So you've decided that you want to buy a suitcase for your next trip? Fantastic.
Here are five great check-in sized case options well worth considering.
A long-time favorite of flight crews and frequent travelers, the TravelPro Crew range has several features that make it worth adding to your shortlist.
The 26" Rollaboard version comes with reinforced zips, a multi-stop aluminium handle and coated, heavy-duty nylon construction for extra durability, as well as the company's patented 'MagnaTrac' wheels that quickly return to the straight-ahead position after a turn.
It expands an extra two inches for when you really need the space, and has multiple mesh compartments and full-length pockets for cramming in all the little extras. Full-length compression straps, leather carry handles and a limited lifetime warranty complete the picture.
Is the Osprey Shuttle a suitcase or duffel? You could argue for either – but in the end it doesn't matter. No matter what you call it, this soft-sided wheeled case has plenty of carrying capacity (80 liters), yet weighs barely seven pounds.
Internally it's split into two compartments, with plenty of organizers and side compartments to keep everything organised. There's also an external magazine holder, and a pocket for quick access to documents at the airport. Large wheels provide better stability on rough ground, and heavy-duty nylon provides reasonable protection as far as soft-sided bags go.
The Gregory Alpaca is one of those rare breeds of luggage that manages to combine features of a suitcase, duffel and backpack without being hopeless at everything. The huge wheels ride freely over cobblestones and gravel, while the aluminium handle is wide, sturdy and easy to use without the case smashing into your heels.
A clip-on strap allows for easy carrying up stairs or over sand, and the foam and heavy-duty nylon construction provide extra protection for your gear. This isn't a cheap piece of luggage, but with a lifetime warranty and features that lift it above the crowd, it's money well spent.
Victorinox luggage has a long-held reputation for quality, and if you're looking for a stylish hard-shell suitcase, it's hard to go past the Spectra 29. The 100% polycarbonate construction will keep your gear protected in transit (albeit with the occasional dent), with an integrated TSA-approved lock for extra security.
The aluminium handle locks into three positions to accommodate travelers of different heights, and the four-wheeled design provides extra stability and ease of transport in narrow spaces. It's not light, but that's typical for hard-shell cases.
Premium cases like this need to come with premium features, and the Victorinox range does, with a free bag tracking program that promises to reunite you with your lost luggage anywhere in the world, and the ability to register your lock combination on the company's website in case it's ever forgotten.
If you'd prefer a brand-name suitcase without the high prices, check out the Samsonite Lift 25". The company has been making luggage for over a century, and has a loyal customer base. The Lift 25 is a relatively lightweight case, with a high-quality alloy pull handle, side and top grab handles and four spinner wheels for easy maneuverability on flat surfaces.
The color options are distinctive enough to be able to spot easily on the luggage carousel, and the robust zipper and fabric will stand up to most of the abuse that errant bag handlers and taxi drivers can dish out.
Looking for something a little smaller? Here are 5 great carry-on luggage options instead!