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Purchasing Luggage - Recommendations?  
User currently offlineVingt20cent From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Happy Sunday!

Hi - I'm looking into purchasing new luggage, and was hoping for some recommendations. I'm looking at buying the following:

- laptop bag (just for a 13")
- carry on rolling bag
- rolling bag - check in size

If you have any recommendations to brands and labels, that would be great!

Gracias,
Vincent

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

2 general questions in return:

#1: Do you want to spend top dollar for the luggage and try to keep it for a longer period ?
#2: Or do you want to go rather cheap and replace it within a few years.

Personally, I have been going for option #2.
I purchased a rather expensive branded carry-on roller bag a while ago, but it was damaged during one trip (as checked luggage) but I found out about the damage only at home. While still useable, I am not sure if the investment paid off.

The only other expensive piece is a small light-weight suitcase made of polycarbonate. This one really has paid off in the meantime. It is my preferred suitcase to pack electrical and electronical equipment for longer trips.

A jumbo trolley of the same make sells for around 300 EUR. Quite hefty for my taste.

Also, I am not a friend of the heavy "Samsonite"-style suitcases: Too heavy for my taste.

Best quality and durability should be with suitcases made from Alumium (aka. Aluminum/Aluminium). These withstand any climate and treatment, however not only are these a bit heavier than Polycarbonate-suitcases, but their incredibly high price is a major hurdle for me.

If you want to travel in big style, go for real leather suitcases with a boxed shape. These are most classic. but again these come at $$$.

If I have to purchase a new suitcase I usually go for soft-skinned ones.
The rollers and the (extendable) handle(s) need to be rather solid. Many suitcases that are offered at very low prices will not stand a handful of trips before they break.

Bottomline: Purchasing a new piece of luggage is always a compromise and most times the cheaper option has been the preferred one for me.
-HT



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3788 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 1):
2 general questions in return:

#1: Do you want to spend top dollar for the luggage and try to keep it for a longer period ?
#2: Or do you want to go rather cheap and replace it within a few years.

I would go for option number 1. For as long as I remember, my luggage has all been Samsonite and I have never had any problems with them at all. They offer a huge variety of suitcases, and will withstand rough treatment. Personally I hate to carry-on my luggage so I always check it in. There might be a few scratches but that is the most damage I ever got.

So I believe go for durability and long-term use. Samsonite would be perfect.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3784 times:

I've got a Samsonite 22" rollaboard and it's been great. I've traveled about 200k+ miles with it over the past 3.5 years and the thing is still as strong as the day I got it. Paid about $100 for it at Marshalls or TJ Maxx (forget which one) and have never looked back.

User currently offlineErhard From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3784 times:

Have to agree with Elite.
I have been travelling since the 60's and since then the majority of my luggage has been Samsonite. I have tried cheaper ones, they just do not last.
I still have my dad's hard Samsonite from 1965, although I no longer use it, it is still in very good condition.
Luggage gets abused, abused and then abused!  Smile
These days I also tend to go for the 'soft' option instead of hard case.
For carry on I use a wheeled piece which also holds my laptop. It fits into the overhard bins, very important!, as personally I cannot stand having anything under the seat infront of me.
Having said all of the above, if you are a very regular traveller as I am, I do recommend the high quality upper price range such as Samsonite, if you only travel now and then, mid price range should see you though many years of travel.


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

Samsonite is worth the dollars, but my carry on is one from the BMW merchandise range. (a roller thing). I don't know who makes it, but it is very well made and not too costly.

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

I dislike checking in my bags so I purchased a roller bag that fits in the overhead bin space on most aircraft. The brand is Traveler's Club 21 inch. It has upper and lower compartments on the front and it is expandable.

User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

I like eBags.com's own "Mother Lode" line - I have both of these:

25" wheeled:
http://www.ebags.com/ebags/mother_lo...uct_detail/index.cfm?modelid=54633

matching wheeled carry-on
http://www.ebags.com/ebags/mother_lo...uct_detail/index.cfm?modelid=68256

Both work very well, the bigger one has been checked several times and has no damage (still looks great!). I'm particularly a fan of the separate zippered lower compartment - great for shoes. Only drawback to the carry-on size is it's a little longer than most rollaboards and I occasionally have to turn it sideways, as it doesn't fit it in the overhead bin wheels-first on planes with the older, smaller bins. (Works fine with CO and B6 bins!) You can get them in several colours, and since they're not that common they're easy to spot on the carousel.

They also make a 29" version - I didn't get that one because I tend to pack densely and I'm afraid it'd go over the 50 lb limit.

