By Cacinda Maloney
I was looking for a new piece of carry-on luggage for my 16 year-old son for his travels this summer. He would be traveling with the family to Belize, spending time with friends in Coronado Island, California and then doing a scuba diving camp in Catalina Island, California. He needed something rugged, easy to handle, large enough to hold all his gear without doing any checked luggage and “cool” looking for a kid.
That is when I found the product Roncato Uno SL Cabina, whose company motto says “a brand of suitcase that can satifsy the needs of the most demanding and energetic traveler.”
Well, that is what I had on my hands, a demanding and energetic traveler! And so this hard case, sturdy carry-on fit the bill. It is made in Italy, no less, in a family run factory in which they have been making luggage for over 30 years.
On this latest trip to Belize, it was time for him to try out the new Roncato branded suitcase that had been sent to me for review. It is a hard case 22″ carry on and perfect for him as the look reminds us of a “silver bullet” and has spinner wheels.
He is a longboard rider, so he is into cool, sleek looking luggage with awesome wheels! When it arrived in the mail and we got it out of the box, it literally was one of the lightest weight pieces of luggage I have ever picked up for a 22” carry on. In fact, it is made from light and elastic Polycarbonate and weighs in at a mere 4.6 lbs. and in order to guarantee increased lightness, the cabin bags open with a simple zip puller, which can be locked, thanks to a permanent TSA lock.
Functionally, he was surprised how much it could hold and how easy and light-weight it was to get around. One could practically pick it up with such ease that we are sold on the spinner type of carry-ons. It also had no problems with fitting into the overhead space of the 737 we flew from PHX-LAX–BZE and back.
Dimensions have been changed for the required sizes of luggage for flights on Delta and United in early 2014 and so you need to make sure you are aware of them: their new luggage size requirements are: 22” x 14” x 9″ This represents a decrease in size from the old dimensions. And I find now that they do seem to be checking more that your carry-on will fit in their metal checking containers right outside of the gate. It’s interesting to note that not all airlines have the same size limits. Southwest and JetBlue have a more generous 24″ x 16″ x 10″ carry-on limit.
What: Roncato Uno SL Cabina “The Lightest Italian Luggage in the World!”
Size:: 21.75” x 15.75” x 8.75”
Warranty: 10 year warranty
Weight: 4.63 lbs.
Disclosure: This carry-on luggage was sent to me for review by the PR agency representing Roncato. This in no way influence mine and my son’s love of the carry-on that we affectionately now call the silver bullet!