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Old 30.03.2015, 16:52
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Suitcase suggestions

So after realizing that going budget on suitcases just ended up with a ripped storage container with broken wheels, I'm in the market for a decent suitcase.

Requirements: Large storage area, very light empty, durable!, won't look terrible after use. I fly 4-5 times a month.

Does anyone have some recommendations or suggestions?

I'm looking down the hardshell route, but not committed to anything yet.

Share your experiences and stories so you can help me.
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Old 30.03.2015, 16:57
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

Have been using Samsonite for years, almost indestructible. Have a larger one I bought from the Swiss/Lufthansa webshop, cheapest one I could find and doing fine as well (I travel 4 times a week)
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

we've used Rimowa for the last 5 years. After many dissipointing years of broken zippers, smashed wheels and ripping seams we just paid up for what seems to be better quality. I think you could go through quite a few cheap ones for the price, but I like the orderly interior, the integrated locks, and the smooth function of the wheels.
I was also impressed that after a wheel was finally damaged I emailed Rimowa with an iphone pic asking where to get the case repaired in the US and they just sent me 4 replacement wheels gratis.

anyway - we have the Topas and it's very light, and the hinges have held up nicely....no stitching to fail.
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Old 30.03.2015, 17:07
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

Samsonite

After buying a cheap suitcase I used it once for business and the wheels broke - took it back to Manor - full refund - and bought a Samsonite. Traveled lots - still looks (almost) new.
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Old 30.03.2015, 17:15
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

Too bad there's no 'thanks' button---appreciate the advice so far.

Samsonite is very high on the list, Briggs&Riley as well. Rimowa has been highly recommended but I am a bit concerned on it's weight. There are also a bunch of super-lights (<3 kg) but no clue on the brand and quality.
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

OH swears by his Briggs and Riley cases. I borrowed one of his suitcases this last trip and must admit it's an awfully nice case - especially if you like your packing organized. Lifetime repair guarantee. But it cost more than I am willing to pay for a case.
http://www.briggs-riley.com

Me, I still opt for a cheap case and carry it on. Saves time - especially with O'Hare's new carry on-only immigration line - and wear and tear is not an issue.
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Old 30.03.2015, 17:24
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

Another vote for Samsonite. OH bought his large, expandable suitcase for 99 Francs probably 15 years ago and it is still his go-to bag. Agree with the virtually indestructible comment.

If I had the cash I'd consider a Delsey too as those are supposed to be lightweight and durable.
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

I travel weekly and have bought too many pieces of luggage and here are my votes,

1. B and R
2. Samsonite
3. Rimowa
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Old 30.03.2015, 17:49
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Re: Suitcase suggestions

There is normally a warranty of 1 or 2 years for full refund or replacement, even with cheap luggage. I bought cheap ones twice, both fell apart within the year. I'm now starting to collect Victorinox because the handles and wheels are comfortable to navigate, and I like the little Swiss flags on them.

By the way, I'm looking for a bi-fold garment bag with wheels that can be carried on in an airplane cabin. I found the perfect size and design by a cheap brand, but it fell apart. I miss the convenience of the size and form factor. It allowed me to travel without waiting for baggage claim. I can't find a replacement.
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