I bought two of these suitcases about 5 years ago in a dark purple colourway. They seemed well-made and I particularly liked the way that you could buy co-ordinating bags etc. I have a matching 26l cabin size, but the 41l is great for all-round travel. I can fit loads in it (1 weeks worth of clothes for a non-beach holiday)and because it is so strong it is easier to squeeze in those extra items without damaging the seams or the zip. I have a similar but flimsier / cheaper case from elsewhere, and with the same treatment (filling to the max!) the other one has started to come away at the seams and also lose its shape. The Tripp case, however, is still going strong after 5 years of family use.
One feature which I like is the outside large pocket - because it stands away from the case you can easily fit extras such as books, magazines or accessories inside, even when the main compartment is very full.
The zip has a double zipper so you can open at either end making it versatile. It is strong and flows easily. The edges of the case are well-designed so that the zip doesn''t catch on the case fabric or contents.
The handle on the case is sturdy and easy to lengthen / shorten in order to pull it along or carry down stairs etc. It is relatively easy to manouver for a 2-wheel case, but not too easy to turn corners without tipping it over so if optimum manouverability is important to you there might be a better option (e.g. the 4-wheel versions).
I don't have the luscious pink one but the boring black, anyway here's what I thought:
Zips are well stitched in
Handle is very strong and reliable - i.e. it stays locked in place and does not twist
There is a neat zip storage pouch on the rear which is discreet but large and can hold papers etc that you may need on your journey.
Inside are luggage straps and a nice lining.
The structure is soft but has a rigidity that protects the contents to a degree
The wheels are stable - I have had this type of case before and when you need to "pick up speed" to catch a train or something, they can turn over making you look a right chump!
Comes with key padlock
***Not so good**
Although the length & width dimensions are within Ryanair's cabin luggage limits the height is not! It is about 10 CM to "thick". Check this with your airline if you are planning to use it as hand luggage.
Padlock is not a "combination" one which I understand is what is required in US.
I have used this on a lot of "tripps" now and it still looks smart - if you don't go for the pink, it's actually smart enough to take into business meetings whee you have had to stay over.
Debenhams often seem to have them in their sales so look there if you are thinking of buying.
My score - 9/10
I got this in Black and 68 litres version years ago in Debenham's it was half price at about £80 and was an excellent purchase, although the most I've spent on a suitcase it has been well worth it.
I work abroad every summer so needn't a large sturdy case to take extra bits & bobs with me and the larger version was great for me. You can fit so much in, with ample space inside the main case and a zipped compartment under the lid part to add toiletries or smaller items. There is also an outside pocket on the front this is actually very large and opens up quite wide which was nice as it's big enough to fit actually things in rather than small nick nacks, came in very hand for me.
It's lightweight too which was very important for me as I had lots I wanted to take as I was away for about 6 months and it also mean't if I used it on other trips I'd find it easier not being charged for excess baggage.
The case has 4 wheels which I absolutely love, it makes it so much easier to maneuver especially when I was carrying another case and a hand baggage case too. The 4-wheels made it a lot easier for me, I could pull it on two wheels or push/pull using the 4-wheels.
It's very strong too, I still have it now and it's in perfect condition, I didn't use it this Summer as I keep over packing it as it's that big you can just keep filling it, I used it to store things in now and I got the smaller version of this (medium sized one) to use instead and to go with it :D
Highly recommend this case to anyone travelling and it's on offer in most stores now aswell.
I needed a suitcase for two weeks of travel. I came across this bag in Debenhams. Tripp is Debenhams own make. It looked bright and cheerful amongst the dull black and blue suitcases. It certainly stood out in raspberry red. The colour made me think of summer, ice creams and buckets and spades on the beach.
Last week I met a friend before she went to the airport for her holiday. She told me she had borrowed her Tripp bag from her friend. This made me feel able to tell her what I thought of the bag without causing too much offence. 'I have that case. It's horrible.'
