Updated 30 Sep 2015


Cosmolite FL 55cm

Snapshot: The Samsonite Cosmolite FL 55cm hard-shell suitcase has 4 swivel wheels and a TSA-approved lock. But how does it perform?

Cosmolite FL 55cm
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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.
  • Excellent puncture resistance.
  • Good rain resistance.
  • Easy to drag and move.
  • Good handle comfort.
  • Meets Air New Zealand carry-on baggage size.
  • Has 4 swivel wheels.
  • Has TSA-approved lock.
  • Lightweight.


  • No external pockets.


The Samsonite Cosmolite FL 55cm performed consistently well across all our performance tests. It came through the lift and drop and puncture tests with only minor scratching, and it was one of the most resistant to rain. It still leaked a little, but was only damp inside. At 1.9kg, it is the lightest case in the test, leaving more of your carry-on baggage capacity for your belongings. Some of our testers found the “T” handle slightly uncomfortable, so you might want to check before you buy. This case meets carry-on baggage rules for Air New Zealand only.

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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)
56 x 37 x 21
Size (cm)
Meets carry-on criteria
Air New Zealand and Emirates.
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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