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post #61 of 84
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Originally Posted by Pantisocrat View Post

I think these are GLOBE-TROTTER cases.
post #62 of 84
Yes they look like Safari line. I have cases from Orient, Cruise and Liberty-Jewel lines.
post #63 of 84
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post
So does Victorinox. I've loved my luggage from them. Their handles have a somewhat tacky rubber which hasn't oxidized or rubbed in any way. The pulling handle is attached to the body through two struts instead of one - this along with the wide-spaced, in-line skate wheels provides very stable maneuverability. Lastly, the zipper teeth are quite large, so the chances of damage are reduced, and the zippers have always been the first things to get damaged through handling.

From what I remember, Victorinox was significantly cheaper than Tumi, and the overall design, utility, and accessories were much better as well.

Despite the Swiss provenance of the name, the bags are made in Asia and have never once felt the Swiss mountain air. Some are OK, but they seem to find themselves regularly at the off-price discount stores like Marshall's.
post #64 of 84
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Originally Posted by CHenry View Post
Despite the Swiss provenance of the name, the bags are made in Asia and have never once felt the Swiss mountain air. Some are OK, but they seem to find themselves regularly at the off-price discount stores like Marshall's.

Dude, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who gives two shits about the provenance of luggage made primarily from ballistic nylon. And to find them discounted only adds to their quality to price advantage.
post #65 of 84
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post
Dude, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who gives two shits about the provenance of luggage made primarily from ballistic nylon. And to find them discounted only adds to their quality to price advantage.



True enough. But you asked why Victorinox were so much cheaper, and the main reason is that they are made where the labor is cheaper. I think they are great value for money (especially when they are $25 at a Marshall's--how can you beat that?) and carry a couple to work regularly. The US-made stuff costs more mostly because of more-expensive labor but also because there is better-quality in the materials and construction.

Buyers of better luggage aren't stupid, they aren't going to buy something made of ballistic that costs substantially more than the Asian-imported lines unless there is something that justifies the big price difference (something more than a Tumi name cast onto a zipper pull, anyway).

Ballistic cloth used to be available only from Andiamo and Tumi and cheaper lines were made with cheaper cloth--Cordura nylon packcloth and similar lower-cost fabrics. Now ballistic is everywhere and much cheaper when sourced from Asia. the Asian manufacturers also force the US and European manufacturers to raise the bar on as they have added better quality wheels and other improvements previously only available on high-priced luggage.
post #66 of 84
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Originally Posted by CHenry View Post
True enough. But you asked why Victorinox were so much cheaper, and the main reason is that they are made where the labor is cheaper. I think they are great value for money (especially when they are $25 at a Marshall's--how can you beat that?) and carry a couple to work regularly. The US-made stuff costs more mostly because of more-expensive labor but also because there is better-quality in the materials and construction.

Buyers of better luggage aren't stupid, they aren't going to buy something made of ballistic that costs substantially more than the Asian-imported lines unless there is something that justifies the big price difference (something more than a Tumi name cast onto a zipper pull, anyway).

Ballistic cloth used to be available only from Andiamo and Tumi and cheaper lines were made with cheaper cloth--Cordura nylon packcloth and similar lower-cost fabrics. Now ballistic is everywhere and much cheaper when sourced from Asia. the Asian manufacturers also force the US and European manufacturers to raise the bar on as they have added better quality wheels and other improvements previously only available on high-priced luggage.

I didn't ask anything. But anyhoo, I think you and I pretty much agree on what constitutes quality, regardless of where the item is made.
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post #68 of 84
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Originally Posted by hypersonic View Post
I think these are GLOBE-TROTTER cases.

They are. I like them, but the wheels and trolley function seem like afterthoughts rather than integral in the design. In fact they are.
post #69 of 84
The wheels on the carry-ons are an after-thought or at least they look like it. The wheels on the larger suitcases are in fact integrated rather well I find.
post #70 of 84
Hermes Aluminium Suitcase
post #71 of 84
I have mixed feelings about that, there's something about the combination of metal and leather that doesn't seem 100% in my head.
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post #73 of 84
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Hermes Aluminium Suitcase






That's a pleasant little piece.
post #74 of 84
^^^I'm a fan of hard-case luggage though I'm not a big fan of aluminum. That is a nice piece though. I really like the all leather hard-cases.
post #75 of 84
does anyone know where I could get these:

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