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  1. Efilon87

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    I'm in the market to buy some luggage for my upcoming China trip. Any suggestions for carry on luggage? I know Tumi is the best, but I'm looking something that won't break the bank, but also will withstand some traveling. Thanks for the help!!
     
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    If you are a member of Costco their Kirkland luggage is very reliable and reasonably priced. Of course, Costco has a great return policy if it is necessary.
     
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    another vote for Costco
     
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  4. Efilon87

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    There is a Costco right down the street from me, is the Kirkland luggage online or in store?
     
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    It is in the store.
     
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  6. Efilon87

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    Thank you! I will have to go check it out.
     
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  7. TAHKUCT
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    They are generally under $100. All the Costco stores I have ever been did have them in stock. They do change models frequently, but still under Kirkland brand.
     
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    Good to know. I was looking on ebags yesterday (9 p/$ my chase sapphire preferred) and there were a few bags and luggage sets, but i didn't know the quality. I just didnt want to buy the bag and have it break after being "handled with care" by the airline baggage handlers.
     
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    Do not forget about Costco return policy!
     
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    I managed to pick up an Antler Duolite 55cm International Cabin Suitcase for $99.00 in Australia and have been very happy with it. It only weighs 2.1kg.
     
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    That is very light. How durable is it?
     
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    So far it has been great, hardly a mark on it. The wheels are nice and smooth as well. :)
     
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    Thanks. I am in US and is selling for $179 with free shipping. Will try to find a local store so I can see it. I like that it is so light.
     
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  15. Efilon87

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    Thanks!! Been looking around, going to costco tomorrow morning (you have to be insane to go on the weekend). I'm also going to hit up TJ Maxx, they usually have great deals, but a not so great return policy. Or, I save my money and use my backpacking backpack I've used for years (similar to this one: http://m.sears.com/productdetails.do?partNumber=SPM5176271601P&sid=IDx20101019x00001a).
     
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    I buy the cheapest bags from Victorinox and TravelPro that i find either at eBags, Tuesday Morning or TJMaxx. All my bags are heavily abused (we have a 12 bottle wine duty free allowance here so they all are often stuffed with wine) and are consistently loaded with more 30 KG (our weight allowance in international flights is 32kg). These bags have done as well as any.

    Previosuly we had had Tumi, but every Tumi bag failed within a year and they never once repaired them. they always said theey could not, but the model was discontinued so we could have 50% off a new one. No more Tumi for us!
    One Victorinox has been repaired under their warranty (a handle broke) with no argument, and it was repaired locally in Brazil. No receipt, no argument.
    The TravelPro have never yet failed.

    I know nothing of Kirkland, but I do choose the lightest bag I can find as long as it is cheap! If it is not on sale with deep discounts I do not buy it!

    BTW, China domestic baggage treatment is usually very, very good. I have been on a half-dozen domestic carriers during the last couple years and have always had much better experience than elsewhere. The facilities are all new and baggage handling is consistently state-of-the-art. Worry about baggage handling elsewhere, but not in China.:D
     
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    You might call a local store or two before venturing out if you want something specific; what's on Costco.com and what is found at stores can vary, even in the same town. ;)
     
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    From my experience, all Costco stores have Kirkland luggage. Might not have all sizes, so a call to your local store might be helpful.
     
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    While it is not inexpensive, I vote for the 19" Tumi. I've now used it extensively for the past 2 years and it still seems brand new! It was my only luggage (with the aid of space bags!) on a 16 day trip thru Asia, and it worked great!
     
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    So I've been looking for new luggage and I do not find the 27" anywhere in my area and Costco site says it is no longer available. The 21" carry-on is in all the stores however. Anyone find the big boy in their area?
     
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    Hi, found this luggage thread with some good advice, but I am wondering if any of you have experience with these three bags I am considering. I want the bag to be light as possible, able to use as carry on for mainline domestic and also international flights, and of course hold as much as possible. They also need to be able to withstand gate checking, as at least one segment of each trip I make typically is on an Embraer 135/145 or a CRJ 200. I have found these bags all discounted and available currently at my price point and am trying to decide between them:
    Travelpro Maxlite 20" ; Victorinox Seeleg 20"; Victorinox NXT Ultra Light 21". From what I have read, it sounds like the Travelpro Maxlite will reliably meet carry restrictions on international flights, while either of the Victorinox seem from reviews to be reliably sturdy. I have read that Seeleg may actually be a bit wide on bottom to fit easily in some overhead bins but does fit, while at 21 inches the NXT Ultra might be a bit long for some bins? The Seeleg is the cheapest, while I suspect the NXT Ultra light would carry more clothes. (I did look at the High Sierra El Series, but at 22" I was concerned that it would not fit in some overheads.)

    I welcome your thoughts or experience with any of these bags pro or con as well as additional suggestions.
     
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    Can you shop at Costco without being a member with a markup of 5% like Sam's Club? I am also looking for a new piece of reliable luggage as I have a generic Lanza carry-on bag that was bought as a $99 set in SFO in 2004. I'm honestly surprised it has lasted this long, as the large one broke many moons ago. I'd prefer to pay less than $80 if possible. My wife just got a London Fog piece from Ross for $35, but it was patterened, which is why she assumed it was so deeply discounted there. They sell Samsonite carry on pieces there for $65, but I don't really know anything about their more recent stuff and if I'm going to pay that much, I might as well make sure I know what I'm getting is going to be reliable. I haven't seen anyone mention Samsonite on here or TOBB, so it made me a little leery.
     
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    I suggest getting at least two bags depending on how long you are going to be traveling.

    If you are checking a bag (I never do) then go with something like the Costco bags. They are cheap enough that you can replace them if they get beat up. I would also check out TJ Maxx . I saw some great OGIO bags last week that I almost picked up as a backup checked bag for longer trips, but resisted because I have given up on wheeled bags since you have to gate check many of them on regional jets.

    For most of my travels, I have a Victorinox carry on duffel bag. Paired with an ultralight laptop / tablet case, I can travel for 3-5 days without worry. With the right clothes and packing, I think I can easily get a full week out of just those bags.

    If you don't need wheels and have money to spend, check out the Red Oxx Air Boss. Many road warriors swear by them.
     
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    About 2 years ago I bought a London Fog rollaboard at Burlington Coat Factory for $49 (luggage is all I will buy there) and have used it non-stop. It's beginning to fray at the seams now, but it has lasted a lot longer than some bags that I've paid a lot more for. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a rollaboard several years ago that didn't last a year, so I will now only buy inexpensive bags.
     
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    FWIW, though I am a Tumi fan (and three of my four current pieces of luggage are from them), I wouldn't say they are the best, merely the best for what I personally like.
     
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