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Great look, packs well, dissimilar to other luggage. We have 6 of these, both carry on hard cases and large check size. I occasionally check the bag when it's free at the gate. Thanks to my credit card, I get a free checked bag, so we always check the larger versions of this when we are on extended travel. The only issue we've experienced in over 60 flights last year was the bars of the handle became bent due to the gorilla baggage handler. I opened the case (easy to access because of the zippered liner) and made a fix by hammering and straightening the assembly. Overall, the carry on hard case is ample for 4 days of clothing (haha...it *can* be done if you're a good packer). Wheels and case have held up well, there are scratches that turn out to be plastic rubbed onto the finish that comes off with a cleaner like goof-off or just glass cleaner. Easy to tote around the airport with a soft case on top, and the case fits easily down the seat aisle rolling on all 4 wheels.
[Update]: Still working great after 4+ years and over 1000 flights now. It shows wear and tear on the wheels, but it looks practically brand new. Zippers, Lock and handles all working fine...
I traveled 20 weeks and over 60 flights last year with this little case, for what it's worth I'll pass on a few hints I use to pack if anyone is interested...
-Pants, large items...fold them in as large an area as possible to fit in the case. The fewer folds, less wrinkles. -Underwear, Undershirts, socks, etc...don't fold small. Layer them on top of other clothing in as large and thin a layer as possible. -Dress shirts: [Have cleaners] use heavy starch, fold in 3rd, and layer alternating collars and place in zippered top section. -I pack dry toiletries in a clear sided pencil case, and all 3oz. in a heavy duty zippered freezer bag. -Carry toiletries and liquids in a soft carry on to avoid spills and save space..eases TSA process. -Pack hangers and hang out clothes, unpack as soon as possible. -Purchase a few zip-lock style shrink bags. I don't use these to pack GOING, I use them to store worn clothes for the trip BACK...amazing how much space they create when packing to come home. Easy to 'vacuum' seal by covering with a hotel pillow and laying on it to remove air. -Bring a few plastic shopping bags (wrap your shoes) and also protect clothing from spills. They come in handy in CA (no bags at grocery stores!) -I carry a back pack to house my iPad, MacBook, toiletries and a few snacks + a collapsable water bottle I fill just before flight...I try to put my shoes and at least a days change of clothes in case I check my hard case carry on and they lose it!
Hope that helps, or perhaps there's something in there you can use to add to what works for you.
Nice suit case, enough space and easy to use. Whoever only thing which wasn't how I was wanted is missing the handle on the horizontal position. The expandable handle is not very strong but the wheels go smoothly.
This suitcase is beautiful, I've used it on a few trips already and it's light as a feather. Even when it's fully packed, it's easy for me to hoist it up into the overhead compartment on flights without any difficulty.
I will say, it scratches incredibly easily, so enjoy its pristine look before you use it for the first time because it will never look that good again. The color is beautiful and I'll deal with the scratches for the look and feel. Wheels very easily around the airport, best used on hard surfaces as opposed to airport carpet.
I have always bought samsonite and always soft sided.This time I went with the had sided and it was the best move I ever made.It is very rigid construction and well made .Compared to soft sided cases it is much much lighter.It weighs almost nothing when empty,yet it is very strong and should last a life time.
Got one of these when it was on sale for ~$97, and I'm glad I did. I needed a carry-on badly and this does the job perfectly. Also because it has a hard shell, it protects your belongings very well. Never had a problem with any airlines' size requirement with this luggage (including WestJet), so all good!
product was as advertised, but was able to find a different brand with more features (expandable 2") and larger - at a retail store for 69$. btw - used new (slightly bigger case) on westjet - no problems with size - so doubt you'd have problems with this one.