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Before I start, I have an amusing thought for you:  I've always wondered why there are luggage stores at the airport. How late for a flight do you have to be where you're like, "F*ck it - just grab a pile of sh*t; We'll get a bag at the airport."

I bring this up, because I'm currently shopping for some new suitcases.  The ones I bought a few years back are falling apart.  The handles that extend out for rolling don't extend anymore.  And some of the wheels are breaking off.  Question for readers who would like to put their two cents in.  Do you prefer soft suitcases, or hard ones?  I'm leaning towards soft because I can always cram a little extra stuff into them and it won't matter if they bulge.  Whereas with a hard case, I wouldn't be able to do that.  But, I'd assume the suitcase would be sturdier.  Thoughts?

Anyway, if you will recall, I bought a Shun knife (here) from CSN Stores a little while ago.  And I have to tell you, that knife is badass.  Since CSN is local to Boston and they have a few luggage stores as part of their family of websites, I've been checking them out first.

Oh also, if you have suitcase brand recommendations (that won't cost me an arm and a leg), let me know.  Typically I've just bought ones from a department store when the sets go on sale.



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5 Response to "Got Any Luggage/Suitcase Recommendations?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    LL Bean luggage has a great reputation. I hear that they're not stingy with their lifetime warranty, so you can return anything that gets damaged, or even just worn out, without a hassle. This sounds like a good investment to me. I need luggage that is probably where I'll start.

    Posted on 2/1/11, 8:36 AM

     
  2. Mollie Said,

    I usually get my suitcases from Marshalls/TJMaxx. You'll pay less than what the suitcases usually go for, and I've gotten some pretty decent ones from there. Also, if it starts to break, you won't feel quite so bad about it because you didn't spend very much on it anyway. My Dad taught me a great lesson growing up... don't spend a fortune on a suitcase because the people that handle them at airports throw them around and they get ripped and broken; so if you spend a ton you'll be devastated. He used to travel to China on business very frequently and I saw first hand how some of his suitcases came back -- holes, rips, broken handles, etc.

    Posted on 2/1/11, 8:41 AM

     
  3. Miss Outlier Said,

    I adore my Tom Bihn luggage - fantastic quality. They make various sizes, and I have the largest carry-on-able size. It's soft sided, and comes with a shoulder strap, hand carry straps, and hidden backpack straps. Best part it you can get the little packing cubes (sized to fit the suitcase, I have a square and two little half-squares), and they fit an AMAZING amount of stuff. And the side pockets fit shoes, even men's sneakers.

    Posted on 2/1/11, 10:45 AM

     
  4. Tom Said,

    By far the best I have ever used is Tumi luggage. I worked at the Fairmont Copley Square as a bellboy during college, and found that the Tumi bags were always in great shape. I even found some at TJMaxx once.
    It is on the expensive side, so I also have a few big Samsonite rollers that I bought at TJMaxx for about $100. The "spinners" are the best!

    Posted on 2/1/11, 3:05 PM

     
  5. Stee Said,

    Go to the Wrentham Outlets for great deals on American Tourister and Samsonite luggage. Roller skate wheels and a telescoping handle are things to look for in a carry-on wheelie bag.

    Posted on 2/2/11, 2:08 PM

     
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