Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,285
+1 for two-wheelers, especially in international carry-on size (115cm).Cheers,The fool who once had to chase a runaway four-wheeler down the rather steep footpath on Bathurst St in Sydney's CBD.
Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles
Member since 07 Apr 2013
Total posts 1
Yep, also hate 4-wheelers due to cobblestones and run-aways.
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 25 Mar 2015
Total posts 7
I know this is a conversation abotu hard verse soft but I am surprised nobody has mentioned Tumi - I have three now, one for longer trips to check in and one for shorter domestic trips to carry on-board as well as a standard briefcase. While expensive, for regular travellers hard to beat as you never have problems with wheels, zips or anything else
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Oct 2017
Total posts 39
Has anyone looked at Lojel? Currently weighing up the Cubo they make. Require something I can inconspicuously carry camera gear in a hard shell that doesn’t zip in the Centre ie open in halves.
Member since 18 Jul 2015
Total posts 17
If you replace your luggage in the UK, get an "IT Luggage" if you want soft, light and strong. Roll your clothes. If you want hard, make sure it has an expansion zip. Open it up, pack your case, close the expansion zip. No more crushed clothes!
Member since 25 Apr 2015
I've always used soft bags and have never had a problem with them (apart from an airline sending one in the opposite direction to where I was going).
I used to have a 2 wheeler but have recently changed to a very lightweight 4 wheeler and I'm very happy with the result.
Member since 23 Feb 2017
Total posts 15
I have used Samsonite for years both check-in and carry-on. Carry-on's are excellent but relatively expensive. The biggest problem with the check-ins are the zips. However, with Samsonites good warranty they were replaced for nothing.
Member since 26 Apr 2018
Total posts 4
I avoid zips if I can nowadays - even the best of them were prone to getting stuck - even the Delsey double security zips. For checking in we now have some Samsonite Tru-Frame spinners which have stood up very well to a lot of flights. They have a flexible hard shell and latch closures instead of zips. No problem of rain seeping in like used to happen with zips, and very secure. No wheel breakages either. Plus they're quite light for their size. I really like them
Member since 01 Dec 2011
Total posts 10
I have soft-side mainly, but I also have one hard-side. The hard-side is IT brand, an expander--the main disadvantage is that it doesn't fit on the luggage racks in hotels, so I need to open it on the bed. The case I usually take with me is a soft-side and a couple of years ago, the zip broke. It was replaced under warranty and has been OK since. I like the outside pockets as I can get my 'washable squashable' sun hat in there and also a newspaper or magazine (yes, I know that's old-fashioned, but I don't like reading them online).
Member since 17 Oct 2017
I use a full set of Samsonite secure deluxe hard shell cases and they are in indistructable.
Member since 04 Dec 2012
Total posts 2
Samsonite seem to own just about everybody these days. I started using American Tourister when I lived in Japan and my favourite is a hard shell 4-wheeler which survives the baggage handlers well. The inside zipped compartment keeps all my clothes neatly folded and the other half takes shoes, toiletriesl, electricals etc. it works for me and has maintained excellent appearance over 18 months.
Member since 17 Feb 2016
Total posts 9
For cruises and flights, I swear by Rimowa. I use both the aluminium, which has a "clam shell" more secure closing with combination and key locks. Yes, you get dents - though I recommend you always give your luggage the once over at the carousel. (I logged a really bad dent on my Rimowa to the airline, who asked me to go to their luggage repairer, who said he could not repair the luggage. Ultimately, the airline reimbursed a new Rimowa aluminium suitcase, and I kept the old one, as it was still useful, just very dented on one spot.) I also use the Rimowa Salsa Air polycarbonate cabin suitcase, which is just brilliant, and weighs only 1.3kgs empty. Yes, they cost $$$, but you can order them cheaper overseas for delivery here, and with normal handling (not the extraordinary drop that happened to one of mine) this luggage will last you a lifetime of travelling.
Member since 29 Jul 2014
Total posts 145
Member since 04 May 2018
Total posts 13
My advice from someone who does over 100 flights a year... don’t waste money on checked luggage unless you’re filthy rich. Checked luggage gets absolutely destroyed by the airlines. I use American Tourister for checked luggage, $130 hard case suitcase will last me 2 years and then illl throw it out and buy again.
United Airlines - Mileage Plus
Member since 21 Feb 2014
I have been using the Japanese luggage brand Lojel.
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