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Luggage - recommendations

Old 12th May 2019, 15:46
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Pilot luggage

I know google is full of this but I would more welcome your opinion guys. What luggage brand would you recommend for a guy moving from regional flying to long haul with longer stays sometimes? And your opinion on some good pilot trolley would be also great. Thanks
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Old 18th May 2019, 14:28
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I do 6 flights as a Pax every 2 weeks so I went out and bought a big Rimowa suitcase and love it. I work 2 weeks on/2 weeks off and fly to the worksite so I needed a good bag. I used to have to buy a new case every 18 months or so and was sick of buy new cases for them to fall apart. The Rimowa comes with a 5 year warranty. Love the case, easy to move around and so far, all good.
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Old 18th May 2019, 15:16
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Jack Wolfskin roll-aboard available in 40-60-90 ltr

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Old 25th May 2019, 23:24
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Tried them all, finally paid a bit more and got Samsonite hard case mid size for the hold. The best case Iíve ever had. They are available at outlet shops for reasonable price.

I use the same brand for my wheely bag. Very happy with it.
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Old 26th May 2019, 21:49
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Thumbs up

TUMI... last years
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Old 27th May 2019, 04:39
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Briggs & Riley. Their Lifetime Guarantee is for real, and includes ALL damage - even that caused by airlines.

Find a closeout sale of last year's models and save a bunch.
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Old 27th May 2019, 11:51
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During my long haul career for the last 10-15 years I used a large rolling duffel bag. It's a High Sierra 60cm tall double deck bag. The advantages are many, including the ability to tighten up the straps when I was doing a shorter trip and didn't need so much room. Being soft the baggage handlers never broke it either. Yes, I know, the bad guys can cut it open or bust the zippers but who packs real valuables in a hold bag anyway - no one with any brains. Some are very heavy when empty so check it out. I still use it when I go away on holidays.
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Old 28th May 2019, 10:40
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If someone else is doing the loading, I would strongly consider a hard shell. Reasonably water resistant and definitely baggage handler resistant. I use a Samsonite and it's pretty tough. Every so often I have to replace the wheels but it's about 5 years old and has lasted a lot longer than any Travelpro I have owned.
I do tours of 6 days and that often means airlining. For piece of mind I secure it with a pacsafe strap and that also helps with the identification on the carousel.
Many colleagues use Samsonite and the more flush ones use a Rimowa. There's the alu ones and the plastic. The alu looks flash but the dents remain.
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Old 28th May 2019, 16:40
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Another vote for Samsonite. Have a large hard case one that only weighs 3kgs. empty. Built in handle, fairly strong wheels, so far.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Samsonite+suitcases&oq=Samsonite+suitcases&aqs=chro me..69i57.8002j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Old 31st May 2019, 08:56
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Definitely go for Samsonite. They sent me a free set of replacement wheels to fit DIY after I complained that my out of warranty trolley wheels had disintegrated (due wheeling to/from the loose gravel surfaced Crew Carpark at a large SE UK Airport).
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Old 1st Jun 2019, 19:00
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Thanks guys, I liked some pieces from Samsonite What about pilot trolleys? I was looking for one with a opening on the top, but most of them are these leather style heavy ones.
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Old 1st Jun 2019, 20:00
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I use a Samsonite backpack (sadly no longer available). I fish out what I need and stash the bag elsewhere. Other crew use wheeled bags, others use different backpacks. Very few crew at work use what we'd call "pilot cases or doctor cases".
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Old 1st Jun 2019, 20:04
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Worth a consideration ...

... especially if your wherabouts might lead you to hisoric old towns or places with a fair amount of snow:

Proper wheels and a stable axle. Not these toy thingies even Rimowa uses these days.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 06:35
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Luggage - recommendations

Time to upgrade my old bags, any recommendations as to what works these days?
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 07:09
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Funny that from the FOs I fly with, those with the lowest experience own the most expensive Tumi gear.

It must come as a bundle with the TR
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 07:14
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Rimowa if you can spare the cash, Samsonite if you can't.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 07:36
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Samsonite, hands down. If any part breaks, they will try to replace it free of charge. I've had to replace wheels on one of my big cases several times, despite offering to pay, Samsonite have sent them for free. Now that's customer service
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 07:56
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Rimowa has no more two wheelers. Try Thule instead. And luggage works with metal frame if you need some tank.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 08:01
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My Antler carry on still looks good as new after 18 years, and the Antler large case still in one piece and presentable after many hundreds of times in hold and carousels.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 09:23
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My experience indicates that the cheap ones are best. Its easier for the airline to replace damaged cheap cases with their cheap case from their stock for major or even minor damage.
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