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Top 5 Softside Suitcase Review

A soft side luggage suitcase offers more flexibility than it's hardcase suitcase counterpart as it's made from a flexible material. This implies it's a lot more straightforward to fit extra luggage into tight spaces. As a soft-sided suitcase offers more organisational versatility with its additional pockets and external pockets you can access your luggage faster than you would with a hardshell suitcase, for example, your in transit and need a new pair of socks. You can simply pull out a new pair of socks which you packed in the external pockets. Another advantage is a soft case occupies less room when they are open which can allow you to lean your suitcase up against the wall and open the lid, this way you can get away with not unpacking on short stays, or partially unpacking.

However, if security is a top priority then a hard shell suitcase is recommended as a soft side suitcase offers limited security. A soft-sided suitcase offers less protection to valuable items such as digital devices so if you're travelling with valuable items then a hard shell suitcase would be my recommendation to provide extra protection against damage.

If a soft-sided luggage suitcase is your preference the Mr Travel tools has selected the top 5 soft sided luggage to purchase.

Related: Top 5 Hardshell Suitcase Review


IT Luggage World's Lightest 74cm Four Wheel Spinner Suitcase Burgundy

IT luggage suitcase is the world's lightest suitcase weighing in at 2.2 at 74 cm. It's got ample room for you to store your belongings. The mesh pockets and front pockets will help keep your luggage organised to your personal accordance. The four spinner wheels make this suitcase easy to manoeuvre around. The telescopic handle is comfortable with its full-width cushion design which makes this suitcase comfortable when pulling it around for a longer duration of time.


Key Features

1.

4 spinners wheels.

2.

 Packing Straps to hold luggage in place

3.

Front pockets

4.

Mesh pockets

5.

Top and side carry handles

6.

Tough fibre-glass structure

7.

10-year warranty

Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • Spacious inside
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Handles are easy to grip

Cons

  • Not durable due to light suitcase framework

Verdict

 Our Rating

If you hate travelling around with heavy suitcases then this suitcase may provide you with the perfect solution to your problem. It's extremely lightweight and with its comfortable handles, you will travel with this suitcase a pleasurable experience. As well as being lightweight this suitcase offers a lot of room to store your luggage without having to worry about going over your airline luggage allowance limit. Overall this suitcase offer practicality as well as being comfortable to travel with however due to its lightweight design it's more prone to wear and tear which means it may not last you more than two to three travel trips however it does come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. It luggage suitcase is not ideal if you're travelling with valuable fragile items as it offers limited protection against damage.



Travelpro Luggage Maxlite

The max light carry on travel suitcase has been designed to be lightweight a very generous amount of space for your luggage. This suitcase allows you to pack your luggage in an organised intelligent and flexible manner with front and side compartments as well as the mesh pocket inside the suitcase. The four wheels along with the adjustable handle allow for smooth handling and manoeuvring of the suitcase. It will remain stable even with expanded packing.


Key Features

1.

Compact design

2.

Telescopic Handle

3.

4 multi-directional wheels

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact size meets international carry-on luggage airline requirements
  • Spacious
  • Zippers are heavy duty and contain a locking mechanism to be easily used in conjunction with TSA locks.
  • The inside storage compartment contains 2 straps to keep  luggage essentials in place.
  • Polyester fabric makes the suitcase  stain-resistant, water-repellant.

Cons

  • Has a common look.
  • Not as durable 

Verdict

 Our Rating

If organisation is your top priority for you then this is a suitcase for you. The storage compartments and mesh pocket allows you to separate your luggage to your accordance. Large exterior zipped pockets will be perfect for you to store your magazines books or even tablets to make it more accessible and quicker to access them when required. The expandable nature of the suitcase will allow you to easily pack extra luggage items if required. While durability lets this suitcase down it still stain resistant and water repellent which gives it the edge over  the IT Luggage suitcase



The Samsonite Wheeled Underseater

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is a smart looking ultra lightweight suitcase. It comes with push button locking handle with 2 smooth scrolling wheels which minimise the frictional resistance of the wheel thus increasing its durability. The suitcase is made from polyester and nylon fabrics materials making it strong and durable with the ability to withstand the test of time.  IT Comes with an external wetpack pocket with a removable 3- 1-1 bag perfect to hold small items.it comes a side water bottle pocket for extra convenience.


Key Features

1.

​​​​Push button locking handle.

2.

 Side and front compartments to organise your luggage.

