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Looking for a decent carry on luggage

dlpowered89 252 93 May 6, 2016 at 02:50 PM in Bags & Luggage (2)
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Hey guys,

It seems like most US airlines have changed policies on the size of allowed carry on from 45 inches combined to more specific 22"x14"x9" and it's causing a lot of pain to frequent travelers as they are being forced to check in their luggage once you are flagged. To avoid this, (also the chance of missing my flight) I want to invest in a decent hardshell spinner that can last some time and guarantee that I will never get flagged. I know I might not be at the right place to call out quality over budget, but I am looking to spend around $300 for the right one.

Does anyone have any recommendation?

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check out the EBags brands. I use the MotherLode weekender bag, but they also make hardside spinner carryones and hybrid carryons as well. All their bags come with lifetime warranties (which include damage caused by airline handling if you ever do check the bags!).

Currently, there is a 20%off code (ends today 5/8) and some of the cashback sites also have 20% cash back. Plus amex sync offers stack for even bigger savings.
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I usually purchase my carry-on and full size luggage from Marshalls or TJ Maxx. If you aren't particular about them matching, you can find severely discounted and quality pieces in their clearance sections. The clearance section typically consist of previous years' luggage, incomplete sets, etc.
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Another vote for the eBags Motherlode. This will change the way you view checking bags and travel for the rest of your life. My wife and I both carry these (technically i carry both) along with the eBags Companion Duffles (I carry mine and she carries hers) as our second carry on bag. I can't recommend these enough. Buy and you will never check a bag again!

eBags Mother Lode
http://www.amazon.com/eBags-Mothe...other+lode

eBags Companion Duffle
http://www.amazon.com/eBags-Compa...ion+duffle
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LL Bean, I just went for 2 weeks India trip on Lufthansa and Qatar and as carry-on luggage we had LL Bean bag - highly recommend this thing
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/11...ravel-pack
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We are a TravelPro family. I'm not sure if they make hardsided/spinner luggage (I'm sure they do)...we prefer the nylon (non spinner). We travel a lot as a couple/family (domestically and international)for vacations/trips, and then my husband travels frequently for business (domestically and international). The TravelPros wear like iron for us.
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Quote from mjoshi View Post :
LL Bean, I just went for 2 weeks India trip on Lufthansa and Qatar and as carry-on luggage we had LL Bean bag - highly recommend this thing
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/11...ravel-pack
I just went to Amazon and bought the most popular carry on bag when my SIL wanted a new suitcase for his birthday. At the time it was Samsonite Fiero spinner 20. He loved it and raved and raved so my daughter asked for one for Christmas. My husband and I ordered them for ourselves as well. We give this suitcase a 5 star thumbs up...excellent for pulling and pushing and - in spite of how small it looks - fits an incredible amount inside.

If you buy from Latitude Luggage (I don't know anything about the site) it's $62.67 but we paid around $100 on Amazon. Read the reviews.
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I found a Tommy Bahama spinner at Ross' last year for $60. They retail for $100+.

I love it.
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Quote from dlpowered89 View Post :
Hey guys,

I know I might not be at the right place to call out quality over budget, but I am looking to spend around $300 for the right one.

Does anyone have any recommendation?
I can't recommend a particular one, but Kohl's is having a sale with $50 off luggage priced over $200 with code LUGGAGE50. If you have a Kohl's charge, you can get 30% off with REFRESH30. I think the free shipping code was SHIP4MAY, but not likely that you will need it -- also with a Kohl's charge -- I found it in another post by searching Kohl's
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I have one of the eBags Motherlode backpacks too, and it's been on more trips than I can count, to over a dozen countries. Still looks almost like new.

There is something to be said for a rolling bag, though. The eBags ones are good, but if you want more selection and/or even higher quality, see if you can find a Briggs & Riley in your budget. The consensus among the most frequent travelers (on flyertalk, where they have an entire subforum devoted to travel products) is that B&R is the very best.
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I have one of the eBags Motherlode backpacks too, and it's been on more trips than I can count, to over a dozen countries. Still looks almost like new.

There is something to be said for a rolling bag, though. The eBags ones are good, but if you want more selection and/or even higher quality, see if you can find a Briggs & Riley in your budget. The consensus among the most frequent travelers (on flyertalk, where they have an entire subforum devoted to travel products) is that B&R is the very best.

This.

I grabbed a B&R Transcend 200 22" carry on roller a couple years ago on closeout with a couple stacked coupons and it has been fantastic- plus, unconditional lifetime warranty.
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If you're okay with a duffel or backpack instead of a wheeled bag, both Tom Bihn and Red Oxx make really high quality bags in America that fit any number of assorted in ca bin requirements. (and non-wheeled also gives you slightly more usable space in the bag than wheeled does)

Unfortunately you missed the best time to buy- late January through early March when even higher luggage companies are selling off discontinued product at places like Sierra Trading Post- when you can stack a STP 30% off coupon on some B&R bags that are already prices 30-40% off original retail, that's a proper slick deal.
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I got 3 rockland carry ons from amazon from there warehouse deals for about $40 each. Worked well. No problems getting onto planes with them.
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Maybe this is too expensive, but I loooove this bag from Bric's, and I believe it to be really high quality. Admittedly, the design is somewhat special, and maybe not what you want, but if you do you won't regret the purchase. I'm really happy with the wheels too, usually a weak spot on a spinner.

http://travelgeardepot.com/best-l...nner_Trunk
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Red Oxx Airboss or Sky Train.
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