radelow
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Need Luggage Help!

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:18 am

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

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RE: Need Luggage Help!

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:21 am

Tumi is also a nice choice though pricey, sometimes you can find a piece or two at TJ Maxx......
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Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:42 am

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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Sun Aug 15, 2004 2:22 pm

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.

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Sun Aug 15, 2004 2:27 pm

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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Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:59 pm

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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Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:54 am

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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Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:19 am

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

 
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Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:02 am

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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Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:06 am

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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Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:12 am

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.
 
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RE: Need Luggage Help!

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:37 am

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
 
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RE: Need Luggage Help!

Mon Aug 16, 2004 5:55 am

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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