You know the feeling, you’re booking an airline ticket and suddenly the price of the ticket jumps $80-$100 when you start adding on our baggage fees. UUUGGHHHH! I know we hate paying extra fees in order for our clothes to travel with us. That is one of the reasons that Marty and I usually travel with only our backpacks. Even we have to take a suitcase once in a while when traveling, and it seems like more so lately with all of the camera equipment Marty has us lugging. LOL! Well, that is where the Chester comes in. What’s a Chester? Just a great little hard shell suitcase that I am loving!
There are so many bags on the market that I know it can become a little overwhelming when choosing one, so let me break down the characteristics of the Chester for you. After traveling to New Orleans and Galveston with this suitcase, I really can say that I’m crushing on it! Let’s check it out!
Keep scrolling to discover all of the features!
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Features of the Chester Hard Shell Suitcase
I know personally, that size and dimensions are perhaps the most important when it comes to a carry-on bag. No one wants to get to their airport with their carry-on to be told that it is too big and they will have to check it. And because airlines like to toy with us and make things as complicated as possible, there really isn’t a standard in the size of carry-on bags. Well, the folks behind Chester made sure that they have you covered. The specifications on their Minima hard shell suitcase comes in at 21.5″ x 13.5″ x 8.5″, thus meeting TSA and IATA cabin baggage guidelines.
Let me show you the great exterior features of the Chester.
For starters, Chester is a durable, military-grade polycarbonate hard shell suitcase. What does that mean? Well, it means that the Chester doesn’t just look awesome, it is also super durable and water resistant! It provides super protection against bumps but is flexible enough to survive a fall and not get damaged. It really is pretty awesome! Don’t think all of that protection will weigh you down though, the Chester is really light, weighing in at only 7lbs! It’s also super easy to clean, just wipe it down. Trust me, I spilled Dr. Pepper on it!
I don’t know about you, but I find that the 2-wheel suitcases are often hard to maneuver and can become heavy and cumbersome. Well, not the Chester. The Chester suitcase has 4 wheels that each spin 360-degrees giving you ultimate maneuverability. Not only that, they are snug to the suitcase, allowing you easily get this suitcase on the plane as a carry-on. We loved the smooth ride of the wheels even over the gritty surfaces caused by the beach sand in Galveston. The telescoping handle has two lock positions ensuring that you can effortlessly move your suitcase wherever you want it to go!
Additionally, the Chester comes with a TSA approved built-in lock on the outside. I’ve had other hard shell suitcases in the past, and they didn’t have this feature. I don’t know about you, but protecting our belongings is pretty important to me, especially if we are choosing to put thousands of dollars in camera equipment into this suitcase.
Last but not least, let’s talk about colors! The Chester hard shell suitcase comes in a variety of colors. Since Marty and I share our Chester, we went with the charcoal grey. To be honest though, if the Chester had been just for me I would have chosen the sky blue or pink! I mean they are so cute and just fit my personality. LOL! So you get to take your choice between black, charcoal grey, aluminum grey, ocean blue, sky blue, pink, and sand. This means you can find the perfect color for you!
So now, let’s move to the inside of the Chester. Remember this is a carry-on suitcase, so you want to ensure you are packing appropriately. You might want to check out our carry-on only packing list to help with this.
Inside the Chester, you will find that the great craftsmanship continues. This great little bag comes with more than I expected! I have to be honest, when I opened it for the first time, I was giddy!
The suitcase comes with two side pouches, one on each side, so that you can separate your shoes, toiletries, undergarments, etc. It also comes with a dirty laundry bag that is made with high-quality material so that you can keep your dirty socks from soiling your cashmere sweater!
I loved the way each side zipped separately holding your items nice and secure for the duration of your trip.
Chester’s Guarantee and a Coupon Code
Chester wants to be sure that you are completely satisfied with your purchase. They offer a 100-day trial and free returns!! Guys, you have nothing to lose here! Not only that, but they are allowing our customer to use a special coupon code, 10AF, to get 10% off of your purchase! Now you really have nothing to lose! If you aren’t satisfied with your Chester hard shell suitcase after using it for 100 days, then return it for free! What are you waiting for? Order a Chester already!
Thank you to Chester for gifting us with a suitcase. As always, all opinions are our own.
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