Check out RedOxx gear. It's incredible. RedOxx.com. Lifetime warranty, made in the USA. I have their Safari-Beanos PR5 bag and will never buy another brand of luggage again.
posted: May. 20, 2012 @ 10:50p
LL Bean. Their rolling duffle bags are the best around. I every week with mine.
They also have some more traditional offerings.
All of it is no questions asked, guaranteed for life.
I have been using LL Bean bags for 25yrs and I think they trump anything else out there.
blinded by the light
posted: May. 20, 2012 @ 11:23p
I bought a samsonite a few years ago that has 4 wheels at the bottom. You can just push it around when you are on a flat surface. MUCH easier than the tilt and pull with traditional wheeled luggage.
posted: May. 20, 2012 @ 11:50p
Check out your local Ross store before buying. I've found some really good deals on good quality Samsonite pieces.
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 12:59a
eBags brand Mother Lode bags are nice and also have a lifetime warranty. It may take a little time and effort to get the best deal on them, eBags loves to play with coupon codes and sale prices.
blinded by the light
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 6:05a
mylekiller said: Check out your local Ross store before buying. I've found some really good deals on good quality Samsonite pieces. Yea, I got mine at Marshalls.
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 9:05a
I'll second RedOx. I replaced all my luggage after a run in with bed bugs. Their AirBoss is brilliant!
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 9:32a
Good comments on brands and wheels. Major consideration is how much to take on a trip. If moving from city to city by train, bus, etc it is important to keep the luggage to a minimum. This of course needs to start with what to put in the luggage and then proceed to the luggage. If you watch Europeans travel they often have one small bag and optimize what they carry in that bag. My wife and I were in Rome a couple years ago as first stop on a 15 day cruise. We had 3 large (30") bags plus backpacks. Stayed at a B&B and the others at the B&B looked at us like we were crazy with all of the luggage. In the end they were right. We over packed. We should have kept to 2 bags max. Which we are doing on our next trip to Rome and cruise end of the year.
My recommendation is determine what you need, put it on a bed and then cut down the amount by at least a 1/4. Then look for luggage that is lightweight and follow some of the other recommendations as posted.
Good luck. Have a good trip.
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 10:06a
if you want a bag you can beat the living hell out of, go to luggage work's website and get the $300 stealth, its what most airline pilots use, it will fit in most over heads too, its made of steal and wont get broken being checked, and all the parts are replaceable. It is fairly light weight all considered, and can hold a ton of stuff. You want something you can haul through Europe thats my advice, guys use this 4 days a week, including getting gate checked sometimes on an RJ, for 3+ years and they keep running strong.
I so recommend Century 21 for luggage. In September 2011, I shopped at Macy's first for their wide selection and sale. Macy's inexpensive luggage clearly would not stand up to too many trips through the TSA handlers. Their Delsey, Hartmann, Samsonite, seemed rather expensive. On a whim, I stopped at Century 21 the same night and found similar luggage brands and the exact same Delsey luggage (also in orange) at less than 1/2 the price of Macy's--$60 for a 21" that would fit in overhead compartment with pockets and handles but not spinning wheels. Bought 1 black and 1 orange.
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 3:10p
I am looking for a piece of luggage I can fit under the seat in front of me. (I already had another piece of luggage for the overhead bin.) Something with which it is easy to get items in and out during a flight. Airlines typically allow one carry on bag and a personal item.
posted: May. 21, 2012 @ 9:29p
Traveling in Europe means lot of travel and change of hotels. You may have to take local transport to reach your hotel/hostel many times. Often you'll leave the bag in a locker in the rail station.
Backpack is the first option if you can handle it.
Or choose a baggage with wheels but can also be carried as a backpack. I traveled for 3 weeks last year with a High Sierra A.T. Gear Classic 22" Wheeled Backpack Carry-On. It has a detachable backpack. I could fit a week's clothes in this along with my ipad. I would just roll the clothes like the flight attendants do. You'll always find laundromat to wash for a few euros. And i would buy stuff like toiletries locally.
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