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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8663 times:

Sorry, I don`t know if this belongs here in the Civil Aviation forum but I think yes because it is aviation related.

My girlfriend destroyed my carry on trolley during we disembark the plane yesterday evening, now I am searching for a new one but I can`t decide what stuff I should buy, either a cheap one or an expensive one. There are a lot of good looking trolleys in the Lufthansa Sky Shop but they are really expensive (199 EUR), the company which produces the trolleys is called Rimowa.



Has anyone such a Rimowa trolley? If yes, can you recommend to buy one and is the quality good?

What would you do, buy a cheap one and give a damn (buy again a cheap one) when it breaks again or buy an expensive one which has a better quality?

Patrick

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User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8635 times:

Patrick,

I just happened to witness a LH flight attendant at the suitcase repair station in one of the baggage claim areas of T1 in FRA which asked for a repair of such an aluminum Rimowa trolley because the wheels had broken off of hers. She claimed that she had just used it for one month... Doesn't sound like good quality. However, they really look cool. But then again, when I had a look at the ones that would be acceptable as carry-ons on LH planes I was really a bit shocked about how heavy they were. Btw, there is a store in DTM (I think it was Redder M. Lederwaren, Kleppingstr. 29) that always has them on sale (seems that they can't get rid of last years model).

ZSSNC

[Edited 2003-05-19 19:54:42]


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User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8624 times:

Hi there,
I always use Samsonite luggage, I have about 4 different sizes (obviously for different purposes/length of stay, etc) 1 of them is about 10 years old and is still working great, just like their slogan says "World Proof". There is a 3 year waranty included with a purchase. They also have Repair Centres for substantial repairs around the world, for minor damages, your local dealer should be able to fix it.
http://www.samsonite.com/global/globl_homepage.jsp
As you see, I've trusted them for years and they're great.

Hope that helps!

Airbus_A340



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8597 times:

Thanks for your stories and opinions guys!

@ZSSNC: Seems that the quality of the Rimowa trolleys is not the best when the F/A`s was already broken after one month, thanks for sharing the story. Also thanks for the address of the shop in DTM, tomorrow morning I will look in a few different shops in Bochum and Dortmund, I hope I will find a new trolley.

@Airbus_A340: Thanks for the tip, I never thought about Samsonite, I will take a closer look on them during my "shopping tour" tomorrow morning. Maybe I will buy a Samsonite when the quality is ok and the design is nice.

Patrick


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8570 times:

Dont go crazy...buy the best you can afford. Never the cheap shit.
I go about 300K miles/year....and you can't underestimate what airlines can do to your luggage!

Don't go into debt. But if you travel frequently good luggage should last a few years.


User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8542 times:

I've used a TravelPro roller for about two years. The quality is great and the price was about $125 in ATL FlightShop.com.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1067 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8509 times:

Definatly don't go for the cheap stuff unless you only plan on using it once. I bought a cheap one last June in Australia to bring home the extra stuff that I purchased or was given to me from my relatives. From Adelaide to San francico the bag was already broken. Luckily it made it back to Denver without loosing anything. It did the job it was supposed to for about $13 US dollars. It still works but not for flying. Go for the higher quality ones that the arm you pull on retracts into a protected pouch. That was the first thing to go on my bag.

Dinker



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User currently offlineChautauquasaab From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8506 times:

Tumi brand luggage is simply the best.

User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8488 times:

I'll fly in the face of majority opinion and say that cheaper stuff is sometimes the best option  Wink/being sarcastic

For weekend travel, I have a basic €30 soft leather bag. There's no prominent logo, but the leather is nice enough, and it's a very simple design - nothing to catch or snag or fray or break. It'll look smart for years yet because there's just nothing to go wrong with it. Plus, it makes the most of luggage allowances, and it's versatile.

What's the point in spending 10x as much on something that will look no better a few years hence, apart from having a different label?

Hard-sided cases are nice in principle, but I find they're more vulnerable to some forms of scuffing &c. (which is pretty much unavoidable), and for surface travel they can often be impractical.

The more complex and/or rigid your luggage, the more you come to rely on good design, which is where the expensive brands come in.



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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8486 times:

I have a real weakness for muji aluminium stuff, but so far their range doesn't include any useful luggage  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineAntonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 722 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8485 times:

i am flying all the time as a crew member abd i have found there is no difference if i buy a cheap one or an expensive one, they seem to last the same time

User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8450 times:

Stay away from the hard side luggage, they will dent, scratch and if they fall out of say a 757 they tend to break open and yes bags do fall out of aircraft. When I would offlaod the aft of a 757 alone, I would usually throw 6 or 7 bags that would bounce off the betloader.

Now from working in baggage service I took more damage claims for Samsonite, anything hard and Tumi's. I took the least amount of damage files for American Tourister(which I use and have had my current one for 4 years with no damage as of yet).

Exspensive does not mean quality. But stay away from the $20 ones at wal-mart and such.


User currently offlineDrewwright From United States of America, joined May 2001, 621 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8431 times:

Travel Pro all the way! Travel Pro was the company that invented the rollaboard suitcase. Many airlines only allow employees to use this brand. It is expensive but very durable. Try to get a "suiter" they are very nifty!
DRW


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8385 times:

I just bought a new carry-on trolley, the same like in my post above but without the Lufthansa logo. It was a little bit pricey (199 EUR but I got 3% off) but the quality looks very good, it is very light (only 2,4 kg) and I have a 5 year warranty. Now I am looking forward to many interesting journeys with my new luggage.

