Aug 7, 12, 11:27 pm
So my 22' Atlantic carryon bag finally died on me this past weekend - luckily it was on the return leg and once I was back at LAX. Wondering if anyone has any good recommendations on a nice carryon bag.
My Atlantic bag was two wheels, three compartment (one main, two small outer) and was expandable, albeit by only a couple inches.
Would prefer something of the same style. Four wheel might be nice. I do a lot of work travel though, so having something that I can pack a lot into a little space is important - as is durability (My Atlantic lasted about the last 8 years or so).
Budget wise I want to stay under $200 - no preference on brand, although I was really stoked on my Atlantic, would love to hear what works for others though.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions and input.
Aug 8, 12, 12:58 am
I'm quite new to this forum, but I wanted to comment because I actually have an Atlantic 21 or 22in roller like you describe. It belonged to my dad and is about 10 years old. It's quite beat up and with a pin missing I'm afraid the handle will tear, but it's still alive. But it has now become a backup to my Tumi Alpha 22in roller. I think it's a great bag; good looking (big plus for me), very well made (I love the ballistic nylon), although the warranty has been significantly watered down. However, that is likely out of your price range, and I know many here prefer Briggs & Riley and Rimowa over Tumi.
The old Atlantics were great, but the new ones are nowhere as good. I have a set of 21" and 25" Atlantic spinners, and while they work okay, they are just not that good. My dad recently had to return a new Atlantic because the wheels were too small and the bottom edge of the bag was scraping against the ground while being wheeled. I would not recommend an Atlantic.
I'm not a fan of spinners, or four wheelers as you call them. I don't find any appreciable convenience in them, as I can always handle my 22in roller. Sometimes it's actually an inconvenicne when I have to take a subway or bus with a roller and it won't stay still unless I hold on to it tight. Also, I think the consensus is that spinners have less space due to the wheels.
As for specific bags, I'm afraid I don't have too much for you (but I'm sure others will). $200 isn't that much...perhaps a Travelpro? It seems the Crew8 had good reviews (there is another thread comparing the Crew4 and Crew8 here) and was just replaced by the Crew9. The Crew8 is still available from Amazon for under $200.
It seems that Delseys get good reviews as well, and can often be found for pretty cheap.
Aug 8, 12, 12:31 pm
costco bag is $100. It fits on a vast majority of overhead bins except for some 737s with smaller bins. of course, it won't fit on regional jets like any other standard carry on suitcases.
essentially it's the same bag as Ricardo Bel Aire. See it here. http://www.amazon.com/Ricardo-Beverly-Hills-Expandable-Wheel/dp/B004EBTL8I
I think it's the best bag under $200.
Briggs Riley for warranty and features.
Travelpro for best all-around compromise.
Costco for price/value and warranty.