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What material suitcase do I need?

At the airport it is not always neatly handled with your luggage. This can damage your suitcase or even your belongings. It is therefore important to pay attention to the material when buying a new suitcase. In this article I explain the different materials of hard-scale suitcases so that you make a good choice when purchasing them.

In short

Material Advantages Disadvantages Traveler type
Curv Lightweight, scratch resistant, resistant to extreme temperatures Pricey Frequent traveler
Polycarbonate Lightweight, resistant to extreme temperatures, flexible and pliable Pricey Frequent traveler
Polypropylene Extremely strong, cheaper Heavier weight than other materials Frequent traveler with a budget
ABS Scratch resistant, flexible and pliable Less strong than other materials Normal traveler with a budget


Curv material

A suitcase made from Curv material is one of the very best materials. A good choice so when you regularly fly and looking for a suitcase that lasts a long time. Curv material was formerly used for making bulletproof vests. It consists of woven layers of polypropylene. This makes the case very sturdy and scratch resistant. The material is lightweight, which means you take more kilos of luggage. This material also retains its shape, even at +125 degrees to -100 degrees. This is important when flying, because in the flight space the suitcase can deform due to extreme temperatures if you fly at high altitudes.

  • ** For the frequent traveler who likes comfort **
  • Lightweight
  • Scratch resistant
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures
  • Pricey


Polycarbonate material

A polycarbonate case also has many advantages, just like Curv. The unique thing about polycarbonate is that it is flexible in addition to being very strong and lightweight. Handy while packing, the material will dent. It is unfortunately somewhat more scratch-sensitive than a case of ABS, but that material is less firm.

  • ** For the frequent traveler who loves comfort **
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures
  • Flexible and flexible
  • Pricey
  • More scratch-sensitive than a ABS case


Polypropylene material

Polypropylene is one of the strongest materials and is therefore also used in making Curv. The hard shell can withstand a strong impact. It is a good alternative for travelers who find the bags made of polycarbonate or Curv too expensive. The disadvantage of polypropylene is that it is often heavier than other materials in this list.

  • ** For the frequent traveler with a budget **
  • Extremely strong
  • Cheaper than the above materials
  • Heavier weight than other materials


ABS material

ABS is the most scratch resistant under the suitcase materials. The material ensures that the case is resistant to scratches. Also, a case of ABS will take back its shape quicker after it has a dent. Most ABS cases are lightweight so you have more weight for your luggage. A case made of ABS is not the strongest or the lightest. But this material is generally cheaper than Curv or polycarbonate.

  • ** For the normal traveler on a budget **
  • Scratch resistant
  • Flexible and pliable
  • Not as strong as the above materials

Prefer a soft-scale suitcase?

Soft-scale suitcase

I do not recommend soft-scale suitcases for flying holidays, because soft-scale suitcases generally offer limited protection during rough use (for example from aviation personnel). But if you go regularly on a car holiday, a soft-scale suitcase will be better in the trunk. Other advantages of soft-scale cases are that they often have a lower weight and can be stored compactly in smaller spaces. Also, only soft-scale cases are provided with front pockets so that you have important documents at your fingertips.

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