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Before purchasing this expensive item you need give a lot of thought as to exactly what you want for your money. The main benefit of it is the weight. It is very light and allows you to pack more which is especially advantageous when using carriers with 20kg limits. The other benefit is the ease in which you can wheel the case through airports etc. However, the down side(s) is due to the very thin shell, there is very little protection for items inside the case. Don't forget this is the suitcase that is advertised falling off a cars roof and being crushed by a lorry.... Indestructible??
After my first transatlantic journey, when coming off the luggage belt the case was dented in more than one place and scratched. It looked a 'well used' case after only one journey. The dents do push out from the inside, but it is quite a shock when you first see it. The second transatlantic flight resulted in the same outcome but this time the dent on the spine of the case didn't push out and the interior compartmental fabric and zip were torn and the stitching pulled away. I contacted Samsonite UK regarding warranty or repairs and the only repair centre is in Maidenhead. A collection fee is charged to send the case away. The suitcase was deemed 'unrepairable' and as it is not a manufacturers fault but 'airline damage', the warranty stops there. The claim for damage should have been made through the airline and most have a 7 day reporting policy. Lesson learned, report any damage immediately at the airport.
If you want a very lightweight suitcase then the decision you have is 'would a fabric one would offer exactly the same 'protection' for your garments etc. as this very lightweight 'shell'. The cost of a fabric case versus this expensive 'spinner'?
This is a superbly constructed hand luggage case! very tough and looks great. It arrived promptly however I was a little confused how to open the case at first as I couldn't find the key for the lock. As it so happens, it has a key hole but comes with no key. This is meant for airport security to unlock your case without needing the code so they can check your things. To open the TSA lock initially you press in the discreet side button and afterwards you can set a unique lock combination code. Its pricier than its competitors but you get what you pay for with this product.
Not exactly the same as our other Firelite Suitcases and not as pictured. Will post images later. The zip is different. Our old ones were basically invisible, covered by the light gray/silver lining. This suitcase has exposed zippers, which I dislike. Also, the handles look different. They look like they are missing the top piece and feels a bit flimsier. I wonder whether there has been a redesign and why. I'll keep it for now and hope the quality isn't sub-standard. Hoping not to have to lower the rating!
Light weight and easy to push round. This was a second one as we already have another Samsonite lite suitcase that has travelled a few times round various airports. You always get a few scratches but so far Samsonite lite suitcases are working very well for us. If you want a light suitcase you have to except it will have a degree of flexibility.
The case is pretty robust but after just thirteen months the wheels are buckling on their stalks and one has disappeared completely. Airlines don't cover wheel or handle damage so be prepared for an expensive under bed box.