Customer Reviews: Rockland Luggage Melbourne 20 Inch Expandable Abs Carry On Luggage, Red, One Size
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on July 26, 2014
First off, it should be mentioned that there are at least two different bags being advertised together on the same page. These bags are NOT interchangeable and have different features and dimensions. I discovered this because I ordered the red bag for my son and the carbon bag for my husband. The red bag is two inches deeper and 1.5 inches wider, which is an issue if you're concerned about stringent carry-on allowances. The smaller, carbon bag does NOT expand, despite the description and title stating otherwise (the red bag is expandable). Please see the images I've uploaded for more details on the dimensions.

Let me start with the bag interiors because these details are not shown on the website (I've since posted pictures). The interior of the red bag is bubble gum pink with white polka-dots. I have no idea who thought that was a good idea, but I wonder how many of the other bags share this interior color choice. My step-sister has the purple bag and says it's the same pink pattern. This pink fabric feels and looks cheap. It's thin and feels as if it will tear easily. The carbon bag has a gray interior with a whimsical polka-dot pattern. It feels sturdier as it isn't so thin. It also is more attractive to look at, but is still somewhat feminine due to the nature of the pattern. There are multiple storage pockets in the carbon bag, whereas the red bag has only one. I've posted pictures showing the bag interiors.

The exterior of these two bags is noticeably different. The red bag has a matte finish and is textured; whereas the carbon bag is smooth and glossy. I prefer the textured matte finish on the red bag because it won't show scuffs as easily. The weight of the ABS is drastically different with the carbon bag having a much thicker shell and little flexibility to it. The exterior of the red bag, on the other hand, is surprisingly thin which allows it to flex. We haven't used either bag on a flight yet, so I can't speak to their durability, but the carbon bag feels sturdier (and is heavier).

The two bags have different wheels. The red bag rolls more easily and is more fun to maneuver as a result. The wheels on the carbon bag have a gap between the wheel casing and the wheel itself. This leads me to think that these wheels may begin to wobble more quickly/easily. I've posted pictures of the wheels alongside the wheels of my higher-end carry-on suitcase. The red bag's wheels are more similar to this mid-upper tier bag's wheels, which perhaps explains the ease of motion of this bag.

The handle on the carbon bag wobbles less as it is supported by a snug fit in the bag frame. The telescoping handle on the red bag does wobble due to a gap between the rods and the bag's frame. The rods themselves appear identical in construction, so the differences here may not affect the longevity or durability of the bag.
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on June 10, 2012
I LOVE this piece of luggage. It is extremely light and extremely easy to travel with, since it has the four wheels. I have taken this on two one-week trips and several long weekend trips since purchase, and it has held up well. It's small, but for me that's a positive as it forces me to pack well and it's so easy to take around when I am traveling.

Other reviews have noted that it is not very durable. It has held up so far for me, but if/when it gives out I will DEFINITELY purchase another one...even if it only lasts a year, it would be worth it for me because of ease of travel. I travel a lot, and lightweight luggage is extremely important to me. The price was right here, and the free shipping of course made it worth it.

I've had this suitcase for almost a year now, and I have taken it all over the world: for a week in Italy, two weeks in Panama, and many, many shorter trips. It's still going strong. The inside pocket tore when I overpacked heels into it, but that really was my fault, not the suitcase. The frame has been extremely durable, and I do not go easy on my stuff. The body is a little scuffed, but otherwise it's in great shape. I have convinced all of my friends that they need this suitcase as well! :)
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on May 24, 2012
I received this as a wedding shower gift and it was a great bag to take on our honeymoon trip. It is just within the carry-on limits (even on terrible, awful, rip-off airline FlyBe--who made us check the other carry-on we had). It is also very light when empty, so you can actually put things into it, and not worry as much if they weigh your carry-ons. We traveled with it for three weeks on planes, a car, on trains, and of course walking down the street and didn't have any problems with it in terms of durability.