I'm of mixed feelings on the whole "buy cheap and replace vs. buy expensive 'cause they hold up better" question - I've tried both techniques. I definitely recommend you don't buy the absolute cheapest stuff from Wal-Mart or something, but it's also a drag when you spring for top-of-the-line gear and the first time you check it it comes back with a huge gouge in it. The eBags ones seem to offer a good comprimise between quality and price.


User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1139 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

If you prefer the soft-sided luggage, give the Swiss Army Knife brand by Wenger a look. Expensive and heavy, but very solid and durable. They have everything from laptop bags to giant suitcases. (www.wengerna.com)

My experience is that you either go for the top of the line, or buy whatever the local department store has on sale. I agree that you should probably avoid the really cheapo bargain-basement stuff.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

http://www.ricardoluggage.com/

I've been using this luggage for twenty years or so.

Excellent construction, exceptional warranty, decent price.

In the states you can get it at www.kohls.com


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

When I bought my Delsey carry-on last Fall (After my American Tourister bag got beaten all to hell the one trip I decided to check it.), the guy at the luggage shop I bought it at was trying to steer me towards a Briggs and Riley bag that was out of my price range (Briggs and Riley carry-on roller bags are well over $250.), as you can pretty much run over them with a car and Briggs and Riley will still replace it. When it comes to luggage, I tend to spend $75-100 on a bag.

I would definitely take the time to go through the selections on the previously mentioned eBags. They've got some pretty good deals in their closeout section.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

For my laptop I use a very travel friendly Swiss Army Knife brand. Great variety of zippers and fits the 15" Latitude very nice.

Roll-a-board, I have a 22" Travel Pro, awesome bag that has travelled quite alot with me over the last 5 years, shows no sign of wear. I can pack for a week in the north and still put in a bomber jacket without smashing everything. Fits in the overheads just fine except length wise in the first 3 rows of the B73's (like most 22" or bigger).....after that row wheels in our wheels out no problem.

Check-in, golf clubs is all I check!



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

I also want to recommend Columbia bags. I have a shoulder / duffel bag that I use for both check in and carry on. It is no hassle to carry and fits perfectly in all overhead lockers. As I said before, I hate carrying on luggage so I check in the bag quite a few times. Nothing visible except scratches.

Check them out:
http://columbia.com/SubCategory/7/Equipment/71070/Travel.aspx


User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3656 times:

I love my Atlantic Luggage. And now, it's made by the same people who make Travelpro. I would avoid TUMI luggage. While strong and durable, my boss has had is bag stolen right off the belt not once, but twice. TUMI is an expensive brand, and if someone sees an expensive brand, they may think that there are expensive treasures inside.

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

I've got a Travelpro 22" Rollaboard Suiter for the overhead and a Travelpro Rolling Tote for under the seat in front of me (it just barely fits), no complaints with either. They were far less than $100 each at TJMaxx.

TJMaxx usually has a wide selection of different brands of luggage at discount prices (most are discontinued styles or colors), so you can do hands-on comparisons before buying.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3623 times:
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Quoting Vingt20cent (Thread starter):
laptop bag (just for a 13")

If you have a camera as well get a Lowepro CompuDay backpack, it leaves both hands free and has a separate zip open compartment with adjustable internal dividers.

http://products.lowepro.com/product/CompuDaypack,1922,16.htm

As for the others, we have a mixed bag (sorry) ranging from hard Delsey and Ergo to Delsey, Cellini and TravelPro pull-alongs. Some were SAA crew issue, others bought as necessity dictated.



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User currently offlineMtsuatc From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

If you got the money I would suggest getting a hartmann 22in. I have one and I also have the rolling garment bag. They are very strong and will last you years. They are a bit expensive, but they have a lifetime guarantee. If it gets damaged or broken they will fix it for free, or if its not fixable they will replace. But again they are a bit pricy, but well worth it in my opinion.

User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3606 times:



Quoting Vingt20cent (Thread starter):
- carry on rolling bag

Unless you're going to the UK a lot, get a 21" (not 22") rollaboard. I'm talking about the quoted sizes. The 22" models have trouble correctly fitting into overheads; my 22" Samsonite has to go in sideways, taking up a lot of room. This is pretty embarrassing and can be inconvenient if you board late, so I got a 21" Delsey that fits in the correct way.

Quoting Vingt20cent (Thread starter):
- rolling bag - check in size

Buy something that will not leak if left in the rain for an hour. It's pretty painful sitting in an aircraft watching your bags sit in the rain while the guys on the ramp do something else. Soft sided bags tend to become concave, collecting the water, so that even an almost waterproof bag will leak. Zippers are also more difficult to seal properly against water leaks.


