Radelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1719 times:
I need to buy some new luggage. I was thinking about buying the TRIAX line for a carry-on from Victorinox. Kinda pricey at $500 for a carry-on but I found it on EBAY for significantly less. Can anyone recommend them or some other brand? I do a lot of 2-3 day trips on the company plane so light and tough are good things to have. I also like the fact that the TRIAX has a built-in garment bag as I occasionally take a suit with me. Thanks.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16345 posts, RR: 66 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1697 times:
Samsonite has never let me down, and I fly a lot. My wife and I own 6 soft rolling cases of various sizes.
For my short trips, I currently have a JanSport TL-57 Wheeled Optimezer computer backpack/roll-on (convertible). Perfect for up to 2 nights of meetings with laptop and accessories. This assumes you only bring the shoes you are wearing. It has the advantage of being very light when empty (EOW for us A.nutters )
Goose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
That's what I liked about the Swiss Army stuff. It's really tough being made out of ballistic nylon mixed with kevlar. And it has a lifetime warranty as well.
I have a Swiss Army duffle and backpack made from that. Yeah, it's really good stuff.
As a former ramp guy, I'd recommend a hard-sided case (Samsonites are great) more than anything else. They can take a lot of punishment and still look good, so long as they're not over-packed. If you pack them full and have to force them closed, they'll doubtless pop open while being tossed around by baggage handlers.
They also stack easily, which is a plus from a luggage monkey's perspective.
The soft-sided cases are good too, but sometimes can peel open like a sardine can along the seams if they catch on anything protruding in a baggage pit. They can collect small tears and lose handles and wheels. I've seen tons of them.
Oh, and any colour will do as long as it's not black. If you want your bag to be easily identifiable (so it can be found easily if lost), choose a colour that's not common. Black is by far the most common. Forest green, grey and blue are next down. Red isn't as common, but there's a few of them. I've seen Samsonites in many different colours; by far the easiest to distinguish are yellow, orange and purple.
Also, remember that the name tags normally attached to the handle are sometimes the first to go if the handle becomes unattached or lost. I've seen numerous Japanese tour groups actually stencil or mark their names on the outside of their bags using market, spray-paint or those small letters you usually see on outdoor mailboxes and the like. Japanese tour groups, by and large, also use the hard-sided Samsonites which I mentioned earlier.....
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8352 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
I have a Delsey hard case that I got from a retiring SAA crewmember, it has been to hell and back and has developed some real character! I also have a couple of hard cases made by Ergo, they have a centre snap closure with a combination lock and two front side snaps with key locks, both have taken a pounding and passed the test.
For me soft cases are out, seen too much underwear touring on the carousel
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17282 posts, RR: 51 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1594 times:
A pretty decent site to buy luggage from is http://www.ebags.com . I didn't buy my American Tourister carry-on from there (I found my bag on sale locally, but almost did buy one from ebags), but I did buy some accessories from them.
PlaneviewNYC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
About a month ago I bought a new Samsonite suiter for in Macy's, very nice, very sturdy, shock absorbing wheels, great price (regular price $400, got it for under $200). Unfortunately, when I was loading it into the car leaving for a cruise, I noticed the main zipper had a gap in it in one spot, and after opening and closing it a few times the gap kept returning. It was too late to do anything about it, and since it was a cruise and not a flight I wasn't that worried, but I'd be very reluctant to hand the case over to an airport crew with the zipper in such a precarious state.
The problem is I can't find the receipt to bring it back to the store, so I have to send it to Samsonite for warranty repair. Has anyone ever dealt with their warranty service? Is it a pain and take a long time? Shipping it to them isn't going to be cheap either.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16345 posts, RR: 66 Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
Srbmod, American Tourister is, IIRC, a Samsonite brand.
PlaneviewNYC, I have never needed my receipt to get a Samsonite fixed.
If you have a bigger case, get a luggage strap. This will keep it closed in case of damage to the locks/zippers. But make sure you pass the strap through one of the handles or it can slip off. Another advantage of a strap is easy identification.
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