The Rockland Melbourne 20 retails for $120 but can often be purchased for as low as $45 online, making it an easy choice for budget-conscious shoppers in a category filled with $200 and up models. 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
|Price||$42.50 at Amazon||$254.99 at Amazon||$114.99 at Amazon||$330.68 at Amazon||$118.99 at Amazon|
|Pros||Expandable, affordable, zippered internal divider.||Extremely easy to maneuver, stylish design perfect for business trips, durable||Fair price, durable, easy to use, easy access outer pockets||Loaded with features, easy to travel with, large storage capacity.||Lightweight, spacious, expandable.|
|Cons||Poor construction, difficult to wheel.||Heavier model||May need to check if expander is used||"Technical" styling not for everyone.||Has a very nondescript look, not the most durable.|
|Bottom Line||Inexpensive suitcase but not built to last.||A high-end bag built to make travel easy and to last a lifetime.||This easy roller offers a little luxury at a nice price||A non-conventional carry-on for the outdoor enthusiast.||Inexpensive bag when purchased at the usual "street" price.|
|Rating Categories||Rockland Melbourne 20||Platinum Elite 21" Expandabl...||Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinn...||Tarmac AWD Carry-On||Maxlite 5 22 Expandable Roll...|
|Ease Of Transport (25%)|
|Specs||Rockland Melbourne...||Platinum Elite 21"...||Crew 11 21"...||Tarmac AWD Carry-On||Maxlite 5 22...|
|Measured Weight||6.94 lbs.||7.81lbs||7.20 lbs||8.13 lbs||6.31 lbs.|
|Dimensions||22" x 13" x 9"||22" x 14" x 9"||22" x 14" x 9"||22" x 13" x 9"||22" x 14" x 9"|
|# of Wheels||4||4||4||4||2|
|Number of interior pockets||1||5||4||4||2|
|Number of exterior pockets||0||2||2||3||2|
|Compression system||Compression straps||Compression straps with integrated accessory pockets||Compression straps||Compression straps||Compression straps|
|Lock||No||No, but lockable||No, but lockable||No, but lockable||No|
|Main Material||100% ABS||High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating resists stains and abrasions.||High-quality ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating for stain and abrasion resistance||1000D Helix Poly Twill and Polycarbonate shell||Polyester fabric with water and stain resistant coating|
|Unique features||Expands 1.5"||Removable toiletry pouch and dedicated power bank pocket||Dedicated power bank pouch||Hybrid hard/soft-sided design, coat keeper strap, expandable zipper, add-a-bag strap||Expandable zipper|
|Handle height (inches)||34" and 39"||36”, 38”, 40” and 42.5”||38”, 40” and 42.5”||37", 39", and 41"||38" and 42"|
|Other Versions||24" and 28"||20", 25", 28"||26"|
|Warranty||3 year limited||Lifetime||Lifetime||Lifetime||Limited 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 Transport
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 pulled annoyingly to one side, and the rickety handle made 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 overall this bag received one of our lowest scores for ease of transport.
While we were surprised at how much of our pack test fit in the bag, it was a bit of a squeeze. This bag also expands an extra 1.5 inches, which allowed us space for a suit or fancy dress, but there was no way of ensuring that it would come out anything but completely wrinkled.
This is a fairly basic bag, and its features reflect that. There is no integrated lock like the other hard-sided bags in this review, nor can the zipper tabs accommodate one. We did like the differentiation between the bag's main zippers and the expandable zipper, and the expandable option is a nice feature for such a small bag.
The compression straps are basic and don't compress much, but do help secure loose items in 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.
Durability & Construction
This bag is made of ABS plastic, which is less durable than polycarbonate (which is the plastic that more expensive bags like the Delsey Shadow and Samsonite Inova use). The Rockland's zippers are not very thick or burly, and we had major concerns over the telescoping handle, which was by far the most rickety and rattly of any in this review. Additionally, the top carry handle is secured by flimsy tabs that are easily broken.
At 6 lbs, 15 oz, the Melbourne is one of the lighter bags in this review, which is noticeable when compared to the heavier Briggs and Riley Baseline Domestic, our Top Pick for Business Travel. With some airlines instituting a weight limit on their carry-on bags, lighter bags are a definite plus.
This bag has a boxy and plain look to it. It's not super sleek, nor does it offer a techy look like the The North Face Rolling Thunder 22. Also, the red bag that we tested had a pink and white polka dot interior, which was decidedly "junior" in its styling. The textured surface does help hide scratches though, which might make it look newer for longer.
This bag is suitable for general airline travel and city-to-city trips. It's also a nice bag for traveling with children, who can push a four-wheeled bag easier than they can pull a two-wheeled one, and can use it as an impromptu seat when needed.
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 left us unimpressed overall.
— Cam McKenzie Ring