'Well, I like it,' she said, somewhat offended.
'Well, yes it's okay,' I said, 'I mean the colour is jazzy so you'll be able to it pick out from other peoples suitcases.
She nodded reassured.
We reached some steps and I offered to carry her case up. She pushed down the retractable handle and lifted the case by the grip handle on the side though she could have carried it from the handle on the top. She did it herself and I saw the grimace on her face at the weight of it.
'Did you pack a lot in?'
My friend shook her head, 'I couldn't get everything in it for the week.'
I noted the bulging pack on her back. At a capacity of forty-one litres you'd expect to get more in. I had bought mine for a two-week holiday. I had to pack light to get everything into it. Next thing I know, my friend, who was about to fly out to Poland tells me she's wearing layers of jumpers but was too hot and would I take a few back home to keep for her until she returned. I nodded my consent and also my understanding. I recalled how tight the space is.
I conceded that the handles are good on the case. It is useful to be able to pull it from the side or the top depending on which is the easier point to access on the case. The body of the case is well padded and robust.
'So it's not horrible,' my friend summed up.
'It is when it keeps falling over.'
She told me it doesn't do that. I thought back to the numerous times that I had let go of the handle and in streets, busses and trains the case would topple over. Three times in a row it happened to me on a bus. It was not only annoying but embarrassing.
I described to her the problem with the two-wheeled suitcase. We sat down to rest and in her case, to remove jumpers. This required my friend to lift her hand from the luggage handle. The bag swayed as if the wind was blowing against it and then thump, it landed on the ground. Heads turned in our direction.
'See', I said, rather smugly.
My bag is now used for storage of cuddly toys for when children come to play. The annoyance of a falling over bag was just too much.
Whilst we talked on, the bag fell again.
This wasn't worth the seventy to eighty pounds that I paid for it. However, the price has gone down since and it is guaranteed for five years. If you don't pay more than forty pounds for this compact case, use it to take to a sunny climate, and leave the wool jumpers behind it might be worth buying.
For me, this case makes me want to blow a big, fat, raspberry but if I did that it would blown to the floor again!
In terms of solidity I can imagine it lasting for my lifetime and some but it's not for me and I've since purchased other suitcases that are not Tripp made.
This is a very light and attractive suitcase. It comes in distinctive enough patterns and colours so that you can find it on the baggage pickup conveyor belt but it is also smaller enough that you should be able to take it as hand luggage.
It is surprisingly spacious inside and I fitted more than expected inside. The release button on the extendable handle makes it easier to put the handle in and out as you approach or leave escalators and stairs, great when you are in a hurry. It has a handle that flattens down on three sides - helpful when you've put it in a rack without checking what side the handle is on.
I've had no problem with it being reliable so far - although I have only used it for a few journeys. However, a couple of these did involve lots of train and tube transfers and it held up to being shunted, jerked and other wise pulled in random directions. The wheels and zips have worked really well and despite pulling the main extendible handle in and out an awful lot, it didn't function any less.
The only downside is, now that some airlines are getting quite strict about only taking one piece of hand luggage on board - not even a small handbag with it - an external zip pocket would be useful to pop your book or magazine in so that you don't have to open the case when getting on the flight. This is a minor point though, but would have been one feature that would have left me with nothing to complain about.
I can definitely recommend this suitcase if you are looking for a great suitcase for weekend and overnight trips and I will be using it for a four day trip soon where I am only taking hand luggage as there is more than enough room if I pack sensibly.
Tripp Express Compact Suitcase
**Capacity - Suitable for**
I originally bought this for myself but it wasn't long before my daughters pinched it. We paid £35 for this suitcase a good while ago now from Debenhams.
At the time of buying I was in need of a hard wearing suitcase. The raspberry tripp express has a capacity of 41 litres which is just enough to fit a weeks clothes in. If however you're in the habit of packing 2 weeks amount of clothes for a weeks stay, you may need extra baggage. I tend to use my suitcase for trips away of 5-7 days and its fine. I don't think this case is suitable for a 2 week holiday unless you take the bare minimum.
