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I'm in the market and wanted to see if anyone had experience they would like to share.

As near as I can tell the primary players are

HIGH END

Rimowa (carry on $1100 checked 1300-1500)
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https://www.rimowa.com/us/en/home

Zero Halliburton (carry on $950 checked $1200)
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https://zerohalliburton.com/collections/aluminum-luggage

Tumi 19 degree collection

https://www.tumi.com/c/19-degree-aluminum/

MID MARKET

Away (carry on $475-95 checked $575-95)
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https://www.awaytravel.com/shop/luggage

BASIC

Travelking and Sindermore (china brands available on AMZN but links aren't working) ($350ish carryon and $450ish checked)

Travelking
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Sindermore
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I plan on buying a carry-on and large checked bag so Away seems to be a pretty compelling value proposition. Though the reviews on the AMZN "china price" brands (Travelking/Sindmore) are good a $100 price premium per bag for the away brand's warranty and customer service seems to be a reasonable deal.
 
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I always associate Rimowa Aluminium carryons with fake Thai monks.
 

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I love the look of the original Rimowa aluminum roll on and was ready to buy one. But I saw a gate attendant measure one and it was too large to fit in the box by the gate, so they checked it. The major US airlines can, when they want, and they often do on crowded flight, strictly enforce the 9x14x22 max. Only one measurement needs to be off, it isn’t the total dimensions. The cabin Rimowa measures 21.7 x 15.7 x 9.1 inches, just large enough to be "off" if the gate attendant wants to check bags.

I also hear from loyal Rimowa customers and frequent travelers that ever since LVMH acquired Rimowa the warranty repair just isn't the same and many say they are going back to their former brands.

Another practical thing - I used to head cross country regularly for a couple nights. I could just get everything into a soft roll on that maxed out at 9x14x22. The interior of a hard Rimowa is just that much smaller that I would have to take a larger checked case to handle the same amount of clothing. So, I'm sticking with B&R ballistic nylon. But, Rimowa in the aluminum, looks more "rock star" any day of the week.
 
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Two other things:

I've traveled about 1.5 million airline miles and never had a bag stolen from an airline, in a hotel or train. But, I always chose high quality non-descript luggage on purpose (black ballistic nylon, no obvious branding) to remain stealth. I figure the thieves will go for the expensive looking luggage first.

If you do get fancy luggage, check to be sure you have full coverage on your insurance plan. It really adds up fast if you have a suit case wort $1K+, a pair of Lobbs at $1.6K, a few custom shirts at $1.2K, etc., etc. and before you know it you are well over 6-7 grand, even with a carryon size. Without the right insurance, good-luck getting a full settlement.
 

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It appears every second or third bag in Switzerland is REMOWA in either plastic or aluminium. Aluminium gets crushed badly, I saw bags on the carousel last weekend with corners bashed in. Aluminium is only suitable for private plane travel or for check ins, imho. Plastic Remova (not the zipper one but the solid edge) is good to survive abuse.
Nothing beats the nylon though as long as the bag has 4 wheels. Usually nylon bags have two wheels only and that is a pain.
 
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We use a set of aluminum Rimowa Topas luggage--two full-size and one carry-on. We also have two plastic Rimowa carry-ons made for Porsche.

Yes, the aluminum gets dinged up, scuffed, scratched, etc. So what? Not expecting luggage to stay in pristine condition.

I quite like how easy it is to pack them, too. The organizer straps work extremely well. Our old soft-sided luggage theoretically could fit more, but did not in practice.
 

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Went with away but only bought large carry on and large checked. Waiting to buy the medium until I see how I like traveling with these. Of course for my first trip I'm going fly fishing in Montana next week so it will be a pretty atypical trip

I am returning the garment sleeve, the damn thing is too narrow to hold a suit. I know the company was started by two women but WTF. I've never had that issue with a carryon before

Pretty to look at though. Usually going for form over function doesn't end well for me. I
bought aluminum luggage tags as well but swapped them for silicon so the tags won't scratch the bags. I know I have to be Wabi-Sabi about scratches and dents but self-inflicted damage seems a bridge too far.
 
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