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Which brand to go if I like Tumi design but not price/quality/service?

Old Mar 25, 2013, 9:34 am
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Which brand to go if I like Tumi design but not price/quality/service?

I mean I read so much bad about ol' Tumi on this forum, they are overpriced and offer bad service and warranties (lifetime warranty is the way to go in this age obviously), however I like these designs:
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4063081
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.js...uctId=13037539

Which brand offers a good alternative?
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 2:05 pm
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How about Tom Bihn, made right here in the USA?
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 2:10 pm
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How about Tom Bihn, made right here in the USA?
Ahem, this is an international forum
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 7:46 pm
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How about Tom Bihn, made right here in the USA?
I've got a Tri-Star. Nice bag, but the more I think about it, the anti-wheel movement is a bit nuts. Going forward I think I'll be traveling with a wheeled bag. I'd rather pull than carry. Tom Bihn only works for some people.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 8:49 pm
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I like Filson so far. Though, they don't list the respective weights of their bags just like Tumi.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Wayfahrer
I mean I read so much bad about ol' Tumi on this forum, they are overpriced and offer bad service and warranties (lifetime warranty is the way to go in this age obviously), however I like these designs:
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4063081
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.js...uctId=13037539

Which brand offers a good alternative?
I don't think you need an alternative to Tumi for the two bags you linked to. I think Tumi wheeled nylon luggage is too heavy, overpriced and and not constructed that well. I'm a Rimowa person for checked luggage now for light weight and strength.

I do buy Tumi mainly for briefcases and wallets on sale. For briefcases, and tote/duffel carry-ons, I don't see why Tumi would be so bad? If you aren't checking it or heavily abusing it, I think either of the two bags you listed will hold up fine. When you check it and its at the mercy of baggage handlers and the conveyor belt systems is when a bag gets wrecked. Plus a lifetime warranty will likely outlive the style of those two bags. I would want to replace them for style in 10 years.

If you like the style of those two Tumi bags, why not just get them. style is style. Construction and warranty may come with other brands but most companies have their own unique designs.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 9:24 pm
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I'm sorry to also post this.
And this is a rather similar construction of the two I linked above.

Anyways, the thing is I didn't know it before such a brand like Filson exists and now I'm totally in love with their design. You are right that you may want to replace above Tumi bags for style in 10 years - that is absolutely not the case with a Filson.

The funny thing is none of these two brands list their weights on their site for whatever reason so now I'm waiting for their answer to further elaborate.

[Edit: it was quite easy to contact Filson but Tumi's site don't want you to contact them. If the same mentality is all across these companies philosophies - well, that says a lot.]

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Old Mar 31, 2013, 10:04 am
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Originally Posted by Wayfahrer
I mean I read so much bad about ol' Tumi on this forum, they are overpriced and offer bad service and warranties (lifetime warranty is the way to go in this age obviously), however I like these designs:
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4063081
http://www.tumi.com/product/index.js...uctId=13037539

Which brand offers a good alternative?
Briggs & Riley make bags similar to both of those, particularly the travel satchel. I have an older version of the B&R travel satchel and it is very nice. There have been some threads on using bags like that, how to pack them and such. They are sometimes called carryall style bags which may helping searching for the threads. I'm a big fan of leather bags for looks. For practicality, much less so. For bags I like either ballistic or Cordura like fabrics. I have mostly B&R, Tom Bihn and Red Oxx for luggage along with Waterfield Designs for briefcases.
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