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Lightweight, robust and an absolute must buy!
on 3 May 2016
I bought 2sets of these suitcases over a year ago. We (2adults and 3children)were travelling on a budget airlines flight part way with a change in Europe for our onward flight to America. As you know we were only permitted to carry hand luggage of 10kg per person or incur a hefty fee for checking in baggage. I can think of better ways to spend that money. I decided that the best way around the problem was to get some light weight suitcases so I could pack enough clothes etc for the whole family without going over the weight limit.
To be honest I didn't expect a great deal from these cases when I ordered them, given the price I paid-worked out at less than £10 per case. When they arrived I was shocked to see how small the package was, given that there were 4 of them. They were made from a tough cloth like material and when empty were incredibly flat and light weight. Less than 1.5kg each, which leaves more than 8.5kg of clothes etc. Most other cabin bags weigh on average about 3.5kg which cuts a hefty chunk out if your total allowance.
We were travelling for 14 days so I had quite a lot of clothes to pack. I was dubious as to whether I would get everything in, but these little cases can take a lot and being constructed from cloth like material, they expand and bulge nicely, without looking like they are about to burst at the seams. I managed to pack enough for everyone, including some woolens. The zips were good and the zips allowed a padlock to be attached. There was also a smaller zip pocket on the outside which surprisingly when opened, extended all the way to the bottom of the case, thus allowing extra bits and bobs, like children's books, colouring pens and sweets to be put in without putting pressure on the main case. I also put my passport and small purse in there, as it had a double zip with allowance to put a padlock on.
They travelled well. I agree with some of the other reviewers, that the pull out handle was a little on the short side for my husband but perfect for me. They were easy to pull along and both my ,7 year old and 5 year old manged with ease. I was only expecting them to last one trip and even for that they would have been well worth it. However,to my great surprise, I have now taken them on 4 overseas trips and numerous train journeys. Apart from minor fraying of the material on the corners, they are as good as new. Best cases I've ever bought. Even the more expensive ones I have bought in the past haven't lasted so long.
As I mentioned when empty they are more or less completely flat. I often pack then in a larger suitcase when going abroad, especially if I know I'll be doing quite a bit of shopping!
I'll definitely be buying more if these when and if these fabulous cases break.
I have added a few photos and a short video to this review, to show you the condition of the case after several trips and how much you can pack in there. The video shows clothes for my 3 children for a 7 day trip, with room left for underwear. Hope it helps.