(Closed) To all you roaming/traveling bees… A Luggage Question

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I have 2 suitcases from TITAN one I bought in 2007 and the other just last year, both are soft and both have that adjustable zippered front section to enlarge the suitcase. IMO, the zipper to increase/decrease space is the best feature and once I got the first one, I decided it is a must have for all future suitcases. I traveled a decent amount (min. 5 round trips per year and Darling Husband takes it sometimes too) with the first suitcase, mostly trans-atlantic and often with stop overs, it’s been “lost” by the airlines more times than I would like to count and it’s still doing well with no signs of wear. The newer model has not traveled more than 2 round trips, it has fancy TSA locks but I don’t use them. It also has 4 wheels instead of 2 and while I thought this would be a nice feature, I would take it or leave it, it’s certainly not somthing that would make my decision in the future. I would highly recommend a color other than black for any suitcase you buy (my newer one is red). It’s just much easier to identify your luggage off the belt when it’s not black like everyone else’s.

As far as other brands, I had a soft American Tourister suitcase that’s been kicking around for about 11 years now and it’s falling a part at this point. I also had a wheeled duffel from Reebok which wore out rather quickly. To be honest, I bought the 1st Titan on impulse when I needed to travel for a new job and liked it so much I went for the same brand when I needed to replace the aforementioned duffel.

Post # 4
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126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I regularly use my TravelPro upright carry on and think it holds up very well.  It is generally the recommended brand for airline employees.  I fly about 3x a month.  I have also had a Hey’s hard case, but it lacks the front pockets that come in handy and also scratches.  I have some larger Ricardo bags that have nice, separated compartments… they began to show wear and tear faster than the TravelPro, but still get the job done and cost less.  I have also had some smaller Tumi bags that have been great over time.  My fiance loves his Samsonite carry on, which has a very similar look and quality to my Travelpro carry on.  

While working at Macy’s last year, I actually went to a luggage seminar (haha) and learned LOTS about different brands.  It all really depends on what you are looking for in size, quality and price.  In addition to the brands I mentioned above that I have had good experiences with (TravelPro, Tumi, Samonsite, Ricardo), I would also look into Victorinox. Go to a store and open different bags and wheel them around to see what is most comfortable for you.  Good luck!  🙂 

Post # 5
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

If you have Antler over there, I recommend them – if you prefer soft shell luggage. If you’re a hard-cover, Samsonite is good – pricy but worth it. I travelled constantly for four months last year (Europe, followed by USA, Canada & home to Australia) and my little Antler survived it all!

Post # 6
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a Heys spinner set and love it. It does have the hard shell, so like a PP said, it can scratch. Most of mine I’ve been able to rub out, though.. but I do use the carry on the most so it’s less prone to scratching. Anyway, the carry on I use about once a month. I love the spinner wheels on it because it’s easy to handle and can easily glide down the aisle (so I’m not trying to lug the thing, lol). I do also kind of like the hard shell because, if for some reason I have to gate check my bag, I don’t have to worry about rain – or the material getting damp.

I also have a large Chaps suitcase, and that has held up fabulous. It was just too heavy of a bag for me. With there being a 50lb weight limit penalty for most airlines, I didn’t like having ~20 of it just with an empty bag.. so I recommend you consider the weight of whatever you choose as well 🙂 

Post # 8
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@Miss Stella: Yes! A really good point. Try to get lightweight luggage – it’ll save you the kilos/pounds you can stuff it with goodies!

Post # 10
Member
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I will second the recommendation for lightweight luggage! We are frequent travelers and I cannot tell you how many times we have had to (or almost had to) pay extra for overweight lugagge! They have gotten so strict about this the past few years…

 

Post # 12
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722 posts
Busy bee

Eagle Creek luggage is amazing and extremely durable. I am a pretty hard core traveler and have drug my Eagle Creek bags all over the world. They are still in perfect condition. They are layed ut very well for keeping things organized too.

Post # 13
Member
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Sorry I forgot to mention my favorite brands…which was the point of your post!!-

My vote goes here: http://www.walkinbag.com/

Post # 14
Member
3943 posts
Honey bee

I have Samsonite. My mom gave me my first piece and I have been adding to it over the years, so now I have the full set. It can be pricey, but I find it on sale a lot. Its held up well except for one of the handles broke off. Other than that, no complaints.

Post # 15
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4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am a duffel bag girl all the way, and I use Patagonia. I have a duffel bag from them that I got 20 years ago and have hauled all over the world, and it’s still in great shape. Zippers intact, no holes, everything working perfectly.

I just bought a new, smaller one last year to use for work trips. It’s made of ripstop nylon and doubles as a backpack. So far I’ve taken it to Africa 4 times and South America once. It is my FAVORITE bag ever because it’s durable, lightweight, and spacious while still fitting in any airplane overhead compartment (or on my lap in case I need to take a sketchy bus ride).

 

 

Post # 16
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1076 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know Patagonia makes great, durable luggage.

 

I just went to New Zealand for a month and my husband and I each had only 1 suitcase (plus my leather satchel/purse and his camera bag). I guess we pack pretty light.

We used old leather suitcases from etsy.

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/38482139

 

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/38482140

 

they worked wonderfully, and look great.

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