@gsrivast@robson its sort of the middle-ground between the cheap stuff (ABS) and the good stuff (100% polycarbonate). So think of this like moldy spaghetti noodles covered in the most delicious marinara you’re ever had. Sure, its better than plain moldy noodles.
But, a pass from me as well. I guess at the price, its probably not a terrible deal. But I’ve bought enough pieces of crap luggage to know the next one i get , I’ll spend more for something that (hopefully) lasts.
@JT954 Meh. The only time I’m likely to be close enough to my carry-on that I could plug into it is at the gate waiting for my flight assuming the terminal lacks power/USB ports I can plug directly into. Won’t be of any use in the overhead bin, or worse yet if you had to gate check it. (Happens often when you fly basic economy)
I love the feature on my backpack however. It allows me to recharge while on the go, and could even use it on board with it in underseat storage with a long enough cable.
I figured three pieces for about the price of one is a good deal. Probably use two on my upcoming Knotfest at Sea cruise in August. Hoping the Corona issue peaks and stabilizes before I go. If not, I can cancel.
but how long is the handle when fully extended? If I were a tall person I would not want to hunch over to push or pull it alongside me. As a shorter person, I do not want it to languish 5 ft behind me when reclined becoming a trip hazard for all the taller people…Am I just trying to talk myself out of new luggage since all the travel restrictions are coming?
I had TSA cut off a lock and another time cut off the zipper pull to inspect even though I was using TSA locks. Sigh. Had things taken too. No note left. Just the missing lock and destroyed zipper pull.
Of course luggage handlers also can have their day. On one flight we had to give up all carry ons at the gate as we boarded but purses/book bags. When we arrived I watched from the plane window as a number of pieces of open carry on luggage came down the conveyor belt. Saw before we left that the luggage handlers had gone into that compartment and both stayed there a while. All my exterior pockets had been opened. I had a lock that wasn’t TSA compliant on the carry on so that likely saved me for the main compartment.
Also had traveled the day after 911 and my luggage went missing for several days. When I got it back it was missing most of what was in it and there was a white powder all over stuff. It had been locked and the zipper had been destroyed too. When I went to get it at the airport they had hundreds of bags, most of them trashed, laid out all over something the size of a big gym. I was at a conference and had to do professional job interviews in jeans while waiting for my suitcase that I got back the night before the conference was over.
Most of the frequent travelers I know avoid hard-sided luggage. The normal reason given is the lack of flexibility: soft-sided luggage can be compressed slightly, which allows for fitting in tight spaces. I pack fragile items in my carry-on or in multiple layer of clothes, and I’ve never had anything broken.
To me, it also seems four wheels that stick out from the main body of the bag and rotate multiple ways seem way less durable than two wheels on fixed axles that are half-recessed into the bag.
I flew the last two weekends, and all the pilots and other crews members I saw had two-wheel soft-sided luggage. Figure copying them isn’t a bad idea.