Rockland Melbourne 3 Pc Abs Luggage Set

Last updated date: March 12, 2020

DWYM Score
8.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 153 expert reviews, the Rockland Rockland Melbourne Luggage Set, 3-Piece placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 12, 2020:
Checkout The Best Hardshell Luggage Set for a detailed review of all the top hardshell luggage sets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
2,438 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This 3 piece set is extremely lightweight and durable you can have the freedom to pack as many items as you want without worrying about splitting suitcases or damaged contents.
- Travel Gear Zone
There is an ergonomic aluminum telescopic handle on top that has its own recessed area for storage when you aren’t using it. Top and side carry handles give you even more carry options.
- Well Traveled Mile
January 19, 2019 | Full review
It is extremely lightweight- making it a cinch to travel with, but not the best option for international, or more arduous, airline travels.
- Top 5 Reviews
Beautiful luggage set crafted from high-quality ABS material.
- TenBestProduct
Three different sized pieces of stackable luggage; it is lightweight; it is made of durable abs plastic; it has expandable storage; it has multi-directional wheels, and an extending telescopic handle; and it is available in a number of colors and designs.
- Best Luggage
The 20" bag is perfect for carry-on and will fit in most overhead cabins and conforms to most airlines requirements for carry-on luggage. The 24 and 28-inch bags are larger and can cope with a lot more baggage, weekend trips or summer holidays are no problem with this great Rockland luggage set.
- Product Expert
April 8, 2019 | Full review
Each bag features the full works: a full, luxurious lining that keep your clothes free of damage and wrinkles as well as multiple interior organization options, like a divider, mesh pockets, and zippered security pockets.
- Improb
The three pieces together cost less than many cases do alone, and that’s a nice change of pace from expensive hard-exterior bags.
- Luggage On Tour
Perfect for business and personal travel, this HyBrid Travel 3 Piece Luggage Set is designed in the ABS material which makes it light and has high impact resistance. Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene is a common thermoplastic. It is lighter than polycarbonate and strong enough to protect your belongings during a trip.
- Any Top 10
July 13, 2019 | Full review
This luggage set is protected by a powerful exterior layer which protects the things kept inside it. This luggage set can bear all the pain but will not affect the things kept inside it.
- My Travel Luggage
It’s hard to find anything cheaper than Rockland with better durability and better customer reviews.
- Clever Journey
July 5, 2019 | Full review
Sturdy ergonomic aluminum telescoping handle.
- Luggage & Travel
The price is less than you would pay for a single luggage piece in certain brands.
- Cool Bags Club
Rockland has roomy interiors and a cross-strap divider to ensure the luggage is upright- this is brilliant.
- Airbnb Universe
What experts didn't like
Priced so low for a reason and customer service department is hard to reach.
- Travel Gear Zone
Some customers have complained that the suitcases are not as durable as they expected and that they didn’t last more than a few trips. Some users also note that the zipper broke quickly.
- Top 5 Reviews
Some people were not quite happy about the strong odor when you unzip the luggage. You will need to air it out to get rid of this smell
- TenBestProduct
Plastic case may have a slight smell when first used.
- Best Luggage
One thing to keep in mind here is these bags don’t really sport the strength they look like they have. They will keep their shape better than canvas or leather, but they won’t be able to protect everything from a really good strike or drop because the sides still flex some.
- Luggage On Tour
From what we’ve seen, their luggage doesn’t stand up to frequent use. They’ll probably be fine for a few years if you’ll be traveling one or two times per year, but don’t expect them to last if used frequently.
- Clever Journey
July 5, 2019 | Full review
Does not include a TSA lock
- Luggage & Travel
Handles on this set may get stuck in the extended or retracted position and be difficult to move.
- Cool Bags Club
It has no luggage tag.
- Airbnb Universe

From The Manufacturer

This 3 piece. Set is made of abs. The major benefits of this material - it is extremely lightweight, it is durable, and protects the contents of your luggage. Eight multi directional spinner wheels rotate 360 degrees for easy maneuverability. This luggage allows you to pack more while avoiding the excess weight surcharges imposed by most airlines. Features: expandable multi-directional spinner wheels for easy maneuverability modern internal chrome telescoping handle with push button handle. Interior mesh and zip pocket and elastic pocket. Measures: 20 inch x13 inch x9 inch weighs 6 lbs., 24 inch x15 inch x10 inch weights 8 lbs., 28 inch x17 inch x12 inch weighs 10 lbs.

