Samsonite Cosmolite Suitcase Review

Mark’s Update: Cosmolite cases have an elegant replacement – in the form of the Lite-Shock range. The curves are still there, along with that ‘wow’ moment when you pick one up… While it is always a shame when a design you loved gets retired, I know you won’t be disappointed.

See this dedicated page at the official store for the colours and full features list.

Alternatively – here is my detailed review of the Samsonite Lite-Shock Cases. 

Samsonite Lite-Shock - Spinner L Suitcase, 75 cm, 98.5 Litre, Black (Black) (Luggage)

Samsonite Lite-Shock – Spinner L Suitcase, 75 cm, 98.5 Litre, Black (Black) (Luggage)

Made of ‘Curv’, these amazing cases are incredibly light – push on them, and they resist immediately… more


Summary: For me, the Samsonite Cosmolite Suitcase range is the first time that their ultra-light materials was used in a design that stood out from the crowd. A few years on and the Cosmolite ‘shell’ effect will still turn heads. When you first pick up one of these cases, there is that ‘wow’ moment – the weight almost does not make sense. Don’t mistake light for weak, these are tough cases. Having stood on one in a shop in Vienna, I can tell you from personal experience that they can stand a lot of weight.

The Cosmolite range comes in different sizes. Here I will focus on the larger 81cm version, the second biggest.

You can check out the colour options and the latest feedback from owners of these cases over on this dedicated product page.

Detailed Review of the Samsonite Cosmolite Spinner Suitcase Range

Samsonite have a lot of suitcases. What makes the Cosmolite range different is a mix of materials and design. The material is called ‘Curv’. This is a new generation thermoplastic composite – created by Propex. It has the light properties of a plastic, with the improved impact resistance normally associated with heavier fibre-reinforced materials.

To the touch this is malleable, bendy even. Hit it hard and you’ll find the give disappears fast!

It is the design which really stands out in the Cosmolite range. This looks like a shell for some, though I like to look at it as the crest of a coat of arms. It is one of those designs that you’ll love (or not) from the get-go – no point in trying to convince yourself, you’ll either want one or you won’t!

Size and Colour Options in the Cosmolite Range

There are 5 sizes available. The smallest works for hand luggage (on major, not low-cost airlines), the biggest is a 144-litre giant.

Here are the sizes, with the capacity for each:

  • 55 cms, 36 litres
  • 69 cms, 68 litres
  • 75 cms, 94 litres
  • 81 cms, 123 litres
  • 86 cms, 144 litres

You will also have a choice of colours. While most people go for the black version as a default, there are some head-turning alternatives:

  • Black
  • Ice Blue
  • Midnight Blue
  • Pearl (Grey)
  • Red

Features of the Cosmolite Cases Range

Let’s start from the bottom. These are spinner cases, which means they can travel in any direction. Each corner has a robust swivelling wheel, which can turn 360 degrees. You can push these cases (on hard floors) or pull them (easiest on carpets).

These cases have double zips, which are also used to lock it. The ends of the zips are held in place with a combo lock. This has a TSA over-ride (useful for US customs, who appear to have zero qualms about busting open locked cases to have a look inside). There is a plastic handle on the side – with another one on top.

At the top you get a lightweight telescoping handle with a wide, ergonomic grip.

Cosmolite Inside ViewInside the Cosmo-Lite Cases

These cases are lined in a contrasting colour. One side can be zipped shut. The other has a cross-strap (elasticated) to hold everything in place. There is a smaller pocket covering the ‘fold’.

Feedback: What Owners Say About the Samsonite Cosmolite Spinner Case Range?

Hugely positive feedback as you would expect from a premium Samsonite range. As expected, the lightness ‘wow-factor’ comes up over and over.

Some people have doubted the robustness of the ‘Curv’ material, though best I can tell have not tested this (by putting anything fragile inside). One buyer got damaged zips and was rightly angry / ranting that the seller would not help send the case to Samsonite for repair.

Overall, people are very happy with these cases. It is always a good idea to check the latest feedback for yourself over at amazon before you buy.


Wrapping Up: How Do These Shell Design, Ultra Lightweight, Spinning Suitcases Compare?

Combining head-turning looks with an industry leading lightweight design is no mean feat. Samsonite have pulled this off brilliantly with the Cosmolite range. The secret is a new material called Curv, which combines the weight of the latest thermoplastics with the strength of fibre.

It is not the science which will make the decision for most people. Instead, it is the looks.

In my experience, not many people sit on the fence about these cases – you’ll either love them or not.

With a range of sizes, and a full 10-year warranty, you can buy with peace of mind.

Check out the gallery, feedback and colour options on this dedicated product page now!

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