Since it is a hard-cased bag, it doesn't have any external pockets, so that might be a minus. But on the inside, the upper part has a separate zippered compartment that is helpful for organizing and you can fill it and not have everything fall out when you open it. We registered for the red one because it was the cheapest at the time. Make sure to click on each color and compare the prices. You might end up paying $20 or more just for a more desirable color.
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on June 12, 2012
I've used this on one trip so far, roundtrip NY/LA checked on 2 different airlines, so the rating may go up (or down) after more trips. Overall, I'm very satisfied. I was amazed at how much STUFF I could pack into this thing (4 pairs of pants, 8 shirts, 1 pair of safety shoes, 2 sets of pajamas, the usual socks/underwear/bras/toiletries) plus room to spare - WITHOUT expanding the bag. Full, it was still very light and mobile. The bag made the trip without incident-not even a scuff. (I didn't try taking it as a carry-on, but it looks like it would fit without issue.) What really impressed me though, was how this bag survived my 2.8 yr old son, aka Destructo. Not only did he think it great fun to push around, (demonstrating the stable wheel base on linoleum, tile, carpet, and wood) he laid it down (full) at the foot of our bed and proceeded to use it as a springboard, jumping off the bed, onto the suitcase, onto the floor. Repeat in reverse direction (going back up). Repeat ad nauseum. Figure he weighs about 30 lbs and he did this around 50 times. No damage to the suitcase or the contents (including a sealed full mouthwash container and a bag of goldfish crackers). To me, this says a LOT about how this will hold up during airport handling. This is much more than I can say for the Coleman hard side that I bought. I haven't even used the Coleman yet, but when Destructo tipped it over on the kitchen floor, the piece holding the base of the retractable handle inside the shell popped out. (Hubby repaired it, but this is BEFORE the Coleman has even been on an airplane or used as a toddler springboard.)
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on January 18, 2016
Purchased for a trip to the Caribbean because carry on is the only way to fly, no pun intended. There are a few negative reviews but most recent are positive. For the price I find that the quality is quite good and the capacity is also very good. Attached is a picture of the bag in the American Airlines guide showing that there is no problem with the size. I will update this review after the next trip.
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on May 7, 2012
I bought this and a Samsonite Winfield 20" spinner at the same time.
I returned the Samsonite because, with handle and wheels counted in, it exceeds the airline spec of 22 inches.

This suitcase was a good size, met the airline specs and in practice fits well in the over head compartments. The interior is pretty basic, with a zippered cover for the top half and one zippered pocket on the other half. More organizing pockets would have been appreciated.

The exterior is an attracctive, textured and striped black design. In one month of usage I have not scratches or nicks.

But, this is a big but, after one month of use, roughly 3 airline trips, one of the wheels has failed and now wobbles such that I cannot push it along on four wheels. After less than 30 days, the bag is now in effect useless for me.

I'm trying to figure out how to get warranty repair on it. If I recall came with a tag stating a 5 year warranty.

So buyer beware.
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on December 17, 2011
I bought two as gifts. The cases arrived in good time and in perfect condition. Love the color, design and construction of this product. I was hesitant to purchase, based on a couple of questionable reviews, one being that the zippers were installed backwards. Not so. The cases are as nice, or better, than most hard sided, expandable cases I have seen at 2x the price.
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on February 26, 2015
My husband bought this piece from Amazon for me. it looks very nice and the size is perfect but the handle is very cheaply made. It wobbles. During my first trip, the handle broke off (see picture) and I had to buy a new suitcase during my vacation!
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on November 17, 2014
Looks great & seems sturdy but I couldn't get the sting plastic smell out after 2 days in my garage. Even my hand smelled after I touched it. Then I noticed a warning sticked that states this product uses chemicals that are known to cause cancer & birth defects. I can't get the smell off my hand either. I'm greatful for the warning sticker & the free return policy.
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on January 23, 2014
This is a great piece of luggage. Rolls well, zips easily and holds a lot. Unfortunately it didn't fit into Delta's carry on sizer bin and I had to check it. But I will keep it and continue to use it in the future.
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