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Garment Bag vs. Suitcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J. Cogburn, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. RSS

    RSS Senior member

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    Get one of these. Amazing warranty.

    http://www.briggs-riley.com/category...spx?cat=travel

    Exactly what I'm thinking given the budget. It's very good luggage.

    When I check bags ... it's what I use. It can take very rough handling ... which is what most bags get.
     


  2. cptjeff

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    Not to derail the thread too badly or anything, but what's up with that? Every flight I've taken in 2010 has been fully booked, if not overbooked. It's ridiculous. Doesn't matter which airport, time of day, day of the week, or week of the year. Every flight is filled to capacity, and there's a 45-minute built-in delay involved in selling off the oversold seats, loading everyone onto the plane, and then checking whichever bags were unlucky enough not to grab an overhead bin.

    Seriously, it's as if the airlines got together and thought "You know what? We don't make life inconvenient enough as is for our customers. How can we better fuck them? Ideas?"


    They lose money if they don't maximize their routes. Airlines operate on razor thin profit margins, they can't afford to have planes half full. There's a hell of a lot of work that goes into trying to get routes and times optimized so that every plane is as full as possible, and overbooking is part of that.

    Though if you build time into your trips, some of those later flights they offer for oversold flights are damn good deals. New flight early the next day and they give you credit for flights in the future or cash in hand.

    The alternative is paying twice as much for a ticket.
     


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    They lose money if they don't maximize their routes. Airlines operate on razor thin profit margins, they can't afford to have planes half full.
    Bingo!

    The price of a discounted airline ticket today is -- more often than not -- significatly less than it was for the cheapest ticket over the same route back in 1968. I'm looking at a RT Dallas to San Francisco ticket from 1968 ... the price is $338. Two weeks ago I could have purchased that for $299. It's either pack 'em in ... or fold it up.
     


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    The thing that annoys me is when the overhead bins are all full. I usually get to board first, so it's not a problem, but they really should enforce the carry-on size rules. Some of the bags that get shoved into overhead are ridiculously large. I say they should penalize the abusers.

    Also, I'm tired of hearing other passengers bitch about how flying has lost its lustre, but that is because it is too cheap nowadays. Want first-class service? Then fly first class. Otherwise, shut up with the rest of us plebs.
     


  5. Metlin

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    The thing that annoys me is when the overhead bins are all full. I usually get to board first, so it's not a problem, but they really should enforce the carry-on size rules. Some of the bags that get shoved into overhead are ridiculously large. I say they should penalize the abusers.
    Well, my biggest bone to pick is this: I often travel super light (i.e. just one bag) and when it's a laptop bag that's put up in in the ovehead bins, the flight attendants insist on putting it underneath the seat. Sometimes even in first, despite the fact that the reason I carry only one bag is to avoid having a bag underneath the seat in front of me. And of course, your status doesn't mean shit, cause then they give you the lecture on being accommodating. It's sort of like fiscal responsibility these days -- why bother, when you're going to be punished for your responsibility (and rewarded for your irresponsibility).
     


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    Think I'll try this guy's jacket rolling technique for my next trip - anyone actually have experience with that method?

    Yes, it's great.

    Although, you'll still see some creases, so be prepared to steam your jackets in any event.
     


  7. medtech_expat

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    Not to derail the thread too badly or anything, but what's up with that? Every flight I've taken in 2010 has been fully booked, if not overbooked. It's ridiculous. Doesn't matter which airport, time of day, day of the week, or week of the year. Every flight is filled to capacity, and there's a 45-minute built-in delay involved in selling off the oversold seats, loading everyone onto the plane, and then checking whichever bags were unlucky enough not to grab an overhead bin.
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    Airlines have steadily canceled routes and decommissioned planes in an effort to reduce capacity and manage their operating margins. I travel quite a bit, so I'm lucky enough that my status bumps me to the front of the plane. Still, you're absolutely right that 2009-10 have completely sucked for travelers.
     


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    Skyroll, is it not a good alternative to MCM Multifunctional Soft Travel Bag? http://www.skyroll.com/wheels.htm It has version on wheels and simply to carry. I think it is a good choice - many airports are not places to show your wealth...
     