3.

Removable hanging organiser pouch

4.

Internal wet pack pockets

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Smart looking
  • Compact but spacious
  • Durable

Cons

  • Only has two wheels 
  • Some of the pockets might be too small
  • May not fit under certain aeroplane seats.

Verdict

 Our Rating

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is a smart looking well-designed carry on suitcase. It is perfect for storing your travel accessories with its removable hanging organiser pouch which can be used to store your toiletries essentials. The side and front storage compartments allow you to store your belongings in an organised manner which ensures you do not waste time searching through your luggage to find that certain item that you require.
As well as being lightweight and compact the Samsonite wheeled underseater is durable and will last you for many trips so you will not need to worry about replacing it anytime soon.

As it will fit under your aeroplane seat you will save times and hassle without the need to deal with overhead storage compartments which can be a pain at times. It also makes your luggage more accessible to you during your flight. However, if you do over pack then it may not fit under your aeroplane seat.

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is perfect for weekend breaks short breaks and business travel meetings. Overall this suitcase is well rounded and value for money which meets its purpose



American Tourister splash

American Tourister splash is a sturdy spacious carry on suitcase which comes in three unique colours  (dark, sunlight based rose and turquoise)and has three distinct sizes, (21", 25" and 29") it is, relatively lightweight despite been constructed from durable materials. The zippers are heavy-duty and have stitched in carefully. This carry on suitcase is stable when positioned upright. handle extended. The extended handles feel study and will retract smoothly when required even when the suitcase is overpacked. The 2 wheels move smoothly ensuring you can manoeuvre this suitcase easily. Inside the suitcase There is a lot of pockets and compartments to keep things separated, and there are huge amounts of room all through the firmly packed case for garments, toiletries and such.


Key Features

1.

Cushioned top and side convey handles.

2.

 Expandable when required to fit extra luggage.

3.

Large front panel for additional organization.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Spacious with plenty of pockets
  • Easy to manoeuvre with its sturdy and firm wheels

Cons

  • Customer reports of the zipper  breaking off  easily
  • Durable but prone to wear and tear after 2 to 3 trips.

Verdict

 Our Rating

If you're after a soft case carry on suitcase while on  a tight budget but without having to compromise on style, functionality, space then this is the suitcase for you. This suitcase not only looks fantastic it's built in a way that makes it sturdy and easy to manoeuvre with its extendable handle. The interior design of a suitcase allows you to maximize the space for packing your luggage and as it's expandable you can squeeze in the extra piece of luggage you may require for your vacation. Overall this suitcase is ideal for short vacations. It exceeds expectations however it's not recommended as a long-term carry on suitcase as it's prone to wear and tear after a few trips which is understandable based on the price. For the short-term the American Tourister Splash  will be durable and will not let you down.



The Eastpak Travellers Hand Luggage

The Eastpak travellers hand luggage is robust soft-sided suitcase which is made from Polyester.it comes with compression straps on the side of the case which you can adjust according to how much luggage you're carrying. At the back of the bag, it has a hardback and twin plastic rails for extra durability. The suitcase comes with a  metal telescopic handle which extends 43 cm from the back of the bag. Transfer bags are available in a variety of colours from, black, navy silky Grey red to name a few. Its lightweight construction means its unladen weight is only 3.1 The transfer bags are considered much more eco-friendly with the exclusion of PVC. the products wheels include individual bearings and a metal axle for maximum strength. As for security features, this hand luggage comes with an extra tag which allows you to padlock the two zips to the main body. The interior of the suitcase two main compartments on each side of the bag. A small document holder is included on one side of the bag. first main compartment has  2 elasticated retaining straps which are designed to stop certain items of clothing from moving around during transit.


Key Features

1.

TSA locks.

2.

 Two interior zippered compartments.

3.

Compression straps.

4.

Suitcase overlays away effectively when you're not utilizing it.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • 78-litre storage capacity
  • Twofold Deck Compartments

Cons

  • Uneven Balance: Both compartments should be uniformly gathered for the bag to stand upstanding.

Verdict

 Our Rating

The Eastpak travellers hand luggage it on the pricey side but you get full value for money. It's a secure robust stylish hand luggage suitcase made from durable material making it a long-term investment. Due to the large storage capacity it is suitable for long and short stay holidays. If the organisation is a top priority then this suitcase can allow you to utilise it's internal twofold deck compartments to separate your luggage to your accordance.


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