There’s little scope for skimping on packing when you’re heading off on a family ski trip. All those salopettes, fleeces, thermal undies, spare mittens and hats…it’s vital you and the family stay warm on the slopes, so they all have to come along, as we found on our most recent ski trip, to Italy. Add to that the timing of our trip – Christmas – and we worked out we’d need more cases than any other trip before. Happily, ZFrame offered to send us one of their super lightweight luggage sets to try out.
When our set of 18, 22 and 26-inch cases arrived, I thought someone had made a mistake. The box was large, yes, but I couldn’t see how three cases could fit inside. The box was light enough for me to easily pick up. But all three cases were in there – tucked away inside each other, Russian doll-like. They stacked together nicely, which has made it a lot easier to find a home for them now we’re back from the trip.
While we were transferring from Verona to our hotel in Passo Tonale, we found the cases trundled along very easily. Each had four wheels that rotated at 360°, making the cases really agile. They were just as easy to wheel along upright, as they were to pull along on their sides. The soft rubber handles were pleasant to hold, but they also made it easy to grip the case when hauling it off the luggage reclaim belt.
The case set came in black or purple. I chose purple, and it turned out to be a nice subtle shade, which wasn’t too garish, but which still made the cases easy to spot on the conveyor belt.
ZFrame weren’t wrong in describing these cases as lightweight. The whole lot weighed just a smidgeon over seven kg. At 1.98kg and with a 30l capacity, the 18-inch case was within the cabin luggage restrictions for most airlines, so we took it on as hand luggage. My daughter enjoyed taking charge of this smallest case when we were in the departure lounge, as it was a good size and weight for her.
This set was great for families, as the different sizes meant that everyone could help carry our gear. As we needed to max out our luggage allowance for this trip, we did take along our old suitcases too, and the ZFrames were by far the easiest to transport. The 22- and 26-inch cases came with handles on the side as well as the top, and all three had zippable front pockets, for items that we needed to access quickly. In fact, I didn’t take an extra small handbag as part of my hand luggage like I usually do. It was easier just to keep all the passports, tickets and my purse in the front pocket of the 18-inch case.
This suitcase set is currently available to buy from Amazon at only £150, which I think is excellent value. Although we’ve only used them once so far, the ZFrame cases seem to be strong, despite their lightweight nature, so I’m hoping they’ll last. You can find out more information and view the full range on the ZFrame website.
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