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Old 10-17-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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We will be traveling within the next month and need a few new suitcases. We're looking at Travel Pro and also Samsonite. Any recommendations on quality brands that you trust.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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I only ever trust my solid sided suitcase, I've had too many material cases rip before. I have a case made by a company called Carlton which has traveled many miles and is still holding up well. I would go with a Samsonite which seems to be similar.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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I only ever trust my solid sided suitcase, I've had too many material cases rip before. I have a case made by a company called Carlton which has traveled many miles and is still holding up well. I would go with a Samsonite which seems to be similar.
I too think that Samsonite is a good brand.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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The answer depends dramatically on a few questions.

How much do you travel?

What size luggage do you need? Are you checking bags, or carry on only?

What's your budget?

With a bit more info there's probably better answers.

The short catch all is go to somewhere like Marshall's that has decent luggage usually deeply discounted.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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We will be traveling within the next month and need a few new suitcases. We're looking at Travel Pro and also Samsonite. Any recommendations on quality brands that you trust.

I used to travel 200-250 night per year on business. My rule was - Go to Marshall's or TJ Maxx and find the best deal on something that would work for you ... and NEVER spend over $25-35. And for that, I got a florescent blue and green bag that was well. easy to spot and nearly indestructible as I used it for ten years.

My siblings did NOT like the looks of it and bought be a $200+ suit bag from Samsonite. Within a few months, it has beat up to hell. It was pretty durable but not in the same league.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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The answer depends dramatically on a few questions.

How much do you travel?

What size luggage do you need? Are you checking bags, or carry on only?

What's your budget?

With a bit more info there's probably better answers.

The short catch all is go to somewhere like Marshall's that has decent luggage usually deeply discounted.
We don't travel much on airplanes, however this trip we will be flying to Florida. We do however travel quite a bit by car during summer. Don't want to spend more than $100 or so on a suitcase. A 25' is what we're looking for. Actually 2 of them. I've been on overstock, ebags and a few other sites as there are good deals, but not sure of quality. Don't want anything cheap but something that will last for awhile.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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I've had luck with Swiss Gear luggage from Target, which is close to your price point. Also check out costco.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: California Mountains
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I bought a Mandarina Duck wheeled luggage 12 years ago (somewhere in the $200 range then.) After hundreds of trips in buses, planes, trains, freighter, and automobiles that took us through almost 60 countries and many extreme climates, there is still not a thing wrong with it. My husband had to replace his luggage a couple of times, but mine still looks the same.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:15 AM
 
Location: rain city
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We will be traveling within the next month and need a few new suitcases. We're looking at Travel Pro and also Samsonite. Any recommendations on quality brands that you trust.
Interesting that you should ask that question just now, as I have spent the last few days going blind looking at thousands of pieces of luggage on the internet for a foreign trip.

Here is what I finally bought today after sorting through all the fine print, customer reviews, bad photos, and insipid catalog descriptions:



It is the Delsey Helium 26in. 4 Wheel Trolley

And here is why I bought it:

It has an integrated combination lock. This means that the two hard sides clasp and lock together without a zipper closure. Zippers and their glued/sewn fabric attachment are a huge fail for a multitude of reasons.

In order to pry this suitcase open it would take time and patience. Airline thieves ~cough~ will quickly move on to more easily pilfered luggage.

It has no exterior protrusions. No pockets, gegaws, zips, flaps or other stuff that will get snagged and caught up on transit equipment ripping up the luggage.

It is hardsided. I'm done forever with any kind of fabric luggage. It just does not hold up to the kind of wanton abuse that airlines apply to passenger luggage.

It cost $110.99. Really good deal. Nice medium size, not too big, not too small.

I'm going to Ecuador for a month in this one suitcase.


Hope this helps.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:27 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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It has no exterior protrusions.
Except for the wheels.

I know I'm terribly old-fashioned, but I just can't quite make the jump to wheelie luggage, especially when the wheels stick out of an overhead bin or underneath your seat, which is a definite possibility in a smaller jet--sometimes, depending on the suitcase and/or passenger load, even in a larger plane.

The integrated locking design sounds great as long as it aligns. The hard side sounds great as long as it does not crack.

I know I'm old school but I've been using the same REI Tourlite backpack for at least 10 years now (they don't make this model anymore) and it is in great shape. It is fabric, but it is very tough. Never had a problem with the zippers. It can convert to hand-carry suitcase if I want it to, but has no wheels. I've checked it before, but I tend to prefer carryon. I can live out of this pack for about 3 weeks, I usually do laundry once.

I'm pushing 60. I know I can't go on like this forever.

I noticed that REI's current version of Tourlite now comes with wheels. (And they are $100-$200 more expensive than what I paid.)
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