Recommendations for Suitcases?

BSeals71

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Recommendations for Suitcases / Totes?



Hey Guys,



I just got hired at a regional and looks like I will be flying the CRJ-200.
I am looking for a good reliable suitcase that I can use.
(assuming max 5 day trips). I was looking at the:
Andiamo, Valoroso 18" Wheeled Six Pocket Tote


http://www.simplecase.net/images/vt18w_1.jpg?osCsid=a263c683ccbf54774ef9d6b787cdea6c



Any suggestions?


Feel free to PM me.
Thanks,
 

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Go to KOHLS and get the samsonite for $115. It comes with a lifetime warranty, and you can fit enough in it for a week.
 

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congrats on your new gig :)
 

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Make sure your suitcase, whatever you buy, is less than 8" in depth. Otherwise you will not be able to fit it in the overhead bin, and trust me when I say you will want it to fit in the overhead bin.
 

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Hey,
Two Hefty 20 gal. x-tra tuff garbage bags work nicely. They will fit almost anywhere you might want to stuffem, and are easily replaceable at almost any 7-11 on the way to the airport. Plus if the F/A is a 2 bagger you are covered. These beauties are truly the answer to your soon to be coming financial woes, cheap and easily purchased. The nice black color will match the bags under your eyes due to lack of sleep from the short overnights.
BAAHAAA good luck your gonna need it!
PBR :eek:
 

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Try Purdy Neat Stuff...they even have a smaller version for the 73, since you may want it to fit overhead...lasts forever and can cram a ton in them.
 

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My only suggestion is don't get a TravelPro. I thought it would be a good middle ground between the Samsonite/American Tourister stuff and a Purdy Neat... And I lost two zippers in the first week. Basically, after six months it was a wreck.

After using the same AmTourister bag for 2-1/2 years of being handled by rampies on EVERY LEG (back of a Saab ya know, something like 2000 legs), to have the "better" bag by TravelPro start visibly deteriorating after a SINGLE WEEK permanently sours me to that brand.

I'd go back to the $90 American Tourister (courtesy of Staples) in a minute... Just have to wait for the TravelPro to fully fall apart first.
 
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This has of course been covered ad nauseum, but I've always had decent luck with Samsonite. Right now, I'm fortunate enough to live in base and do mostly day trips, so my suitcase gets dusty in the closet, but I've been using a 40 dollar bag I found at Marshalls. It's gets the job done, but I doubt it would handle the rigors of commutting or regular 4 day trips. I see lots of people with those PNT bags, and they look pretty decent, but I have a hard time justifying that much money. And I see lots of people with Travel Pro's, probably because they always seem to have some kind of arrangment with the uniform people at so many companies out there. Regarding Travel Pro's, I can't take credit for this statement, but I once read on here that "Travel Pro's are for schmucks and new hire Flight Attendants..."
 

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Purdy Neat Stuff. Get something quality, and take care of it. From what I understand, it will fit in the CRJ-200 overhead as long as you don't over pack. Also, a good addition to it would be the small duffle, particularly in winter if you don't want to wear your overcoat out to bars on overnights.

If you do go with the PNS bag, go with the Stop Over Store version. The strap that goes around the bag to stabilize the flight kit hook is priceless IMHO. Nothing like having your flight kit trail along with the weight evenly distributed, as apposed to being cocked off to one side like a gangsta hat.

Good luck with your decision. I've become a staunch advocate for buy something quality, then take extra care of it.
 

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FlyChicaga said:
If you do go with the PNS bag, go with the Stop Over Store version. The strap that goes around the bag to stabilize the flight kit hook is priceless IMHO. Nothing like having your flight kit trail along with the weight evenly distributed, as apposed to being cocked off to one side like a gangsta hat.
Is there anyway to get this thing? it didn't come with my PNT bag and wondering if I can buy it anywhere (just the strap)?
 

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Can't swear to it, but I think I saw the strap sold separately on the Stopover Store website.

I've got the POS TravelPro from the company uniform supplier. It wasn't bad at first, but it has some handle issues after using it for only 6 months or so.
 

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I kinda like the ROME collection 22" rollaboard from WalMart. They are $24.72 a piece, and I've been replacing it every 3-4 months religiously. It's probably also a good bet if you want to do a TravelPro or LuggageWorks/PNT in the future, but aren't sure which model yet. One thing you MUST DO to the Rome rollaboard; where the actual handle part of the telescoping handle attaches to the telescoping tubes, there is a screw on each side. Tighten the screws as tight as you dare with out stripping them, and apply a dab of 5 minute epoxy over each of them. If you don't, they *WILL* back out and dissapear. Also, the rubber on the wheels is pretty mediocre quality, and won't last much longer than six months. Make sure you buy one with a good solid "foot" on the bottom, (they seem to vary a bit) or it will tip over onto its front when loaded. Also, one of the J-Hooks that the stop-over store sells (I do not recall which model suitcase it's ACTUALLY for) has a clip that fits the buckle on the WalMart bag just about PERFECTLY. Failing that, you could just buy ANY model J-Hook, and use the buckle and fabric (add-a-bag strap) that comes attached to the bag and sew up your own.
 
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The COSTCO deal is the best ever, its 89 bucks and it fits like it was made for the CRJ overhead, and the best part is if anything ever goes wrong, or if it just looks like s--t after 10 years, COSTCO will give you a new one no questions asked, no reciept, I even got a new one and I was not a member anymore, buy it once and you have a bag for life, and its no piece of crap either, its the sturdiest bag out there, best handle, and longest handle ive seen, I am 6 foot 3 and need a long handle, hands down best, dont mess with that steath purdy neat P.O.S. for $350 with the metal frame, its a waste of money.

-Goo
 

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generaltso said:
Is there anyway to get this thing? it didn't come with my PNT bag and wondering if I can buy it anywhere (just the strap)?
I'm not sure. The Stop-Over-Store might be able to retrofit your bag. I know they are repair centers for the PNT luggage. All you'd really need is two plastic clips sewed into the sides and the strap.

SledDriver,

I can't tell if you are serious or not, but if you are replacing your bag and doing all that retrofitting to it every three months, you might really consider buying a TravelPro or something that will be a bit more durable for less cost. That's like living in a $200 a week apartment since it's cheaper than an $600 a month apartment.
 
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I have a Travelpro 22" rollerboard.. it worked great the first month I had it... then after that I have started having issues with the handle jamming.... I love being the guy who is slamming his handle down multiple times at the security checkpoint... argh...
 
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