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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm

Looking for carry-ons and/or a duffel. My Travelpro bag is on its last legs, the airboat cable limiter to the handle fix I did to it years ago isn't going to last much longer. My giant roller check bag is a Delsey that hasn't given me any problems.

What you got? Pros/cons? Where did you get it from?

Soft sided. Light is good. Preference on number of wheels on a carry-on roller? 2 vs 4?
If its a duffel I'd prefer it have those backpack type straps for easy carrying.

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:29 pm

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Looking for carry-ons and/or a duffel. My Travelpro bag is on its last legs, the airboat cable limiter to the handle fix I did to it years ago isn't going to last much longer. My giant roller check bag is a Delsey that hasn't given me any problems.

What you got? Pros/cons? Where did you get it from?

Soft sided. Light is good. Preference on number of wheels on a carry-on roller? 2 vs 4?
If its a duffel I'd prefer it have those backpack type straps for easy carrying.
I got a Timberland "Duffel" with wheels as my carry on...was a deal of the day on Amazon a while back

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094 ... =UTF8&th=1

I like it quite a bit. Being half soft, it can smash in any overhead bin...and it has handles everywhere so it's easy to grab. Also rolls well.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:34 pm

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:29 pm
Johnny_P wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Looking for carry-ons and/or a duffel. My Travelpro bag is on its last legs, the airboat cable limiter to the handle fix I did to it years ago isn't going to last much longer. My giant roller check bag is a Delsey that hasn't given me any problems.

What you got? Pros/cons? Where did you get it from?

Soft sided. Light is good. Preference on number of wheels on a carry-on roller? 2 vs 4?
If its a duffel I'd prefer it have those backpack type straps for easy carrying.
I got a Timberland "Duffel" with wheels as my carry on...was a deal of the day on Amazon a while back

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094 ... =UTF8&th=1

I like it quite a bit. Being half soft, it can smash in any overhead bin...and it has handles everywhere so it's easy to grab. Also rolls well.
So I was going to ask about these, glad you have one so I can bounce this off you.... What is the advantage to this over a regular wheeled suitcase? IMO the advantage of a duffle is you can shove it anywhere and it will conform to odd shaped objects so you can carry something that otherwise wouldn't really fit in a more rigid sided suitcase. Unpacked they take up zero room and weigh nothing.

The duffel I borrowed for AZ had my tent, bag, pad, kitchen, and all my clothes in it and it only weighed 30 lbs loaded. But it was gigantor which was necessary due to the tent stuff.

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:39 pm

I have a :waxer: leather duffel that I love. Pricey, but quality seems to be there to back the price up. No shoulder strap, handles only, so don’t think you’d be interested in it.

Same company makes some canvas duffels with leather accents, and they come with removable shoulder straps:
https://www.blueclawco.com/collections/ ... ender-dark
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:46 pm

Johnny_P wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:34 pm
Detroit wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:29 pm

I got a Timberland "Duffel" with wheels as my carry on...was a deal of the day on Amazon a while back

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094 ... =UTF8&th=1

I like it quite a bit. Being half soft, it can smash in any overhead bin...and it has handles everywhere so it's easy to grab. Also rolls well.
So I was going to ask about these, glad you have one so I can bounce this off you.... What is the advantage to this over a regular wheeled suitcase? IMO the advantage of a duffle is you can shove it anywhere and it will conform to odd shaped objects so you can carry something that otherwise wouldn't really fit in a more rigid sided suitcase. Unpacked they take up zero room and weigh nothing.

The duffel I borrowed for AZ had my tent, bag, pad, kitchen, and all my clothes in it and it only weighed 30 lbs loaded. But it was gigantor which was necessary due to the tent stuff.
It's the best of both worlds because it's half rigid and half soft. The rigid portion is nice to protect things. Even just as simple as glasses, but I've put a computer in it before, and it was fine. A fully soft duffel you'd run a higher risk of breaking things like that. But the top being soft (and you have to remember this if you'd packing fragile things), can smash and mold to tighter areas. I've had it smashed all the way at the back of an overhead to the point where I fit another carry-on in front of it.

PLUS, the handles...it's got handles everywhere, so it's super easy to grab when it's smashed somewhere. Most carry ons just have a handle on top and maybe bottom.

I've carried it by the handles more than I've wheeled it. It's super convenient. It doesn't have a shoulder strap or anything, but I usually have a backpack or something anyway, so I'd never use that anyway.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:55 pm

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:46 pm
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So I was going to ask about these, glad you have one so I can bounce this off you.... What is the advantage to this over a regular wheeled suitcase? IMO the advantage of a duffle is you can shove it anywhere and it will conform to odd shaped objects so you can carry something that otherwise wouldn't really fit in a more rigid sided suitcase. Unpacked they take up zero room and weigh nothing.

The duffel I borrowed for AZ had my tent, bag, pad, kitchen, and all my clothes in it and it only weighed 30 lbs loaded. But it was gigantor which was necessary due to the tent stuff.
It's the best of both worlds because it's half rigid and half soft. The rigid portion is nice to protect things. Even just as simple as glasses, but I've put a computer in it before, and it was fine. A fully soft duffel you'd run a higher risk of breaking things like that. But the top being soft (and you have to remember this if you'd packing fragile things), can smash and mold to tighter areas. I've had it smashed all the way at the back of an overhead to the point where I fit another carry-on in front of it.

