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Global travel search site Skyscanner has set about testing the toughness of suitcases to reveal the brand most likely to withstand even the most adventurous of holiday trips.

The survivors from left to right: Eminent Move Air; Delsey Helium; LuggageX 77

The survivors from left to right: Eminent Move Air; Delsey Helium; LuggageX 77

A selection of ‘tough tests’ were filmed to see just how much rough-handling each piece of luggage could take. These included a simulated fall, a beating with a sledge hammer and even being stomped on by a 150kg man (the same weight as a juvenile polar bear).

Finally, the suitcases were put through one additional test- having an entire car dropped on them.

Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte explains: “We know luggage can cop a battering on trips overseas, so we wanted to see how durable the average suitcase really is. We put a selection of brands to the test in our very own suitcase destruction lab. The results were so impressive it led us to take our experiments a step further; were any so invincible that they could withstand even having a car land on them? We were surprised to find out the answer was yes – there are some seriously tough cases out there.”

Skyscanner put to the test luggage from a wide range of budgets from $40 to $600, and included premium brands as well as some lesser known challengers. Astonishingly, three of the eight tested cases emerged from all the trials– including the car drop – in usable condition. The survivors, and winners of Skyscanner’s ultimate suitcase test, were the Eminent Move Air, the Delsey Helium, and LuggageX 77,  – proving that the toughest pieces of kit out there don’t necessarily come with the biggest price tag.

To watch the tough tests in action visit http://www.skyscanner.com.au/news/best-luggage-reviewed-8-suitcases-tested-destruction The full results are as follows:

 Suitcase Cost Functionality score Tough Test score Value for Money score Verdict
Eminent Move Air From  $195 

The Luggage Professionals

http://theluggageprofessionals.com.au/

 

4/5Comes with a five year guarantee, sturdy double-spinner wheels and combination TSA lock. 5/5A real winner. Made with Makrolon® polycarbonate, this survived even the car drop in surprisingly good condition. 4/5May not be the cheapest in the list, but it is light, functional and incredibly durable. Best for frequent flyers 

*Suitcase Survivor*

Delsey Helium From $429 

The Luggage Professionals

http://theluggageprofessionals.com.au/

 

Or Myer

http://www.myer.com.au/

 

5/5Boasting a 10 year guarantee, 4 single-spinner wheels, a combination TSA lock and telescopic handles. 5/5Very tough indeed, surviving all challenges. 4/5One of the most expensive suitcases tested, but for good reason: impressively hard-wearing and highly functional to boot, it’ll last a lifetime. Best investment piece 

*Suitcase Survivor*

Luggage X 77 From £79.99 

Amazon.co.uk

4/5Comes with a one-year guarantee, multidirectional 360 degree wheels, retracting handle, TSA combination lock and spring-back carry handles. 5/5Claims to be ‘virtually indestructible’, and they’re right. Survived all tests with minimal damage. 5/5A lesser-known brand and great value, plus it’s tough as can be, having survived with barely a dent. Best all rounder 

*Suitcase Survivor*

Karabar K-Bar-130 Medium From £29.95 

Amazon.co.uk

4/5Features a three year guarantee, four single-spinner wheels, combination TSA lock and telescopic handle. 3/5Made it past the stimulated fall test but cracked on the stomp tests. 5/5A functional piece of luggage offering good value. Best for price
Antler Talara £79.97 

Amazon.co.uk

5/5Features a 10 year warranty, easy-glide 360 degree spin wheels, two tough handles, central locking trolley system plus a telescopic handle. 3/5Survived the first three tests, but began to show signs of stress, and was completely crumpled by the car drop. 4/5A stylish piece of luggage that’ll stand up well to normal travel wear and tear. Best for style
Samsonite Cosmolite From $549 

The Luggage Professionals

http://theluggageprofessionals.com.au/

5/5Four multi-directional spinner wheels, lightweight pull handle, top carry handle, a TSA combination lock and protected zippers. 4/5Strong and scratch-resistant, this piece of luggage survived all tests bar the car-drop, which left a small hole in its side. 3/5The most expensive case tested, which is to be expected from such a well-known brand. A good quality piece of kit. Best for design
Roncato Flexi From £83.16 

Amazon.co.uk

5/5Comes with combination lock, telescopic handle, tough side handles, internal elastic straps, mesh dividing compartment, toiletries pocket and a detachable pouch. 3/5Made from a heavy and ridged material, this case broke open at the stimulated fall test and shattered in the car drop test.

 

4/5Well priced and functional, though quite heavy and the least tough of the lot. Best for functionality
Borderline Trolley Case From £23Amazon.co.uk 3/5Four-spinner wheels and a zip that comes with built-in locking mechanism and a padlock. 2/5Faltered after the stimulated fall test, culminating in a large split in the casing by the end of the testing day. 4/5The cheapest of all the suitcases, this isn’t a piece of lifetime luggage – but fine for occasional use. Best for weekend getaways

 

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