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luggage recommendations?

post #1 of 36
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Friends, I'm planning to buy a 22" rolling bag and am looking at Travelpro platinum, Dakota, and Briggs & Riley pieces. Any recommendations? Thanks.
post #2 of 36
briggs and riley. you will thank me, believe it.
post #3 of 36
I'll second the Briggs and Riley for durability. I have a roller that I've travelled with about 50 times a year for the past 7 years. My only complaint is the handle mounted on the outside sometimes gets in the way when stowing it, but I got to used to that years ago. I would probably look at a Tumi or something without the outside handle when (if) I replace it (the outside handle is their trademark feature, gives, gives more space on the inside). The old Travelpros were a great value for a simple, durable bag. I haven't been as impressed with the newer models.
post #4 of 36
serious question... why would one buy expensive luggage? i travel quite heavily, and would rather throw out a $10 suitcase a year than risk a few hundred in the hands of baggage handlers....
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I'll second the Briggs and Riley for durability.  I have a roller that I've travelled with about 50 times a year for the past 7 years.  My only complaint is the handle mounted on the outside sometimes gets in the way when stowing it, but I got to used to that years ago.  I would probably look at a Tumi or something without the outside handle when (if) I replace it (the outside handle is their trademark feature, gives, gives more space on the inside). The old Travelpros were a great value for a simple, durable bag.  I haven't been as impressed with the newer models.
I am also not thrilled with the new tumis, myself, I like some of the discontinued models. I am really hoping that I don't have to buy anymore luggage for years.
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serious question... why would one buy expensive luggage? i travel quite heavily, and would rather throw out a $10 suitcase a year than risk a few hundred in the hands of baggage handlers....
To answer the question... With decent luggage, you risk nothing as the Item is guaranteed usually for life (Briggs and Riley) against even Airline damage. No questions asked. ANd most importantly they guarantee it for life because they are confindent that it wont fail which is great because between you and me who wants to be bothered with a repair and a return. I want my luggage to be there when I use it not to be eligable for repair. There was a recent thread on Luggage repeating most of this, I have to find it.
post #7 of 36
Get cheap luggage. No one will think about stealing a generic AA case or a backpack when there is so much nicer stuff just rolling around.
post #8 of 36
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serious question... why would one buy expensive luggage? i travel quite heavily, and would rather throw out a $10 suitcase a year than risk a few hundred in the hands of baggage handlers....
first - what is "travel heavily"? is that 10 flights a year? 3? 120? 360? I travel about 200 legs a year. for me, my luggage is more important that the chair in my office. I wouldn't spend money on LV or some other "luxury" luggage, but I want luggage that will survive as long as possible. I spent a while with luggage that I replaced every year, but the problem is it usually falls apart in the middle of a trip, and you have to deal with it.
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Get cheap luggage. No one will think about stealing a generic AA case or a backpack when there is so much nicer stuff just rolling around.
Doesnt this argument apply to just about ANY item on this planet?
post #10 of 36
A 22" bag is carry-on luggage, so likely the only luggage handlers it will pass through will be the TSA, who usually aren't in the best situation to steal bags (kind of obvious?)
post #11 of 36
Filson makes an absolutely bulletproof rolling bag.
post #12 of 36
Jill and I are right about at the 3 Million mile mark combined. From our experience: Laptop Bag: Go for the best. Mine's a Tumi with 400k miles at least and it is still gorgeous, not a seam or thread broken, zippers fine etc. Finding the ultimate laptop bag was a quest when I was flying 5-6 flights per week. Carry on: See above Anything you check: Light and Durable, preferably cheap. I've tossed several gauranteed for life bags because at the time $200-$300 for a new one was expensible and at the time I had no time to screw with sending it in, I bought a new one at the airport, dumped from the old to the new and grabbed my next flight. (that life sucked.) When they say lifetime gaurantee... whose lifetime are we talking about anyhow? Anyone else secretly dream of one day travelling leisurely with those damned trunks Tom Hanks had in Joe versus the Volcano?
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A 22" bag is carry-on luggage, so likely the only luggage handlers it will pass through will be the TSA, who usually aren't in the best situation to steal bags (kind of obvious?)
Whoops. I was thinking about checked baggage. Yeah, Tumi is bulletproof and lightweight. Get that.
post #14 of 36
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(LA Guy @ Feb. 24 2005,11:50) Get cheap luggage.   No one will think about stealing a generic AA case or a backpack when there is so much nicer stuff just rolling around.
Doesnt this argument apply to just about ANY item on this planet?
Not if you're rock climbing; or participating in other sport where your gear is important.
post #15 of 36
What's with all of this ballistic nylon crapola.? Don't you guys have any recs for class luggage.? Something to go with your carefully chosen, class clothes. Something to give to the porter at the Ritz or the Hotel du Cap or the Orient Express. You've got to put the whole package together. I mean, walking in with bullet proof, practical, synthetic luggage is sort of like strolling through Savile Row in your comfortable Nikes, isn't it? Now, would you really expect see Fred or Cary really roll in luggage?. C'mon, now.
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