So after my review of the Cyberlite 4-wheel carry on that I did, the lovely folk at Antler were nice enough to send me an amazing new suitcase for us to take with us on our trip. Now that I am a recent convert to the 4-wheeler from the more traditional 2-wheelers, I was crazy excited to get this bad boy packed up and out to the airport. I am a huge fan of Antler already and their most recent release definitely did not disappoint. This is the Camden bag in the Medium size.With the incredibly sturdy design of the body of the bag, the handles made it so easy to lift and move around.
Considering we were off to the USA, another great feature is the inbuilt TSA combination lock. I took both my 4-wheeler bags with us and they worked so well together I was amazed. I could carry both bags with one hand rolling along as you can see. i actually tried putting the smaller green bag sideways on top of the bigger one to test its stability and to move around in small spaces and it worked great, so if you were going to pop a laptop bag or small duffel on top it sits on top really well. The 2 wheels on each corner really help with the stability.
As for the inside of the bag, there were two distinct compartments, which was handy because of the way the bag works you have to open it completely up, so everything would have come tumbling out if there wasnt the mesh on one side. I found it easier to pack most of my clothes in the mesh section and then shoes, electronics etc in the "bottom" section, with some clothes shoved around them for protection.
On our way to the USA, this bag was less than half full. I was planning on doing a lot of shopping. So I packed strategically and put the heavy things (camera, makeup bag etc) at the bottom of the bag and filled each section only half full as there would have been some tumbling over if I had done that.
With the solid design of the suitcase, there are obviously no external pockets. Which I did not really find inconvenient, I had pockets on my previous luggage and they would usually end up filled with bag tags that I had forgotten to remove and the locks would be stored in there between trips. Anything small enough to go into those pockets could fit into the main part of the bag or into a carry on anyway. So I did not miss the pockets but if that is something you often use this is not the bag for you. Another element to consider is the inability to expand the bag, on this trip I packed well but I also shopped well. We were getting very squeezy towards the end and my cabin bag ended up being checked in.
Now, this damn bag was just so hard to find on the conveyor belt. Ok, there is no sarcasm font but you have to realise that I am kidding. This was like a beacon of shining light at every airport. It actually helped us find both bags because they would usually come out together!
Now with such a fancy bright orange case, it did get a few dirty marks being shoved under the plane and bounced around the USA. A bit of spray and wipe and it was good as new though. The joys of plastic luggage! So, by now you have probably realised that I am a complete convert to the 4-wheeler bag. The sturdy design in the Camden made it really easy to get around and I just used it on 2-wheels when there was uneven ground like car parks etc. I have already ditched my 2-wheeler bag to the garage and this bag is now my primary checked bag. Although, I do hardly ever check my luggage though so the cabin bag is a big win!
Disclaimer - I was not paid for this post, however I was provided the suitcase at no cost.