5 Year Guarantee
Height 57cm, Depth 20cm, Width 36cm
Capacity 41 litres
Trolley handle system
600 Denier polyester/EVA panel at front
Easy hold top and side handles
I have to admit, I didn't choose the case because of its colour. It's a little too girly for me, although it is a nice pink raspberry colour that's actually slightly pinker than the picture but not by much. I'm not too disappointed that my teenage daughter uses it more as it's probably more suited to her style. At the time of buying it was the only colour and option and a price I could afford and then the fact it's very lightweight is what swayed me into buying it. I would say about the colour though, it's definitely easy to spot at a distance.
The zip fastening case is made of strong denier polyester and it has two black wheels to enable it to be pulled along each zip has a hole through it which is good as it means a padlock can be fitted through them. The expandable handle pulls out to two different heights, its released by a button on the side of the handle and is easy to operate and comfortable to hold.
There are two handles on the case made of fabric so you can carry the case instead of pulling which is quite handy for crossing roads instead of bashing the suitcase down the curb. There aren't the comfiest of handles so I tend to pull instead of carry unless at a roadside or lifting out of the car boot.
The wheels are quite robust although obviously it pulling along rough terrain (no good for festivals and bumpy ground) will wear quite quickly. If kept on the roads and pavements, they roll smoothly.
The front panel of the case is tougher than the rest. I was concerned about the colour of the case becoming easily dirty but it's not really been a problem after several trips away. Since my daughter has been using it though it does appear grubbier than usual and we had to sponge it clean before our last trip.
On the back of the suitcase is a window slot for you to write your name and address on the pull out paper.
**Be Aware of**
I would note that there aren't any pockets inside the case like you would often find. It's not a major problem as I'm lucky to have various carriers for different reasons.
The case ends up with the odd mark and stains on it if it gets damp, for example the rain tends to mark it. It sponges off well but to be honest, I prefer dark suitcases as it's not so much of a problem.
Having had a fab experience with Tripp when I bought my Maisie Moo medium wheeled duffle last year (see seperate review for details) I decided to go online in the christmas sales and see if I could find one for my other half.
Now he is a VERY light packer based on lots of travel experience and therefore I knew that he would not need a large suitcase by any stretch of the imagination. I looked at this 'compact' version in red and figured it was just about perfect for his needs. Knowing the quality of Tripp items and because this was reduced from a full price of £79 to £33 I went for it and I am glad I did so because for what we need it for it is perfect.
Quite basic in style, it has no smaller pockets, just the one main section (which does have an expansion zip to allow you a little more room if needs be). On the back of the main body there is a sewn in luggage tag with window, which is a nice feature and means that you can quickly ascertain that it is indeed your case. Mine is a deep red colour, not the raspberry style shown above. Currently on the website they also have this in black.
The suitcase has a pull out handle which fits neatly back into the frame when not being used and two wheels which are smooth running and make the luggage easy to handle and pull around. The zips have loops to enable them to be padlocked together and a small padlock and two keys come with the bag as standard.
The dimensions of this case are as follows: H57cm, W36cm, D20cm. It holds around 41 litres and is too big to be taken into the cabin as hand luggage but it around half the size of the large suitcases you see people with. This may be quite small for some people but believe me, with efficient packing it is plenty big enough and my husband is intending to use it for a two week holiday later this year and is convinced he can survive with this luggage space.
As with all Tripp products, this item comes with a 5 year guarantee which is, in my opinion, an added bonus. However, the 600 denier material it is made from seems to be very robust and will not, in fact succomb to damage during the rigours of travel. I also have a large suitcase from the Tripp range which I have been using for around 4 years now and it still looks like new despite lots of usage. I do believe Tripp are a quality brand and fantastic value when you can find the products on sale.
