on January 4, 2013
I ordered this set for a number of reasons. First and foremost, my old suitcases were old and literally breaking apart. Also, I saw the the great reviews on this set and its fantastic sale price (as of now the price went up a bit to $157 from when I ordered it at $142). But regardless, considering its originally priced at $420, its definitely a steal. And once I ordered this set, I was very pleased with the super quick shipping: my package came a full week early than the beginning of the expected shipping period! I know this might not apply to everyone depending on location, but still!
The luggage set arrived in one large box, with each smaller piece placed inside the larger one. When I opened the box I initially thought that they were sending the pieces one by one, but then realized they were all inside each other. I ordered my set in blue (there are other color options on other websites if you just give the title of the set a quick google search, like green and pink) and I have to say the color is really fantastic. I was originally nervous about ordering the set in blue instead of brown, because I thought it would be a little too flashy for me, but thank god I didn't. It's just the right shade of blue and yes it is metallic in that it does have a sheen to it, but nothing too over-the-top. It's just a lovely, respectable shade of blue.
However, when the pieces arrived I was a little disappointed by the size of the suitcases. The first suitcase is a good size, and they all do expand, but the second suitcase is rather small and the third suitcase is tiny, basically the same size as an extra large backpack. While this might be ok for other travelers, I've never been one to travel light, so I do think I'll have to use additional luggage pieces when I do travel. Also, the fifth piece, the 'cosmetic satchel' is basically a purse. As a guy, its not something I would use, so instead I gave it to my mother as a belated Christmas gift instead. Of course, if any guy wanted to use the cosmetic satchel/purse, that'd be their decision. But still, in the picture of the set it didn't look like a purse to me, so I was annoyed that I had to give it away considering I paid for it in the set. I wish that would have been made more clear in the description or pictures.
These qualms aside, I would still have this set a 4-star rating. The quality of the material is very, very nice. Much better than my previous suitcases, which was your standard K-Mart/Walmart suitcases. From the color to the detailing to the overall construction, you can tell it was made with excellent craftsmanship. If it weren't for the smaller size of the pieces and the inclusion of the purse (at least for me), I would have definitely have given this set a 5-star rating. I'm even thinking about buying a second set for the extra suitcases, even if I have to give away another purse!
on April 17, 2013
From Burlington VT to Chicago to Colorado Springs and back!
Not only are they still looking new they are all packed in one and
easily stored till the next time! Affordable and easy to handle, perfect size for two adults.
Our work clothes consist of Carhart and work boots, we had plenty of room for casual
and work clothes as well as a few gifts for the grandchildren, This working class Granny
likes her new luggage!
on December 31, 2013
I bought this set less than a year ago. Alas, as of this writing, the largest piece's rivets popped out, the handle on the 21" simply snapped off one day when I extended it, and had to be abandoned in Argentina. The piping on the pieces that were checked came through luggage abraded to varying degrees. I bought the set in brown, and loved the way they looked. I am very disappointed in the way they wore and am already replacing them.
on September 24, 2012
This luggage was used for a trip across the country, and it was great! No rips or tears, and airlines aren't exactly delicate with your checked baggage. I would highly suggest this! I am very happy with this purchase!