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Old 12-14-2006, 07:01 PM
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Got Christmas shoppin almost done. My daughter has been using el cheapo Wallyworld brands (American tourister?)of luggage (and so do we but we travel infrequently) Since she travels often for work we would like toget her some upgraded stuff as hers takes a beating.

Any suggestions? Mainly want a rollable easy thru the airport thing in a easily identifiable color. Saw a Samsonite piece - the one sized so if you really cram it its still just under 50lbs) for 150 or so on sale at an outlet store and there was a blue or red version. On ebay there are complete Samsonite sets for less than 150.

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Old 12-14-2006, 07:15 PM
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Soft case or hard case, expensive or economical, the baggage handlers seem to find a way of breaking, knocking this or that off, or tearing whatever they get their hands on, so I don't think it really matters Bob. But I guess if one is rich and famous only the most expensive is the only way to go.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:22 PM
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Thanks Garett

Soft, and basically something that will last a few years. Unless, what you are saying is it may be better to just buy the cheap(er) stuff and replace it when you think its about "splits" time? I do use that philosophy with many items...such as cars and boats
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We just bought a 7 peice set (Samsonite) at Costco for $179.00. Bought the same set for my wife last year.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:29 PM
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I know any of the programs I've seen on television covering luggage quality all seem to go in that direction Bob. When buying really all you have to concern yourself with IMO is the wheels and the pull out handle, the rest is nothing but a bag that locks! Personally I'd go the economical line then when I see the damage the baggage handlers do it doesn't bother me as much.
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I travel a lot and I only use Samsonite hardsides (true hardsides, not those semi-hardsides). Samsonite has a great 2-year warranty on repairs and you don't have to show the repair place a receipt.
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1 million miles in nine years (Delta) only choice Tumi

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I do a lot of traveling. I do a real LOT of traveling, bounce thru multiple airports, buses, trains, etc getting from 'A' to 'B'. The best all around luggage I have found is the Kirkland/Ballistic brand of soft sided luggage available at Costco. (a) The wheels on it are some of the best I have ever seen on any luggage. (b) It has large, high quality zippers, (c) excellent and comfortable handles, (d) a third handle in the bottom, (e) very sturdy retractable pulling handle, (f) and rubber piping on the corners to prevent the (g) heavy nylon material from abrasion rips, too. To pick it up the empty bag is heavier than other luggage its size because it is made of quality materials. Cost was about $100 for the supposed carry-on size. It is by far the best luggage I have owned. The same bag has been taking a beating for 3 or 4 now, still looks good, still works. They also have a larger version of the bag at Costco, too. Never used the big one, tho.

Last time I was at Costco I noticed the brand appeared to no longer be called Ballistic but whatever it is it looks to be of similar quality. I didnít take a close look at it, if you are interested to you should, see what you think. If it is says Kirkland/Ballistic on it, donít even think about it, take it! If you prefer some other brand, look at the stuff I listed above and look for that in whatever luggage you get.

Hard-shell luggage is important to protect the contents from crushing. If you donít have a squish issues with whatever is in the luggage I think soft-shell luggage is the way to go.

I suggest getting black luggage. Anyone that does a lot of traveling will tell you that you do not want luggage that makes you stand out in the crowd. Give your daughter a couple short strands of colorful ribbon that she can tie on the handles. Coming out of a luggage conveyor belt her black bag will be immediately obvious to her because of the ribbons, but innocuous to others. Anyone that mistakes the luggage for their own will realize their error when they reach down to pick up the bag and see that colored ribbon on the handle.

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Well.....down here in Redneck land we use the infamous Piggly Wiggly sacks. NO ONE messes with them babies!


But if you're wantin' somethin' with "class" then you might want to go with Eyeball's suggestion.

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Old 12-15-2006, 09:42 AM
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Not a big fan of Tumi, except for the computer bag. I have had to send back my Tumi roll-a-board (2x) and the garment (3X) for zipper, wheel, and strap repairs. While the roll-a-board was out for repair the last time, I picked up a back up A Travel Pro - Platinum series. Thing is great. Good wheels, strong zipper. Now if I could only figure out what all the compartments are for. Tumi sits in the closet now. Fortunately my travel has slowed down considerably. At one point I was platinum on AA/CO/US. God that was awful.

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Old 12-15-2006, 01:21 PM
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Eyeball is right on. Have two Costco Ballistic bags that have taken a beating. Great buy.
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My F-I-L travels 2-4 times a month. He uses LL Bean luggage. He's had the same garment bag for 15 years and while it looks worn, still in perfect mechanical shape. And, like other LL Bean stuff, lifetime guarantee. My wife and I have been given 3 or 4 LL Bean bags, and they're awesome. No problem w/ the zippers, or tears, or anything. And, they're usually very easy to find in the mass of other bags.
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I have had very good luck with Atlantic Luggage. Their customer support is fantastic too. While their colors are pretty "traditional" I customize my black set with colored plastic electrical tape. It's rugged and customer support will help replace that which the airlines destroy.
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:54 PM
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I travel 40 weeks a year. It's really not worth getting cheap luggage since it's just going to get beat up quickly.
Only Tumi and Hartman for me.

However, If I travelled only 4-5 times a year, I wouldn't pay the price difference
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:40 PM
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Hartman!
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I have always used AAA for my luggage, they, at least, here, they will tell you which brands they have the least complaints on, this is in a retirement community and does the word among travelers spread fast. I do not think any luggage is bullet proof, but mine, Samosite (SP probably) did the job on my last trip 17 day tour to Europe, and it looks like it has some more tours in it, and it did take a beating. I should add that I did not buy the super lite models, just the recommended ones from the AAA rep. The AAA prices are completive, and first offerings, I think, not a brand name made for Sams or Costco. I have wondered if what I just said is really true but I would bet, that the same, say, American Tourister in Wally World is not the same as the ones in the regular luggage store.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:21 PM
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This has been a flight crew favorite for years.

http://www.travelpro.com/crew5/crew5features.html
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Eyeball is right on, particularly about getting black and not standing out. Nothing good can come from looking like a tourist.

Like Keyskid, I have found Atlantic to be reasonably priced and very well made. I have one (black, ballistic nylon overnighter) that is 6-7 years old and has held up very well. I would recommend that you go with them in black. The store I bought mine from highly recommended it and they turned out to be right (they had 8-10 brands, and most were more expensive).

If you can't find Atlantic and had time, you could check out what the flight crews are using. They figure out pretty quick what holds up.
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Old 12-17-2006, 08:46 PM
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I also agree with Eyeball, I travel alot and have found that the Kirkland brand from Costco to be one of the best, it will last for years even with heavy use. If you aren't a member of Costco I have found that the Pathfinder brand is built as well as Kirkland. I have both brands and if you compare them side by side they look to be identical.
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Travelpro ain't what Travelpro used to be...the company was sold and the quality went downhill in a hurry.

Used to be a place in Atlanta that repaired all the bags for Delta and Airtran...as someone who travels 100K + miles a year, I went to them for a recommendation after my original Travelpro finally gave up after 9 years. They recommended Briggs and Reilly....not the cheapest but the 22" rollaboard that I have has been going for the past 2 years or so and still looks brand new...including wheels and handles.

Unfortunately, the luggage place consolidated and moved their operations to Tampa....but I make it a point to stop by there whenever I am in town...they can fix anything, find anything luggage related if you need it, and are overall - good people.
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