Product Review: Samsonite Firelite Cabin Luggage

I’ve been a Samsonite fan since 2008, when a dear friend gifted me the then revolutionary Samsonite Starwheeler Spinner. That suitcase elegantly took me through a demanding three-week trip through 13 American states that same year and has remained a favourite whenever I’m about to embark on longer journeys. So when the postman arrived with the new Samsonite Firelite, which in my opinion is beautiful both on the inside and outside, I quickly realised my love affair with the brand wasn’t about to end anytime soon.

Outward appearances

The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsonite Firelite suitcase is how incredibly light it is. It is possibly the lightest cabin suitcase I have ever owned, and with airlines like Ryanair weighing cabin luggage, and some even charging for it (I’m looking at you, Wizzair)  I feel quite confident I won’t have to either not pack or pay excess fee at the airport next time I travel with hand luggage only.

The Firelite is, like many of Samsonites suitcases, is made with the revolutionary Curv® technology, which is an advanced impact-resistant, lightweight material. It can withstand an alarming amount of impact, judging from this video, and has a high energy absorption. Basically what this means is you need not worry that it will succumb to the pressures of the harsh luggage environment that begins the minute you check your precious cargo in and ends at the luggage band at arrivals.

The suitcase is also not only made from water-resistant material, but also has a water-resistant polyurethane-coated zipper to make sure no water ever seeps in. Additionally, tall people can rest easy about the fact the Firelite has a multi-stage monotube pull-handle with a push button to adjust comfortably to any size traveller.

My favourite feature though, both on my old Starwheeler Spinner and my new Samsonite Firelite, is the four sporty, smooth and silent wheels which allow for 360° rolling in multiple directions. I cannot begin to tell you how many times this particular feature has come in handy as I whooshed down diverse airports to make it to the check-in counter before they close.

The interior

And now to what matters the most, the insides!

Samsonite’s Firelite case — again, not unlike the Starwheeler Spinner — has two compartments: one that’s zipped and one that allows for clothes and miscellaneous items to be packed and harnessed by the bungee cord system you’ll find in most good quality suitcases.

This maximises the packing space, and comes in handy for those who prefer to compartmentalize their luggage. The entire luggage when packed and zipped up can be secured by a fixed 3-digit TSA-approved combination lock which makes for secure travel to the USA, who have strict rules when it comes to locked baggage.

The Samsonite Firelite Cabin Luggage comes in red, white and blue, and retails for £ 285 on


  1. Hello, anything planned for suits in this luggage?


    • Cynthia Wamwayi says:

      Not in this one Patrick. But this is the small one. Maybe in the larger one? I know the Samsonite X’ion medium sized one has a suit holder.


  2. Hi, I am a huge fan of Samsonite but the Firelite range was a huge disappointment. Zip not a good option to normal quality seal. My zip broke after 2 trips only. zip popped open. Luckily at home not in hold on plane so moved everything to another case. Not recommended range for security.

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  3. I have the 75cm and the 55cm. I am not impressed. The hinges cracked on it’s 5th voyage (Shanghai to Gothenburg) AND the zip guards worn off completely (Sapporo to Shanghai). TERRIBLE performance from Samsonite. NOT recommended for frequent business travel, especially if one visits cold places often. The repair center to blame the poor hinge performance on the low temperature causing the hinge to crack. **I am normally a die hard samsonite fan. Own 6 samsonite cases (soft & hard). Firelite has not been their best.


  4. Great bag from Samsonite. I am a fun of this brand.


  5. There’s a Samsonite model that does not have zippers but latches, which seems safer. I keep reading luggage blog comments by people who complain about zippers on all kids of bags, even high-end ones, being the weak point. That’s what draws me to the expensive Rimowa which also has no zippers. Thoughts?

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  1. […] first reviewed this suitcase in great detail here earlier this year. Since then I’ve grown to love this little nifty luggage even more. […]


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