3 of the best carry-on travel bags -so roomy you won’t need to check anything in

Experienced travellers never have baggage in the hold, but finding the ideal product to stow in a cabin locker isn’t easy. Hard sides or soft? Two wheels or four? We’ll leave that for you to decide

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 December, 2015, 6:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 December, 2015, 4:07pm

The perfect carry-on travel case always maximises space, has a strong retractable handle, and tough wheels. With these three carry-ons, you’ll glide through the airport.

Lat56 RW_01 Road Warrior

Perfect for weekends away and short business trips, this two-wheeler (HK$3,479, lat56.com) is designed specially to take both shoes and a suit. It comes with a suit packing system, a soft coat-hanger and foldable cover that slots into the lid. It even has detachable pouches for underwear. The neat and tidy design continues with a shoe bag, though just as impressive is a slot in the top of the bag for liquids. The red wheels and drag handle are strong, though the latter snags on its zip-up cover. Compact at 55x37x20cm and weighing 3.1kg empty, this is an otherwise superbly constructed cabin baggage.

Samsonite Lite Cube DLX 55/20

If you’re after maximum capacity for minimum weight, hunt out this four-wheel spinner (HK$4,560, Samsonite Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Shop 817, 8/F, Causeway Bay, tel: 2422 2611). This 55x40x20cm case is constructed of a polypropylene material that’s as hard-wearing as it is lightweight (just 2.3kg when empty), while a three-digit lock adds another layer of security. Silver with brown leather trim and with tough grab handles on the top and bottom, inside there’s a huge section for clothes and a middle layer designed to take pressed smart clothes. The retractable drag handle is easy to pop out and strong, but there is something missing; the Lite Cube DLX 55/20 lacks style.

Mulberry Scotchgrain 55

It’s another four-wheeler, but this cabin-sized suitcase (HK$8,850, selfridges.com/hk) is all about the label. Created by quintessential English brand Mulberry, this 55x40x20cm case is fashioned from hard-wearing, water-resistant Scotchgrain with an exceptional build quality. It’s all finished with brown leather trim that extends to grab handles on the top and bottom, and even to the tough retractable handle. Inside it’s luxuriously lined with an elasticated strap and a couple of internal zipped pockets. However, this smooth mover is expensive and, weighing in at 4.4kg when empty, a heavyweight design.