Updated 23 Mar 2018

Samsonite

Cosmolite 3.0 55cm

Snapshot: The Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 55cm hard case has 4 swivel wheels. But how does it perform?

Cosmolite 3.0 55cm
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$749

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Test results

Overall score
82
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.
  • Excellent puncture resistance.
  • Good rain resistance.
  • Easy to move and carry.
  • OK extendable handle comfort.
  • Light weight.
  • Meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage size.
  • Has a side handle.
  • Has one internal pocket.

But

  • Doesn't meet Jetstar carry-on baggage size.
  • No external pockets.
  • Expensive.

Extended review

The Cosmolite 3.0 shrugged off the lift and drop test and was unharmed by the pointed cylinder that tried to puncture it. It had good rain resistance and was easy to move and carry. However, testers reported its extendable handle was too smooth and got slippery when hands got sweaty. It is extremely lightweight, leaving more allowance for packing and has top and side carry-handles. There is a built-in TSA-certified combination lock on the zip. It meets Air New Zealand carry-on bag limits, but you’ll run the gauntlet flying Jetstar. It’s also very expensive.

How we test

Overall score includes:

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

Key data

Model

Avg price
$749
Type
Hard-shell

More test results

Handle comfort
5.5
Weight
8.0

Specifications

Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
56 x 38 x 21
Size
115cm
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand
Expandable
×
Weight (kg)
1.75
Stability (degrees)
10-15
Number of wheels
4

Features

Extendable handle length (cm)
50
Extendable handle positions
2
Backpack straps
×
Top handles
Side handles
External pockets
none
Internal pockets
1
Internal divider
Zip padlock hole
×
TSA lock