Updated 30 Sep 2015

NZ Luggage Co

So-Lite AIR 46cm Softside Spinner

Snapshot: The NZ Luggage Co So-Lite AIR 46cm soft-shell suitcase has 4 swivel wheels. But how does it perform?

So-Lite AIR 46cm Softside Spinner
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$160

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Test results

Overall score
80
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.
  • OK puncture resistance.
  • OK rain resistance.
  • Easy to drag and move.
  • Very good handle comfort.
  • Meets Air New Zealand and Emirates carry-on baggage size.
  • Has 4 swivel wheels.
  • Has 2 external pockets.
  • Expandable.
  • Lightweight.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

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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
$160
Type
Soft-shell

Specifications

Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
55 x 35 x 24
Size (cm)
114
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand and Emirates.
Expandable
Weight (kg)
2.0
Stability (degrees)
10-15
Number of wheels
4
Extendable handle length (cm)
48
Extendable handle positions
2

Features

Backpack straps
×
Top handles
Side handles
×
External pockets
2
Internal divider
no
Zip padlock hole
TSA lock
×

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