To start I had the Neweer Travel case of a similar size. That was not very durable and I feared pulling on the top handle as reviews have shown it would break. What sold me on the Strobepro Large case was the metal handle attached to an internal metal panel as well as the external corner skid plates. The sale price with shipping was an INVESTMENT. But I feel one that is WELL WORTH IT.
To start the case is slightly bigger than my old one and taller (I will get to that later). The construction is pretty damn solid. I banged on the corners and sides and they are very rigid and sturdy. The metal handle is strong and well secured. The overall build is strong and confident. The metal bar in the mid section handle came in handy and I appreciated it when it was needed. The same with the bottom grab handle. Plenty of dividers inside for me to pack 5 Paul Buff Lights with stands, Modifiers, extension cords and grip gear with a few dividers left over. The straps holding the top up came in real handy on location when getting in and out and not having to over reach to get the lid to close it back down. Once the top padded section goes on after packing this bad boy I still had more room at the top with the recessed lid. This allowed me to add reflectors and foam core bounces I need for a shoot. I eliminated another bag for me to carry. Now the case is heavier than my previous but it is a rare off I gladly accept for a stronger build.
I road tested this here in NYC. I had a client product shoot at their offices. I packed all my gear at my photo studio and took the case with 3 lights, 6 stands, modifiers, grip, power strips, cords and etc. I rolled it 6 blocks and took it on the subway home. It rolls easily and was able to roll it up and down the stairs. (As a side note for any upgrade I ask that they extend the bottom runners lower as the edge of the stairs hits the case at the space between the wheel housing and the rails.) The metal handle and durable construction made me feel confident that this was a case that was going to last. From Queens to Harlem I took it up the escalator (it fits perfect on the thin width escalator easily with inches to spare) and pulled it up 2 flights of stairs. The day of the shoot I could easily lift it into the back of the NYC taxi. I even put it into the trunk of a Honda Civic. Getting it out I was happy to use the bottom handle. This case is great for mid size car trunks.
If this case was around a few years ago I would have bought it first instead of wasting my money on a similar size cheaper case. To me the Strobepro Ultimate Wheeled Kit Bag Large is an investment worth it’s price as a long term piece of equipment for my studio. I say this as a photographer and also as a person who worked in the backpack and luggage industry here in NYC for 20 years. I have been to the factories in mainland Northern China and intimate with the construction and materials used at low and high end bag factories. (The comment about YKK zippers in the video is 100% true. They are pricey but are worth every penny as the zipper can give out before the bag does)