In order to correctly select a suitcase, you should pay attention to its five most important criteria. Having defined your requirements by these criteria, you will definitely find such a suitcase with which you will be satisfied.
1. The number of wheels
First of all, pay attention to the wheels themselves. It is very important that their external surface is not plastic. A good coating will be the same as the wheels on roller skates: polyurethane (usually referred to as “gel”, “silicone” or “rubberized”). Such wheels practically do not rub off on the asphalt, do not make noise, well absorb vibration when driving on an uneven surface. How to check: what is the surface of the wheel made of? There is a very simple way: click on the surface with something sharp (but not cutting), for example, with a fingernail. If a dent is formed, then it is a polyurethane coating, if not, then a plastic one.
Suitcases are either two-wheeled or four-wheeled. Definitely say which type is better is impossible. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
- The main advantage is durability. At the same time remember, those wheels whose fasteners are recessed into the trunk case will be strong.
- Sustainability. It is two-wheeled suitcases more convenient to roll on uneven surfaces. For example, on cobblestones, poor asphalt, puddles, wet snow, sand and
- The suitcase needs to be pulled after itself, which means you will feel a lot of your luggage, which will certainly darken the journey.
- Limited maneuverability. Two-wheeled suitcases move either backward or forward and only tilted. And if you need to deploy it or take a ride in a very narrow space, which happens regularly on any journey, you will have to take a heavy suitcase in your hands,
Four-wheeled suitcases (spinners)
- Maneuverability. Such suitcases move freely in all directions, and also pass narrow spaces without any problems, unlike two-wheeled suitcases. For example, turnstiles in the subway or narrow corridors of hotels.
- Travel “light”. Unlike two-wheeled suitcases, you will not feel the weight of baggage in any maneuver: rolling around, turning, dragging in narrow spaces. Travelers who have used a spinner case at least do not return to two-wheeled suitcases.
- Vulnerability in the design of mounting the wheel. The wheels of any spinner case are mounted on the outside of the case. Imagine the loading process at the airport: your suitcase may be under hundreds of kilograms of other baggage, or another “heavyweight” may fall on the suitcase wheel. In such a situation can only “survive” a very secure mount. So, you should purchase a suitcase from a trusted manufacturer at a high price. Or do not use an inexpensive spinner for air travel.
- Limited stability. On a very rough surface, such as paving stones, the spinner may be unstable due to the small size of the wheel. In two-wheeled suitcases, the wheel diameter is still greater, and therefore, compared with spinners, the probability of its falling into joints between tiles and stones is lower.
Immediately, we note that the ideal volume of a suitcase for all occasions does not happen. Suitcase dimensions should be selected separately for each type of travel.
There are 3 main sizes: large (height 70 cm and above), medium (height 60-65 cm) and small (height 50 – 55 cm). There are also intermediate sizes.
If you are going on vacation, in flight, in exchange training and
Remember, you need to choose a suitcase as a difficult-technical thing. Do not take the time for this trip.
If you are not going to make a lot of purchases on a trip, but you want to take all the necessary things with you, the middle case will be enough. It is better if this suitcase also has an extension.
Small suitcases can be carried into the cabin as hand luggage. Just remember that each airline has its own limitations on the amount of such baggage. The ability to carry a suitcase on board an aircraft significantly reduces the time spent at the airport, since you do not need to take and receive your luggage. Such suitcases are intended more likely for short trips to one person, for example, on a business trip. In this case, you can safely take a four-wheeled suitcase, without thinking about the reliability of these wheels. After all, it is not necessary to drop it in the luggage, which means there will be no risk of breaking even a fragile wheel during loading.
3. Body Material
All suitcases can be divided into 3 groups: soft, hard and mixed luggage.
Consider the features of soft and hard luggage.
Soft or textile luggage.
It can be made of polyester, nylon, teflon coated textiles, etc.
The advantage of polyester: the most inexpensive. But harder to clean.
The advantage of nylon: easier to clean than polyester, but may be a little more expensive. Visually, it differs from polyester by a light flare of thread.
The advantage of materials with Teflon coating: do not pass through a liquid, practically does not pollute, it is very easy to clean. Of course, such bags will be more expensive than nylon ones.
The advantages of soft luggage:
- usually have an increase in volume compared to hard luggage;
- Structurally more durable when compared with hard luggage in the same price category. That is, if you are counting on buying a large suitcase of thousands for 5 rubles, then the soft luggage case here will be stronger than the hard case. Durable hard suitcase will be more durable than soft.
The cheapest plastic bags in this group. At the same time, it is the most vulnerable material, since it can crack if it is hit hard. It is worth thinking about this only in the case of traveling by air, since it is during air transportation that strong blows are possible. When transporting by car or train, plastic suitcases have nothing to fear.
More expensive will be suitcases, the cover of which contains ABS film (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). The cost of the coating of polycarbonate and polypropylene is even more expensive than ABS. The listed materials are elastic, with a strong blow can only be washed, but not get cracked.
The advantages of hard luggage:
- less dirty and easier to clean than soft luggage;
- more often have bright and non-standard colors than soft luggage;
- better protect fragile things (for example, glass) due to the inflexible frame.
There are 2 types of hard luggage surfaces: glossy (looks like varnished) and textured (rough to the touch). Many buyers like the glossy surface more, but they worry that it can get scratched. The surface of these suitcases behaves like the surface of a car. They probably noticed that in the area of the handle for opening the door of the same Mercedes there are a lot of scratches. This does not mean that the painting of the car is done poorly. To avoid such trouble, before handing over the suitcase to the carrier, we recommend wearing a protective cover (which is commercially available) or wrapping it with a disposable film (for example, at the airport). As for the textured surface, then more often it does not scare any scratches.