Patrick


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8365 times:

I use a soft leather duffle bag that I bought from BMW. I also take alone my attache. I travel very light regardless of where I am going, and I like traveling with one bag that I can sling over my shoulder. I do not care for the pull kind of suitcase with wheels. Too girly.




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User currently offlineCleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8357 times:

Hey,

I use to work at Cleveland Trunk. Its a luggage store. Go with TravelPro. Its one of the best out there. Beats the hell out of Hartmann, everyone complained about Hartmann. Travelpro Platinum III is the best.

Jake



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7264 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

Samsonite bages are excellent... I have a five year old Samsonite roll-aboard that does 100k+ miles annually, and is now only starting to come to the end of its life. The wheels are perfect, just the exterior soft lining is worn..

The $16.99 suitcases last 1 - 2 trips before legs and wheels fall off. You also find that the cheaper roll-along bags are very unstable and the bags tend to rock.



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User currently offlineGOTbound From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8339 times:

Carlton does it for me...

User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8313 times:

I bought a suitcase for 80pound when I went to Italy, it is a hardcase and silver, and it got totally ruined, dented and scratched  Sad so its up to you but I woudn't go that expensive. And on a recent trip to Tenerife, it came back worse...

LHR340



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User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8308 times:

I'd like to add my $0.02...

I don't think that you can go wrong with hard-sided Samsonite luggage. That being said, unless you going to be traveling a LOT, it probably doesn't really make that much difference what stuff you use. If you just make the occassional trip, you're just as well off with cheap stuff.

I like the hard-sided stuff for a couple of reasons - it tends to keep things dry when the luggage is out on the ramp waiting to be loaded and it seems (to me, at least) that hard-sided cases give you a bit more protection when the luggage get knocked around by the baggage guys.

I've worn out several suitcases, over the years - they seem to break at the hinges, probably my fault from constantly over packing them. I've never had a wheel or bearing wear out, but in cheap cases the rivets that hold the wheel assembly will sometimes let loose. (The guy who invented rolling suit cases deserves to be a millionaire!  Big thumbs up)

If you really want some informed information, I'd get a hold of a Consumers Report Buyer's Guide.

Jetguy


User currently offlineMf3864 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8287 times:

high quality but, cheap  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

in the states, Marshalls, TJMaxx have good prices on samsonite, travelpro etc... also try www.ebags.com they have all sorts. i tend to pick up travelpro, skyway, or samsonite. the last travelpro bag i bought was 99$ US at marshalls, 23" "carry-on" size. its good quality, so it will hold up but, not a 1000$ Louis or Coach bag that I will cry if it gets scratched... (and it will)


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8287 times:

I'd go for Samsonite, regardless of what others think. It's one of the most trusted names in suitcases.

My parents have a couple of hard sided Samsonite suitcases - and they have been using it for over 20 years! And, yes, they were frequently used. I remember baggage come off onto the carousel at HNL back in 1989 off a Wardair flight - there were a lot of damaged baggage, including those that fell apart with clothes coming out! And yet, our Samsonites survived very well.

As for me, I only have a large McBrine pull suitcase with trolley wheels (looks like a crappy brand - I'm amazed it's lasted as long as it has, which is at least 5 years!). I don't use it very often, because I usually travel as light as possible - just an Outbound backpack on my back. Big grin


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8280 times:

Incidentally, I bought a fake samsonite in Beijing; having been on an uncharacteristic shopping spree, I needed an extra bag to carry all my stuff home...

The tow-handle broke (both risers) 72 hours later. That's durability.  Smile



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User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8239 times:

L.L. Bean - if it breaks, they fix it. Free. What more could you want?

joe


User currently offlineIHadAPheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8216 times:

I have a Silhouette 8 Jumbo Suiter hard sided out of ABS, 10 year warranty, built like a tank, big enough stuff enough into to strain even the biggest baggage handler. I also got mine from Ebags it was about $200.00 including shipping and so far has taken the few flights we have take with only the slightest scratches.

Yours,
IHadAPheo



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25 Post contains images Teahan : I bought a roll-on trolley in Hong Kong 3 years ago for about US$25 and it is still in a pretty decent condition. Only problem is that it is slightly
26 Ryanb741 : I have a Hard Case Samsonite suitcase which is really lightweight and robust. It was fairly pricey but IMHO it was worth it for the strength of it and
27 Aloges : I'm still pretty happy with my Samsonite hard-top case. Although it's light and rather big, it has suffered nothing but a few scratches yet. It's been
28 Post contains links and images Jumbolino : Hello Patrick, nearby VIE I did a little shopping tour and like usual it doesn't fit in the luggage I had with me well, bought a trolley for 10 EUR -
29 N951U : Traveling with Hartmann luggage, I've never had any problems. You could drive a truck over them and they'd still be fine. They are expensive, yes, but
30 Srbmod : I have to agree on going to a store like TJ Maxx or Marshalls (they're both owned by the same company), which sells overstock goods (they pick up good
31 DeltAirlines : TJs and Marshalls are pretty much where I do all my shopping (the 10% discount I get does make a difference), and I will agree with Srbmod that the fo
32 Trintocan : Go for quality whenever you can - buying cheap cases every few months is truly false economy. I learnt that the hard way when I travelled to POS last
33 Andreas : I go Samsonite all the way...my board case does have 6 years now, and hundreds of thousands miles in the air and on airports on 4 continents, and it o
34 Luxair66 : I had a soft Carlton roller (about 50GBP) that I used every week between London And Luxembourg, it lasted about 3 months before it fell to pieces. I t
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