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Mar 31st, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Lightweight Luggage - Sherpani Meridian

Just bought a Sherpani Meridian Ultra Lightweight suitcase at REI to trty out before our trip to Italy. It's 7.2 lbs, far lighter than my old Ricardo 22" (at 10.5 lbs!!) that has been my mainstay. I really researched lightweight suitcases and this is the one that appeals. It's dimensions are 14" x 22" x 9.5" with capacity:2900-3500 cu. in. It was $229 but I used my 20% off coupon to save $45. In my mind, this compared favorably with the Rick Steves 14” x 21” x 9” with capacity of 2,646 cu. in. and weight of 7.8 lbs.that had been my second choice.
Just out of curiosity, has anyone else tried this suitcase? It's designed for women.
Am going to try for carry-on with it on Lufthansa, but am realistic that it may not work.
For those of you with lost luggage stories...mine is a hiking trip to Ireland. We flew into London and had a connecting flight to Shannon via Aer Lingus. We arrived to find Aer Lingus on strike and my bag lost by United. We ended up having to spend the night in Cambridge and had fun, but missed the first day of our hiking trip in Ireland. Guess when I finally got my bag back--just in time for our return flight!! Luckily I wore my hiking boots and jacket on the plane, plus had my toiletries and books on board too. I borrowed a pair of black pants from another woman and regular shoes from my girlfriend to wear to dinner, as half the trip it was pouring rain and boots were muddy. Had a ball, though. As a result, I always bring enough on the plane to get by if the worst happens again...and try to do carry-on when possible.
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Mar 31st, 2012, 07:42 PM
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Here is your bag on ebags.com

http://www.ebags.com/product/sherpan...uctid=10184033

Dimensions are close, but REI might have underestimated weight. Ebags is usually pretty accurate.

BTW, same price. For your next purchase, you might try these guys as I seldom can beat their price. Their selection is also pretty good.
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Mar 31st, 2012, 08:40 PM
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Hi Rastaguytoday (love your name, BTW. I saw Bob Marley in SF before he hit it big in the states)

Just checked the link...this is close to mine but not the exact bag. Might be slightly newer or older? The 7lb2oz weight came from Sherpani, not REI. Hmm...going to weigh it just to check! I had found the $229 one on sale at Irv's Luggage for $181 awhile back but now up to $205. I saved more using my 20% off coupon.

Thanksfor the link to ebags. Going to use for my husband's bag.
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Mar 31st, 2012, 08:42 PM
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Yes and if shopping at ebags.com go through ebates.com to get 6% cash back!

If you aren't an ebates member sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/6p2fpwy then do a search for ebags. I just looked and they give you 6% back! That's pretty good!
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Apr 1st, 2012, 11:10 AM
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leslieq - the late great Big Daddy Tom Donahue recorded Bob Marley's SF first concerts and played it live on on KSAN.

I have the recording somewhere in my piles of stuff.

I saw Third World's first American performance in SF. Slow melodic reggae music. Shared a spliff in the john. They had a return date 3 days later. After 3 days of American music, their whole tempo and rhythm changed.
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Apr 8th, 2012, 09:47 PM
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Rastaguytoday - liked your reggae discussion. Those were some great times!
Also GillsinEurope - thanks to both of you for the link to ebags. Was going to order my husband's bag from Irvs but when I went back to order it they upped the price...that infuriating thing they do when they can tell you're interested in an item. I mentally told them to "...." and went to ebags. Nice price. Ordered from them. Thanks again for the tip.
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Apr 9th, 2012, 12:43 AM
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definitely weigh it and let us know what you find. i once bought an umbrella on travelsmith because it was the lightest one out there. weighed it on my canning scale (only because my DH said that it wasn't as light as his...)and what do you know?? it was almost 20% heavier than marked on the package!! travelsmith was great about it after i wrote to them. very apologetic and removed it from their website by 5pm the next day! (sincere letter from the ceo, too.) you just never know.
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Apr 9th, 2012, 09:33 PM
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kawh, Good idea. I just weighed the Sherpani on my digital scale and it came out 6.7 lbs, less than the 7.2 lbs on the tag. My scale could be off slightly, but not enough to drive it substantially over 7.2 lbs. Good thing, as I ordered my husband a similar suitcase by Sherpani (he didn't care that it was for women!). So, I feel really good about the purchases now.
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Apr 10th, 2012, 11:01 PM
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that's great. just wondering--- i looked up the bag and it isn't exatly a rectangle... is that right? is it kind of narrower on one end? is there a reason for that? seems like it would make placing clothes in it sort of messy. how do you like the way it packs? (or am i wrong about the shape?))
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Apr 11th, 2012, 09:08 PM
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Kawh, We ordered two different Sherpani. The 22" Meridian has very soft sides, so might look squished in the photo you saw. I liked that, as not having rigid sides saves weight and seems more flexible. The one I got my husband is also 22" but called the Latitude. It's listed as 7 lbs, but haven't weighed it. It has more typical rigid sides, but otherwise same size. Both are beautiful. My husband chose the citronella color...very pretty (as I said, he doesn't care if it's made for women!). Haven't tried to pack it yet as our trip is in October. Working on packing light this time! Just took a pic of my old red Ricardo (10.5 lbs) next to the two Sherpani...all are similar size and shape, but Sherpani so much lighter. Leslie
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