Alternatives to the soft-shell case
It is the tough brother of the soft-shell suitcase. Often made of robust material such as polycarbonate. Ideal when things get a little rough.
Flexible, light and without wheels. Often the first choice for short weekend trips.
Whether for a trip around the world or a city trip - the backpack is always at the start and nestles comfortably against your back.
Like a suitcase, but somehow different. Often with a laptop compartment etc. – the perfect companion for business trips.
Soft-shell suitcase tested
How are they even tested? Well, there's more to it than meets the eye. Wheels, handles, zippers – everything has to hold up. There is also the question of how water-repellent and robust the surface is. And of course, storage space also plays a role.
Where and how?
Last summer, magazines like “ReiseExperte” and “KofferKönig” published their tests. The “ReiseTrend 2000” in particular was the test winner as a soft-shell suitcase. “ReiseExperte” gave it 4,5 out of 5 stars on August 20, 2022. “KofferKönig” was equally enthusiastic and awarded 9 out of 10 points on July 25, 2022.
The approach of the magazines
First we take a look at the processing. Handling under real conditions, such as rolling on different surfaces, is also crucial. Other criteria include the durability of the zippers and the capacity of the suitcase.
Stiftung Warentest? So far they have kept a low profile on the subject of soft-shell cases. It's a shame actually.
Soft-shell suitcases The big players
Samsonite, Eastpak, American Tourister – just a few of the well-known brands that consistently score points when it comes to soft-shell suitcases.
Soft-shell suitcase bestseller?
Sure, of course! The models from Samsonite and American Tourister in particular are always at the forefront.
Soft-shell suitcase purchasing options
Whether online or offline, soft-shell cases are available almost everywhere. Amazon, Otto and Zalando – you will find a wide selection here. And in retail? Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt should be mentioned. But many travel agencies also have a great soft-shell suitcase purchase recommendation.
Why soft-shell suitcases at all?
Honestly, who doesn't like a little flexibility in their life? That's exactly what you get with a soft-shell suitcase. Because these things adapt, are often lighter than their hard counterparts and are sometimes even stretchy. Perfect if you want one or two extra things. In addition, they are usually cheaper and still have quality. Sounds like a good deal, right?
You absolutely have to know!
- Equipment: Often made of polyester or nylon, they are fairly resistant but not always 100% waterproof.
- Pockets & Compartments: Many have outside pockets for quick access - super practical for passports etc.
- Weight: They tend to be lighter than hard cases. And that can be worth its weight in gold at the airport.