Who is just going to plan your next holiday, the question arises after the right luggage. Which case is best suited to your needs? While the choice between a hard case and a soft carrying case is much more than just a matter of personal taste. Both types of cases differ in many aspects such as stability, weight, longevity and flexibility. Different pros and cons by selecting the type of case may arise depending on the type of trip.
People with light come best through life. -Jakob Bosshart [Swiss novelist and poet]
Soft shell case are made of flexible materials such as nylon, polyester, canvas, leather or leatherette. The elastic properties of the materials used allow for a flexible package, which is an unbeatable advantage especially for travel by car, because as more baggage in the narrow trunk can be accommodated. For soft luggage, often additional side pockets are also outside attached to a suitcase that offer additional storage possibilities. The uppers of soft shell cases can simply be inserted if necessary. This way, you can vary the volume in a certain range. Who is accustomed to pack his bags, very full can, however, get problems with a hard shell case.
Another advantage of the “soft” materials is usually significantly lower weight. Just when the luggage over longer and longer distances must be worn or at check-in at the airport terminal, if the luggage is weighed, this proves genuine advantage. Who is much by bus and train, know that mostly all cases in a joint cargo space are housed and can damage quickly each other if the surface material is very hard. Unsightly scratches on the surface quickly undo even the most beautiful look. Soft luggage wears off outside the natural flexibility less quickly, can however have the disadvantage that improper use may cause deterioration of the contents of the soft shell case.
Hard in the take: sturdy suitcases and trolleys from hard shell
The biggest advantage of the hard shell case is evident here. By the used materials like shatterproof polycarbonate and polypropylene or high aluminium is very stable and generally more robust and less sensitive to knocks and bumps as a case of soft shell material. The contents of the trunk is much better protected against soft fabric covers and the risk of damage is thus minimized in advance. This is a clear especially on air travel plus. Also, hard shell case, due to the materials used, usually even longer-lasting. For frequent flyers, therefore the hard-shell case is the right choice because by luggage belts, pressure by other pieces of luggage in the cargo area, temperature and pressure differences and last but not least often does not soft handling by airport staff a suitcase is exposed to high levels of stress and wear and tear.
An aspect not to be underestimated is that hard shell materials often much easier to clean if dirty. This already a gently handle with a damp cloth is sufficient. The surface of a soft shell case is, however, not so easy to clean and many stains can be sometimes not removed. For this hard shell case are also more prone to scratches and scuffs. In addition, the volume of a hard shell suitcase through the solid material is unchangeable. At the same time can be hard but better stacking and not shirk. While soft shell case cover almost always with zippers, case hard shell with extra snap fasteners can be secure with a suitcase lock are equipped. Further extras such as telescopic bar handles, straps, and roles of transport is also convenient. Models with a TSA combination lockare particularly recommended. This not only better protects against theft as a simple zipper system, but is also against the background of intensified security measures in the international travel (especially for travel to the United States). TSA locks can be opened by entering the correct combination even without key. If a case has no TSA lock, it might happen that during the required search of baggage the conventional lock simply is broken by the security authorities.