The Rockland Melbourne expandable 20-inch carry on luggage is a hard-sided suitcase, which is stylish, sleek and at a very reasonable price. Made from lightweight polycarbonate, this hard-sided suitcase will protect your belongings from impact and make sure that none of your items are damaged or leaking when you arrive at your destination. Due to its low price point, you cannot expect it to have all the features of some of the other carry-ons, however, if you are not worried about the integrated locks, exterior pockets, and aircraft grade aluminum, then this may be a no-frills suitcase that suits you. Get the complete review of the Rockland Melbourne 20-inch carry-on in detail from every aspect:
The design of the Rockland Melbourne luggage does make it look like your typical low-cost hard-sided suitcase, although as it is available in a multitude of colors, you can be sure to find the right color for you. The suitcase has been constructed from lightweight polycarbonate, as it is hard-sided and will protect your valuables more than a soft-sided equivalent. If you are planning on taking a few extra souvenirs or purchases on your way back, don’t panic as it is expandable, so you can fit your new items in with ease. The chrome extendable handle will lock into place, allowing you to confidently push or pull the carry-on without thinking about it retracting on you when you need it most. With four spinner wheels, they are normally the best wheels for traversing the hustle and bustle of the airport and only struggling on carpets or uneven ground. For the price point, you cannot expect it to have the same design as the Lucas Outlander Hard Case, and you will feel that in the wheels and in general use of this bag.
The carry-on is made up of two sections in a standard 50/50 split. On the inside, you will find a mesh zip lined pocket, which will make sure that your items stay organized throughout your journey. On the other side, you will find the main compartment, it has an x-strap to hold your clothes down and in place when traveling, ensuring that all the items stay in their place to make traveling easier. Due to the construction of the suitcases, and the fact that the handle takes up part of the storage space does not seem to give much hope of your clothes coming out crease-free. If you are in need of a suitcase that takes care of your clothes then you may want to look elsewhere. The suitcase will expand an extra 1.5 inches, which will allow you to pack a few extra items, an extra pair of shoes, a dress, or a suit.
As it is a fairly cheap option for those who are traveling on a budget, you cannot expect it to contain all of the features that the high-cost luggage has. It does have some of the essentials, with 4 spinner wheels, a lightweight shell, a telescopic handle and a zip-lined interior, you may find that it is all you require when traveling and the extra features are not worth the money that you pay for them. Although we are not just talking about having these features, it is how well they perform together which makes a suitcase one of the best.
This hard-sided carry-on weighs in at 7 lbs, although it is not the lightest suitcase available on the market today, it is still fairly lightweight, especially when there are heavier soft sided options, such as the Samsonite Aspire Xlite and the SwissGear Sion. As some airlines are starting to restrict the weight allowance of your carry-on, you may find that lightweight bags are ideal not only for the sake of lifting and dragging around, but also to stay within the ever-tightening restrictions of airline carriers. Due to its price point, you cannot expect it to contain the expensive lightweight materials that some other bags possess, and for this reason alone, the bag is not that heavy considering.
The Rockland Melbourne 20-inch carry-on is made of a lightweight polycarbonate, this means that it should be fairly durable. A good point is that due to the design of the shell, scratches, and knocks will show up as much. Previous buyers have stated that the wheels have been an issue to some, having a mind of their own. It may be a little harder to get this suitcase to follow you at ease. The poor construction has made the handles feel flimsy, along with many vital parts not really being up to scratch, with pieces falling off and breaking.
One of the main positives about this suitcase is that it comes in an abundance of colors, allowing you to pick the one that suits your style the most. The design on the shell of the suitcase, with its horizontal stripes, give it a stylish approach, especially when coupled with one of the more subtle colors. It has been noted that any marks on this case will not show up as much, meaning that the style and shine of this suitcase should last a little longer.
The Rockland Melbourne 20-inch carry-on measures at 20 x 13 x 9 inches, which should into most of the domestic airline carriers size requirements. If you are looking for a cabin bag to use on international flights, you may want to opt for one of the smaller 19-inch bags, such as the Delsey Luggage Helium Aero International Carry-On which has been specially designed to meet the tighter requirements. Check with your airline carrier to make sure that it does fit, as they can change with very little notice. A plus point is that with all hard-sided suitcases, it will not expand if you overpack it, at least you have some peace of mind when using this suitcase.
The Rockland Melbourne carry-on comes with a 3-year warranty, it is not as long as other, more reputable brands that offer 10-year or even a lifetime warranty. Although if the suitcase lasts three years for the price you pay, it isn’t all that bad.
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The Rockland Melbourne 20-inch carry-on is a great option if you are on a limited budget and are looking for a carry-on that will do its job. It is not the best performer or the lightest, but it is probably one the cheapest carry-ons that you will find.
- Available in many colors
- Low cost
- Not the best construction
- Does not roll well
- Short warranty