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Old 08-12-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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Hello guys

Does anyone have any recommendations for
-type of luggage bag (checkin baggage)
-brand
-where to buy

I'm not looking to spend hundreds (as I don't think there is a need to spend that much). I previously bought a 29-30 inches bag for 20 bucks and has lasted me approx 5 years.

Thank you
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:48 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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My recommendation is whatever you buy, buy the lightest you can find, because since your luggage weight has been limited - you have to pay for every pound that excess the limit.
As for finish? I used to have very durable, excellent brand bags, but now I don't care about it anymore - they get abused by the luggage handlers, and the convey belts a lot, so I would not buy anything really expensive AND expensive luggage might be prone to theft.
So, when I look for luggage, I want it very light and on wheels, nothing else matters.

Now I have this:
http://www.overstock.com/Luggage-Bag...0/product.html
Looks like crap? Sure, but is very durable AND weights close to nothing This excellent luggage has made many trips overseas, and I love it!

Want something more trendy?
http://www.amazon.com/Carlton-Titani.../dp/B00AC7X3KA
Knomo Sierra is an excellent (but pricey) choice:
http://www.zappos.com/knomo-serra-do...-on-case-black

Need carry on? This is very light AND compatible with the NEW carry on regulations:
Maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm) or total overall dimensions no more than 45 inches, including handles and wheels. (3/2/14)
http://www.amazon.com/CalPak-Valley-.../dp/B00J5NXJ6U - hard case, expandable, excellent choice, however heavier than the two below
http://www.amazon.com/Tumi-Jonathan-.../dp/B00GYR8M4E
http://www.amazon.com/IT-Luggage-Gen.../dp/B006CS5ICY

Other options, but heavier:
Four-wheeled carry-on that do fit all airlines' limits are the Briggs and Riley U122CX Baseline at 21 x 14 x 7.7 inches and 8.9lb (~ $469)
http://www.amazon.com/Briggs-Riley-B.../dp/B008M6ZD10
and the Travelpro Platinum Magna at 21 x 14 x 9" and 7.6lb (~ $190)
http://www.ebags.com/product/travelp...rlid=DETAIL_AI

Although the Briggs and Riley is more expensive, it does come with an unconditional warranty: no matter who's at fault (you, the airline or any other party) they'll fix it for free for as long as you own it.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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thank you..but gee those are expensive. I wouldn' want to spend more than 30 bucks a piece and I only need one max two.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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For $30 you aren't going to get much. At best, I'd doubt that those bags would last more than one trip. Anyway, a luggage repair guy told me "Never buy luggage with the zippers on the edges, always get ones with the zipper in the middle" they are much less likely to open with rough handling and less likely to be damaged. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, get good stuff right from the start.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:28 PM
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Well, you could try Thrift Shops - they sometimes have really nice luggage, in working condition, for less than you are willing to spend.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:59 PM
 
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I opted for the Briggs & Riley Baseline, and when one got really beat up during a trip... I sent it in and it came back good as new - they even touched up parts of the bag which were just worn from a lot of use (no questions asked, no postage). I've had my luggage for almost 10 years and umpteen thousand miles and it's all holding up well. I love the idea of never having to shop for luggage again. Remember, you get what you pay for.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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If you have a TJMaxx/Marshalls around you they have nice name brand luggage at great prices. Maybe not as low as $30 but good quality pieces for good prices. I bought a Heys spinner piece 5 years ago from TJMaxx. It was under $70 and it has survived 5 round trip plane flights and 14 road trips carrying all the clothes for three people and it looks and works great. I don't doubt I will get 5 more years out of it EASY. Highly recommend it.

Mine is similar to the silver on here: Heys Crown Edition L Elite Lightweight 26-inch Large Hardside Spinner Upright with TSA Lock | Overstock™ Shopping - Big Discounts on Heys USA 26"-27" Uprights
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