After many years of faithful service, my Rimowa roller bag has given up the fight. (The zippers on nearly all of the interior compartments are shot.) I want to replace it with something that's expandable, stays upright when heavily loaded, and rolls easily through the airport. Please share your recs for your favorite luggage!
FWIW I am in the same position and after my most recent first-work-trip-back to NYC and LA, I noticed so many Away suitcases, I decided to do an informal poll. All folks I chatted with had rave reviews and many were early adopters with their original suitcases in hand. There is a store at U Village and my plan is to head over and explore the options.
My husband normally spends a minimum of 100 days a year traveling. I got him this Kirkland Signature Hybrid Carry On Spinner suitcase and it has really stood up. One side is expandable and the other is hard-sided, super durable, lightweight and reasonably priced.
Go to University Village and get an Away bag. They are fantastic. See them all in person. One benefit to the Away bags is they will service and repair them in Seattle or any city with an Away store. They have some expandable bags now that are awesome. omar.shahine.com/blog/2019/...
Bought one of these on steepandcheep.com probably a decade ago for $50 and wore it into the ground. A wheel fell off, I asked them for a replacement, and instead they gave me a gift certificate for a brand new suitcase and instructions for turning the old one into a helpful planter. Most enjoyable customer service experience ever.
I can second Briggs and Riley although mine are feeling bit bulky these days. And my carry-on no longer meets TSA requirements. As an alternative I recently got a Baboon to the Moon Go Bag and I LOVE it. No wheels but super cute colors, sturdy, functional and converts into backpack, duffel or cross-over bag.
I’d recommend anything Travelpro. They offer a lifetime warranty on everything except the zippers. In the past, we had a zipper fixed by a shoe repair guy and we’ve now been using this bag for work and pleasure travel for about 20 years! Also, we’ve noticed lot of flight attendants use this brand. Good luck!