There comes a time in every traveller’s life when he decides he’s ready to take the hard shell suitcase plunge. In the good old days, a stylish gentleman travelled with an array of trunks in tow. These days, most of us are too worried about whether or not our shampoo is going to get confiscated at security to worry about what kind of luggage we’re carrying. It’s only after countless cheap carry-on purchases end in broken wheels and busted zippers that we realise there’s something better out there. Before booking your next big trip, check out our buyers guide to hard shell suitcases worth shelling out on.