Recommendations for checked luggage?

By Himeno | Dec 19, 2018, 10:26 PM

I’m looking for a new checked bag.


My current bag is a Samsonite Duranxt Lite which I’ve had for 3 years (of a 10 year warranty). In that time, the wheels have been replaced twice and now the retractable handle is bent and some of the zippers have fallen off.

I don’t use the bag as much as some other people, just 1-2 short trips (a single stop of 4-6 days) and 1 RTW trip each year (6-10 stops over 5-6 weeks).


I had the prior bag, don’t remember the brand (wasn’t a Samsonite), for 5 years before replacement. It didn’t need any repairs like the Duranxt Lite has. Only got replaced because the fabric at the top of the bag had started collapsing off the frame.


I got the Samsonite because it had a harder top while keeping the lighter soft case so as to prevent the issue.


The 2nd time the wheels got replaced under warranty, the store complained about having to do it, claiming that I wasn’t using the bag “correctly”.


Any suggestions for a new bag?

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By sid | Dec 19, 2018, 10:55 PM
They're not readily available here, but from my experience I can highly recommend TravelPro bags.
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By BigH | Dec 20, 2018, 07:55 AM
Try Rimowa. The Original is built like a tank. Wheels extra stable and smooth. Handle works really well. Has not failed me yet since purchase early 2014. Used 6-8 times a year. A bit on the exy side though...
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By David | Dec 20, 2018, 10:08 AM
I don't have any particular loyalty to any brand of bag, so among my checked luggage bags are a Samsonite, a Victorinox and a TravelPro, and I'm happy with all of them. Used to have a Delsey maybe a decade ago and it lasted damned well through a lot of travel. It's hard sometimes because you hear someone recommend Brand X and then somebody else says "Yeah, nah, they used to be good but they changed manufacturer or material or some such and now they're not that great anymore"...
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By Pallydou | Dec 20, 2018, 12:08 PM
Rimowa Classic Flight or Topas are workhorse for me. I travel 12-14 bi-weekly trips a year and they followed me to the extreme locations (e.g. -20 Chicago or 40+ Dubai). They work perfectly. They come with 5-year warranty. The only shortcoming is $$$. If you buy in Australia it is double the price you get in Germany.
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By Racala | Dec 20, 2018, 02:08 PM

Firstly I wouldn't be getting anything that is soft sided.. the attrition rate on them with my travel (domestically and international) was significant. 15 years ago I bought a Samsonite rigid one.. it' been around the world several times, domestically about 20+ times a year, on and off ship/trains etc and has held up really well.

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By Ross | Dec 20, 2018, 02:49 PM
Try Rimowa. The Original is built like a tank. Wheels extra stable and smooth. Handle works really well. Has not failed me yet since purchase early 2014. Used 6-8 times a year. A bit on the exy side though...

Totally agree with Rimowa, and mine are the aluminum. A lock and wheel damaged at HKK were repaired overnight in KL without the bat of an eyelid without charge.

Was a huge fan of Victorinox, but on upgrading to Spectra 2 had three of them crack - replaced under warrenty but I moved to Rimowa.
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By Notso Swift | Dec 20, 2018, 06:29 PM
Rimowa for me, Topas because the classic handle looked more venerable, I had a wheel go tight (not broken) and replaced no questions. I have 3 now
Just a warning if you don't like the "patina" in the Aluminum don't even consider Topas or classic, but if you don't care about the dents go for it (and any bigger dents can be pressed out). There is a plastic one with the same hardware as the Topas, as well as a zip type plastic shell.
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By Notso Swift | Dec 20, 2018, 06:31 PM
PS, they are not super light, especially in smaller sizes, but not an issue and some of that weight is practicality such as adjustable the dividers

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By Ourmanin | Dec 20, 2018, 07:52 PM
Rimowa are hard to beat on quality. I’ve used Briggs & Riley for many years. Big fan. Lifetime guarantee and very tough. It’s all down to personal preference of course, but I prefer not to have the hard case. Mrs Ourmanin’s Samsonite hard case of many years (and flights) service has finally died and after borrowing my B&R bag for a recent business trip, that’s the route she’s gone down as a replacement. But as I say, very much personal preference.
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By gapmatt | Dec 20, 2018, 10:40 PM
comments on Rimowa seem pretty positive!
I am thinking of biting the bullet to get an aluminium one.
Now which country should i buy one in!
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By Dredgy | Dec 20, 2018, 11:53 PM
Away Travel does great bags. The standard color ones scatch (cosmetically) a little easily but they are the best laid out suitcases I've used.

They do aluminium ones but I'm not sure if they're worth the cost advantage over the excellent standard ones.
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By MR1961 | Dec 21, 2018, 12:31 PM
Hands down Rimowa clam shell aluminium four wheels. For carry-on, the light polycarbonate is terrific.
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By Himeno | Dec 22, 2018, 11:48 AM
I've had a look at the Rimowa, but at those prices, it's a deal breaker. :(

It seems that most people lean towards hard sided cases. Why is this? I've always tried to avoid them because of their heavier weight and lack of pockets compared to soft sided cases.
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By Joe | Dec 22, 2018, 09:23 PM
Samsonite 'Lite Locked' ....stylish, light with a full frame and 3 locks.
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By aggie57 | Dec 23, 2018, 03:06 PM
Samsonite S’Cure. Great lightweight, tough, secure case. I’ve had mine for a few years now, it’s been in the tropics and -20c, on more flights than I care to count and it just keeps on going. Plus it rolls really really easily, far better than my wife’s fancy European ones.
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