CHOOS­ING A SUIT­CASE

Not sure if the model you’re eye­ing will with­stand man­han­dling and rough tran­sits? Wing Chan, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Samsonite Sin­ga­pore, high­lights the parts of a suit­case that you should zoom in on.

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RE­TRACTABLE PULL HAN­DLE

Han­dles that re­tract into the case are bet­ter-pro­tected and likely to last longer than those that are fixed on the case’s ex­te­rior. A dou­ble-stemmed han­dle is use­ful as it can support a hand-carry tote or brief­case.

Test the han­dle to make sure it slides up and down eas­ily, can be drawn to a com­fort­able height for you, and has a lock de­vice so it stays put when re­tracted.

MA­TE­RIAL

For hard-shell cases, poly­car­bon­ate plas­tic is one of the best op­tions as it’s ex­tremely hardy yet light­weight. For soft cases, look for one made of ny­lon or polyester – the heav­ier the bag, the stur­dier it is, but you’ll have to con­tend with the weight. Pay at­ten­tion to stress points like zip­pers and cor­ners of the bag, which should have re­in­forced stitch­ing.

ZIP­PERS

Go for suit­cases with large zip slid­ers in­stead of small ones – they are less prone to break­ing. Note also the width of the fab­ric on each side of the zip­per teeth – the wider it is, the less likely it is that the slid­ers will get caught on the frame of the case.

CARRY HAN­DLE

This has to be strong enough to bear the weight of the en­tire case when you’re car­ry­ing it on its side or haul­ing it off the con­veyor belt – check that it’s not flimsy when you hold up the suit­case, and that it feels com­fort­able in your hand.

WHEELS

Spin­ners with four wheels glide over smooth ground ef­fort­lessly, but up­right two-wheeled cases are eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre over rough ter­rain. Push the suit­case around the shop to check that it moves smoothly. Rub­berised wheels are more durable than plas­tic ones, which tend to crack eas­ily.

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