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5413 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

I'm with the Samsonite guys, as far as brand. Never had problems with them, and had many with the cheaper ones.

One thing to look at is whether you need a separate laptop bag. I realized that flying every week, 2 carry-on bags was a pain, when it would all fit in one.

One option you may want to look at, is the laptop bags on wheels, that have multiple compartments/zips. It's half the height of a normal rollaboard, but fits a laptop, papers, and just about enough clothes for one night or two even. I can fit a change of clothes and even a pair of shoes, with a/c adaptor, phone, etc. etc. Just a thought. It also just about fits in some of the RJ overheads (or under seat), as long as you don't have it fully packed.


Jimbo



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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3622 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3576 times:



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 11):
Roll-a-board, I have a 22" Travel Pro, awesome bag that has travelled quite alot with me over the last 5 years, shows no sign of wear. I can pack for a week in the north and still put in a bomber jacket without smashing everything. Fits in the overheads just fine except length wise in the first 3 rows of the B73's (like most 22" or bigger).....after that row wheels in our wheels out no problem.

I love my Travelpro as well....

I also have a standbye 22" Delsey that is half soft/hard.
Came in handy sneaking in beer to the dorms during the college years because of the internal structure  checkmark 



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User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

Louis Vuitton!!

Costs a bloody fortune, but I've had my roll-a-board since 1995 and abused it, spilt drinks in it, carried 28kg of cast brass valves in it, my son rides on it (handle extended, he sits on edge of the case. And apart from replacing the worn zipper (free of charge in HKG), it has stood the test of time. It was a gift from my father in 1995, but he actually used it for some years before giving it to me, so nearly 15 years old, I guess.

Less satisfactory was the larger, wheeled case for checking in. I've also abused it, overloaded it, and as a result, there are some terminal metallic rattles in it when empty. Wasn't repairable, so they told me, but that was five years ago... Again, replaced the zipper (free), and that's it. So it is bashed up, stained leather trim, has a couple of cuts in it, has reinforcing wire poking through, but like a mangy old dog, it is faithful. Age? Maybe eight years old.

I used to have Samsonites in the 80s, but these hard cases are not stable unless they are well-filled. I've had one split open - cold loading area and cold exterior - the thing had a crack over 50cm long. Airline replaced it, but only with equivalent case. And they don't take to overloading as well as the LV. The Samsonite required two people sitting on it to close, whereas the LV will over time stretch. And LV looks classier! We now have a whole set and this will (hopefully) last for life

NG1Fan


User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3622 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3562 times:



Quoting Mtsuatc (Reply 16):
If you got the money I would suggest getting a hartmann 22in. I have one and I also have the rolling garment bag. They are very strong and will last you years. They are a bit expensive, but they have a lifetime guarantee. If it gets damaged or broken they will fix it for free, or if its not fixable they will replace. But again they are a bit pricy, but well worth it in my opinion.

The Hartmann's I have seen look like they would be better suited to old people, unless you are old...in which case enjoy!

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 20):
Louis Vuitton!!

Baggage loaders love these too...for all sorts of reasons you dont want to know



I sell airplanes and airplane accessories
User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3220 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3465 times:



Quoting TSS (Reply 14):
TJMaxx usually has a wide selection of different brands of luggage at discount prices (most are discontinued styles or colors), so you can do hands-on comparisons before buying.

I completely agree - TJMaxx has a decent collection of good brand luggage and deep discount prices...

I just bought a 25" check-in "Helium Breeze" for $70...


Some of the marketing buzz around this was:

Constructed from 1682D Ballistic Nylon with Teflon coating to resist stains and moisture
Large zippered front pockets are gusseted for extra capacity
Lightweight graphite frame. Same material as used on golf clubs and tennis rackets
Expands 2.5 inches when additional capacity is needed
Add-a-bag strap attaches a second bag
Recessed, locking trolley handle made from aluminum, with quick release button on grip hides away in its own dedicated zip pocket
Heavy-duty nu.10 zipper on main compartment
Protected and recessed Velocity in-line skate wheels for an easy roll and long lasting service
Removable suiter will reduce wrinkling of suits and dresses
Fully lined interior with tie down straps
Multiple interior pockets include 2 mesh pockets and wet pocket

I did not need a carry-on, but otherwise I would have not hesitated to buy a Delsey Helium 21 or 22" carry on - seemed really great.



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