ushermittwoch
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Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:44 am

Hi!

I am looking for a new rollaboard suitcase which I can use for my soon to come frequent business travels.
I am not looking for a 500 Dollar/Euro device, but a sturdy and decent-sized suitcase that will last longer than a few months.
Any suggestion is more than welcome.

Thanks!
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:13 pm

I love my Travel Pro....not sure what the cost is now days, but I've had mine for more than four years and it looks almost brand new. Can easily pack 5-6 days of clothes and not have it bursting at the seams.
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DukeofDashes
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:48 am

I've had an Atlantic rollerboard for the last 7 years, and I've taken many trips with her. It's one of the cheaper brands ($100 approximately), and I've never had any problems with it. I would recommend that brand to anyone.

I think the most important thing to remember when going for a rollerboard is to keep it simple. Rampers don't care how much your bag is worth - it's gonna get tossed around anyways. So look for the right size and make sure it's a nice, durable material, and you'll get the most value out of it.
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:58 am

I have one the Luggage Works bags from Crew Outfitters. They are attractive and sturdy as hell, but they are expensive and extremely HEAVY. The stainless steel handle rods add about ten pounds to the thing. Also, there is no way to detach the flight case hook, and it tends to get caught on just about everything. One nice thing, however, is the padded laptop pocket.

I will probably go with a TravelPro next time, mainly because of the weight issue.
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jetstar
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:16 pm

If you have access to a Costco, their Kirkland (their private label) 20” rollaboard is great, my wife and I both have had them for 5 years now.

They also offer free replacement if it breaks because of workmanship for life. They sell for about $90.00

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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:33 pm



Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
I am looking for a new rollaboard suitcase which I can use for my soon to come frequent business travels.
I am not looking for a 500 Dollar/Euro device, but a sturdy and decent-sized suitcase that will last longer than a few months.

Have a look into LH's Worldshop www.worldshop.eu
They have a good selection incl. lightweight polycarbonate carry-on by RIMOWA.
I have a fairly small suitcase of that brand (w/o wheels) and it is pretty light and my preferred option to pack electronics.

For business travel I used to use a black STRATIC carry-on roller bag (soft skin) that also features a 2 straps to be worn as a rucksack.
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:54 pm



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 4):
If you have access to a Costco, their Kirkland (their private label) 20” rollaboard is great, my wife and I both have had them for 5 years now.

Why spend more when the one from Costco for $100 is great. I have that model too and it's been all over the world with me over the last 7 years. Still looks like new. I've also found that it fits in all overhead bins (sometime barely), even though it is not small.
 
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:58 am

I use a 22" Samsonite rollaboard. Thing takes an absolute beating (travels at least 50k miles a year domestically) and it's in more or less the same condition as it was when I bought it. Got it for around $80 at TJ Maxx.
 
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RE: Looking For A Good Rollaboard - Suggestions

Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:01 pm

luggage works

luggage works

luggage works

You can tell who I use. As a commuting airline employee for the last too damned many years, I bought a luggage works bag in 2001, it has survived sadistic rampers, idiot TSA, and being shoved and stuffed anywhere and everywhere since then. I dont even know how many miles, but considering I commute about 30-40 flight hours a month, you can guess its more a few miles.

It is a seat waiting for a hotel or parking shuttle. I love that with all of the external pockets it has, it has a place for everything I need to stuff when its time for the security moshpit, and I dont need to use any of their bins - just stuff everything (keys, coins, belt, cell, you get the idea) into the external pockets and it makes security a little more tolerable. I read somewhere (I think) that the fabric is the same stuff as parachute nylon.

Yes, the bag is heavy, but with that you get sturdiness. They have, from what I gather, excellent service after the fact if your bag needs service. I havent needed it yet. I dont think it is possible to overpack this bag - well I am sure it is, but I havent reached the max gross weight for this bag yet  Smile

As for the poster talking about the external flight bag hook, you can either unscrew it (comes right out), OR, tuck it into the pocket just underneath it. I do that when gate checking it rampside so it doesnt snag anything in the luggage bin.

I know a lot of airline pilots who swear by their luggage works bag. I know I do, and I dont work for them...

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