Rockland is known for their affordable baggage, and this hard-sided suitcase is once again a very affordable carry-on for those who are looking for a bag which is durable, lightweight and will not break the bank. The Rockland Carry on Luggage comes in an array of vivid designs and styles, the design on every shell is bursting with life and vibrancy. It looks ideal for teenagers who want to display their personality and creativity. As it is constructed from a blend of polycarbonate and ABS, it is lightweight and durable, protecting your contents inside. It is sized for fitting in the overhead bins without much issue. Get the complete review of the Rockland 20 Inch Polycarbonate Carry On in detail from every aspect:
The Rockland 20 Inch Polycarbonate Carry On has been designed with a fun, edgy style, suitable for people who want to travel the world and bring their own carry-on luggage. The vivid designs printed on the shell will attract a younger audience, and the features that this case possesses will ensure that they are not disappointed. With an extendable handle with ergonomic grip, your arms and hands will thank you for taking care of them. The construction of ABS and polycarbonate allows the suitcase to be lightweight, yet durable. You will be able to fit more of your own stuff inside while knowing they will be taken care of. As with all hard-sided suitcases, you will not receive any exterior pockets, this can be an issue if all you will be carrying with you on board is the suitcase. If you need to access any of the items, you will be required to open up your suitcases main compartment, which could be an inconvenience, especially at the airport.
In comparison to other suitcases available on today’s market, the Rockland 20 inch Polycarbonate Carry-On does not have the ability to expand. This is due to both a lack of an expander and the fact that it is hard sided. For both of these reasons it may be a risk if you are a traveler who likes to pack heavy and also bring souvenirs back, as you may have to leave one or two items and perform an exchange in order to get your suitcase to close. As with all hard-sided suitcases, it opens up in a 50/50 split, on one side you will find a mesh zip lined pocket, which will hold items that are loose, giving you the ability to keep your suitcase organized. On the other side, you will find the main storage compartment. Your clothes can be kept tidy and in place by the x-strap.
The Rockland 20 Inch Polycarbonate Carry On comes with many of the features that the Rockland Melbourne Luggage has. Although one of the differences is that Rockland Carry on Luggage does not contain a side-mounted lock. You will have to find one yourself, or risk traveling without a locked suitcase. The four spinner wheels are able to rotate 360 degrees, so there are no more issues with it falling over as you take a corner too sharply, or when you decide to change direction with little notice. If you have ever used an inline suitcase, you will know exactly what I am talking about. If you get these wheels on a carpeted or uneven surface, you will be in for a hard time, as these wheels decide to stop working on these surfaces, leaving you to either struggle or pick it up by one of the two handles.
Being a hard-sided suitcase, with a blend of polycarbonate and ABS, means that this Rockland Carry on Luggage will not be the lightest carry-on that you will find on the market today. Rockland has not designed this suitcase to be the lightest, and weighing in at 6.5 lbs, although lightweight, it is not setting any records. Comparing it to another of Rockland’s suitcases, the Rockland Melbourne expandable 20-inch carry on which weighs in at a whopping 7 lbs, then the blend of ABS and polycarbonate has helped shaved 0.5 lbs off the weight. That could be the difference between paying an extra charge or not. If you want to be able to take a few extra items, then it definitely is worth paying attention to the weight of a case, and if it is a major issue for you, then you may want to opt for a soft-sided or ultra-lightweight case that is available.
The Rockland 20 Inch Polycarbonate Carry On has been made from 50% polycarbonate and 50% ABS. This design allows it to be flexible, lightweight, and shock resistant. It will bend and flex, which ensures that it does not crack under pressure. Although the construction of the handle has been known to be a major flaw, with previous customers reporting that it will break and leave you frustrated, making it much more difficult to lift the case up and place in the overhead lockers. The old adage, you get what you pay for, could be used here. However, the price of this Rockland Carry on Luggage is not so low to class this luggage as throwaway. The shell has been known to scratch easily, so your fun design may not seem as fun when the damage starts mounting up.
The style is out of this world, it is nothing like the ordinary travel luggage. The designs are something you would see at a skate park, on a skateboard or as graffiti on the side of a building or on a derelict wall. They are vivid, they are bright, they are cool to look at. If you are using this Rockland Carry on Luggage as part of a business trip, you will look out of place, and people may judge you on that. It is not classic, sleek, or even professional. It is for the younger generation, looking to rebel against the luggage world.
This vibrant carry-on measures in at 20 x 13 x 10 inches, which is slightly bigger than other carry-ons. If you are looking at taking it on domestic trips, you may not have too much of an issue, although it is advisable to check with your airline carrier before going to the airport ready to take it as cabin luggage. However, if you decide to go international, then the restrictions for cabin luggage is even tighter, with many of the international airline carriers classifying this bag as too big to be used as cabin luggage. If this is the case you may want to opt for a smaller case, such as the Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Carry-On, which sizes up at 19.0 x 14.0 x 8.0 inches.
The Rockland 20 Inch Polycarbonate Carry On comes with a 3-year warranty, if the suitcase lasts three years for the price you pay, it isn’t all that bad. Compared with the lifetime warranty being offered by Travelpro on their Maxlite 4 line, even with a lower price, is it really that good of a deal?
If you are looking for a suitcase to match your teenage daughter’s personality and for one that she will absolutely love, then this is the suitcase for her. It is fun, vibrant, and easy to use, meaning you will not be stuck with carrying their luggage anymore. The price point is a little higher than some of the others on the market today, so make sure it is the right one for you before you spend your hard-earned cash.
- Fun designs
- Spinner wheels
- Not as professional
- Handle known to break
- Short 3-year warranty
- Too big for international travel
- Scratch easily