The hardest suitcases to crack

The hardest suitcases to crack

02/05/2014 0 By Gayle Dickson

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.

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 NZ$45 to NZ$700, 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

The full results are as follows:

Hardest case




The Luggage Professionals


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