vol­ume.


The Aero-Trac sus­pen­sion wheel sys­tem is de­signed to re­duce noise and vi­bra­tions while in mo­tion. In­deed, the Evoa is smooth, quiet and eas­ily ma­noeu­vrable. How­ever, when I was pulling the case be­hind me on just two sets of wheels, the Evoa lost some of its smooth­ness – par­tic­u­larly as the wheels have to swing round when switch­ing di­rec­tion, which felt rather clunky. One fea­ture that is def­i­nitely use­ful is the ad­justable height of the han­dle – the Evoa has mul­ti­ple set­tings, though the mech­a­nism can get a lit­tle stuck on the way down.


The Evoa uses a TSA Re­cessed Combo lock (so trav­ellers shouldn’t need to worry about it be­ing bro­ken dur­ing se­cu­rity checks). The case it­self is fas­tened us­ing zips that clip into place and re­main se­cured while the bag is locked, and the zips them­selves are dual lay­ered, pro­vid­ing added se­cu­rity.


It may not have too many bells and whis­tles, but the Evoa is a solid, straight­for­ward carry-on suit­case that is com­fort­able and easy to use. Craig Bright




36 litres




Brushed sil­ver, cop­per or black




Ten years lim­ited


HK$3,150 (US$401)


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