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    I travel from Leeds to London several times a year (by coach or train) and have always used a hard shell suitcase. Unfortunately, it got damaged on the way home last time (cracked and extending handle broke) so I need a new one.
    Hard shell ones seem so expensive so I'm wondering if I might be better just buying a wheeled holdall. Are they any good? The two main reasons I wanted a hard case is because they're waterproof and harder to steal from, which is a big worry for me because once in London I have to travel around on buses and the tubes to get to Surrey. I'm also worried about things in my bag getting crushed by other people's luggage on the train.

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    Samsonite are generally pretty good, the slightly softer shell but tough is what you need.
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    Had a set of Samsonite hardshell cases for years that have been all over the world without damage (bar the usual scuff and scrapes).

    The only issue I have with it is that hardshell cases weigh a lot more and in these days of airlines reducing limits, it could be a problem.
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    The newer generation (and more expensive) suitcases are really good....I remember seeing a Samsonite advert where their suitcase got crashed into (NCAP style) and wasn't damaged...theyre also a lot lighter now....but the good thing about soft luggage is that they can expand when you have too much clothes
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    (Original post by Fail Whale)
    I travel from Leeds to London several times a year (by coach or train) and have always used a hard shell suitcase. Unfortunately, it got damaged on the way home last time (cracked and extending handle broke) so I need a new one.
    Hard shell ones seem so expensive so I'm wondering if I might be better just buying a wheeled holdall. Are they any good? The two main reasons I wanted a hard case is because they're waterproof and harder to steal from, which is a big worry for me because once in London I have to travel around on buses and the tubes to get to Surrey. I'm also worried about things in my bag getting crushed by other people's luggage on the train.

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    I generally use soft shell by Samsonite, they last a long time, have good quality rollers and generally quite light in weight.

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