PLUS, the handles...it's got handles everywhere, so it's super easy to grab when it's smashed somewhere. Most carry ons just have a handle on top and maybe bottom.

I've carried it by the handles more than I've wheeled it. It's super convenient. It doesn't have a shoulder strap or anything, but I usually have a backpack or something anyway, so I'd never use that anyway.
Nice! Sounds like a roller but with some extra advantages then.

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:56 pm

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:39 pm
I have a :waxer: leather duffel that I love. Pricey, but quality seems to be there to back the price up. No shoulder strap, handles only, so don’t think you’d be interested in it.

Same company makes some canvas duffels with leather accents, and they come with removable shoulder straps:
https://www.blueclawco.com/collections/ ... ender-dark
That's nice! Sadly I will probably destroy anything leather.

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:58 pm

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Detroit wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:46 pm

It's the best of both worlds because it's half rigid and half soft. The rigid portion is nice to protect things. Even just as simple as glasses, but I've put a computer in it before, and it was fine. A fully soft duffel you'd run a higher risk of breaking things like that. But the top being soft (and you have to remember this if you'd packing fragile things), can smash and mold to tighter areas. I've had it smashed all the way at the back of an overhead to the point where I fit another carry-on in front of it.

PLUS, the handles...it's got handles everywhere, so it's super easy to grab when it's smashed somewhere. Most carry ons just have a handle on top and maybe bottom.

I've carried it by the handles more than I've wheeled it. It's super convenient. It doesn't have a shoulder strap or anything, but I usually have a backpack or something anyway, so I'd never use that anyway.
Nice! Sounds like a roller but with some extra advantages then.
Yea, essentially.
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm

We bought these last year, held 2 weeks of stuff for France nicely without being huge or heavy. The backpack works great when you're walking around airports/trainstations/cities, you can have all your crap with you but still have two free hands.

https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mot ... d=10183337

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Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:32 pm

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Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm
We bought these last year, held 2 weeks of stuff for France nicely without being huge or heavy. The backpack works great when you're walking around airports/trainstations/cities, you can have all your crap with you but still have two free hands.

https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mot ... d=10183337
Oh wow, that's really awesome. I'd probably go this route if doing it again since I rarely use the wheels on my bag (it's not that heavy).
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:16 pm

Johnny_P wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Looking for carry-ons and/or a duffel. My Travelpro bag is on its last legs, the airboat cable limiter to the handle fix I did to it years ago isn't going to last much longer. My giant roller check bag is a Delsey that hasn't given me any problems.
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if it was of airboat design, you wouldnt be seeking out new luggage
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:30 pm

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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:16 pm
Johnny_P wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Looking for carry-ons and/or a duffel. My Travelpro bag is on its last legs, the airboat cable limiter to the handle fix I did to it years ago isn't going to last much longer. My giant roller check bag is a Delsey that hasn't given me any problems.
:triggered:

if it was of airboat design, you wouldnt be seeking out new luggage
The handle flew off while I was wheeling it along. When I got it home I ripped the bag's chassis apart and used a bicycle brake cable, anchored that to the chassis, ran the cable through the handle, and secured it back to the chassis. The cable is stainless so that should be fine I guess but the chassis is starting to show some extra wear from it. I think it's time.

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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:36 pm

troyguitar wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm
We bought these last year, held 2 weeks of stuff for France nicely without being huge or heavy. The backpack works great when you're walking around airports/trainstations/cities, you can have all your crap with you but still have two free hands.

https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mot ... d=10183337
Yeah something along those lines would be nice to have. I was looking at these last time I was in REI:
https://www.rei.com/product/884916/pata ... duffel-90l

They have backpack straps on them which makes them rather convenient for the same reasons you mentioned.

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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:45 pm

I recently just got a small samsonite at Marshalls for a pretty reasonable price. So yeah take a drive into the suburbs and snag one lol. I'll snag a pic in probably couple of days at most.

As for duffel, ive been using an adidas duffle that has one large strap for my shoulder with the padding, been using it for 10 years, great for small trips that takes up a 3-4 days. No rips other than the padding part where theres a piece of cloth stitched so it can stay with the belt.
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:34 pm

Detroit wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:32 pm
troyguitar wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm
We bought these last year, held 2 weeks of stuff for France nicely without being huge or heavy. The backpack works great when you're walking around airports/trainstations/cities, you can have all your crap with you but still have two free hands.

https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mot ... d=10183337
Oh wow, that's really awesome. I'd probably go this route if doing it again since I rarely use the wheels on my bag (it's not that heavy).
My carry on doesn't have wheels, either. In fact, it was built before wheeled carry ons were even a thing, or at least common. It's 30 years old this year, has been to Europe more than 2 dozen times plus countless domestic trips, and is still good as new. The durability has been :mindblown: It was built by a California company that started out making mountain climbing equipment so all the hardware, zippers, straps, mounting points, handles, and even the little straps inside that you cinch over your clothes are all ridiculously over engineered to military specs. The fabric is even ballistic nylon, basically kevlar so it's never been punctured, ripped, or torn. The fucker is even waterproof. I love this bag so much for the way it was built. It even has yuuge, 2.5 inch wide straps that go around the perimeter that you can cinch shut to squeeze the girth down to pretty much guarantee that it'll fit in one of those luggage size testing things you see at the gate or check in so I've never had to gate check it.

Sadly, the company went out of business several years ago. :(
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