As an aside, Tripp sell their range exclusively via Debanhams in the uk but they also have their own website (just google Tripp) which usually seems to offer lower prices than the department store. Their own website also delivers for free across the UK so it is well worth checking out. Whilst you can pick up luggage cheaper than this in places like TK Maxx, this is great quality and a decent investment, especially if you travel a lot.
When my daughter had her little boy last month she had to pack a bag to take to the hospital and my daughter has never been know for being one who travels light, so she had to have a new suitcase to pack everything in and we went out and bought a new Tripp express Compact Suitcase from John Lewis which cost me £30.
I have a hand held suitcase and the first thing I was glad about was this was a good pull along suitcase as the handle pulls up and you can drag it behind you, I like these as you don't have to lug them around like my old style suitcase. I was one of the the birthing partners so I ws responsible for getting my daughter and her suitcase to the hospital without a hitch.
She chose the pink colour as she has always been very girlie so the colour matchs her personallity. On buying the suitcase we had to then pack it up with all the clothes she needed for the birth and the new babies clothes as well, then all the things a new mum might need while she is staying in the hospital, shower things, maternity products and other changes of clothes and products for the baby.
The suitcase is light weight which was good as the amount of things that got stuffed into it was making it heavier by the minute. It has two little wheels that can roll it along when full and there is plenty of room in the suitcase for all the things you may want to pack when you go to stay somewhere.
There are also other compartments at the sides of the suitcase for storing more things, mobile phone, camera's, handbags and other things.
The zips on the suitcases are very sturdy and the whole front of the side can be opened easily. It holds 14kg of weight which is quite a lot for the size of the suitcase and I'm sure we packed more than that as it was hard to close the front up when it was packed for the hospital run. It also ahs a lrage handle at the top and the side for when you want to pick it up and put it in the boot of the car and there are straps inside to hold the clothes in place when travelling.
This is a very strdy suitcase and can take the knocks of being put in and out of the car boot, it has been used a few times since it was bought and has come in handy for the hospital run when my grandson was born. It will now get it's moneys worth at holiday times too.
A good purchase worth recommending.
Last year when we went on holiday we decided to leave the kids at home with their Nan, this meant out oversized family suitcases were redundant. I can't remember why now but at the time we decided to have an individual suitcase each, so off I went on a mission to find the perfect case for each of of. Mark was easy, as usual he wanted a plain black suitcase with plenty of pockets inside for his bits and pieces so his was sorted in the very first shop I went into. I wanted something a bit more interesting though and it took me weeks to find this gorgeous Raspberry coloured Tripp suitcase, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one for me.
Tripp suitcases come in a range of colours and sizes, this is a compact version. I won't bore you with a long list of dimensions, but I can tell you that I was able to just about fit my weeks clothes in and I'm a very haphazard packer so I'm sure if you're better at it than me then you'll fit quite a bit more in! If you're a more regular holidayer than I am then I'm sure you'll know your stuff and choose your suitcase based on the sizes and capacity, but for more irregular use it's fine (although I doubt it would cope with a fortnights holiday).
There are no pockets inside the case, which is a bit of a nuisance when you like to keep your shoes and toiletries separate from your clothes. Actually I'm lying, there is one pocket but this is situated on the back wall of the case so to get to anything you store in this pocket you have to lie the case down and empty it! Which is a bit silly. I didn't bother using it because I knew anything I put in the pocket would be forgotten about and not used for the holiday, and therefore it might as well stay at home!
The two wheels are excellent, they are extremely quiet and stable which makes for a smooth pulling experience. Even on bumpy ground (Birmingham airport, this is you!) the case doesn't sway around and both wheels usually stay firmly on the ground. There are two handles on the suitcase so you can lift it and carry the case if this is how you prefer to transport it, the second handle is located underneath the extending handle so you can also pull it along like this is you choose to. The fabric handles are very stiff and this makes the case quite uncomfortable to carry, even after been used around ten times the handles haven't gained any flexibility.
