Lat­est hold lug­gage

Marisa Can­non puts the lat­est crop of larger suit­cases through their paces to help you pre­pare for your next long-haul trip

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Amer­i­can Touris­ter Sun­set Square ABS

This bright red, water-re­sis­tant, polyester bag comes in a hard­shell. At 55cm x 20cm x 40cm, it weighs only 2.9kg. It has four wheels, an ad­justable han­dle on the top, and a sep­a­rate grip on the side. In­side, it is di­vided into two com­part­ments. The mesh zip-up pocket and X-shaped straps keep items in place, although, when full, it can be a lit­tle un­steady. There is an ad­di­tional small pouch, at­tached in­side, to hold lose items. The bag doesn’t come with a sep­a­rate lap­top com­part­ment, but the pad­ding on one side can work as pro­tec­tion for del­i­cate items. There are no outer pock­ets. It has a num­ber lock sys­tem.

VER­DICT

A sturdy, light­weight case that can pack in a heap of items.

Delsey Montsouris

This ex­pand­able trol­ley case has a hard-shell un­der­side and a soft top, with two ca­pa­cious com­part­ments in­side. Avail­able only in black, it’s not the most at­trac­tive of the bunch, although it is roomy and durable, with a patented Se­cu­ritech ex­pand­able zip (ap­par­ently 41 times more re­silient than con­ven­tional zip fas­ten­ers), two in­te­rior hor­i­zon­tal straps, and heavy-duty outer clips for ex­tra com­pres­sion. What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in prac­ti­cal­ity, with anti-tilt sta­bil­ity feet, two large outer pock­ets, hard­wear­ing wheels, TSA locks, Smart zip pullers and a soft-touch side han­dle for a smooth grip.

VER­DICT

A ro­bust case with a num­ber of use­ful stor­age features and plenty of ex­pand­able space.

Sam­sonite Fuze Spin­ner

The name of this col­lec­tion draws on its com­bi­na­tion of hard and soft shell features, with the case boast­ing a ro­bust, moulded frame along­side soft, wo­ven ny­lon pan­els that al­low greater flex­i­bil­ity. It has dou­ble tube han­dles, top and side grab points, four smoothrun­ning wheels, and front and back pock­ets that are handy for hold­ing doc­u­ments. There are in­te­rior straps to keep clothes in place, plus a zip-up com­part­ment with an ex­tra pocket to keep loose items. An outer zip al­lows the case to ex­pand a fur­ther 4cm, with TSA locks and a tele­scope han­dle that re­leases at two lev­els.

VER­DICT

A good-sized checkin case with plenty of pock­ets to help you stay or­gan­ised. Black is best for hid­ing stains.

Swiss Mil­i­tary TL8 – 20 IN Travel Lug­gage

This light­weight (2.4kg) bag is loaded with pock­ets and com­part­ments, mak­ing it easy to pack for four- to five-day trips. On the front, the two zip-pock­ets can be utilised to store a cell­phone, pass­port and other small es­sen­tial items that need to be eas­ily ac­cessed. In­side, a mesh zip-up pocket, mesh zip-up pouch, and straps hold items firmly in place. The straps only work well when the bag is full. It is made of water-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial — ny­lon — and comes with an ex­pand­able fea­ture. Twin grips (top and side) make han­dling easy, as do the over­head pull­out han­dle and four ro­tat­able wheels. For safety, there is an anti-theft zip on the out­side and in­side of the bag.

VER­DICT

Func­tional and hard­wear­ing, and can en­dure hec­tic travel schedules.

Thule Subterra 3-in-1

An in­ven­tive case that splits into two, with a zip-on outer bag that de­taches to cre­ate a cabin-size rolling duf­fel. A clip-on strap also al­lows the outer sec­tion to con­vert to a sep­a­rate over­the-shoul­der bag. Although con­fus­ing at first, the de­sign is im­pres­sive, with seg­ments at­tach­ing and de­tach­ing via a se­ries of zips and fas­ten­ings. When all parts are at­tached to the trol­ley, plas­tic clips help to com­press the contents. It has two wheels, a tele­scop­ing han­dle, top, side and bot­tom grab points, plus in­ter­nal straps to keep clothes in place. An in­te­rior mesh pocket along the length of the bag is good for car­ry­ing keys and cur­rency.

VER­DICT

The case holds just enough for a three- to four-night trip, but its de­sign is great if you want a num­ber of bag op­tions.

Tumi V3 Short Trip Pack­ing Case

A new poly­car­bon­ate case from Tumi’s light­est hard-side col­lec­tion, this case weighs only 3.8kg – light given its size, and larger than its “short trip”de­scrip­tion sug­gests. It is easy to han­dle when filled, and re­quires lit­tle ef­fort to ma­noeu­vre, thanks to four wheels. There are two main com­part­ments, with a large zipup pocket con­tain­ing a plas­tic hanger bracket for stor­ing suits. The other sec­tion is open and cov­ered with dark grey lin­ing, with X-shaped tie-down straps and a third com­part­ment on the out­side of the flap which is use­ful for stor­ing doc­u­ments. A three-stage tele­scop­ing han­dle al­lows for good con­trol when han­dling. It also has an in­te­grated TSA lock.

VER­DICT

A solid, spa­cious case that is easy to han­dle. Best for trips last­ing sev­eral days.

Vic­tori­nox Etherius Medium

Made from Bayer poly­car­bon­ate, this hard-shell case is stream­lined and sturdy, with four wheels and a re­tractable han­dle that can be set at three dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. Sep­a­rate grips on the side and top make it sim­ple to lift. It has two zip-up di­vid­ing walls made out of mesh and ny­lon fab­ric, plus two elas­ti­cated Y-shaped com­pres­sion straps to help keep clothes in place. It also ex­pands to al­low up to 27 per cent more vol­ume. A wel­come layer of se­cu­rity comes from the Ac­cess lock com­bi­na­tion re­cov­ery pro­gramme, whereby own­ers can regis­ter their se­cu­rity codes on­line and re­trieve them if for­got­ten.

VER­DICT

Stylish and good value for money, with util­i­tar­ian in­te­ri­ors that help to keep items in place.Q

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