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What's Your Favorite Luggage Brand?  
User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 13355 times:

Did a search before but nothing relevant came up so I've decided to start a new topic.

What's your favorite luggage brand ?

I'm currently looking to replace some of my travel gear and I thought to choose Samsonite. I don't have any experience with this company but its definitely very popular among travelers worldwide.

I think I'll buy a 28" Samsonite Solana Expandable Spinner Suitcase + a Samsonite Solana Shoulder Bag all for 320 EUR (it's the best price I could find in Europe since no US website ships to my location). I saw them live and they are look well built.


Dan
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User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13340 times:
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Historically, Samsonite.


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13328 times:
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Victorinox, Swiss made. Very good quality. but pretty expensive.

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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3056 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13327 times:
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Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
Victorinox, Swiss made. Very good quality. but pretty expensive.

No more expensive than anything else round here... not bad quality.

My recent bags from Heys are very good...



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User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13314 times:

I've used both Samsonite and Antler, however I prefer Samsonite as I feel they are more withstanding to bumps and damage. I think they are also lighter too. Plus their designs are kick-ass!

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13307 times:

My Samsonite rollaboard takes a ton of abuse. Never had any problems with it in the hundreds of thousands of miles I've travelled with it.

Tumi for a briefcase though. Absolutely great bags.


User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13294 times:

It would have to be Louis Vuitton.

Wife and I over the years got a whole set and it is remarkably durable. My roll-a-board is now 14 years old, and apart from replacing handle, zipper (free of charge) and wheel bearings, it is as functional as ever. Same with the regular suitcase, which was a gift I received in 1996.

The only negative is the large wheely suitcase I have (about eight years old). There are lots of bits rattling around it, courtesy of me overpacking it repeatedly. And the canvas has also stretched over the years. Some cuts make it look battle hardened. I took it in to get repaired, but they said it was beyond repair (and that was some four years ago).

THese bag/cases between them probably have covered over a million miles in the last 12 years and been subjected to the worst baggage handlers and their conveyor belts mete out, and apart from the mentioned cuts, have come out remarkably intact. But at close to EUR2000 for the larger items, you'd want to travel a few miles to amortise.

I used to have some hard-shell Samsonite suitcases with wheels. But unfortunately, they are not as sturdy as they look, and they scratch easily. They are at their best when they are full, but half-full, all your stuff slides around. And it shatters easily, so hence the switch to soft cases.

My computer bag was a Samsonite until it finally broke last year and I had to replace it in a hurry with some local HK product.

NG1Fan


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13289 times:

I have one Trekking backpack from McKinley age 18 years which still serves me perfect ( 35l Vol.) and one 60l McKinley backpack when I am on longer routes or journeys.

Lately I have bought a Delsey trolley ( cabinsize) for my duty travels.  Smile

So its gotta be McKinley.  Smile


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13285 times:

Delsey is my choice..



I've got one similar to this and its served me well through this decade...still in top condition too!



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User currently offlineJgarrido From Guam, joined Mar 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13226 times:

I bought a Samsonite "spinner" bag a couple year ago. With over 50k air miles so far it's held up quite well. Before that I had a couple bags different cheap bags picked up from the nearest ____mart (kmart, wamart, etc). From the first trip you could see them start to fall apart and it was just downhill from there. My Samsonite has probably done about 15 legs and the only damage are a few scuffs here and there. The four rotating wheels really are nice feature too.

User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13214 times:

I can't believe nobody has mentioned Tumi! They are really great, they are the business travellers best friend, and their expandable bags are amazing! The warantee is great amd you can send in your defect bag and they will replace or repair free of charge! None of this Samsonite or Antler, which I have had both of, nothing rolls as smooth and is a sturdy and good looking as a Tumi, except maybe an LV bag. Get a Tumi in the US and you'l be greateful.

Cheers


User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13211 times:

Yeah, I've noticed Tumi they make some great stuff but pretty pricey compared with most of the competition and I haven't seen them available to be sold online outside the US.

Also, a buddy of mine who is a seaman bought from USA a set of Briggs and Riley that are well built and look like new even after 3 years.



Dan
User currently offlineUAopsMGR From Croatia, joined Mar 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 13206 times:

Samsonite & Tumi

Big version: Width: 448 Height: 336 File size: 39kb



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User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 13145 times:

Well after all, I decided to make a purchase. I bought these two bags from Lufthansa's web shop.

Lufthansa Holiday Collection Jumbo Trolley Case
Dimensions (W x H x D): 45 x 74 x 27 cm
Weight: 4.2 kg

The dimensions and size are ok.

Big version: Width: 500 Height: 750 File size: 43kb
Lufthansa Holiday Collection Jumbo Trolley Case


Lufthansa Holiday Collection Travel Bag

Dimensions (W x H x D): 45 x 30 x 27 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Big version: Width: 500 Height: 373 File size: 34kb
Lufthansa Holiday Collection Travel Bag


Paid for them just 108 EUR and I've decided to give these bags a try until I spare some money for some Briggs and Riley my favorite luggage brand. (or Tumi).

