Favorite luggage

Apr 27th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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I love my Briggs and Riley selection. These bags never look old or beat-up and I know what they go thru at airports!
The only problem I have ever had - a handle that was a little "sticky" sometimes when I tried to extend it - was corrected under the lifetime warranty with no questions asked. It was repaired and returned to me within 2 weeks.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Wherever possible I use a weekend bag or holdall in leather or good quality canvas. Unless you've got a ton of stuff there's no need for a suitcase. And it drives me mad when there's a group of us travelling together and we have to repeatedly stop for the person with the extending-handle wheelie suitcase who has to put the handle up and down at every single set of steps or escalators ie about 50 times a day.

On the rare occasion I do need a suitcase I use one of the hard-shell Samsonite ones - indestructable. Also at home it's quite good for standing on to change lightbulbs and reach high-up things in the kitchen! 8-)
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Apr 27th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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I love Ricardo luggage with the extra zippered compartment on top. I also like to travel with a Vera Bradley bad that I use as a knitting bag / hold everything else I need. I like it because there are pockets in the inside circling the bag.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 02:37 AM
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Of course, if you want to wait until you get to Paris to buy a new carry-on bag (I know that suggestion doesn't really make sense), I highly recommend the bags sold at a store called La Bagagerie. (They have a store in the 6th and also a selection of items in the department stores). I have become a La Bagagarie addict since I moved to Paris: I think I've bought six purses/carry-alls. Go to http://www.la-bagagerie.com.

In the spring, I started to have some trouble with my lower back so I went looking for a slim, professional and feminine backpack to use for carry-on and as an everyday briefcase (instead of my Victorinox backpack). I found a terrific one in their "basic" line, at only 69 euros. Then, after an accident two weeks ago (I fainted, cracked my head and damaged my rotator cuff), I discovered that I couldn't even stand the light weight of the backpack's shoulder straps on my left shoulder. So last week, I went to back to La Bagagerie to buy a "I had an accident and feel sorry for myself and need a treat" shoulder bag, from the same line. It's about 13" wide, 9" high and about 4" deep, with a zip close and a buckle for security, so it's a good travel bag as well. It's big enough for a carry-on bag for my next trip (I'm leaving tomorrow), although I won't be able to schlep as much as I usually do on the plane. Probably a good thing for my back, though.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 03:38 AM
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KateW I had a look at their website and the Valise 50 items (under women's luggage) look wonderful. Can you give any indication of prices of this luggage and how heavy it is? I will be in Paris soon so might have a look.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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CAVEAT with online sellers.

I just returned home from a 2 week business trip to find that instead of the 25" bag I ordered, I received a 20" bag from Ebags.

I called "customer service" only to have the phone answered by a woman in the Philippines (I asked).

She was pretty incoherent and didn't understand what I was saying. When I finally got through to her, she was more interested in my giving her my credit card # so that I could 'purchase' the bag that I had already ordered, rather than arranging an exchange for the correct bag.

I could hear several small children in the background, so it seemed I must have called her home.

I finally asked for a supervisor to speak to, and she told me 'no'.

I finally was so perturbed (or one of those P words) that I will wait until Monday to see if I can possibly get either an American or someone who can speak English clearly.

I'm a tad hesitant to give out my cc # to someone overseas, particularly in a third-world country that has been known in the past for generating identity theft problems.

A, unfortunately, risk of dealing with online merchandisers; poor service and a lack of the word 'customer' in the service.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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i would never buy luggage or a pocketbook online... i need to see and "feel" it.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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ekskrunchy (with apologies for hijacking khermann's thread):

I don't know how much the luggage costs. I do know that the purses are reasonably priced (but not cheap). My backpack was 69 euros and the large purse I just bought was 70 euros (both prices include VAT). The Faubourg St Honore and rue du Four shops are probably the most convenient for tourists. I shop in Passy (16th arr), near my office and flat.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 03:50 PM
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I don't think anyone has mentioned it, but about a year ago I bought a SAMSONITE SPINNER, and I just love it!

It has 4 wheels instead of two so when I am waiting in line or walking around I can choose to roll the bag in a vertical position. I am pretty small - 5'2", 110 lbs. so it's nice to be able to take the weight of certain parts of my body. The only bad thing I've noticed is that if I'm on a hill I'll have to hold it so it won't roll.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 05:24 PM
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as someone mentioned, TJ Maxx is excellent place for buying brandname luggage -- and daybags.. i bought a TUMI daybag there a few weeks back for about 25% of retail price.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Kate, thanks for the link -- you're right about not waiting til I get there to buy a carryon, but I sure am going to want to visit that store!

After all the research and suggestions, I ended up today with a Ricardo Beverly Hills Santa Cruz 21" expandable rollaboard from a local dept store, on sale. I'll definitely have to pack light, but the next size up was 24" and that just felt like it would be too much to lug around packed. If it's too small coming back, well now I know where La Bagagerie is.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 04:59 PM
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I recommend the 22in Briggs and Riley Transcend bag. It is really 2 carry ons in one. You can use the bag as one or split it into 2 separate bags. One remains a 22in (with wheels)and the other is a duffel bag with almost as much room.

I found the bag at TJ Maxx for $119 which is a great price from everything I have read. They are rated very high on the websites.

Our plan is to to pack the bag as one bag for our 14 day trip in Europe and then split the bag into 2 and check 1 on the way back. Also if we we run into any problems with airlines regarding weight we will just split the bag into 2 and check 1.

This way we have room for souvenirs and a backup plan if we have any problems carrying on our bags.

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Apr 30th, 2007, 12:49 AM
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Carry-on, this should be limited to what you need to support yourself for 24-48 hours without your main luggage.
My wife revolted when I told her this but learned on the trip when we were diverted to another airport due to weather and the airline refused to give up our "checked" luggage. By the way, I have never had an airline check the weight of my carry-on, I have been flying trans-atlantic since 1970.
Checked, well this is personal preferrance but get something with wheels or swivels and an extendable handle, keep the price reasonable.
I normally travel with two pieces, a carry-on and the other checked. I like a duffle style for carry-on. Checked will depend on how long that you plan on staying but I recommend packing light as you will likely buy something as a rememberance.
Look at the discount houses and K-Mart, Walmart. Here is a suggestion, try walking around the store with the large piece to see how it handles and feels.
Don't buy more than you can handle by yourself, the last time I was in Paris (February 07), there where no baggage attendents to help you. Two pieces is in truth is what you will be comfortable with at the airport.
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