Updated 30 Sep 2015

High Sierra

Composite V2 Wheel Duffel 56cm

Snapshot: The High Sierra Composite V2 Wheel Duffel 56cm soft-shell suitcase has 2 wheels and 2 external pockets. How does it perform?

Composite V2 Wheel Duffel 56cm
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Test results

Overall score
Lift and drop
Ease of use
Drag and move

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.
  • Has 2 external pockets.
  • Has a hide-away backpack harness.
  • Meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage size.


  • 2 non-swivel wheels.


The point of difference for this case is its backpack harness that can be hidden behind a fabric panel when not in use. Our testers liked this feature as it “freed up both hands”, although some commented the hard base was uncomfortable against their back. Without the harness they still found it very easy to drag and move around. The bag survived 300 lift and drop cycles with no damage and was good at resisting penetration by sharp objects. Not as good was the amount of water it leaked in our rain test – the inside of the case was very wet. It only meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage rules.

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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

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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Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
55 x 36 x 24
Size (cm)
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand only.
Weight (kg)
Stability (degrees)
Number of wheels
Extendable handle length (cm)
Extendable handle positions


Backpack straps
Top handles
Side handles
External pockets
Internal divider
Zip padlock hole
TSA lock

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