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1.0 out of 5 stars Skip Crew8, and get the FlightCrew4 instead., January 18, 2012
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This review is from: Travelpro Luggage Crew 8 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter (Apparel)
A few years back, Travelpro split its luggage lines into two series: The "CrewX" series is designed to be pretty and marketed to consumers, while the "FlightCrewX" is designed to be rugged and is marketed directly to pilots and crew. The "Crew8" series is the current version marketed to consumers and the "FlightCrew4" is the current version that is marketed to pilots and crew.

I bought this bag before I came to this realization, and have been disappointed ever since. I hate the design of this bag. While it is light, it is much too flimsy to any kind of heavy duty use. Travelpro included a relatively cheap, but pretty design on the attachment strap and the short handle, both of which are sure to break with significant use. They've also rotated the axis of the long handle so as to make it harder to slide an extra bag over them. The front pockets are designed for appearance instead of utility, and so the zippers have a funny looking "U" shape and the pockets actually overlap, while being too thin to really hold anything. The nylon is a thin weave designed to have a nice "shine" instead of being resistant to damage.

I later purchased a Travelpro FlightCrew4 22" bag from an online store that caters to pilots and flight crew. What a bag! Nice sturdy ABS frame, real inline skating wheels, heavy duty handles with the axis in the correct direction, well-laid out pockets, and heavy duty nylon -- and $40 cheaper! The only problem is that it is a bit larger than Travelpro claims. So, now I use the 20" instead.

I also own a Kirkland 22" suiter (available only at Costco), which is better than this one and only $99.00.

So, do yourself a favor: Skip anything in the Crew8 series (or any of Travelpro's consumer lines) and buy the FlightCrew4 from an online retailer or get the 22" Kirkland at Costco.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2012 10:31:33 AM PDT
Darkling says:
Thank you very much for the recommendation. After checking around, the FlightCrew4 does seem to be the way to go.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 11:28:27 AM PDT
M. Anderson says:
You're welcome! I'm very happy with mine.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 11:37:28 AM PDT
EVNJ says:
just got a Crew4 22 non expandable. Seems big. Have you had any issue fitting the bag in overheads? Mostly United

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 11:40:44 AM PDT
M. Anderson says:
Depends upon where you sit with all of these bags. In first class on a 737, you can't get any 22" in unless you turn it sideways. In coach, I've always been fine. However, I currently use the 20" FlightCrew4 to avoid these issues.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 11:53:48 AM PDT
EVNJ says:
Thanks - Im gold so usually get a spot for my bag but hate to take up two spots if it only fits sideways in coach. Might exchange for a 20. Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 11:55:26 AM PDT
M. Anderson says:
One thing that really bugs me about the bag industry in general is that they play fast and loose with the measurements. The airlines, on the other hand, have started becoming quite strict.

It's good that you care, as well. Fewer and fewer people seem to care about efficiency. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2014 12:40:00 PM PDT
Can you give any clues as to where to purchase a FlightCrew4?

Thank you so much.
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