Updated 30 Sep 2015

Antler

Aire B1 4W Cabin Case

Snapshot: The Antler Aire B1 4W Cabin Case soft-shell suitcase has 4 swivel wheels and an external pocket. But how does it perform?

Aire B1 4W Cabin Case
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$349

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Test results

Overall score
83
Lift and drop
?/10
Puncture
?/10
Rain
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Drag and move
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent performance in the lift and drop test.
  • Good puncture resistance.
  • OK rain resistance.
  • Very easy to drag and move.
  • Very good handle comfort.
  • Meets Air New Zealand and Emirates carry-on baggage size.
  • Has 4 swivel wheels.
  • Has an external pocket.
  • Has TSA-approved lock.
  • Lightweight.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

Review

The Antler Aire B1 4W Cabin Case survived 300 lift and drop cycles with no damage and was good at resisting penetration by sharp objects. At 2.1kg, it is one of the lightest cases we tested, leaving more capacity for your belongings without exceeding the carry-on weight limit. It has useful features like an external pockets and a built-in TSA-approved lock and it is small enough to meet carry-on baggage rules for Air New Zealand and Emirates.

Full test

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Lift and drop (30 percent)
  • Puncture (15 percent)
  • Rain (15 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Our tests

Stability
We loaded the bags with 4kg of clothing and checked how far they could tilt without falling over.

Rain
Whether it’s when wheeling your bag to the airport, or finding the bag trolley was left out on the runway in the rain, some level of water resistance is useful. We put bags lined with dry newsprint paper upright under a shower rig for 10 minutes to assess their water resistance.

Puncture
To test resistance to sharp objects, our rig dropped a metal cone onto the case and we measured the diameter of the resulting puncture mark.

Lift and drop
Our rig snatches the bag up (testing the handle) and drops it from a height of 900mm onto its base and wheels. We repeat this 300 times or until it fails, whichever comes first. Bags that survive the drop test are tested for 30 minutes on a rolling rig to check the wheels still work.

Ease of use
Three testers take the bags loaded with 4kg for a stroll. They move in and out of an elevator, down stairs and through a doorway. They drag the bags across carpet, a cement path and asphalt. They consider handle comfort and length, noise, and overall stability in two-wheel and four-wheel use (if applicable).

Full specs

Model

Price guide
$349
Type
Soft-shell

Specifications

Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
57 x 34 x 22
Size (cm)
113
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand and Emirates.
Expandable
×
Weight (kg)
2.1
Stability (degrees)
10-15
Number of wheels
4
Extendable handle length (cm)
49
Extendable handle positions
3

Features

Backpack straps
×
Top handles
Side handles
External pockets
1
Internal divider
no
Zip padlock hole
TSA lock