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User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2011 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.

Mark

[Edited 2004-08-15 04:18:27]

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1997 times:

Tumi is also a nice choice though pricey, sometimes you can find a piece or two at TJ Maxx......


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16994 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1989 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  Big grin)

http://www.jansport.com/productdetail.php?tid=4&cid=16&pid=TL57



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User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Buy a cheapie and replace it. If you don't you'll be mortified as I tell you we don't cover the first minor damage your bag sustains.

Buying expensive luggage is like buying $uper deluxe trash bags.

joe


User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

For over 10 years my family has bought Samsonite. After tons of flying on different airlines such as KL, Viasa, VH, AA, UA.....to name a few, they are all still like new. It is really worth it.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16994 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

When my Samsonites have broken (a rare occurence) the lifetime worldwide warranty has always come in handy. No problem replacing or repairing...


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Spend the extra now for decent luggage, instead of buying cheap and replacing all the time. Think of all your packed items going around the baggage belt ahead of the luggage......


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User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1909 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.

Thanks everyone for your help. I know whats going on my birthday wish list.  Smile



User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1895 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.....



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1893 times:
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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  Smile



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1886 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.

User currently offlinePlaneviewNYC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1869 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.  Angry


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16994 posts, RR: 67
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1841 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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