Tried & Tested

Samsonite Splendor Spinner

21 Sep 2015 by Jenny Southan
I am a big fan of four-wheel hard-shell cases, so I was looking forward to trying one from the new Samsonite Splendor Spinner range. The cases come in four sizes, starting from a cabin friendly 55cm model up to a large 81cm version for longer trips, and all come with sturdy retractable “double tube” handles. There is also a grip on the side so you can pick it up and rest it on the floor in a train carriage, for example, to stop it rolling away. Three colours – black, bronze and ivory – are available (although not in all sixes). With stylish yet protective polypropylene corners (edged in gold) and polyurethane leather detailing, the ridged surface of the bronze case has been coated in scratch-proof ABS material. (Those in ivory or black are made from Makrolon.) The sturdy double wheels are also edged with gold, assuring you that this is a piece of luxury luggage. Luckily, it stops short of being bling, though. The interior is also well-designed: on one side there is a compartment with elasticated cross ribbons that clip together to hold clothes in place; and on the other, a lined divider with waterproof and mesh pockets. Behind that is a zip-up section. A hangar that hooks into place inside is also provided to help you pack a suit neatly. For security, there is an integrated address label and TSA combi lock. I found the case easy to pack, with everything kept in place nicely so nothing fell out when you opened it. The wheels felt smooth and solid, making it easy to push (rather than drag) around streets, train platforms, pavements and airports. I used one of the larger 75cm models so checked it in for my journey – there were no visible scuffs after a couple of flights and even if you did get one or two after a while, they wouldn’t really show up. VERDICT This case is hard to fault – it’s really well made, tough, light and stylish. It's not cheap, of course, but Samonsite products are built to last. An excellent choice for business travellers looking for something contemporary. FACT FILE
  • SIZE 55cm (20in)/68cm (25in)/75cm (28in)/81cm (30in)
  • VOLUME 34l/67l/93l/124l
  • WEIGHT 2.9kg/3.7kg/4.5kg/5.3kg
  • PRICE £235/£249/£269/£285
  • WARRANTY Five years
Jenny Southan  
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