The Humble Suitcase
Today I’d like to talk about suitcases and in particular 3 piece suitcases. These are getting more popular but are they any good? Well, as with anything these days, you get what you pay for. So the answer is both “yes” and “no”.
The Pros and Cons of the Three Piece Luggage Set
But here I want to concentrate on what makes a good suitcase and what to look out for. But first, why a three piece luggage set?
There are two main benefits. The first is that most manufacturers make each one big enough to fit the next size down. So when the cases are not in use and don’t take a lot of space. They’re all nicely stored inside one and other.
The second reason is the motif (outer design pattern), having three cases of any description and trying to locate them on a the baggage handling system, at any airport, is hard. But luckily for us they come in an assortment of different colors, patterns and motifs. Just take a look at the ones you can see here http://3pieceluggage.com Each of the three cases carries the same design as the others. Which makes keeping track of them and finding them after a flight – easy peasy.
Suitcase Features you Must Have
But what should you look at in a 3 piece luggage set or any suitcase for that matter?
Modern plastics are now very hardy and even cheap cases rarely tear or rip. Just avoid the ultra, ultra cheap as you might have problems with the skin of these case.
The Suitcase Zip
The big areas are the zip and the casters. These are what make or break a case and you don’t want to find that your suitcase has a design flaw in one of these areas and especially not when travelling.
Most case designers are striving for elegance, designer chic if you will. But this is not always the best way to select features for your case. The zip wants to be rugged and tough. Go for the biggest zip that you can find in the store.
The Suitcase Casters
Casters and another area where designers go for small and cute. Whereas they should go for big and bold. Small wheels will easily clog up with airport fluff and sometimes break. Then you have a suitcase that won’t move to well or wants to veer off to the side instead of travelling straight.
It’s the same as the zip, go for bigger more substantial wheels. They’ll reward you in the long run.
As for compartments and internal pockets and things, they’re okay but not as important as the case structure itself. So always focus on the zip and the casters and then suitcase will last a long time.