Carry ons without wheels? Red Oxx??

Old Aug 19th, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Carry ons without wheels? Red Oxx??

I am determined to take carry-on only on an upcoming, week-long trip to Europe. But I am overwhelmed by the range of luggage.

I've read many reviews and am considering the RedOxx carry-on bag, which seems to get excellent reviews here and on online sites.

Question: Is there any advantage to buying a bag without wheels? I imagine that it would fit more since there does not have to be space devoted to the wheel mechanism. I will be traveling by car and do not expect to have to schlep the bag too much, except at the airports.

I would love to have opinions about this particular bag, about non-wheeled carry-ons, and about any other carry ons that you might recommend. I am not on a tight budget; I am looking for the best bag rather than for a bargain....

Many thanks!
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Old Aug 19th, 2010, 01:48 PM
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As I've replied to your other threads, I'd never buy a new bag for $225!! You can find plenty of great suitcases in the $50 range at any TJ Maxx, Marshalls, JC Pennys, Macy's on sale, etc. That one in the link looks a bit like the Rick Steves carry-ons which I think are in the $75 range.

Personally I only travel with a bag on wheels. I can't stand hauling everything on my shoulder/back.
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Old Aug 20th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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Yeah - I don't think you have to spend a lot on luggage either. It doesn't seem to hold up any better. And I definitely like the wheels. Treking through airports with a bag on your shoulder, or even in your hand is a surefire way to throw your back out of alighnment.

We like the Rick Steves bags. We have 2 roller boards, a smaller rolling case, and a flight bag. We've had them for about 5 years, and they have held up really well.

With just a week long trip, carry-on shouldn't be difficult. I wouldn't worry about the difference in interior space between wheeled and non-wheeled luggage.
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Old Aug 21st, 2010, 12:56 AM
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I did two short trips this year. The first trip was a bus tour and I had a hardcase bag with wheels. Not sure how big it was, but it was too big and heavy for me to lift above my head.

The second trip I had to do carry-on only. And I discovered at the last minute that my backpack was totally unusable, since it had a big rip at the top. Wonderful discovery the evening before I had to leave. So I sort of panicked and took the first reasonably sized bag I could find at home. The hardcase bag was too big for Ryanair's ridiculous baggage rules and weighed too much, too. So I took a bag that had no wheels and couldn't be used as a backpack. I'm NEVER doing that again.

My arms started hurting by the time I got on the plane. After finally getting to the room I decided to send most of the luggage home by post so I could carry an almost empty bag on the way back. Turns out the thing weighed 2,8 kilos empty.

It was very tempting to simply buy a new backpack and throw away the other useless bag, but it unfortunately belonged to my parents, so I had to bring it back home.
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Old Aug 21st, 2010, 08:21 AM
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i know from one of the other threads, same question, our OP has found and purchased a 20" rolling carry-on suitcase. For someone determined to not check luggage, and for only a one week trip, I think it will work just fine. Or like anyegr above, you'll learn why it doesn't work after the first trip. Luggage is not an exact science and there's no one answer. I have different bags for different type trips. And have changed my style over the years as well (per backpacks or wheels or whatever).
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Old Aug 23rd, 2010, 03:49 AM
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I agree with Suze that different type of trips may warrant different kinds of bags. For a week-long trip like the one you’re going on, the 20” rolling carry-on that you had purchased previously may do. But if you are keener on a non-wheeled bag, I’d suggest you take a look at this Briggs & Riley convertible cabin bag ( ). Instead of hauling it all the time, you can wear it as a backpack when you get tired.
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If you're bound and determined to buy a new bag, check with ebags.

I haven't found a cheaper website than these guys. Also, the selection is great. When I buy from them, the shipment comes directly from the manufacturer.

You might want to check out the Samsonite Brite Line, a fairly new bag that was featured in Budget Travel as the find of the month in April. I've had my eye on these mainly because they are such a light bag for a hard side. The 20" "carry-on" purportedly weighs 6.6 lbs.

Chaque pour sois.
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 04:03 AM
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Thanks very much! I ordered a 20" bag that was well reviewed and am waiting to see it....Tarmac by Eagle Creek. I needed it for a trip in a few weeks so did not have much time to shop at outlet stores..
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We love our Rick Steves bag which has no wheels and backpack straps that zip away (rather smartly I might add) when they are not needed. Around $75 and very lightweight and well constructed.

While you may not want wheels, you still need someway of getting the bag around if you need to go any distance whatsoever, and the backpack straps solve the problem weightlessly if you get into a bind. Be sure before buying a bag that just has a shoulder strap that you won't ever need to carry it any distance.
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