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The Delsey Chatelet 55cm copes admirably with abuse, breezing through our drop and puncture tests. Our testers found it very easy to use, thought the handle was comfortable and liked the braked wheels. Like most cases we tested, it leaked water through the extendable handle holes. At 3.7kg it is heavy for a carry-on case and its size means it only meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage criteria, so its calling might be as a small, robust and easy-to-use checked-in bag.
Overall score includes:
We loaded the bags with 4kg of clothing and checked how far they could tilt without falling over.
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.
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).
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