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We loaded the bags with 4kg of clothing and checked how far they could tilt without falling over.
Whether it’s when wheeling your bag to the airport, or finding the bag trolley was left out on the runway in the rain, some level of water resistance is useful. We put bags lined with dry newsprint paper upright under a shower rig for 10 minutes to assess their water resistance.
To test resistance to sharp objects, our rig dropped a metal cone onto the case and we measured the diameter of the resulting puncture mark.
Lift and drop
Our rig snatches the bag up (testing the handle) and drops it from a height of 900mm onto its base and wheels. We repeat this 300 times or until it fails, whichever comes first. Bags that survive the drop test are tested for 30 minutes on a rolling rig to check the wheels still work.
Ease of use
Three testers take the bags loaded with 4kg for a stroll. They move in and out of an elevator, down stairs and through a doorway. They drag the bags across carpet, a cement path and asphalt. They consider handle comfort and length, noise, and overall stability in two-wheel and four-wheel use (if applicable).
04 Oct 2015, Robert T.
Product use: 1 - 3 months
At 1.8 kg this is as lightweight and well constructed as a carryon gets. In the past 2 years airlines have started weighing carry-ons limiting them to 7.5kg. Case tare weight has become a priority. I gained an extra 20% payload by switching from my 4yr old samsonite which had a failed zipper (and id repaired the extending handle twice after samsonite couldnt fix it). Other features of the bag are as good as any and it comes with a ten year warranty. (Hint; tuck the receipt in the bag lining, so you wont lose it) At NZD139 this stands out, a very good product at a competitive price.
Cant think of any. Its just done 7 international flights and hasn't missed a beat. Im very happy with it. Ill update the report in 10 years time if you like.
Consumer don't list one of the key considerations in selecting a bag, its tare weight. Perhaps Consumer might quickly update the test reports and add this key quantifiable feature to all the test report headings on the website.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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