The Rockland Melbourne 20 can be found very cheaply online, making it an easy choice for budget-conscious shoppers in a category filled with expensive options. However, this no-frills bag doesn't have many of the features of the more expensive models, nor the longevity. This model is a hard-sided bag with four single wheels that tend to have a mind of their own when moving - they rarely do it in a straight line! It is expandable, giving you an additional 1.5 inches overall, but in its regular carry-on configuration, it can't hold as much as many of the other models in this review. Its telescoping handle is not very sturdy (it was flexing pretty ominously when we tried pushing the Melbourne while full), and the tabs that secure the grab handles are easily broken.
Rockland Melbourne 20 Review
Cons: Poor construction, difficult to wheel.
Manufacturer: Fox Luggage
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Rockland Melbourne 20
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|Pros||Expandable, affordable, zippered internal divider.||Magnetically aligned wheels, great organization, excellent capacity, professional style||Exceptional compression, deceptively large capacity, professional design, smooth and simple||Wheels magnetically aligned, solid design and organization, fair price||Tons of organizational features, excellent bag add-on straps, durably built|
|Cons||Poor construction, difficult to wheel.||Easy to over pack, few color options||Minimal features, only two wheels, expensive||Easy to over pack, uneven tapered shape||Loud wheels, extremely challenging zippers, "techy" look|
|Bottom Line||Low in price, this expandable model is also low in durability and rolls poorly.||For the frequent traveler, this is an extremely durable bag made to withstand thousands of miles flown.||An extremely durable option that fits an impressive amount of stuff.||This carry-on is ready for round the world action at a price that leaves room for a few in-flight beverages.||This unique, feature-laced model is marred by tough-to-use zippers.|
|Rating Categories||Rockland Melbourne 20||Platinum Elite 21" Expandabl...||Briggs and Riley Baseline Do...||Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinn...||Tarmac AWD Carry-On|
|Ease Of Use (35%)|
|Storage & Features (30%)|
|Specs||Rockland Melbourne...||Platinum Elite 21"...||Briggs and Riley...||Crew 11 21"...||Tarmac AWD Carry-On|
|External Dimensions (in) H x W x D||22" x 13" x 9"||23" x 14" x 10"||22" x 14" x 9"||23" x 14" x 10"||22" x 14" x 9"|
|Handle Height Options (in)||34" and 39"||36”, 38”, 40” and 42.5”||36", 39", 41" and 43"||36", 38”, 40” and 42.5”||37", 39", and 41"|
|Number of Wheels||4||4||2||4||4|
|Number of Interior Pockets||1||5||2||3||4|
|Number of Exterior Pockets||0||4||3||4||2|
|Main Compartment Opening Style||clamshell - half split||top flip-open||top flip-open||top flip-open||clamshell - half split|
|Measured Weight (lb)||6.9 lb||8.5 lb||9.0 lb||7.8 lb||8.2 lb|
|Compression System||Elastic bands||Compression cross straps with full-coverage mesh panels and accessory pockets||Compression cross straps with full-coverage mesh panels and full-bag compression system||Compression cross straps||Compression X straps|
|Expandable||Yes - zipper||Yes - zipper||Yes - internal||Yes - zipper||Yes - zipper|
|Lock||No||No - lockable||Yes||No - lockable||No - lockable|
|Main Material||100% ABS||High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating||95% Nylon||High-quality ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating||1000D Helix Poly Twill and Polycarbonate shell|
|Unique Features||Expands 1.5"||Removable toiletry pouch, dedicated power bank pocket, removable hanger bag, magnets to keep wheels straight, included hidden name tag||Built-in suiter, unique internal expansion-compression system, external handle stays for maximum internal storage, add-a-bag strap, included hidden name tag||Dedicated power bank pocket, removable hanger bag, magnets to keep wheels straight, included hidden name tag||Hybrid hard/soft-sided design, coat keeper strap, expandable zipper, add-a-bag strap, internal laptop sleeve|
|Warranty||3 year limited||Lifetime||Lifetime||Lifetime||Lifetime|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rockland Melbourne 20 is made of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic and measures 22 x 13 x 9 inches. It weighs just under 7 pounds and comes in over 25 colors.
Ease of Use
In other reviews, we write about how awesome the four-wheeled design is for maneuvering flawlessly through the airport (read: over polished surfaces). All four-wheels bags are not created equal, however, and less expensive carry-ons like this one just don't have the same amazing rolling prowess as other contenders. The Melbourne pulls annoyingly to one side, and the rickety handle makes it difficult to push while full. The handle can adjust to two heights (34" and 39"), which is nice for fine-tuning the right handle height for pushing, but isn't impressive next to a line-up of models that have 3 or 4 height options.
Storage & Features
While we are surprised at how much of our pack test fit in the bag, though it was a bit of a squeeze. This bag also expands an extra 1.5 inches, which allows us space for a suit or fancy dress, but there's no way to ensure that it will come out anything other than completely wrinkled.
The compression straps are basic and don't compress much, but do help secure loose items on that side of that suitcase. The other side can be zipped up completely, and there is one small internal pocket that's big enough for a few pairs of underwear or a toiletry kit. There are no exterior pockets (common with hard-sided bags), which is something to consider if you like to stash odds and ends in the outer pockets of your suitcase.
This bag has a boxy and plain look to it. It's not super sleek, nor does it offer a techy look. Also, the red bag that we tested had a pink and white polka dot interior, which we think is decidedly "junior" in its styling. The textured surface does help hide scratches though, which help keep it looking newer for longer.
This is a fairly basic bag, and its features reflect that. There is no integrated lock like some of the other hard-sided bags in this review, nor can the zipper tabs accommodate one. We do like the differentiation between the bag's main zippers and the expandable zipper, and the expansion option is a nice feature for such a small bag.
This bag is made of ABS plastic, which is less durable than the polycarbonate of more expensive - and more durable - bags. The Rockland's zippers are not very thick or burly, and we have major concerns over the telescoping handle, which one of the most rickety and rattly of any in this review. Additionally, the top carry handle is secured by flimsy tabs that proved to be easily broken.
If you plan on using your bag infrequently and aren't overly concerned about quality in your carry-on, this may be the bag for you. One other important aspect to note is that even though this bag has a three-year warranty, we've read multiple user reviews online stating that this warranty is extremely difficult to claim. Rockland Luggage does not have an official website and is made by Fox Luggage. After digging around online and sending a few emails, we found the contact information for the warranty office: customer service at Fox can be reached at (323) 588-1688 and email@example.com. Be sure to keep your hang tags, receipt, etc., if you think you might want to make a warranty claim down the road.
The Melbourne 20 has a few attractive features and is certainly affordable, but its rickety handle and poor rolling action leave us unimpressed overall.
— Cam McKenzie Ring