Updated 23 Mar 2018

Kmart

45.5cm Soft Lightweight Case 42343561

Snapshot: The Kmart 45.5cm Soft Lightweight Case 42343561 has 4 swivel wheels. But how does it perform?

45.5cm Soft Lightweight Case 42343561
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$55

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Test results

Overall score
81
Lift and drop
?/10
Puncture
?/10
Rain
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Move and carry
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent performance in the lift and drop test.
  • Very good puncture resistance.
  • OK rain resistance.
  • Very easy to move and carry.
  • Very comfortable extendable handle.
  • Meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage size.
  • Has a side handle.
  • Has two external and one internal pockets.

But

  • Doesn't meet Jetstar carry-on baggage size.

Extended review

Not doing quite as well as the Kmart hard case, this inexpensive soft case is still good enough to recommend. It came through our lift and drop test undamaged, had very good puncture resistance and was OK at keeping water out. We thought it was very easy to move and carry, with a very comfortable handle. At 2.3kg it was one of the heaviest soft cases. Its dimensions meant it would only meet Air New Zealand carry-on bag limits, not Jetstar’s. For an inexpensive model, it still came with a side handle, and external and internal pockets. You’d need to supply a lock to secure the zip though.

How we test

Overall score includes:

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

Key data

Model

Avg price
$55
Type
Soft-shell

More test results

Handle comfort
8.5
Weight
6.0

Specifications

Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
57 x 37 x 22
Size
116cm
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand
Expandable
×
Weight (kg)
2.25
Stability (degrees)
10-15
Number of wheels
4

Features

Extendable handle length (cm)
56
Extendable handle positions
3
Backpack straps
×
Top handles
Side handles
External pockets
2
Internal pockets
1
Internal divider
×
Zip padlock hole
TSA lock
×