Rockland Luggage: The WTP Review
Big on looks—with megawatt colors, edgy graphics, and trendy designs—Rockland suitcases know how to make an entrance. These bold and splashy bags sell for a price that can be a fourth of what top luggage brands charge. Cheerful, flashy exteriors aim to appeal to the millennial market that wants luggage that represents their personality, or at least looks good on social media (#vacationlife). In fact, they’re so eye-catching, they’re even been used as props in movies and TV shows. Just don’t let the bright colors blind you from the fact that these pieces don’t always hold up to their pricier counterparts when it comes to durability. On the upside, several models have features often missing on budget lines, like spinner wheels, interior compartments, and telescoping handles.
- Cheap thrills: four-piece sets can cost less than $100
- Signature bright patterns and graphic designs
- Ergonomic extendable chrome handle and multi-directional wheels
- Helpful details like expandable seams or compression straps
- Straps on certain luggage reportedly wears and tears easily
- Scratches and scuffs are easy to acquire according to users
- Dimensions of some carry-ons too big for airline requirements
Bust out your best runway walk—Rockland bags are usually bright, stylish, and turn heads, so you’ll want to strut through the terminal. Hard-shelled Rockland suitcases are sleek with rounded corners reminiscent of Away’s carry-on, and they come in vibrant Crayola colors or repeating patterns of owls, polka dots, zebra stripes, tropical mofits, or hearts. Some act as little luggage postcards to destinations like Vegas and Paris, while others are a solid color with cool beveled designs like waves or repeating cubes. Rockland also has a full line of soft-sided suitcases, kids bags, duffels, and other accessories, and they also keep their personality cranked to 11. Duffels in hot pink leopard print or camouflage practically shout their presence. But travelers looking for something subtler can still find it with bags in various neutral shades or tried-and-true black.
Three Items We’d Buy
Rockland Luggage Melbourne 20 Inch Expandable Carry On
Hard-shell suitcases continue to dominate the luggage landscape (and our Instagram feed). The Rockland Luggage Melbourne 20-Inch Expandable Carry-On offers a solid budget version. Not only does it have a sleek and stylish silhouette reminiscent of Away with its segmented sides, it’s also full fairly lightweight, thanks to its ABS plastic shell. Helpful extras like swiveling spinner wheels and a telescoping handle are often missing on suitcases at this price-point. (Just don’t expect the wheels to glide along as smoothly as pricier brands.) The interior, another place where cheap models tend to skimp, is nicely decked out with an interior divider and multiple pockets, great to keep everything organized and nailed down, especially if you’ve not on the packing cube bandwagon. And if you find yourself with one too many souvenirs on your trip, the expandable center seam will hook you up with more space. Just be aware that maxing out on this space might make your suitcase a little too stuffed for the overhead luggage bins on some airlines.
- Dimensions (including wheels and handle): 20 x 13 x 9 inches
- Weight: 7.9 lbs.
- Primary Material: ABS
Rockland Stage Coach 20 Inch Rolling Trunk
Everything old becomes new again. That’s why we’re feeling the Rockland Stage Coach 20-Inch Rolling Trunk. This vintage-style suitcase looks like your grandmother’s trunk as she set off on safari or a transatlantic cruise. (Shuffleboard, anyone?) But its throwback look has been paired with modern-day features. Unlike granny, you won’t have to schlep your “trunk” by hand. Its 360-degree spinner wheels and telescoping handle keep it gliding along by your side. And while old-fashioned leather is indisputably chicer, the ABS plastic exterior and PVC corners keep it relatively durable and lightweight. (It’s almost two pounds lighter than other standard models.) Organizing buffs will appreciate the two-sided interior that has multiple pockets to store various clothing items plus secure straps, too. Our vote is for the Champagne shade that offers first-class style at coach prices, but those nervous about the inevitable scuffs and marks could also opt for red or “wood grain.”
- Dimensions (including wheels and handle): 22.6 x 14.2 x 8.9 inches
- Weight: 6.5 lbs.
- Primary Material: ABS
Rockland Luggage Rome. Three-Piece Set
Admittedly, this pick is a bit of a cheat, since we’re actually picking three items in one choice. But it’s pretty incredible to score three separate pieces of luggage for the price of one mid-range carry-on. For couples or families, your shopping could end here. But this suitcase set has plenty going for it apart from a stellar price tag. The bags’ exterior—part hard-shell, part polyester fabric— combines the best of both worlds with both structure and pliability. And the streamlined design is sophisticated to boot. Ergonomic telescoping handles and spinner wheels will make it easy to push your along. Inside, there are multiple pockets to separate your smaller items plus a deep section for bulkier stuff. Best of all, when the suitcases aren’t in use, they can nest inside each other, saving precious closet space for more shoes and other essentials.
- Dimensions (including wheels and handle): 20 x 14 x 8; 23 x 16 x 11; 28 x 19 x 13
- Weight: 8, 9, and 11 lbs.
- Primary Material: Polyester and ABS