  9. R.O. Thornhill

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    The thing that annoys me is when the overhead bins are all full. I usually get to board first, so it's not a problem, but they really should enforce the carry-on size rules. Some of the bags that get shoved into overhead are ridiculously large. I say they should penalize the abusers.

    Also, I'm tired of hearing other passengers bitch about how flying has lost its lustre, but that is because it is too cheap nowadays. Want first-class service? Then fly first class. Otherwise, shut up with the rest of us plebs.


    This is annoying, but not nearly as annoying as the <insert choice of expletive> who fly economy, but try to get away with putting their luggage in the business class bins. Crews really should be harsher on them (automatically checking their luggage?) and more often than not they do nothing about it
     


  10. Mr. Pink

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    I use B &amp; R and love them, but for carry on luggage, there are some disadvantages. The outside handle makes it larger than comparably sized bags. There are times when a B &amp; R won't fit where another bag would. It's also fairly heavy, a direct result of its sturdiness. Not a problem on domestic flights, but some foreign carriers will weigh your carryons. Qantas is particularly strict. For checked luggage, I don't think you can beat B &amp; R.
     


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    i travel a fair amount and have 3 tumi pieces that i love. i have the alpha 20&quot; continental roller, the traditional alpha garment bag and the tri-fold alpha garment bag. the tri-fold is great for a quick one or two night trip with 1-2 suits, a couple of shirts, a dop kit and an extra pair of shoes. much more than that and i need to use one of the other 2 bags, with the determining factor being whether it is personal or business travel. business usually means more suits so i use the garment because i get less wrinkling than the roller. i carry on each of these bags (not all at once).
     


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    + 1 for Briggs & Riley's amazing lifetime warranty that even covers airline damage - free of charge! Coming back to the original question, I think it makes a lot of sense to get a suitcase with a built-in or separate garment sleeve such as this BR 24" expandable upright (http://www.briggs-riley.com/category...right_TD-U524X). Its built-in garment sleeve can easily hold up to four hanging clothes. The Outsider handle system will ensure that your nicely ironed clothes do not get wrinkled on the way. The suitcase is ideal for a five-six day trip.
     


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    Bumping this for a recommendation. I'll be traveling for my wedding and need to transport 1 suit and 1 sport coat. I don't want to put them in any checked luggage, for obvious reasons. Does anyone have either of these models? It seems silly to spend $400 (amazon) on a bag that I don't plan on using often. The discontinued model is cheaper, but is not designed as a true garment bag. I researched alternatives offered by Samsonite and didn't like what I found, although it is quite a bit cheaper.

    http://www.briggs-riley.com/category/productDetail.aspx?id=Carry-On-Wheeled-Garment-Bag_U174

    http://www.briggs-riley.com/categor...ody-Upright-Series-200-(Discontinued)_TU220XW
     
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  14. Mr. Pink

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    I have the TU220XW. It's a great bag, but I do not pack my suits into it the way that B&R intends. I use the insert for trousers, wrapping them carefully, the turning on side (shoulder of the jacket inside out, I tuck the other side into it (like this http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-pack-a-suit-2013-10?op=1 ) and lay it into the suiter compartment. The pants are added next and then the part of the jacket extending beyond the suiter compartment is folder over the pants. This ( ) also works well but only with smaller size suits, i.e, 36 or 38.

    The wheeled garment bags are great for packing suits but useless for much else. If you pack your suits carefully and don't overstuff your bag, the TU220XW will work just as well. I make frequent three and four day trips, packing two, or occasionally even three, suits into that bag or the similar B&R baseline 22".
     


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    Do you have a suitcase already? If so, why not just buy a garment bag for the suit and SC?
    I never fold my suits when traveling(my carryon can accommodate a suit.)

    You can get a garment bag from somewhere like The Container Store for appr $10. Just use that. I would not go out and buy a suitcase just for this reason:

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/hangingBags?productId=10000079&N=148

    Or go to a department store(i.e. Macy's, etc) and slip the guy in the men's section a $10 and ask for one...

    Then buy a better garment bag if you find yourself traveling a lot.
     
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