Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 19 Feb 2016
Total posts 15
I use an older model Lojel case that only zips down the middle. I actually prefer the middle zip, although there are times when I can see a size zip having benefits.I've used it for both camera equipment and scuba diving gear. I'm pretty rough with it - its been on boats as well as on flights. The security 'double zip' thing seems to work well, as does the TSA lock.The Cubo seems better with the option of side zip, or middle zip.
On another note.I've always seen dents, marks, scratches and luggage tags/labels as desirable on a suitcase! Perhaps not wanting to be too 'fancy' with a nice suitcase.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
Rimowa aluminum carry on and hold luggage, best decision I ever made to go metal hard case.I previously had Victorinox polycarbonate hard cases until the large cases started to crack - replaced under warranty but after the fourth time I gave up. They sit at the back of the cupboard now.
Member since 11 May 2018
Total posts 1
I buy Briggs & Riley. The best because they have a lifetime guarantee so no matter what happens they fix them. I wouldn't spend money on Rimowa or Tumi because they don't offer this so once you break your expensive bag you have to get a new one. I still use a Briggs & Riley purchased 20 years ago. Has been fixed a couple of times but still goes like a dream and has been round the world manay many times. They make both soft & hard.
Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
I flip-flop on my preference for hard or soft cases. My ever breeding collection is testament to that!
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 07 Sep 2012
Total posts 8
I use a carry-on Samsonite hard-shell, and a larger hard-shell checked-in Samsonite for business travel. If going on holiday the wife and I will also take a large soft-sided case for clothes and unbreakables, and keep the checked-in Samsonite for fragile items. Have previously used American Tourister (Samsonite lite essentially) but they break too easily
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 134
Samsonite S'Cure spinner. Light, tough, clasps rather than zippers. You can throw it at a brick wall and it'll laugh back at you.
Member since 28 Feb 2018
Total posts 2
78cm Large Spinner Suitcase
It is so easy to manage - if I may say so - for a mature lady - I have been using it for the last 3 years - from Europe to Asia and back and places in between - barely scratched. They are well known for their great wheels.
Member since 09 Apr 2017
Total posts 44
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 13 Dec 2014
Any chance you bought the Lojel at The Travel Store? The owner there is
the distributor for SE Asia. In 2016 I bought a hardshell cabin case at
Plaza Singapura. Good price for an excellent product. I already had
another similar cabin case bought in Adelaide (The Luggage Place). All
up I now have three all with TSA locks. I also have Samsonite, Antler
and Eminent. All medium size hard cases with alumnium frames. The
Eminent has two wheels the others four. May favourite has been the older
Antler which I've been using since 2007. It's slightly out of wack but
still closes. Only after my last trip to Europe in February this year have the latches given
up. Easy to replace though, something that would be harder to do if my
cases had zippers to replace. I think a good bet is to have a
polycarbonate hardshell spinner for check-in with a laptop bag and
backpack as carry-on that can be slipped onto the handle of the
hardcase. Or a soft or hard cabin case with the laptop bag or backpack
for short trips. Four wheels better than two. Why? Less strain on the
arm and shoulder as you can roll or push them upright on hard smooth
surfaces. Also a well-made spinner can still roll well on rough sufaces
like cobblestones. Just make sure two of the four wheels are bigger or
built for that purpose (like my Antler).
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 06 Jul 2015
I am currently using a set of Samsonite Cosmolite Lite Cube cases and the older one has now taken 300+ flights and is started to show wear/tear with the zip protector and some other rubber parts. I have never had one of the Cosmolite bags get actually damaged outside of the carry hand being smashed by an airline. Wheels, Zipps and locks are all fine across the 4 bags I use over 100's of flights.
Member since 05 Jun 2012
Total posts 58
We are a mixed family - my wife likes hard shell cases (her favourite being a 100-euro unbranded one from Carrefour in Mallorca which is as tough as a tank!); but I don't like the fact that open in the middle of the long side meaning have two halves with content (if you see what I mean) which means they are a pain to open up and take up double the space when open; so I prefer cases with rigid frames but soft sides where just the side panel unzips. These have the advantage of being expandable and light. To each their own!
Member since 13 Jan 2017
Total posts 17
Agreed, my two different sized antlers have survived multiple business trips and an annual 6-8 weeks sojourn on the road in planes, buses, mini-vans and been dragged around cobble stoned streets of Europe etc since 2009 and still looking good and performing well.
Member since 27 Feb 2017
Total posts 6
I travel approx 90-100 flights per year and use the "Lojel" hard shell cabin size and it is very strong, have had to put it through baggage a few times and no issues. The great feature of this case is that it has a separate zipped front section that allows me to store my MacBook Air & iPad as well as a few note books etc, this makes it easy to remove items for security. It is also the new size that most Aust & Int domestic carriers allow on board.
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 08 Mar 2017
Total posts 4
Have used cheap "Cheap as Chips" or Reject Shop small to medium size hard shell 4 wheel trolley cases and paid about $40 to $45 per case which have lasted us up to 4 or 5 years with a fair amount of domestic and international travel. They get knocked around but generally withstand the treatment pretty well. Had to replace one recently when the handle jammed when staying near Heathrow so bussed it to Hounslow shopping Centre and bought a 'cheapie' for 20 pounds
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