Hard-sided luggage when it was launched, offered passengers a suitcase that could withstand the stresses and strains of travel. Unfortunately the suitcases themselves were extremely heavy - and that’s even before they were packed! Nowadays, however, the development of polycarbonate shells and aluminium frames provides the discerning traveller with the dual benefit of impact-resistant luggage that’s also lightweight. It also eliminates worries over excess baggage scenarios. Hideo Wakamatsu’s hard-sided suitcases are some of the best quality pieces available in the market today. They are constructed from patented Panlite® - a material that is lightweight, yet has great durability and strength and comes in a wide variety of colours and styles – each with a trademark glossy appearance. Hideo Wakamatsu Hard Sided suitcases are either frameless and use a Heavy Duty Zip closure mechanism or use a Rigid Lightweight Aluminium Frame. The rigid aluminium frames are made from anodized, satin-finish aluminium – a metal used widely in the aerospace industry due to its low density and resistance to corrosion. It’s better at holding up throughout the airport’s check-in process and baggage handling routines. We’ve all heard horror stories of the harsh conditions that luggage is subjected to whilst in transit. Hard side luggage protects contents better than its soft-sided cousins. It's waterproof and fitted with TSA approved locks which means should the airport want to inspect your luggage they can do so without breaking the locks using the approved TSA key. Hideo’s hard-sided suitcases all feature 4, 360º swivel, silent-running wheels and height adjustable telescopic handles. Hard side luggage is available in small, medium and large sizes to cater for short break or lengthy stays. You can see that Hideo has focused all his energies in bringing you hard-sided suitcases that are durable, lightweight and will protect your precious contents for years to come.