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Old 03-18-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I have been using Ricardo of Beverly Hills since the early 90s. Bought it at Costco and Ricardo has replaced it three times due to airline damage under warranty. I dont know how they compare to other mfg warranties though. Construction quality seem to be about the same as everything else brand name i have looked at.

I have a couple of plastic connectors in my newest bag (purchased last year for my daughter) for which Ricardo has not responded to my email, but every other inquiry has been promptly worked.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I will add my vote to ReddOxx. I use their Air Boss as a carry one. This bag doesn't have a frame or wheels. You would be amazed at how much space a weight is saved as a result.

ReddOxx has has put a great deal of thought into how their bags are arranged and constructed.

I went to Turkey for two weeks with nothing more than my ReddOxx and a small backpack.
No wheels = No go. We're Long past the stage and age where carrying bags is acceptable.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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No wheels = No go. We're Long past the stage and age where carrying bags is acceptable.
I'm at the point where not having 360 degree wheels is a deal breaker for me
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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I won't buy luggage with spinners, they snap off way too easily. My bag has recessed roller blade wheels. Very sturdy and work well even on cobblestones. Yes, I lose an inch or two per side in the bag, but I'd rather do that then try to figure out how to move a spinner missing a set of wheels.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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I won't buy anything without spinners anymore. When they first came out, they snapped a lot, but they're very strong now, and I've never had a problem. I travel 2-3 times a month, checking my bag maybe 40% of the time, and the wheels are still in great shape.

(Samsonite Silhouette, btw. It's one of the older models -- I've had it for a few years -- but it's in great condition, other that being pretty dirty)
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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Yes. Go to Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's and buy something that works for you. Forget about the warranty. Have you EVER tried to actually collect on one of those? Ain't gonna happen (and I say that after having owned a Hartman suitcase.) Search out those shorts and you'll likely find good quality luggage at very reasonable prices. You may not find a matching set, but who cares?

Second alternative: Go to Costco and get a set from them. NOW you got a good set of luggage AND a warranty that you can collect on. From Costco.
I recently saw a bunch of higher end suitcases at Marshalls - Tumi, Hartmann, etc...

That said, I've never regretted any of the kirkland suitcases we've bought from Costco...
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:33 AM
 
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Just bought a Red Oxx Air Boss based on this discussion. Spending that much sight-unseen makes me a bit nervous, but I like the no-wheels no-rails theory. I use a well-designed messenger type bag for work, and love the fact my hands are free to do anything (and that it's not a backpack, which I seem to have an aversion to for some reason).

I looked at luggage at a few stores first, inc. Marshall's, Target, and Costco. Liked some of the Swiss Gear at Target. One thing with the spinners though - they all seemed to add well over 1" to the overall dimensions, and more like 2 to 2.5" for a lot of them. That seems just too much with all the airlines tightening up on carry-on dimensions.

Also hoping this bag will be more versatile than a traditional wheeled carry-on, since I do take plenty of road trips.

We shall see. Anyway, good discussion - thanks.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Since we get all those size-weight restrictions, I would consider the lightest luggage I could get. On 4 spinners for easy rolling. Saw them in Tuesday Morning for $79
No reason to buy expensive. They get too abused.
Or here:
Amazon.com: Aerolite Super Lightweight Luggage Trolley Suitcases, 4 Wheel Spinners & 2 Wheel Upright Carry On Travel Bags, Medium, Large & Luggage Sets in 21: Clothing
Lightweight Luggage : Luggage Sets - Walmart.com
Lightweight Luggage - Overstock Shop And Save Before You Travel
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Anyone have any recommendations? Or want to warn me off any specific brands?
I've used many TravelPro models and a few Tumi. I wouldn't pay the extra price for Tumi and don't like how their rollaboards open (kinda 50/50 style). I prefer Travelpro style which has a big bottom with a lid.

Regarding warranty, forget it. Just consider these as throwaways or do some repairs on your own. They get tossed around so much on flights that even expensive brands can't survive very long. I have replaced wheels and there is a huge difference between wheels that have bearings and those that don't. The most likely bag failure based on my experience is the retractable handles. They can be easily replaced too.

Bottom line; I buy TravelPro and throw them away after about 10 trips.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Austin
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No wheels = No go. We're Long past the stage and age where carrying bags is acceptable.
This is true, and I only buy bags with two wheels.
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