I often travel with Ryanair/Wizz Air and have a piece of luggage that fits their limits. However it's awkwardly constructed and a lot of the usable space is filled by the wheels and the handles.

What hard-shell model (currently available on the market) has the largest volume usable for storage and is still accepted on Ryanair's flights as hand luggage?

To quote Ryanair:

You can carry one cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

The hand luggage should be available for sale in Europe. I assume a carton box (totalling 44L of storage) is technically the most optimal piece of luggage, but it's not exactly the most convenient thing to haul around.

  • A soft sided bag to the given sizes with soft grips and shoulder strap. And there are many of those for sale.
    – Willeke
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 12:23
  • @Willeke soft sided bags are often problematic because they allow one to put in too much stuff. A hard-shell bag has no such issues.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 12:28
  • How is this not Too Broad considering there are many hundreds of luggage manufacturers world-wide?
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 14:52
  • @CGCampbell very very few models are exactly within Ryanair's luggage limits and even fewer are optimized to waste as little space as possible.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 14:56
  • @JonathanReez how do you know? have you looked at every maker? The point of Too Broad isn't just that there may be too many answers, because as you say, there may only be one or two, but that there are too many choices to begin with. The OP asks for the biggest, not name a single example of or some such.
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 15:02

1 Answer 1


Is this a trick question? The first two companies jumping to mind with hardshells and Europe are Samsonite and Rimowa. The Samsonite Cosmolite 55 and the Rimowa Tapas 55 are both 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Both are readily available worldwide.

  • 1
    Litres of capacity of luggage is not particularly well defined, however odd this sounds. There's a lot of shenanigans going on, some companies are more truthful than others. Noone is loading tens of thousands of one cubic centrimetre cubes in a luggage to produce the One And True Volume. Which with softshells wouldn't be possible anyways.
    – user4188
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 8:15
  • 1
    Wheels, handles and even the layer of material to make the shell all eat into the capacity, and that is not even considering rounded corners and less than square cross sections in the middle of the case.
    – Willeke
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 11:00

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .