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User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

Hello,

I am changing jobs and my new job is with a management consulting firm that will have me on traveling Monday thru' Thursday. So I am about to become a road warrior. I want to buy some good quality, durable luggage which will last me thru the travels and will also look classy. (so none of that cheap Target stuff  Wink)

I need a roll-aboard carryon (I dont know the exact size that is allowed by US airlines... i think it is 21 inch?? i may be mistaken).

Any suggestions or ideas? I am willing to spend up to $200-$250 or so.

Thanks a lot.


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Stump up a bit more cash and get yourself something like this. If you are on the road a lot you can't skimp on something as fundamental as a carry on.

I've read about peoples Tumi bags lasting 15yrs or so. and besides they have a lifetime warranty.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Ricardo . . . .excellent quality, very durable. Only thing I've used in the last 10 years. Only US Airways has been able to destroy one piece, a rollaboard garment bag, in 1998. Excellent quality.

Is that $200-$250 per piece or altogether?  biggrin 


User currently onlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5393 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

22right - I highly recommend Briggs & Riley. Their stuff has a great warranty to it and is constructed to last. Basically, their warranty covers anything and everything that can happen to the bag (even accidental damage caused by airlines) and not just "defects in workmanship." They'll pay for any and all repairs to the bag during its lifetime - only thing you have to pay is shipping. They have a 21" Carry-on for sale for $169, which is a steal for their luggage. http://www.briggs-riley.com/product.asp?pid=211.


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User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4666 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Is that $200-$250 per piece or altogether?

I guess I meant that's $200-250 for one carryon bag (the rollaboard kind).

BTW, does anyone have any experiences with Victorinox luggage? I was checking out some bags on ebags.com and they seem to be nice. I will of course need to see one in person before I buy it.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

I became a Rimowa freak, I have the carry-on trolley and the bigger suitcase in the picture below:



The stuff is quite pricey but worth every Cent, even my girlfriend (she is flight attendant) changed from Samsonite to Rimova after she saw the quality and the great design of the products.

Patrick


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4652 times:

Quoting 22right (Reply 4):
I guess I meant that's $200-250 for one carryon bag (the rollaboard kind).

The garment bag (rollaboard) can be pricey. . . but it's good. I got it (and all my Ricardo) at Kohl's . . . www.kohls.com . . .

You can get two pieces likely for about $250.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4632 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
I've read about peoples Tumi bags lasting 15yrs or so. and besides they have a lifetime warranty.

I second the experience on Tumi bags, mine has been the best piece of luggage I've ever owned.

I'm not sure if they still make the Metro XP brand, but it's nearly the same for a lot lot less. I needed to pickup a laptop carryon quickly in Phoenix a few years ago, and ran into one of Macy's 50% off sale prices one day only sales, and got one for under $40. When I got home and noticed the strap wasn't just right, I called the the Metro 800# for replacement and who answered the phone, but Tumi!



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

I recomend one of these http://www.guildcraftinc.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=217-693


And I work for an airline so I know what I am talking about.

GS

[Edited 2005-05-10 01:26:10]


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User currently onlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5393 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

Again though, Tumi's warranty is only for defects in workmanship. If something happens to the bag (and goodness knows things happen to even the sturdiest of bags) he'd be up the creek.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4614 times:

Quoting 22right (Thread starter):
I need a roll-aboard carryon (I dont know the exact size that is allowed by US airlines... i think it is 21 inch?? i may be mistaken).

I shot an e-mail off to a Road Warrior friend who just went through the same process to find a new bag, and he said that to be on the safe side, get a 20". Most of the bins in newer aircraft can handle a 22" with the short end placed back to front, but on older planes it will only fit the 20" the short way, and the 22" the long way, taking up most of the bin space. YMMV, and someone else may know a bit more about the overhead bin dimensions. My bag is 20", and I've never had a problem stowing it if I don't check it.



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User currently onlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6810 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4576 times:

Ricardo, TravelPro, Traveler's Choice, Tumi, Atlantic, are all good brands I'd recommend. And Crewbags.

If you're looking for a carry-on, spend the money and you'll have a bag that'll last almost forever.

But if you're checking bags, spending a lot of money on something that is going to be used and abused may not be the best choice to make. I've seen far too many people get pissed off about a scuff mark on their brand new (fill in designer brand name) bag. It's just not worth it.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

Quoting 22right (Thread starter):
I need a roll-aboard carryon (I dont know the exact size that is allowed by US airlines... i think it is 21 inch?? i may be mistaken).



Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
Most of the bins in newer aircraft can handle a 22" with the short end placed back to front, but on older planes it will only fit the 20" the short way, and the 22" the long way, taking up most of the bin space.

The US maximum is 45 total inches, which is typically 22x14x9. Be careful about the front pockets, though. Often they exceed the 9". AeroWesty offers good advice about the 21" vs. 22", but in my experience, I've been surprised at what fits in different planes. Mine is 22x14x9, and it fits fine the short way in every plane I've flow on except for a relatively new NW A330. crazy 

Logan


User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4579 times:



Zero Halliburton. They probably make some of the most expensive luggage on earth, but you can usually find a good deal on it on the internet (I'd strongly recommend eBay, which is where I got mine). Their aluminum luggage is virtually indestructable, and it has a lifetime warranty on workmanship. The craftsmanship is also top notch inside the suitcase, as well. Although you have to know that the aluminum is going to be scratched and scuffed a lot (although so far I haven't seen a ding). I was shocked to see how scratched up it was after it's first flight in the cargo hold. I guess something shiny and metal says "abuse me!" to bagagge handlers. It's not as heavy as you'd expect either, my 24" is only around 10-13 lbs. Besides that, it's very distinctive, it's not like the other 200 black suitcases that are going through the bagagge carousel. You buy a Zero Halliburton, you're gonna have the sucker for life.



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