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Opinions Please: Toughest most durable luggage ever? Wheels preferred

Rockalittle 2,451 March 28, 2013 at 04:50 PM
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I travel quite a bit although in the past 2 years its been mostly weekends only.
I have never had much success with luggage lasting more than a few trips.
Between gouges ripped through the material and cracked wheels and wheel wells, something always fails. Oh and if the wheels hold up, the seams split.

So I'm turning to slickdeals to get suggestions for a 22-24" wheeled bag. A TOUGH ONE.
Please help.

I realize "help me find a deal" is the usual place for this, but I want to hear from the travelers.

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If you are willing to spend money, go with Rimowa.
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Quote from DentalPain View Post :
I got this and love it.
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/...3p1674.htm
Sturdy piece, thanks. Although I was thinking, for that price I could go with
Timbuk2 Conveyor.
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/produc...ag/2486947
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I have a TUMI because it's a TUMI but not worth it.

I'd much prefer to have a 4-wheel case---they have big advantages over 2 wheels as far as moving them around.

BEDBUGS. One of the big hazards of travel now is they are so easy to pick up at almost any hotel and (yuck) bring home. Usually in a suitcase. If possible get something you can put immediately in a plastic zipped bag at home. Also carry plastic zipped bags with you for dirty clothes and wash them immediately when you get home. Washability/sealability is the new in thing.
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Briggs & riley .. they have a real "no questions asked" lifetime warranty. As such, it's pretty well made.

You do have to pay to ship it to them, they take care of it from there.

It is /pretty/ well made, but with the warranty if you work the system, it will be the last bag you ever buy, period. I do think Rimowa and others are more totally bulletproof (ie, won't need the warranty) but seriously, with a Briggs & Riley, if you are doing weekly trips you'll go for /years/ (like 5-7) before you need anything serviced.

http://www.luggagepros.com/briggs...ht-1.shtml

If you can't have it break EVER, go with SKB/Pelican/Zero: http://www.casesbymasco.com/

They are super durable, but more for shipping equipment/roadshow people than regular carry-on luggage. I do use them for tradeshows etc.

-- former road warrior

yes, I own Tumi, etc.


+ reps to TomDC because... well, yes...
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A guy I work with bought a Pelican case because he was going through 3-4 suitcases a year from wear and tear. He's had the same Pelican case for 6 years now.
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I highly recommend Briggs and Riley. They are pricey but can be had for much lower than MSRP. I bought my first B&R at Costco almost two years ago. It has been beat to hell. I am HARD on luggage as I just don't care very much about it. I have dragged it up/down too many stairs to catch a train to even count. It has worn like iron these past 18 months. I recently bought another, much larger, Briggs and Riley from Sierra Trading Post. I've only used it once this past week and it's everything I expected it to be and more. I literally pushed it down the stairs at the library stop of the brown line in order to make a connecting train. All 50 pounds of it are/were fine. I don't recommend doing such things regularly but I didn't want to wait for the next train. I read that BR luggage has been found at Nordstrom Rack recently. I recommend you watch Sierra Trading Post for sales. My larger BR suitcase was only $220 shipped from Sierra Trading Post. The smaller one from Costco was only $120 on clearance. Both were steals.
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Quote from jaqnabox View Post :
chuck norris uses this bag
http://www.luggagepros.com/briggs...ht-1.shtml
really? I laughed, because I don't know if you're kidding or not. That's the suitcase I bought at Costco. Mine is red and I LOVE IT!
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Quote from joelfreak View Post :
If you are willing to spend money, go with Rimowa.
Rimowa is a great piece! I have a couple and they have lasted me a long time!
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What about this?
http://www.ebags.com/product/ebag...d=10220390

Excellent reviews on amazon
Featured in Outside magazine 2010 buyers guide.
"Whatever it takes" warranty (reviews indicate they replace or return without a problem)
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really? I laughed, because I don't know if you're kidding or not. That's the suitcase I bought at Costco. Mine is red and I LOVE IT!
There used to be a street called "Chuck Norris". It was changed because nobody crosses Chuck Norris and lives.
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I was hoping to stay on topic.
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Your luggage has only been lasting 'a few trips'? Really? Yikes...what are you doing to your luggage? Smilie LOL

My husband travels every week for work (and we travel quite a bit on vacations etc). His luggage takes a beating. He likes the Travel Pro brand and they last a few years (3-4) for him before he needs to replace them. He just replaced a Travel Pro bag that he's had for four years. The handle broke on it, but I was able to get it replaced and now he wants his old bag back. I've been using the new one. LOL We have other bags too (ones I usually pick up at TJMaxx/Marshalls and they've held up well for me and the kids for vacation, school team trips etc - haven't had any problems with seams splitting, material getting ripped etc).
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