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    My old luggage is beat to shit and looking at new stuff. In my mind, it's luggage -- that is a clothing box, what possible features would I need other than being big?! Well I'm open to suggestions if there's more to it than that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by msommers View Post
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    My old luggage is beat to shit and looking at new stuff. In my mind, it's luggage -- that is a clothing box, what possible features would I need other than being big?! Well I'm open to suggestions if there's more to it than that...
    for carry-on or check-in?

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    Oops, for check-in. Though if it comes with a carry-on bundle that would be fine.
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    We try to travel without any check-in as best as we can but our go to check-in luggage is a medium sized hard shell one that we bought in Tokyo couple of years ago (we had to buy one only because we bought a lot of stuff in Japan). Only other time we used it was in Hawaii last year as we had a baby with us.

    Most important feature for me is that you can stroll with it on the side and that it has plenty of space.

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    Get expandable, hard shell and with internal dividers.

    Also 4 wheels helps with luggage handling in the underbelly of the aircraft on smaller ships. They are less likely to throw the suitcase.
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    I suggest investing in a quality carry-on bag and never checking a bag again - it is amazing not having to ever deal with checked luggage, and you guarantee that they never lose the luggage, and they hold a ridiculous amount of stuff - easily 2-3 weeks worth, or unlimited if you are able to wash/dry your clothes.

    These are some of the best:

    https://www.arcido.com/products/akra?p_id=1655160701022

    https://www.tortugabackpacks.com/

    https://www.minaal.com/



    As for standard checked luggage, it's pretty much all the same from any of the quality brands (Samsonite, Ricardo, etc.) Costco has Samsonite Poly hard shell sets around all the time too. Buying luggage is like buying Pots/Pans and Mattresses - don't buy anything unless it's about 60-70% off, which is a very standard luggage discount. If you like hard shell, make sure it's 100% Polycarbonate and not the cheaper ABS. Hard shell luggage is much more prone to punctures/cracks (usually from the wheels of other people's luggage) with the way it gets handled, but it adds a protective structure. You also cannot really repair hard shell luggage, so if it cracks it's garbage. Before I switched to carry-on-only, I used hybrid luggage (hard poly back, soft front/top) as I found that to be the sweet spot for protection and durability/expansion but everyone has their own opinion there. Try find something that has at least one full zip divider inside, and an expansion - pretty much all of them have this now though.

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    I travel a lot for work and we take a fair amount of vacations each year so luggage quality is important to me.

    I use Wenger. Quality is really good and you can usually find a great price on it when The Bay has sales.

    https://www.wenger.ch/global/en/Prod...EN-TRAVEL_GEAR
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    If I go to anywhere more than a week, I usually take my Dakine Split Roller 100L . Very easy to get organized your stuff inside and this thing can haul!

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    I thought the thread title said 'Need New Language.' LOL!

    I have the Osprey backpack. They do carry on and roll on luggage too. Not sure if this helps.

    https://www.osprey.com/ca/en/categor.../wheeled-bags/

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    https://www.burton.com/ca/en/c/checked-luggage

    Lifetime Warranty, no one else on your flight will have the same bag and they last forever. You can get a matching saving kit, carry on and backpack as well if thats your jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P_D View Post
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    https://www.burton.com/ca/en/c/checked-luggage

    Lifetime Warranty, no one else on your flight will have the same bag and they last forever. You can get a matching saving kit, carry on and backpack as well if thats your jam.
    I'm very happy with my burton checked luggage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekliptix View Post
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    I'm very happy with my burton checked luggage.
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    I have the biggest version of checked luggage and have had it since 2006, still looks new even after years of out of town travel for work. One time it got covered in mud on a trip home, took it to the car wash and hosed it off and you couldnt even tell it had been dirty.

    I love mine so much i got the my parents and my wife sets last year when we went to vegas at the outlet store.
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    I bought an overhead sized “normal” soft sided suitcase branded with the old name of a company used to work for that was auctioned off for charity after the name change for 20 bucks.

    Works great.

    My wife just bought a Tumi carry on she is pretty pleased with though.
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    Those Burton bags are actually pretty decent looking. Their interior pics suck ass though.

    How rigid is the structure? I'll need to pack wine bottles in it.

    Looking more closely at these two as well:

    https://www.samsonite.ca/brands/sams...75392XXXX.html

    https://www.samsonite.ca/stryde/sams...78653XXXX.html
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    Buncha ballers up in heah! If anyone is more modest of means.
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    That is pretty expensive for a single piece, you can get two pieces of Poly Samsonite luggage (basically the same as your fist link) at Costco for under $200. They have a few to choose from.

    Most decent hard shell luggage is the same - poly shell, internal divider, mesh pocket, straps, and 360 degree wheels. There really isn't much separating them and they are all pretty much built the same. Luggage is so cheap I don't imagine many people even bother claiming warranty if something happens, and the hassle probably isn't worth it either.

    I am not a fan of the 100% hard shell luggage because when it gets punctured it's garbage, and you can't pack irregular shaped things in them very well. They also have no external pockets. If you are sharing it with someone though they are kind of nice because of the internal divider. Poly shells aren't that rigid either, they have structure, but they are extremely flimsy still as they are designed to bend and absorb impact instead of cracking immediately. I don't pack my suitcase any differently if trying to protect something inside if it's a hard shell - all the same precautions are necessary.

    I've brought dozens of wine, Scotch, and Tokaj bottles in my checked luggage over the years and never had any problems regardless of suitcase type - just wrap them in bubble wrap or your dirty clothes and put them in the center of your suitcase - something that is easier to do without a divider. I usually put a plastic bag around each "bundle" too in case of leakage, and seal with tape.
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    I've been using my Tumi Vapour checked luggage for the past 5+ years on several major big trips and it's been one of the best investments ever. It's light, super durable and very easy to roll around. My wife probably gone through 2-3 Heyes and a samsonite in the same period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msommers View Post
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    Those Burton bags are actually pretty decent looking. Their interior pics suck ass though.

    How rigid is the structure? I'll need to pack wine bottles in it.

    Looking more closely at these two as well:

    https://www.samsonite.ca/brands/sams...75392XXXX.html

    https://www.samsonite.ca/stryde/sams...78653XXXX.html
    I have the winfield 3 set, its an awesome set.
    Compared to the ones the girlfriend has I find the handle is sturdier for heavier loads and the wheels work better. Highly recommend the winfield 3 set although the outer shell does get scuffed up fairly quickly

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    MEC isn't a bad idea honestly. Way less bullshit to put up with if it breaks.

    Samsonite does have a couple repair facilities here which is a plus. The Samonsite Stryde seems really well built albeit at $300 is pricey for one piece. Fucker is ~115L for the Long, ~80L for the Medium. Gotta thinking of the wine though...

    Zippers and wheels seem to be the most common things to bust regardless of which brand.
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