An Overview On Hardshell Luggage Sets

If you’ve been enviously eyeing your friends’ photos from their latest trip and daydreaming about your dream beach vacation, it’s time to make that dream a reality and hit the friendly skies. A good first step is investing in luggage that can withstand long walks around the airport and hours in cargo storage or an overhead compartment. If you’ve always used soft suitcases, it’s time to upgrade and buy some hardshell luggage. 

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Hardshell suitcases have rock-solid exteriors made from different types of ultra-strong plastic. The tough-as-nails outer shell is a better option for protecting your belongings. Most of these suitcases have lined interiors with pockets and compartments to keep you organized.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Hardshell luggage is usually too heavy to carry, but almost all brands install spinner wheels at the bottom of the suitcase to help you pull it through the airport and beyond.

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“Smooth-rolling spinner wheels come in handy when you reach your destination,” notes Brittany Anas, our resident travel expert and an award-winning journalist who specializes in travel and lifestyle. “In a lot of European countries, you’ll be commuting from ferries to taxis or buses on older, uneven streets. Having wheels that can handle the terrain is essential.” 

Hardshell suitcases are a little pricier than soft luggage, but the added protection from bumps and drops makes them well worth the extra cash. 

DYWM Fun Fact

Your new hardshell luggage is built to withstand dents, drops and scrapes, but even the toughest suitcases can fall into the dreaded purgatory of lost luggage. 

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It’s very rare for a suitcase to disappear forever: Almost all lost bags are found and returned to the owner within two days. If an unlucky bag isn’t reunited with its owner within 90 days, the airline can buy it and ship it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. The airline chooses items from the lost luggage to clean up and sell. Anyone can buy these choice picks at a steep discount from the Unclaimed Baggage Center’s brick and mortar store. 

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Your hardshell suitcase will likely be with you for years to come, but at least your belongings will find a happy home if it does go missing.

The Hardshell Luggage Set Buying Guide

  • Hardshell luggage offers more protection for your belongings than soft-sided baggage, but it won’t do you much good if it’s too heavy to carry. Take a look at your suitcase’s weight before you buy, and make sure you can handle that piece of luggage when it’s at capacity.
  • Hardshell luggage is usually made from either polycarbonate plastic or ABS plastic. Polycarbonate is lightweight and resistant to high temperatures and impact. ABS is a blend of three types of plastic. It’s even lighter than polycarbonate and less expensive, but ABS suitcases aren’t quite as durable. If you travel frequently, investing in polycarbonate luggage is a good bet. If you only go on the occasional vacation, save yourself some cash with ABS hardside luggage.
  • Certain finishes will protect your luggage from scrapes and dings better than others. Brushed polycarbonate is great for maintaining that brand-new look, and microdiamond texturing also hides any damage. 
  • The inside of your luggage is just as important as the outside. Multiple compartments will help keep you organized, and mesh pockets are great for separating small accessories. Garment straps will keep your clothes in place during bumpy flights. Check out pictures of the inside of your dream suitcase to make sure it has enough compartments for your needs.
  • No one’s expecting you to haul hardside luggage across the airport without a little help. The best hardshell luggage will have 360-degree spinner wheels that move smoothly in all directions. Check out your luggage’s specs, and make sure it has this type of wheels before you buy.
  • You’re already taking an extra step towards protecting your belongings with hardside luggage. You can add to that effort by choosing a hardshell suitcase with a built-in, TSA-approved lock. Pieces with combination locks will offer more security than key locks (and you don’t have to worry about losing a tiny key). 
  • It’s the little things that make the difference between a good suitcase and a great suitcase. A built-in slot for a luggage tag will give you peace of mind when you hand over your checked bag. Make sure that the hardshell suitcase you’re eyeing has one before you buy.
  • You can also look for high-tech add-ons when you buy your luggage. “Many pieces have ejectable batteries that can charge you’re phone when you’re on the go,” says travel pro Brittany Anas. “You’ll come to love this because the airport outlets are in high demand.”
  • The quality of your hardshell’s zippers and spinner wheels will tell you a lot about its longevity. The last thing you need is a zipper breaking as you’re closing your suitcase or a spinner wheel catching and snapping as you’re rushing to make a flight. Look closely at any photos of your luggage’s zippers or wheels, and consider returning it if they look weak upon closer examination.
  • Hardshell luggage tends to be a greater financial investment than soft luggage, and you should do what you can to help maintain it. Purchasing luggage straps to wrap around your hardshell suitcase will reduce strain on the zippers if you’ve packed a lot for a long trip.
  • Take a look at your hardshell suitcase’s warranty before you hand over your cash. If you travel infrequently, you’ll put less strain on your luggage and it will last longer. Frequent fliers will want to carefully read over any warranties to make sure they’re covered if something happens to their hardshell suitcase while globetrotting.