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Old 06-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #16
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When I travel over-seas I find the shittiest roller at WalMart for $20. It lasts about 10 trips - 5 round trips. It attracts zero attention through customs versus fancy Prada and Gucci bags these other fellers like to "taut" around.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #17
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Be very careful with carry-on bags. For example Itihad airlines allows exactly one carry-on bag. It can only weigh 7 kilos, and must be a very defined size. Soft bags fit the sizers best, but unless you travel very lights, 15 pounds is not much.

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PS I don't play around on international travel, I always check a half empty large bag in case I do some shopping for friends and family.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:33 PM   #18
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I use a roller for work http://www.luggageworks.com/browse-p...th-22-bag.html
But it's heavy and the frame and wheels take up a lot of room that could be used for stuff.

When I'm not driving the plane I ditch the wheels and use a http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/...?p=48107-0-015

Non wheeled bags fit in more places - if you really don't want to end up checking a bag, they are the way to go.

I'll +1 the Osprey bags as well.
Good point about non-wheeled bags. There's alot more chances of them gate-checking you w/ any bag that sports a chassis/wheels. And it definitely consumes alot of internal space.

And wheels aren't always great. Rolling luggage is great for short stints between the cab 'n the airplane. But it sucks for long stretches of sidewalk, ...even annoying in carpet, and useless in dirt. It's really hard on the wheels, and doesn't go over bumps/curbs/stairs well.

I go wheel-less if I know I'm going to be hoofing it alot. It gets heavy, though, depending on what you're packing. I tend to go for a legitimate backpack with suspension, ergonomics, meant to fit *me*, and a waist belt to keep the weight off my shoulders. And I tend to go for LARGE packs, so I can throw my underseat bag in there too. I'm that guy with the backpack. But by the time I'm on the plane, it's cinched down, with half its contents below my seat.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:10 AM   #19
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Good point about non-wheeled bags. There's alot more chances of them gate-checking you w/ any bag that sports a chassis/wheels. And it definitely consumes alot of internal space.

And wheels aren't always great. Rolling luggage is great for short stints between the cab 'n the airplane. But it sucks for long stretches of sidewalk, ...even annoying in carpet, and useless in dirt. It's really hard on the wheels, and doesn't go over bumps/curbs/stairs well.

I go wheel-less if I know I'm going to be hoofing it alot. It gets heavy, though, depending on what you're packing. I tend to go for a legitimate backpack with suspension, ergonomics, meant to fit *me*, and a waist belt to keep the weight off my shoulders. And I tend to go for LARGE packs, so I can throw my underseat bag in there too. I'm that guy with the backpack. But by the time I'm on the plane, it's cinched down, with half its contents below my seat.
I agree with this. The Osprey I have has the backpack stuff built in, but can also be hidden in the back. I generally keep it all hidden but for one shoulder strap and carry it as a duffle. I wanna say it is the Porter 46.

It has two compression straps, so I can make it pretty small to easily fit an overhead.

Wheeled is great if you have a lot of airport to cover, but once on the ground and outside, a backpack is much better.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:46 AM   #20
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X2 on the Patagonia MLC if you carry on.

Even on the little 50 seat jets you can get them in the overhead, all the wheeled bags go in the cargo bay.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:46 PM   #21
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Can you really use adventure when talking wheelie bags?

For a carry on, I use a frameless day pack which fits in overhead or under seat as needed and keeps my hands free, which I prefer.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #22
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A beat up Zero Haliburton. They make a roller case. I couldn't find a beat up one.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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I have a Givi soft bag with hard but flexible plastic edges. It has wheels and a extendable handle. It clips to a bike rack. If you gut the silly internal padded dividers (lap top protection) it is good for a 4-5 days in summer time weather packing and fits in carry-on. I don't know if they make that particular model anymore.

As far as no wheels I have a Eagle Creek soft bag that's been great (I'm on my second one). It has two padded shoulder straps and a soft waist belt. You can easily store these using cover that zips over them which makes the bag a very functional carry-on with a hand handle, like a light suitcase. with planning it easy to carry 2 weeks worth of travel. They may also make one with wheels. But any serious travel I do, especially international where one might get off the grid, the back-pack function is, to me, essential - no matter how old one is.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #24
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onebag.com.

My wife and I packed for three weeks in Europe using one carry-on-sized frameless backpack each, and she carried dress clothes for a presentation she had to give plus packed a coffee table book as a gift to someone there. She also had her netbook and her Nook. I toted the cameras and chargers.

Frames and wheels add weight and bulk and take away from storage room and you're not going far with one very easily.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:31 PM   #25
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Better yet, get one of these super stylin luggage jackets: http://www.skyscanner.net/news/best-...aggage-charges
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