That's why I prefer to pull my case along. The pull out handle has a rubberised plastic grip and it's very smooth and comfortable to pull, the handle operation is also smoothly done with just a single button to be pressed while you pull out the handle. It's adjustable to two heights and I think Tripp have gotten this just right as the lowest setting is perfect for me, but the higher one is fine for a man of average height. Not to be sexist, I just hate pulling cases sometimes so I'm glad I've got one I can pass over to Mark when I get bored, although he's not too struck on the colour of this one!
The front panel of the case is reinforced to make it tougher than the other sides, this is a good thing as we all know how bashed about our cases get by baggage handlers! The corners are also very sturdy and again that helps keep the case in good condition and helps prevent the risk of my suitcase or contents being damaged. Looking at the case now I can see it's still in excellent condition, when I first bought it I had worried that the colour would start looking grubby but this hasn't happened at all.
Mark got it out of the loft for me this morning so I can use it as my hospital bag for when I go in to have the baby. There was a slight mark on one of the corners, but a squirt of Vanish and wet cloth has removed this and it now looks as good as new. I'll have the best looking suitcase on the ward!
Between £25 and £50 from anywhere that sells the Tripp range of suitcases.
I needed a good quality suitcase to take on my travels, one that would with hold my terrible "driving" of it and that would hold up to being thrown about by baggage handlers.
I'd heard some fabulous things about the quality of Tripp suitcases and that they are very hard wearing and so decided I would treat myself to a nice one. My requirements were that it needed to fit all my holiday stuff in (but not so big that I'd have to pay excess luggage on it) and would have to have wheels and a handle so I could drag it around (nothing worse than having to physically lug your case about these days).
I took a look at the Tripp website and was shocked by how expensive some of the cases were- some retail around £90 which, as a student, I just couldn't afford. My friend referred me to the Debenhams website, to the sale section, and on here I found an excellent range of Tripp suitcases that had been reduced to a more reasonable price- between £20-£50 dependent on size.
I took a browse around and decided I would buy an Express Compact Suitcase, it fitted all of my criteria (its capacity is 42litres which I think is just about enough for me) and was within my price range ;-)
I've had it for about a year now and have used it 4-5 times, as I also pack it when I go to visit my parents, and have found that is still in good condition (i.e. nothing is falling off as yet). Its easy to drag and mine is a distinctive raspberry colour thus can always be spotted on a luggage carousel. It closes with 2 zips, each zip has a hole through it so a padlock can be fitted (it is not supplied with this). Inside the case, there is ample space to fit your belongings, and the lid is slightly curved in case everything bulges out a bit.
I have nothing bad to say about the case and think I have made an "investment" purchase. I am also thinking about purchasing a Tripp holdall, more something to take for a weekend- so if anyone can recommend me a model it would be much appreciated :-)
Tripp Express Compact Suitcase:
I got this suitcase from Cheshire Oaks a few years ago and I have been ever so happy with it! Lots of people have asked me if they can borrow it, so it is a little bit mucky now as they tend to get chucked around in the terminals. I hope I can use it again this year as that means that I am going to get a holiday! This has been a life saver to be honest as I desperately needed one and this is a great colour and I didn't look at all at its features so I was lucky that it was good!
Tripp are a very popular brand and they are sold in places like Debenhams and other department stores. I had never actually heard of the make before but I am glad I came across these! This is an express compact suitcase and the reason why this jumped out at me is because it is a very nice pink colour, it is bright so it will not get mixed up although I was unlucky that someone on the same flight as me had the same one, it is 600 denier polyester and it has two wheels. This comes with a padlock and two keys which is good and the suitcase can also expand so us girlie's can fit all of our house in! On the front their is a metal badge which says 'Tripp' which looks quite posh.
The only thing I would complain about with this is the fact that they do get ever so dirty so I don't know whether they are worth spending a lot of money on!
This has satisfied my travelling needs for the past couple of years and it definitely has a lot more life left in it!