However, as a carry on I've opted for this one from Offermann , a german company.

http://www.offermann.de/collection/men/country/nr-8210.html





Dan
User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13100 times:

If you travel a lot and want something "unkaputtbar", RIMOWA is the luggage to go for (www.rimowa.com). On almost every trip my luggage (be it bags or suitcases, hard or soft cases) got damaged. I am travelling a lot, and got sick of it (despite the airlines repairing/replacing). With an upcoming 4-months business trip, 50 legs, quite a few countries, etc. I thought it was time to buy a durable piece of luggage. And the RIMOWA is the one. On my last trip to Iceland it did a great job, and I am actually really looking forward for it to be my "wardrobe and book case" for the next 4 months!

Cheers
micha


User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13099 times:

Samsonite. All of my bags used to be Samsonite, but recently they have become more and more expensive. Apparently they are trying to move into the high end of suitcase brands, and they weren't cheap to start out with, so I am considering alternatives (using some Columbia bags at the moment).

[Edited 2008-07-30 00:15:56]

User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13087 times:

I've visited a RIMOWA store in MUC and love their cases but they look so fragile. I wouldn't check-in any of their bags. They scratch so easily even with your nails. But as carry-ons I think they are great.

ZKEOJ: Let me know if you buy a RIMOWA trolley and how it looks after a few trips. I saw some used ones on Germany eBay and they look like they've been used in a battle.



Dan
User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13048 times:



Quoting Ppcd (Reply 16):
I've visited a RIMOWA store in MUC and love their cases but they look so fragile. I wouldn't check-in any of their bags. They scratch so easily even with your nails. But as carry-ons I think they are great.

ZKEOJ: Let me know if you buy a RIMOWA trolley and how it looks after a few trips. I saw some used ones on Germany eBay and they look like they've been used in a battle.

I am not sure if/when I'll buy a carry-on, but I have already bought a trolley as a main luggage. Yes, it does scratch and dent (which is part of the charm). In fact, the patina is what "hard core" travellers like. Look at this: http://rimowa.de/main.php?country=UK&lang=EN&speed=high#every_case
I don't mind scratches and dents in a suitcase like that (and my Demsey was BADLY scratched after the first flight as well), but I appreciate the durability. They might LOOK fragile, but they are extremely strong and durable. There are many 20 year-old REMOWAS still "in service"...
I have only heard good things about them (except the price  Wink, and I will see how mine will survive the 4 months...

Cheers
micha


User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13022 times:

Yeh, that bag might look good in movies but not in the real world though... Anyways, good luck, I'm considering a carry-on as well in the next months.


Dan
User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13009 times:

Delsey for me.

Test results for strength and durability give almost identical results to samsonite but not as expensive.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5421 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12995 times:



Quoting Ppcd (Reply 11):

Also, a buddy of mine who is a seaman bought from USA a set of Briggs and Riley that are well built and look like new even after 3 years.

Briggs & Riley - designed really well, they have an amazing warranty, and they're pretty rugged. I've got the following pieces:


Baseline Deluxe Wheeled Garment Bag


Baseline 22" Carry-On Superlight Upright



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User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12983 times:

Absolutely wonderful but unfortunately I haven't seen them for sale even online outside the USA.


Dan
User currently offlinePpcd From Romania, joined Nov 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12979 times:

UPS came today with my travel bag. It's amazing, very spacious and well built. Made by Offermann

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j254/dan_98/Travel/CIMG5954_resized.jpg
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j254/dan_98/Travel/CIMG5953_resized.jpg



Dan
User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12950 times:



Quoting NEMA (Reply 19):
Delsey for me.

They are VERY heavy though. My Delsey weighs 7kg empty. With an allowance of 20kg in Y class on most flights (except Americas) it is almost half of the allowance... And that suitcase doesn't even have a lining - just a plastic shell...

Cheers
micha


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12936 times:

I guess Samsonite aren't market leader for nothing.

Mine lasted very long. They ride well.

Not exclusive but functional & well styled.

Just got a new all in one for short trips.


25 Post contains links and images Ppcd : I'm so happy , got my two other bags as well from Lufthansa. I love them, the nylon looks very solid and I'm sure it will resist in the upcoming trips
26 ThePinnacleKid : If you want a real crew bag... then the absolute best bag on the market... (its expensive for a reason, has amazing quality!) PURDY NEAT sometimes sho
27 AirPortugal310 : I have a Travelpro Walkabout that has served me well for several years both as a carry-on and checked bags. Simple with a pretty strong handle.
28 MTSUATC : These are a baggage handlers nightmare, you can't stack anything on top of them because they always slide off. I would recommend a Hartmann. This com
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