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Good roll on luggage? something quality, durable and at a decent price?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by pg600rr, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    Never really did a lot of travelling and now have a bunch of trips upcoming in the next few weeks... All I have is nice leather/canvas "overnight" bag that I will prob use as my carry on.... but I also need a good travel bag/case. Looking for something that is durable (prob. hard case?), lightweight, and of good quality... willing to spend a little to get these things but dont wanna drop a ton

    I remeber I was looking at Titan back in the day when Gilt was having a lot of sales.
     
  2. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Tumi, when it was still made in the US. I have one that my wife is currently using. I've had it for 15 years...abused the hell out of it, drag it by the extended handle up and down stairs, bounced the wheels, scraped the bottom on cement sidewalk, used it as a seat.....

    My current rollon is a Filson. I've had it for 3 years. I'm abusing it like I did to the Tumi. So far, so good.
     
  3. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Expensive - Rimowa

    Mid Range - Brigs and Riley

    Cheap but really good - Costco
     
  4. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    The Tumi stuff just seems like it would be overpriced, like you said, maybe when it was being made in the U.S. it was better prcie/quality ratio... the Rimowa stuff looks awesome but wayy more than was looking to spend.

    No longer got a Costco membership so thats out...

    What are your guys thoughts on hard case vs. soft and also what is the right size to get that meets airline regulations? I am quite clueless about this stuff.
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    there are probably 25 threads that deal with this.

    briggs and riley
     
  6. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I got a 21" expandable upright roller from Briggs and Riley on sale from Rue La La for around $230 shipped. Awesome luggage. Have used it on half a dozen business trips and a few cross country flights. Still looks and works beautifully. Lifetime guarantee seals the deal.
     
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    imatlas Senior member

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    Rick Steves line rollaboard from Kiva. Inexpensive ($130), durable and lightweight, 2 pounds lighter than the Briggs and Riley.
     
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  8. MarcInDentonTx

    MarcInDentonTx Senior member

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    I travel almost every week, sometimes multiple times a week and have for years. Believe it or not, I am currently using a Travelpro Crew7 21" rollaboard I bought last year. I have several nice Hartmann belting leather rolling cases I loved and had no problem with ever. But for the bucks, the Travelpro works great. I've been on 77 flights this year and probably only checked 3 or 4 times. The rest has all been the Travelpro.
     
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    I've been using the Tumi Vapor Extended.

    I'm sure it's not up the the old "Made in the USA" stuff, but I absolutely love it.
     
  10. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    There are 25 threads but truly only one brand at the top (B&R), the rest depends on what you like and whatnot but for frequent travelers I'd say go with B&R and stop there.
     
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    I have a full set of Victorinox NXT 4.0 and I am always amazed by the quality whenever I use them. I would highly recommend them and you can find them for a pretty decent price once in a while.
     
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    Getting kinda tired of seeing Rimowas, they're nice looking in aluminum but they've become such a status symbol for shitty looking Asian people in recent years that they're the LV of luggage (if that were possible in some alternate dimension) now. Just really despise them as the carousel goes around nowadays. I travel only moderately and don't really pack anything, so I've never invested in great luggage. If i had to, I'd probably buy Zero Halliburtons. I had a set of Samsonites before when I was going trans-Pacific 2 or 3 times a year, and they broke. Zippers broke, wheels broke, etc. Now I have a black Muji case that is in plastic covered in ballistic nylon, generic but ridged for pleasure, I think it was about 20,000Y. It's not huge but it holds a week's worth of judiciously packed stuff, fits in most cars easily (I take taxis everywhere I go and they often have a bunch of shit in the trunk in Asia). It's got 4 casters and a decently tall handle, I will be using it tomorrow to go to Seoul actually. I bought it a year ago and it's probably logged about 50,000 miles, is holding up pretty well. Looks good for the wear and everything works still.
     
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  13. Cary Grant

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    Anybody owned and can compare TravelPro to Briggs & Riley?

    My TravelPro now has about 400,000 miles (that's like one month in Globetrotter land) on it and is finally showing wear. For the price it's been excellent.
     
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    I saw the 20" Widebody at costco in a chocolate brown color for $189. would have gotten if it were the black or olive/tan version.
     
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    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I have the brown and I love it. It's understated yet stands out from most luggage you'll see. I also rarely wear black shoes/accessories anymore so the brown fits in better with most of my outfits.
     
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    I used TravelPro for 15 years, until the TSA change regulations and I began to check it. The luggage handlers destroyed it in short order. For the past 3 years, I've owned B&R, but I'm back to carrying on as much as possible, so it's really not a fair comparison. Although i REALLY liked my old TravelPro bag, the B&R lifetime warranty sold me.
     
  17. Cary Grant

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    I mostly check and my TravelPro is looking tired but not bad.

    I had a Victorinox that I liked the style and function of very much but the handlers demolished it on about tip #3.
     
  18. otc

    otc Senior member

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    What size/shape do people like?

    My current roller is on its last legs (and at 6'2, I have always found the handle a little too short) but everytime I am in a store, everything either looks much smaller or is clearly too big for the overhead. I haven't taken measurements, but my current roller fits overhead on all normal planes...sometimes it is close but unless it is a tiny plane where they gate-check it, it fits.

    Maybe I am too used to my old bag, but I am apprehensive about going any smaller. I probably would not bring it internationally so I am not concerned about smaller limits in Europe...I just want something that holds as much stuff and isn't filled with a bunch of weird fold-out things and organizer gimmicks.
     
  19. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    I use a 20" or so Briggs & Riley. The bag is virtually indestructible, and there is always the lifetime warranty.
     

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