Another vote for Kirkland Signature from Costco. Very hard to beat the price, the quality, and the 100% money back policy.
if you mean the spinner it's already been mentioned it's too large to actually use as a carry on...
If you mean the 2-wheeler it's fine size-wise the downside there is it's heavy as hell.... over 30% heavier than the B&R bag I mentioned. (The other downside is the handle is interior to the luggage space, so you lose some room inside the bag compared to the B&R).... But if you don't mind those issues then yeah it'll also be a "last bag you ever have to buy" kinda thing and certainly cheaper.
We have company coming soon so I went upstairs to clear out the spare room today. Grabbed a tape measure and measured the wheels on the Samsonite Lift bags, the wheels stick out 1.5" from the bottom of the suitcases, regardless of the suitcase size. The handles don't stick out at all due to the way they're designed to be flush with the top and side of the bag.
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A good tip for all travelers. This last trip we bought some printed Duck Tape (Duck brand duct tape) and put some on all four sides (the edges, not the lid and bottom) of the checked bags to make the bags easier to spot on the airport carousel. It worked great, no matter which way the bags were laying some of the Duck Tape was visible and we only lost one piece of tape off of one bag the entire trip.
You'd be amazed at the different colors and patterns of Duck Tape they sell these days, so the odds of another traveler on your flight using the same pattern on similar looking bags is not high. After the trip we removed the tape, I was worried it would leave a glue mark behind on the black fabric but it didn't.
I'am looking into buying a new suitcase for my travels. Nothing too big or too fancy, I'm more interested in functionality and comfort. What are some of the best brands? Any outstanding products out there that I should keep an eye out for?
To readdress your interests, "functionality and comfort", consider maybe traveling with just a comfortable backpack and nothing else. I have traveled this way for the past decade and will never go back. Your backpack will always fit in the overhead bin or under your seat no matter the size of the plane (smaller jets will not allow typical roller-type suitcases in the overhead bin - they will take your bags from you). This way, you are never separated from your bag. You also don't find yourself holding up the line on the plane as you hunt for an overhead bin with enough space to fit a typical roller-type suitcase. Need a little more storage, simply carry another compliant bag on as your "personal bag".
No matter the distance of the flight, length of the trip, or the nature of the trip, I never check anything. No more waiting in line to check a bag. No more lost bags. No more waiting around the carousel for who knows how long for luggage. You get off the plane and go.
FWIW I never check a bag either- even for multi-week trips overseas... and have never had an issue with a roller bag of legit carry-on size.
On especially small, heavily booked, aircraft you might be asked to gate-check it, but that's vastly different than 'regular' bag check- you do it right at door to the plane, and your bag goes directly onto the aircraft, and you get it back directly and immediately on stepping back off the aircraft, it doesn't go to baggage claim and you don't have to wait around a carousel or anything.
I'd suggest going to a store where you can try out spinner vs non-spinner.
Personally I hate spinners... they take up room that could be used for interior space on the bag, adds weight to the bag, it's another thing to break, not the best on carpet, even worse on uneven surfaces (cobblestones and such) and god forbid you've got to take your hand off the bag on any sort of incline.
But my wife loves em.
So it drives us both crazy anytime we have to handle the others luggage.
For me and my non-spinner preference I recommend this-
(you can find em in a couple other colors for roughly same price- this is a model they're phasing out so it's down from the nearly $400 it was new)
Yup it's expensive. But it feels like it when you get the thing too.
You also won't need to buy another bag. Ever.
Lifetime warranty that they're serious about.
If the bag is ever broken or damaged, in any way, by anyone, ever, they'll fix it free. Period.
They do make a spinner model, but it's not a discontinued one so they're still getting like $450 for em.
I have the larger size of this BR suitcase. I think mine is a 22. By far, it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. I. LOVE. IT. I have since converted all my family members to B&R fans. I am really rough on luggage as I am dragging it through the streets of Chicago to/from the El, on buses, through snow, through rain, through all kinds of disgusting city grime. My B&R luggage stands up to everything and looks brand new. I bought my Transcend at Costco three years ago on clearance for $100. I also have a huge Baseline B&R suitcase I bought at Sierra Trading Post. Sierra Trading Post used to have a decent selection of Briggs and Riley. Sadly, their stock has dwindled over the past year into useless crap as far as B&R goes.
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