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Travelling on business with suits, shoes etc

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. Carlo

    Carlo Distinguished Member

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    Tumi is fabulous. I have the world's largest laptop bag by Tumi and that sucker has logged close to 500k miles, maybe more... still looks great, still not a pulled stitch or tear on it and we abuse the hell out of it.
     


  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    I don't like a lot of the newer tumi models, but as a company they are great. I had my catalogue case break a few months ago and they fixed it quickly with no problem, and offered to replace it instead, if I so wished.

    briggs and riley is very good, too, but doesn't have the name recognition.
    "normal" luggage - travelpro, samsonite, desly - just can't keep up with real serious travelers.
     


  3. kolecho

    kolecho Distinguished Member

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    Have you guys heard of Victorinox? It is the Swiss Army knife brand. They have models that are very similar to Tumi complete with lifetime warranty for about half the price at retail.

    I have a briefcase by them that is like a Tumi 26041 and it has held up very well with daily use and frequent travel. I am now thinking about getting a carry-on suiter by them also.

    Anyone has any experience with Victorinox carry-ons here?
     


  4. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    here's an idea, stuff your things into a hefty bag, that is really cheap. [​IMG] stay away from those brands, go with tumi, briggs and riley, or travelpro. the features are all the same, but the difference is in how long they last. over the past 16 years I have burried a lot of bags that fell appart, from mediocre brands. if you want your bag to last, get a good bag to start. by the way, you can get good new tumi bags on ebay for about half price.
     


  5. imageWIS

    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    The only thing I know is that last time I traveled internationally (first class there, and coach back...long story) I noticed two things:

    A) First Class Passengers luggage had the same treatment as coach luggage; the handlers threw them around and packed them together.

    B) Some couple had 3 LV trunks and the side of one of them was badly scuffed by something that must have been rather large and industrial, probably during shipment. Thus there is no reason to purchase expensive luggage, just luggage that can take a beating; like a Pelican case.

    As well, I have never lost luggage on a direct flight, and I always check that the tag they are putting on my luggage has the correct airport code on it (you have no idea how often this happens).

    Jon.
     


  6. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Generally I check luggage fairly infrequently, but when I do, it's usually fairly cheap stuff (because I don't want my bags to be stolen) LV trunks, etc... are just asking for theft IMO. I have had a lot of success with my tumi stuff, in the late 90s I was flying back and forth from Asia to the US once a week, and they held up quite well.
     


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    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    I work very hard at never checking, but if I do it is usually on the way home. The airlines usually admit to losing 2-4% of luggage, if you fly more than 200 legs a year, that is a lot. Also, most of the time, I am in a city for 1-2 nights. if the airline loses my bag for 24 hours, by the time it gets in I may be off in the next city, and it could only catch me at home.

    LV and that stuff is wasted, in my opinion. but for $250 you can get a briggs and riley bag, if you are going to use it 5 times, it pays off.
     


  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    God help me, that sounds painful.
     


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    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    It wasn't too fun, I never knew what time it was, etc... but was an interesting time in any case...
     


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    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    I hope you got to at least fly business class, I can't imagine going coach on a 10+ hour trip.

    Jon.
     


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    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    drzzt,

    I did 48 flights a year for 3 years from India to Israel, hubbing through Frankfurt. and most weeks I'd do another 3-4 legs in india. one day I went into 3 different lounges in Frankfurt ariport looking for somebody, and all 9 of the people on duty in the lounges knew me by name. that was a pretty wild time.


    I've averaged 200 legs a year for 16 years. aside from my period with a large corporation, almost all of my flights have been economy - I've done a few 24 hour flights (2-3 legs) on economy.
     


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    I avoid checking bags.

    However, on some international flights (coming back to the US) I have to check bags due to some draconian restrictions some international airports impose.

    One of my bags have been 'upgraded' twice. (the baggage handles break them, then offer me a new/slightly used suitcase, or a miserable payment).

    Given that fact, I preffer to use a not-so-expensive bag if I even think it may have to be checked.
     


  13. Manton

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    I don't know how you guys can take it. I flew one time from LA to HK, coach, 16+ hours. I loved Hong Kong, but man, I hated that flight. I think that's when I realized I don't like to travel. Going from the East Cost to London is bad enough, but at least I get to see tailors.
     


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    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    I would have found another job if I couldn't take it. I was lucky that I don't get jet lagged and I have short legs and sleep very well and handle a variety of the other unpleasantnesses pretty well.

    I find that there are a hell of a lot of people who are in international sales for 2 years, there is almost nobody who sticks around for his whole career.

    but there are benifits - I do most of my shopping on the road, I get to smoke cigars in bars and cafes for part of the month, and I get to see some pretty cool stuff every now and again.
     


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    Glaser Designs makes nice bags, thoughtfully designed and well made. Not cheap, but I've used their briefcase since B-school graduation (almost 8 years now), and a few of their carry0on bags. They also have a few knife-pillow-shaped inserts that can hold shirts, etc., so they don't get wrinkled in a half-empty bag. They also make one that fits into my briefcase, so I can use that as the overnight bag.
     


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