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it's okay- dirty easily
on January 2, 2014
I've had cheap-ish American tourister microlite luggage for 14 years now- the same rolly suitcase and carryon, not multiple- and they are still fantastic with only a single inner zipper on the rolling suitcase breaking and a flat back edge starting to show serious wear recently and it's been to the other side of the world and back twice and numerous other trips. Thus, I thought this was a great brand to go with.
The quality on the newer ones (this green suitcase) is not anything like the old.
So far, I've taken this one on 6 car rides and 1 domestic round trip flight- loaded to 40 pounds each time.
First- it's heavier than the old microlite even though this is smaller. The fabric is thicker. No big deal, but it was a little disappointing since you'd think things would have gotten better.
Wheels- the spinny wheels are OK. They aren't annoying like the cheap kind and they are heavenly like the samsonite that looks almost the same as this model. They are pretty good and rolled well with 40+ pounds in the suitcase. I'm a fan of spinny wheels in general but after having one break off on a cheap suitcase, I only wanted them on a trusted brand. Let's hope these stay on. So far they've made it longer than the cheap suitcase ;)
color- the green is nothing like the pretty fun green on the green. It's multitone with different colors on different sections and is pretty neon with a very yellowy ugly color that lacks the smooth appearance in the picture. it's not what I expected or wanted at all, but hey, you can find it on the belt!
dirty- I've had plenty of suitcases in sizes and colors- black, navy, red. I found black gets somewhat dirty and red and blue don't. However, the grainy weird fabric and light color of this suitcase made is look abysmal after the first flight. It came down the belt and we thought immediately it must be ours but as it got closer it looked so dirty and old we second guessed it. One flight and it will look ancient, dirty and worn like it has traveled the world.
Front pockets- be warned, the front pockets are flat files. The way that they open makes it so only something really flat like paper can go in them. I'd max out that bottom pocket at maybe 2 calendars MAX.
Zippers- they aren't the greatest and I"d hoped for more. They work ok. Well most of them worked OK. However, after returning after the roundtrip flight, the zipper on the front large pocket broke- you know the zipping but the zipper doesn't actually close. :/ you'd expect that only with extremely low quality luggage. I've gotten no name brands from target for 20 bucks that had zippers that lasted longer. I'm hoping we can fix this somehow. I've got to look into this warrantee since that was certainly a pull in buying this over something less expensive.
size- this is within the guidelines for checked baggage without going over. This is really important. I bought this one after having to return another suitcase whose listed dimensions calculated out to be under the required size but in actuality were over the max baggage (hundred in oversize baggage fees? no thank you!- always check reviews and with tape measure for real outer dimensions). This one, again, is perfectly fine for checking. Obviously, don't try to bring it as a carry on. It's actually a bit smaller than was expected and the bottom (wheel side) is a little deeper than the top.
durability- beyond what's written, we'll have to see. I was expecting this to be another investment piece and last at least another 15 years but it's not looking good.
Overall- it's not a bad suitcase. it's a little ugly but easy to see. It wheels around pretty well even when packed with 40 pounds. However, those expecting the quality that used to come with American tourister or a lightweight bag may be disappointed.
Here's hoping the zippers and wheels hold up at least.