I am looking for a hard-case, light-weight bag like the one pictured, however with a zipper on top (the yellow line) rather than at the side. This would allow to open the bag without using a lot of space as in the original layout.

Has anybody of you seen a bag like this or does somebody know where to buy something like this?

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    IMHO Shopping recommendations are off topic, and specifically in your case, with enough financial motivation someone may custom create it for you and where I live (India) snapdeal.com/product/novex-hard-luggage-bags-maroon/966756086 is an option that I could find first in google – skv Nov 25 '14 at 8:29
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    The bag in the link you posted does have the zipper at the side. This is NOT what I want. – traindriver Nov 25 '14 at 8:32
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    There are nylon backpack type roller bags that do what you want. But ultimately if the suitcase is hard sided, the panel (being zipped open) will be hard sided and will take up nearly the same space as the original suitcase when opened. – user13044 Nov 25 '14 at 8:51
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    @skv This doesn't sound like a shopping recommendation to me ("what's the best bag?"), he's asking whether a very specific and unusual product exists. – jpatokal Nov 25 '14 at 10:29
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Apparently, I am not the only one who is interested in such a suitcase: Samsonite released a new series last year, called "Spin Trunk". It "translates to a 20% light lid compartment and an 80% maximised base compartment for easy packing."

Ad showing the suitcase

Not exactly what I want, but one step towards the ultimate suitcase.


I think your main question is, how to access the contents of the bag, without having to split it open, thus minimizing the space required to access internal contents.

The design of these bags is for maximizing the interior space, which is why almost all open in the same clamshell fashion. They are primarily designed to safely carry the contents inside and quick access is not a top usability priority.

A bag like the one you describe could only come with an accordian-type opening on the top so that you can perhaps access the contents of a smaller compartment. Having the entire bag accessible while upright is not possible as the contents would tumble out due to the orientation.

There are some "hybrid" cases, but I question the practicality of these.

Here are some examples:

The Floati Suitcase (Kickstarter)

(From the floatti kickstarter campaign)

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(Enkloze X1 Carbon)

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(Sienna 21" Hybrid Garment Bag)

Samsonite has an excellent case (in their Lite-Box series) that offers the same space in both the lid and the base:

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To lie it flat on on side, to simply open the top (like a can) takes the same amount of space as splitting the bag open, since you can open it 90 degrees. Having a specific case like that would eat into its practicality - of course there are specialized cases that are designed to be loaded and used upright. My favorite of these is the 1440 by Pelican, which looks rather rugged but it is extremely reliable:

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(The Pelican 1440 (with optional internal organizer))

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