Luggage and Suitcases – A Buyers Guide
Suitcases have been essential travel equipment since the very early ages of modern civilisation, with luggage then being known as trunks. Luggage in its purest sense is an object which transports equipment, food and other supplies.
Early suitcases were constructed using animal skin, dried, strengthened and then shaped in to crude box shapes for storage. More modern imaginings of a suitcase used plywood or fibreboard with a fabric covering to form a more stable and stronger case.
Types of luggage
Today there are many different types of luggage to suit all occasions and purposes. Here is a brief list of these types:
Roller suitcases – these are traditional suitcases with either 2 or 4 wheels at the base for improved mobility, these are the most common type of case that most people would associate with the word luggage
Trolley bags – wheeled bags which tend to have handles in the middle for horizontal carrying, also known as wheeled holdalls
Cabin cases – also known as hand luggage or carry-on, these are smaller and lighter versions of roller cases designed to fit within airline restrictions for carry-on luggage. Usually a copy of the bigger suitcases, but sometimes feature slight specific changes due to weight and size restrictions.
Garment carriers – these are like suitcases, but are specifically designed to carry clothes which must be kept crease free during transmit. These usually feature built in hangers and a zip up holder to keep clothes clean.
A modern case will be designed to resist abrasion and scratching, using tough hard-wearing materials such as high denier nylon and ABS plastic.
In an effort to reduce weight whilst still offering high levels of protection, many modern cases use a hybrid combination of materials, these range from a complex mix of nylon and ABS plastic to Carbon Fibre.
With so many cases on the market, it’s difficult to know what to look for, so here’s some of the latest features’ you should be looking for when purchasing your next case:
TSA locks – These represent the pinnacle of luggage locks and can be opened by airport officials if they need to inspect contents, rather than having to cut open the locks
Expanding – An expanding case has a section which can be unzipped to provide extra space, or zipped up to preserve the look and dimensions of the case.
Telescopic trolley system – This means that the handles on a suitcase can shrink down inside the case making for a much smaller overall size and convenience of use
Example of a modern suitcase
Today’s luggage is all about looks, lightness and durability and these two cases by Antler deliver in all of those aspects.
The Duolite range is their lightest ever at only 2.9kg for the large case – a phenomenal achievement. This ultra light weight has been attained by the use of hybrid nylon and ABS construction and a revolutionary frameless construction. This allows the range to be lightweight, whilst still retaining durability and effortless contemporary styling.
Antler is the UK’s no.1 luggage provider