Summary: Antler have introduced their new Stamford luggage range just in time for the return of travel. These cases have a sleek design. For me they are more elegant than the Clifton and Stirling ranges. There are three sizes, and a choice of three colours.
What sets these suitcases apart (other than the Antler quality) are the details. You get Hinomoto wheels, a removable packing divider and – on the hand luggage version – a slot for your USB charger.
This review is based on the hand luggage version. Antler kindly sent me one to review. As regular readers will know, this is appreciated, though does not affect my opinion in any way. You can find more on the Antler range of cases, along with their long history, over at www.antler.co.uk
Detailed Review: Antler Stamford Suitcases
Before I get to those important small details, here are the facts and figures for this new range of cases.
There are three sizes, the medium and large are expandible.
- Cabin: 54cm x 40cm x 20cm – 2.77kg – 37 litres
- Medium: 68cm x 48cm x 29.5cm – 3.99kg – 75l / 85l (expanded)
- Large: 81.5cm x 54cm x 43.5cm – 5.12kg – 121l / 139l (expanded)
The colours are black, khaki and putty, which is a striking pale pink. All Stamford cases are matte and will not scratch as easily as gloss cases.
You can buy them in sets of three, and even add a mini cross-body bag to complete the range.
Stamford Cases from Antler: Outside Features
These cases are made from lightweight polycarbonate. The elegant horizontal lines are squeezed in on either side. I like the placement of the Antler logo, which stands out well on the lighter coloured versions. Contrasting black trim, zips and wheels also make the putty and khaki cases eye catching.
Double zips slot into a combination lock on top. This is a standard 3-digit lock, which you set the combination for yourself. There is a TSA override too.
There are handles on the top and side. The telescoping handle sits snug into the top. This has a black head with metallic poles.
Hinomoto Spinner Wheels
Stamford cases feature Hinomoto wheels. These are unique, using a special material first developed my Mitsubishi. Hinomoto wheels are super-durable and super-quiet. My sample case moved around the office effortlessly – though I have yet to give it the full airport test.
You get eight wheels total, in pairs on each corner. Movement is 360-degree, letting you pull or push your Stamford cases.
Inside Features of Stamford Spinner Cases
As soon as you open-up your Stamford, the quality and attention to detail is obvious. I was surprised by the removable packing divider. This is a zipped envelope, perfect for keeping your belongings organised.
You get one zipped compartment and one open one with elasticated straps. The zipped compartment has two pockets on top. One is translucent plastic, with the other one a fabric mesh. A third pocket is revealed when you open this side. This is a long, thin zipped pocked. The inside is made of thick nylon, in a light brown tone.
For the cabin version, you get a slot for your USB charger with a hole for the cable on top. You need the smaller, rectangle chargers for this.
Feedback: What Did Users of the Antler Stamford Cases Say?
The Stamford luggage range is brand new. With no time for reviews at the major retail outlets at the time of writing, I’ll hold this space for the time being.
Based on the reviews of the Clifton hard-shell cases from Antler, and my case, I expect the reviews to be positive. Other ranges from Antler regularly feature compliments for both the style and the quality.
With the peace of mind of the 10-year Antler warranty, you can certainly buy with confidence.
Wrapping Up: Is the Antler Stamford Luggage Range Right for You?
I’m already a fan. These cases have elegant designs, quality build and an extensive list of seemly minor details which help them stand out from the rest. The price point is reasonable when you compare them to brands like Tumi and Samsonite.
Notable touches include the Hinomoto silent wheels, USB charger slot, extra inside pockets, and the removable package divider. Whether you go for the black version – or stand out with the khaki or putty – these cases are sure to turn heads.
Check out the Stamford case range for yourself now!