After my old suitcase broke (thanks to BA) I thought I had better get another one for my holiday.
I wanted one with a slightly different colour, one you don't see on the baggage conveyor belt that much!
I found this Tripp suitcase on the Debemhams website on sale! It caught my eye because of the Raspberry colour- something I haven't seen before, so I clicked to find out more.
* 600 denier polyester. EVA front panel for added strength
* 5 year guarantee
* 2 quiet wheels with trolley handle system
* Easy to grab top & side handles
* Fully lined inside
* ID tag is sewn on back
* Capacity: 41 liters
* Height 57cm, width 36cm, depth 20cm
* Weight: 3.7 kg
This is the only information the website had, but I have heard of Tripp before so I decided to go ahead and purchase the case.
- My Thoughts -
When I first picked the suitcase up I didn't realize how light it actually was! I was very surprised, I have never picked up a case as light as this Tripp one.
The next thing that grabbed my attention was the colour, the main factor for me.
The website says 'Raspberry' but on my conformation E-mail from Debemhams it says 'Pink'. I wasn't sure what to expect then, and sometimes the pictures online are a little off colour.
But I was more than happy to see a colour that is around the same colour of a raspberry, but a little bit pinker.
It's a colour I haven't seen before and it is lovely, very different!
When I was at the airport waiting to get on the plane I could see my case on the luggage cart, so it really does stand out!
At the bottom of the case are 2 black wheels, when walking at the airport on the smooth flooring they are very quiet, the only way you know your pulling the suitcase along is because it's full up with clothes!
On a normal path it is a little noisy, but that's the same with any suitcase.
The wheels seem pretty sturdy and of a good quality.
The case has a pull up handle so you can walk along with the suitcase. To get the handle up you just press the button which is located on top of the actual handle. When you press the button just pull the handle up, very simple and it stops at two heights.
There are also two carry handles. One on top of the case near the pull out handle and the other is on the side of the suitcase. These are very handy especially for getting the case into the car!
At the moment I find they are a little bit stiff, but with some more use I think it will be more flexible.
On the back of the suitcase there is a black rubber slot with a window in. Inside it contains a piece of paper for you to write your details on: Name and address.
You have to pull the paper out to see the address but the window allows your name to be seen.
- Inside The Case -
When I opened the case up, I was a bit disappointed there were no little pockets inside.
It's lined in a gray material and in the lining there is a zip. When the suitcase is led down (to be packed) the zip is at the bottom.
It opens out and shows the bars of the handle, it's just about big enough to fit a beach towel in. This is the only pocket there is in the suitcase.
I was able to fit a weeks worth of clothing and accessories in... just!
I wouldn't say I pack the kitchen sink, but I'm not a light packer either, for me I just managed to close this suitcase.
This one I'm reviewing is the Express Compact (Height 57cm, width 36cm, depth 20cm) and there are a few of the same model and style made bigger.
I think I should have gone for the one bigger than this one.
- Did It Survive Flying? -
Yes it did!!! =) When I landed at my destination there wasn't a mark on the case and nothing had been broken on it.
On the way home, there were marks on the case but this was from rain. It looked a bit stained and dirty but once the dampness had dried it was back to perfect condition.
- Price & Where To Get It -
I brought this on the Debemhams website. I looked in two large stores but was unable to get this colour.
Online it cost £25.00 originally £80.00. I think it's worth the £25.00 and so far it's the best suitcase I have used!
The larger case (Express Medium) is £30.00.
Overall the outside looks lovely and has lived up to my expectations! I love the colour and how light the case is when empty, so it can easily be put up in the attic and it wouldn't be a problem to get it down.
The inside is very good, the lining is nice and the straps went over all my clothes! The zip in the lining held out well, as I was just able to zip it up with my beach towel and flip flops in!
At both airports I didn't see this suitcase or one in the same colour- Success!
5* Suitcase! Recommended.