Samsonite Dream Rider suitcase for children: review

06/06/2018

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The Dream Rider by Samsonite is a carrying suitcase for children. Mounted on four wheels and with a playful design, the luggage has become popular with the new generation of globetrotters. Little Guest (a collection of luxury hotels for families) lead its investigation on the phenomenon based on testimonials and consumer reviews.

Samsonite Dream Rider

The Dream Rider by Samsonite, the essential travel companion!

 

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS SAMSONITE

Samsonite is one the most well-known travel accessories brands in the world. The American brand has distinguished itself from the competition thanks to its innovative and cutting-edge products for more than 100 years.

With its wide range of suitcases, hand luggage, backpacks or even travel cases, the worldwide leader fills the needs and desires of every family member. Indeed, a few years ago, Samsonite marketed an innovative and high quality collection for children, whose bestseller remains the undeniable Dream Rider, a fun and functional carrying case.

Zoom on the dream rider

As you can see, the Dream Rider suitcase is Samsonite’s new flagship product. Entirely created for children, the four-wheeler luggage is sturdy enough to ensure a carrying function, it is as useful as it is entertaining for the little ones.

 On top of its main use, the Dream Rider suitcase is the best ally for globetrotter parents, to entertain their young ones during long waiting periods at the boarding gate. Sat on his suitcase, your toddler can move around and waits while having fun.

Between the useful and playful, the suitcase seduces thousands of children every year that are eager for weekends at Grandma and Grandpa’s or adventures around the globe…

« Between useful and playful, the suitcase seduces thousands of children every year. »

 

CAPACITY, SIZE AND WEIGHT

The suitcase offers a 25 litres capacity, which is not an insignificant volume to slip all the baby essentials while keeping them at hand, at any time.

With its cabin size (39×50×21 cm) and its light weight (1.8 kg), the luggage is adapted to the tensile force of a 3 year old child, facilitated by a strap. The inside of the suitcase consists of two storage spaces and two crossed and elastic straps, to keep the content motionless and without damage during the trip.

With its rigid polypropylene shell, the Dream Rider is resistant to shocks and humidity. The suitcase has been fully tested to ensure maximum safety for children. For example, your toddler’s fingers are protected by the soft plastic of the suitcase.

 The suitcase is equipped with a fixed 2 point lock to ensure that Teddy Bear and the other toys of your little one travel safe.

To travel with the colorful racing engine, two options are available to your child: either the carrier function or the pulling function through the use of straps that convert into straps or shoulder straps.

The Samsonite Dream Rider comes in 6 designs all as adorable as the next. The most popular ones are Toby the tiger and Zeno the zebra. Betty the bee, Polly the purple pony and two Disney models compete for the other steps of the podium.

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Alongside the Dream Rider, the brand also offers a collection called « Happy Sammies ». Among the seven products of the collection, there are two-wheeled trolleys, backpacks or travel kits with faces of animals such as a rabbit, a hedgehog and an alpaca. The extra touch we love? The detailed zip in the shape of a small mushroom or cactus.

The whole Samsonite « kids » collection seduced the Belgian start up Little Guest, who decided to partner up with the American brand. At the heart of this partnership:  the Dream Rider suitcase! Discover the details of this collaboration in this article.

« Samsonite Dream Rider come in 6 designs all as adorable as the next. The most popular ones are Toby the tiger and Zeno the zebra. »

COMMENTS AND REVIEWS

On Amazon, the Dream Rider has received a majority of positive reviews despite some criticism.

 Among them, parents mention the lack of storage space inside the suitcase. The two compartments would lack additional pockets to better organize the different contents of the suitcase (clothes, toys, etc.).

Another criticism concerns the low capacity of the luggage, inexorably reduced to its small size. Indeed, its capacity of 25 liters is not consistent with the average capacity of other suitcases Samsonite cabin luggage, which have a capacity of 35 liters. It is thus not possible to slip all your child’s personal effects into the Dream Rider, but rather baby’s essential that is always good to keep on hand. Some parents therefore perceive the Dream Rider as a superfluous baggage that may clutter them during their trip.

A final point highlighted by unhappy parents is the surprise that the Dream Rider is not suitable for children of all ages. Indeed, beyond the age of 8, the children’s knees are too high to ensure the carrying function of the luggage. Parents are advised to turn to the « Happy Sammies » backpacks, which are more suitable for pre-teens.

IN CONCLUSION

The Dream Rider’s strong points:

  •  Colourful and fun design
  •  The sturdiness of the luggage
  •  The light weight of the product

Points to improve:

  •  The number of compartments
  •  The low capacity
  •  The safeness of closures

IN SHORT

  •  Brand: Samsonite
  •  Dimensions: 39×50×21 cm
  •  Age: From 3 years old till 8 years old
  • Weight (empty suitcase): 1,8 kg
  •  Material: 100% polypropylene
  •  Safety standards: CE
  •  Capacity: 25 litres
  •  Max. weight supported: 50 kg
  •  Price: From 59€
  •  Warranty: 2 years

 

Not convinced? Would you like to have the opportunity to compare this model with another one? Then take a look at our analysis of the Trunki baby suitcase!

Sources: Samsonite, Ma Valise Voyage, Guide Valise

Fiona, aged 20, dance and travel addict, from Charleroi

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