Best Travel Luggage non-mc

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Beamklamp, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. msells

    msells Been here awhile

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  2. DriveShaft

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    Those aluminum Rimowas kick *ass*! I'd totally rock one for a carry-on.

    But this is what I mean wrt "stay away from any wheel that is even remotely delicate."

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    They've got a fixed-wheel version (that doesn't spin around) that I would totally go for. But these spinners...I'd only go for on a carry-on. It's just not worth the hassle with a check-in piece, imo.
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  3. bracky72

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    Costco sells some nice luggage. I have a few kirkland suitcases and they are high quality for a fair price.
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  4. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Ok, but what does a 118 litre version of theirs weigh? I'm guessing faar more than 5kgs. When they get knocked around, all that anodising gets scratched. When they get dropped, they can dent. PP (polypropylene) "hard" cases flex when they get abused and the flexing absorbs energy. When the PP becomes scratched, its still just the same colour!

    Samsonite hard rollers (never spinners) for me - easy to modify and repair as well - extra locks, add more wheels. Low profile so doesn't scream "steal me". Then again, what is best for one is not for another.
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  5. msells

    msells Been here awhile

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    Just bought two Samsonite bags @ their outlet in Stratford, Ontario. Knowledgeable staff, great prices as leftovers from their Canada Day Clearance Event, they have other events I'm told. Worth a stop if you're in the area (London, Kitchener/Waterloo) or passing through (Toronto to Detroit). I bought my last roller bag there maybe 8-10 years ago.

    http://www.visitstratford.ca/micro.php?ID=661

    I also got the impression from their repair manager guy that if I caught him on a good day ("Not a Monday.") that I might get a replacement bag for my big old roller bag on which the zippers have lost a few teeth and are becoming scarry. Repair cost on zippers is $3 per INCH so they pretty quickly reach the point where "Just pick a new bag." becomes the answer. Was also told the tip to photocopy the original receipt, unzip the inner lining and put a copy in each bag. Makes finding the receipt in 8-10 years much easier I'm told.
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  6. farkleknocker

    farkleknocker Adventurer

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    North Face Long Haul. I have 2. Been around the world constantly and would never buy another bag. No need to. It's the KLR of luggage. All terrain and tough as hell. Anything with a motorcycle style grip is awesome. :evil
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  7. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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    I have traveled extensively overseas and domestically. I would never contemplate having traditional luggage. Personal opinion, but if you're overseas trying to figure out the logistics coming out of the airport, it is stupid and asinine not to have your hands free. Plain and simple, if your hands are free, you have the ability to do about anything you want, including running if you need to. Yes, this has happened to me and partner in Guatemala. Trying to lug traditional luggage is just plain dumb. I have used Osprey extensively that last 10+ years and would never consider going without a backpack.

    Mi do centavos.

    what car??
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