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Old 02-01-2017   #41
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Originally Posted by Rob-F View Post
A few years ago the carry-on travel size was 22 x 14 x 9. I knew they were talking about reducing it to 21" instead of 22." I gather from Joe's post that this has now happened? Or can you still carry on a 22" bag within the USA?
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Originally Posted by Bob Michaels View Post
My suggestion is always avoid black or dark blue luggage. So often I am looking at 150 bags of which 140 are black or dark blue.
Then there is that orange two wheel roller and that yellow duffel bag which are mine and stank out from the rest.
That's exactly why I chose my hideous green color Travel Pro carry on.
When I am forced to check my bag it really stands out at baggage claim.

FWIW discounted Travel Pro luggage is available on Amazon and eBay.
IIRC I paid around $75 delivered for mine, brand new.

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Old 02-01-2017   #43
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We can always easily spot our bags on the carousel (or being dragged away by someone else!) by the distinctive colorful embroidered patches... tropical fish, sailboats, etc... My wife's bags are red (with patches) but then some other travelers have red bags too.
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Old 02-01-2017   #45
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Rimowa Salsa polycarbonate. These have no internal frames so you get all of the interior volume, have color that goes all the way through (so if you want, you can polish/sand out scratches - but why bother?!), and are pretty much indestructible. They weigh about 2lb empty for the 20" version.
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I second the polycarbonate.

Antler makes some nice reasonably priced poly, you can often get it on sale at The Bay.
I travel to London four times a year and had it for 7 years now, still in perfect nik.
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All our crew cases were Samsonite, still are. I had one that was in constant use 5 days out of 9 for 11 years. when I handed it back it still worked including the locks, catches and wheels like it was new. For 4 wheelers look at American Tourister bags which are made by Samsonite. My wife has a couple, small and large and they are great value and last better than other brands. The plus side to Samsonite is the warranty and parts availability.
For my diving and walkabout trips I use a North Face duffle size Large which when needed can either go in the hold or be squashed down and fit the overheads.
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The bag I've used for years, including two trips to Indonesia and a bunch of cross country trips, is my Porter case:


The great thing about this bag is that it turns into a luggage cart. I've hauled lots of heavy equipment used for diving and underwater photography using this bag at the airport. When I pick up my bag(s) at the carousel, I stack my bag(s) on the cart and I'm good to go. No looking around for a cart to haul my luggage since my luggage IS the cart! The Porter Case fits into the overhead and is easy to roll around when you're not using it as a cart. It's somewhat expensive but worth every penny. I bought mine used so did not pay full retail.

For a checked bag, I bought a duffle bag at REI and have been very pleased with it. I usually put the duffle bag on my Porter Case when wheeling it around the airport.


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looks tough enuf for lots of travelling...i think i might average a yearly trip, if that...
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Rimowa Luggage

This isn't in line with what the original poster asked, but I think it may be of interest to many people here. I'm about to buy a new bag to replace a Tumi bag I had for ten years. As a fan of Leica cameras, I find myself drawn to the German brand, Rimowa and their aluminum cases. They have a similar pleasing look to Leica cameras.

The newer models include an electronic tag. It's a new feature that all luggage may have one day. It has an electronic screen on the side that uses an e-ink technology that stays 'on' even if the batteries are dead. When you check-in for your flight through your phone, the screen on your bag switches to a luggage tag (see photo). It's very cool. Unfortunately, only a few airlines so far are allowing integration of electronic tags into their system. For now, the screen can display your name, any contact information you want, and a photograph of your choice -- which is still pretty neat.


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I flew Luthansa from HK to Frankfurt this March and at luggage check in they weighed my very small carry on and said I need to check that in as well because it was over their weight limit of 8kg. I only had two Rollei TLRs inside and 80 rolls of film but that Tamrac roller case was heavy. Finally with much pleading they let me on board with it I guess due to the fragile equipment. I ditched the roller case for a plain pedestrian back pack to avoid future hassles.
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