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Which luggage, 26 to 30", has the optimum specifications, starting with being lightweight, stable wheels and handles, up to $200 max, and is durable?
January 20, 2012 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Which luggage, 26 to 30", has the optimum specifications, starting with being lightweight, stable wheels and handles, up to $200 max, and is durable?

Just returned from a trip, and weighed our luggage empty, and it was 18 pounds. We carry camera equipment but need room for our other things as well of course so weight is a major factor. And the wheels are important in that one person may be maneuvering 2 suitcases. We need to buy new luggage. What do you recommend and if you have details on it, that would be appreciated.
posted by Tziv to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
On our honeymoon to Maui we bought a Samsonite Xspace 26" spinner bag. Actually we ordered it from Amazon and had it shipped to our hotel. Weighs 12-13 lbs. empty. Can easily be had for $150-$170 from various online sources (Amazon, eBags, etc.). We've only subjected it to actual flight once but it seems well-built.
posted by kindall at 12:32 PM on January 20, 2012


I have this bag from ebags. It weighs 7 pounds and is carry-on-able.

I'm not a super frequent traveler, but this bag was once lost (for four days!) in the bowels of the PDX conveyer belt luggage system and emerged entirely unscathed. It's 150 bucks.
posted by rtha at 12:35 PM on January 20, 2012


And I just realized I ignored your size requirements. Apologies. But! ebags-brand bags are tough, so one of their larger sizes may work for you. Like this one, though it's 12 pounds.
posted by rtha at 12:38 PM on January 20, 2012


Travelpro Crew 8 26" Rollaboard. 10.8 pounds empty. It's about forty bucks or so outside your price range, but luggage is one of those things where buying something cheaper is a false economy - especially for checked luggage that's going to get thrown around a let.

Next time you're in the airport, look at any flight crew you see walking through the airport: I guarantee at least 75% of them will have Travelpro bags. Look at the check-in line for a flight when they're boarding all of the frequent fliers: probably about half of them will too.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 12:56 PM on January 20, 2012


I came in to also say the Travelpro, but then found Victorinox Avolve 26 at your price point. I've got the 20 and my wife and I love it.

Switching to the 4 castor wheels makes a huge difference over 2 fixed wheels.
posted by bitdamaged at 1:02 PM on January 20, 2012


I like the rollaboard from Rick Steves travel. The handle doesn't feel sturdy, but I've found it to be so.
posted by maxim0512 at 3:35 PM on January 20, 2012


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