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Pack all your essentials for your next trip in roomy rolling luggage: We’ve rounded up eight of the best larger rolling duffel bags to take with you on your travels, whether they’re for work or play, the long weekends or big adventures.
Hard or soft suitcase?
We’ve gone over both soft and hard cases for our roundup – the former are easier to store and pack, and often have handy external pockets, but the latter are tougher and will protect fragile belongings.
What should I look for in a suitcase?
Whatever type of bag you choose, we recommend that you choose a model with zipped pockets and compartments inside, to facilitate packing and unpacking. If you want to be able to lock your bag, make sure the zips are compatible with small padlocks. Look for a sturdy telescopic handle, for easy rolling.
How many wheels?
Four wheels are better than two, to roll your bag with ease. We recommend choosing a bag in a darker color, so it doesn’t show scuffs and stains, and although good quality materials tend to be heavier than flimsy bags, check the weight of your new bag – many airlines only allow checked bags to weigh up to around 23kg, so every extra gram means one less for your stuff.
What should I pay?
Rolling luggage is one area where we recommend investing in something good quality. Very cheap wheeled bags can be a bit of a false economy and break down quickly – if you want something durable and will last you for many trips to come, look for a model that is priced around 100 £.
Medium Clifton Antler
Key Specs – Weight: 3.9kg; Capacity: 79-83 liters; Choice of colors: 10
Antler’s Clifton doesn’t break the mold – it’s a classic suitcase, beautifully made.
The hard shell is sturdy and impact resistant, and the four spinner wheels make moving around with this bag effortless – you’ll barely know you’re pulling it, even when it’s packed.
The Clifton features a sturdy retractable handle with a twist grip, built-in lock, internal divider, and zippered pockets, plus nice extra touches like a name tag and stuff sack.
A wide range of colors and three sizes are available, ideal for anyone dreaming of matching luggage – we’ve reviewed the rack and think it’s the perfect size, accommodating a few weeks’ worth of belongings.
Sleek, solid and well worth the expense.
Samsonite Magnum Eco Spinner
Key Specs – Weight: 4.2kg; Capacity: 104 liters; Choice of colors: 5
If you’re trying to make more eco-friendly shopping decisions, even your luggage can get in on the action – Samsonite’s new Magnum Eco Spinner bag is made in Europe from recycled materials (everything from pots of yogurt to tubs of ice cream, goes into making your shiny new luggage), and is packaged in recycled packaging.
The Magnum is available in four different sizes, from the cabin-suitable 55cm version to the roomy 81cm version – we recommend the 75cm incarnation, which offers plenty of space for long-haul trips in the inside a tough hard case, and features four strong, rotating wheels that make walking a dream.
Key Specs – Weight: 3.03kg; Capacity: 78 liters; Choice of colors: 4
If you need a bag that can go further than the curb or the airport departure hall, choose a rolling bag that converts into a backpack when needed.
Eastpak’s Strapverz stands out for its two comfortable padded and adjustable straps at the back – roll it over flat surfaces, then stick it to your shoulders when you hit rougher ground.
Ideal for backpackers who like to get off the beaten path a bit more, this bag will also hold 78 liters of gear and clothing – enough for most adventures.
We recommend choosing the darker colors to prevent your Strapverz from looking dirty.
Radley Medium Suitcase
Key Specs – Weight: 3.6kg; Capacity: 64 liters; Choice of colors: 3
Why choose boring luggage when you could opt for something shiny and beautiful?
Radley’s popular wheeled bags come in cheerful floral, polka dot or Scottish dog designs, and they’re not just a pretty face – we’ve reviewed the medium-sized hardside suitcase, which sports a built-in lock, four heavy-duty wheels and a tough, knock-resistant shell that will handle getting blasted through car trunks and airplane cargo holds with no problem.
There are also plenty of handy compartments and pockets inside, perfect when packing for a long weekend.
Key Specs – Weight: 3.2kg; Capacity: 100 liters; Choice of colors: 2
If you don’t like the look of boring square wheeled bags, you might like Quiksilver’s version – a soft backpack style on the front of the Reach and a sturdy wheeled suitcase side on the rear means belongings are protected but also easy to pack to the brim and store when empty.
The skate-style wheels are fun and functional and there are plenty of pockets and compression straps.
We like the comfortable padded carry strap, which makes picking up the Horizon easy on airport dashboards, as well as the roomy mesh zippered compartments and sturdy handle.
Currently reduced to £67.50, it’s a bargain.
TOG24 Drake Roller Bag
Key Specs – Weight: 4.1kg; Capacity: 100 liters; Color options: 1
Do you like a lot for your money when it comes to bags? We think the Drake offers impressive quality considering its well-under £100 price tag.
We liked the front pocket for organizing travel documents or small essentials, making it easy to grab what you need on the go, and the Drake’s portability, with a sturdy handle and wide top strap padded.
This bag also looks stylish in a soft gray fabric that’s fully waterproof. Disadvantages ?
It’s one of the heaviest bags in our top eight, but it’s still a nice all-around bag for under £100.
Osprey 40 Rolling Transporter
Key Specs – Weight: 2.7kg; Capacity: 40 liters; Choice of colors: 3
A duffel bag on wheels, the Osprey Transporter incorporates all of the brand’s backpacking know-how into its design, and we think it’s the perfect size for short trips and long weekends alike. .
The Transporter stands out as one of the most durable and robust models on the market, with a sturdy handle and two large wheels capable of tackling rougher terrain.
Inside there’s a surprising amount of space, plus a large mesh pocket in the lid that’s perfect for storing toiletries or tech.
Absent for more than a few days? Other Transporter sizes are available, up to a cavernous 90-litre version.
Key Specs – Weight: N/A; Capacity: 76 liters; Choice of colors: 6
Match your suitcase to your wheels with Mini’s smart new luggage collection.
We love the bright primary colors and solid design of Mini’s cabin and trolley bags, and our pick of the various sizes on offer is the larger Trolley.
A hard outer shell that will withstand knocks and scratches, a sturdy extendable handle, and four sturdy wheels make this bag ideal for frequent travelers and commuters who need something that will last. Inside, mesh compartments and compression straps make it easy to store all your stuff.
There’s also a built-in padlock, so there’s no need to remember to bring your own.