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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Decent single piece of luggage
on June 4, 2009
We used this on our latest family trip to Hawaii. It fit enough clothes for myself, my wife, and my 2 y.o. daughter (plus room to spare). Granted, the clothes we packed were not as bulky as a winter trip to New York, but nevertheless we wanted just one bag to check in. The inside was roomy, and there were several compartments for toiletries, etc. The external pockets were convenient. I loved the swivel wheels... I did not have to tilt the suitcase to wheel it around, and my daughter was able to help me push it. We'll see how this suitcase holds up on our trips to Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago.
The pewter color was easy to spot in the sea of black suitcases. Like the other reviewers, I have to mention that it is easier to spot blemishes on its exterior. But this is probably only due to its color... the black suitcases are also susceptible to the same scuff marks but is just masked by the color. It just makes it easier for me to clean the areas that are scuffed.
The only down-side is the danger of overpacking (which we did) and our bag was heavier than the 50 lb limit. Make sure to check the airline limit in order to avoid any overage fees. We ended up paying the $50 heavy-bag fee (which is B.S. since we were only over by 6 lbs) but we just wanted the convenience of lugging one single suitcase. On our return trip, the suitcase was able to take in 60 lbs of clothes, souvenirs, and Hawaiian goodies... and was still able to close with no sign of the zipper tearing apart. We could have put more stuff in there, but I was afraid that we would exceed the 70 lb limit (which cannot be checked in). For convenience, I would rather have one single large bag and pay for the extra fees, rather than having two smaller suitcases to have to wheel around (at least until our child is old enough to help with managing the luggages).
Overall, it is a decent single piece of luggage. I am looking into the matching 20" or 17" for check-in. I'm leaning towards the 20" due to the laptop compartment and the larger space.