Samsonite make great suitscases and the Firelite, Cosmolite and Lite Shock are perhaps some of the most impressive yet.
Why? Because both of these models are insanely light and strong.
They use a new thermoplastic technology called "Curv" that allows them to be crushed and they will reform almost perfectly.
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Now let's take a look at how these two models compare.
Most of the features on these two models are very similar, so first I want to dive into the sizes and weights.
Both have a 20 inch and 28 inch model. The Firelite then has the 30 inch as the largest, while the Cosmolite has a 32 inch.
As far as weight goes, all of them are super-lightweight but the Cosmolite range has about a 10% weight reduction compared to the Firelite series.
The lightest of them all though is the Lite Shock which is an impressive 10% lighter than the other (already insanely light) suitcases in this comparison.
20 inch Spinner
28 inch Spinner
30 inch Spinner
32 inch Spinner
The other major difference between these two models is the overall look of the case.
The Firelite has a simple design with large horizontal and curved ribs slowly making their way up the side of the case.
It is a very modern looking case that will certainly stand out from most of those tired and worn looking softcases you see on the luggage carousel.
The material has a brushed metal kind of look with a little reflective shine to add to the glamor of the case.
And this particular series suits both men and women well.
With the cosmolite Samsonite have changed the weight and the design a bit to make it stand out even more.
They have gone for a bit of a shell look, with lines flowing up vertically from the bottom and curving outwards.
They are more defined and deep than on the firelite and perhaps give the suitcase a little more feminine flair (but maybe it is just me?).
For the rest (handles, zippers, wheels etc) you can see that they are very similar cases.
As I mentioned earlier, these cases are otherwise very similar. But, it's worth checking out what those "similar" features actually are.
The clamshell design that both of these models have it quite common in suitcases today, and for a very good reason.
This design allows you to pack your closes in both halves more easily. Separating out different types of clothes, as well as just accessing more of your clothes more easily.
The bottom half has the criss-cross elastic straps to keep everything in place.
The top half has the mesh zippered panel to keep things in place when you open the case.
And, there is a smaller zippered panel in the middle for all that small and hard to pack stuff you have.
With a built in combination lock, the Samsonite cases are good to go no matter where you are. No keys required!
And, they are TSA compliant, which means you don't have to worry about your lock getting cut open for an inspection in the back of the airport (happened to me more than once).
So, having a TSA compatible locks is a must these days and the Travelpro Maxlite Hardside series has them built right int!
Spinner wheels are all the rage right now. And I totally get it.
All you need to do is push your case along and the wheels do the rest. Whether you are checking into to the flight or your hotel, it is super-easy with spinner wheels :>
So, it's also important that they are smooth, quiet and spin with ease. Samsonite has you covered there too
The Travelpro team knows that your wheels have to last, so they have built some quality, light-weight and quiet wheels that are going to last.
They rotate 360 degrees on the spinner models allowing you to easily move around and change direction. You can also tip those and use them on two wheels, which I like to do when the going gets tough (gravel, cobbles etc). Another reason to love the spinners!
There are two retracting handles (top and side) as well as the usual telescopic handle we all know and love.
The zipper is also waterproofed which is a nice touch.
Each model also has a range of stand-out colors to help you look great while traveling and find your case easily when it shoots out on the carousel.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!