My Triplite suitcase is a couple of decades old. It’s been to Africa and America once, Europe a few times and numerous domestic trips. Recently it got run over by our camper-trailer. It still works fine, just a bit wonky. Going to Europe next year and would like something more presentable.
I checked out the Choice 2022 luggage review. There were only two check-in bags reviewed but only one recommended. Very disappointed.


Depending on how you plan to travel, we like our wheeled duffle bag type luggage. We travel with backpacks and also the wheeled duffle bag (dragged around with a free hand) for our child. We find them good and travel well. We got ours as a end of product line at Target very cheap about 5 years ago and it has been across Europe on a train, used domestically and to Chile.


I was in the long haul aviation business for 46 years so I learned a bit about suitcases etc.
What I discovered was that for me a wheeled duffel bag was ideal. Most brands allow you to shrink or expand the girth quite a bit so your kit for a 7 day trip could be packed and secured properly and so could 14 days of kit. My crews and I also discovered that our soft duffel bags tended to be less likely to be damaged by cargo handlers. A bit of a downer is the number of zips needing a TSA padlock.


So, that’s two strong recommendations for wheeled duffel bags as against anything else. Sounds good to me. How do we get Choice to do a review on them?


Hi @BobT, sorry that the luggage review didn’t contain a comprehensive look at the larger luggage type you are interested in. I’ll pass on your request to our product testing team for future consideration


Would you care to make some recommendations please?

I’ve asked phb for recommendations. Would you care make some recommendations or comments on things to look out for, also?

The one we have was from a Target and is a discontinued line.

Looking online, it is similar to a large Tosca Trek (Black) or the Fairfield High Sierra. When buying, look for sturdy material and also how it is stitched and reinforced (including around the handles). Also check to see what it is like to pull along and also its empty weight as well.

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Hi Bob
I found the High Sierra brand worked well for me. I need to remind you that the last time I bought one was about 12 years or so ago.
It’s important to thoroughly inspect the bag before purchase - quality control ain’t what it used to be. Ensure zips run free and are properly sewn in, pad lock holes line up, both wheels run free, handle retracts/extends smoothly and the fabric is properly sewn at all joints.
Ensure you check the empty weight coz it eats up your baggage allowance. Samsonite were well made but way too heavy. Some have rudimentary straps so it can be used as a backpack. It can’t, all the straps do is get in the way and cost tare weight.
As I said previously I found the rolling duffel ideal coz it is so very adjustable so short trips or long trips it just expanded or contracted to suit within reason. For us long haul guys this flexibility was very necessary coz we could do trips from 6 days to 14 days. Being soft they could be jammed into rather tight spaces when necessary.

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Random comments.

Do not buy too cheap and do not buy expensive. The baggage handlers are not going to be nice to either and having a $400 piece ruined or in need of repair is more irritating than a $125 piece. As was mentioned weight is very important excepting for short duration trips. Our luggage varies from 2.5 to 4.8kg, all being about the same capacity. The 2.5kg weight ones (no longer available- House brand of the defunct Victoria Station) were only about $100 each and have survived 3 RTW trips so far and are still in fine nick.

Most damage is from baggage handlers/handling and classified as wear and tear, not covered under any warranty so take a long warranty for what it is worth - not much in the context of warranties being limited to materials and workmanship. Most now have 4 wheels but whether 4 or just 2 check how stable the luggage is when packed ‘front heavy’ and larger wheels (to a point) roll better if you are going to walk far with them in tow. A tradeoff is better and bigger wheels weigh more, so back to overall weight.

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Yes, the High Sierra wheeled duffels look interesting. Their website shows three sizes, small, medium and large. They are distinguished by length only. No other dimensions are shown. I need to know their capacities in litres so I can compare them to my current luggage. That’s annoying. I had a look at one at Strandbags and thankfully the label showed the capacity. I’ve emailed their website asking for details but no response as yet. Does anyone know of a review somewhere that gives the details?

Just FYI the High Sierra duffel I used for years is 70cm high x 35cm wide. Thickness (best word I can think of) obviously varies with the adjustment straps and enclosed load. I have no idea of the volume.
Sorry but I don’t know of any reviews.

Thanks for that. That’s probably the one they call “medium 76cm”. The adjustment straps you mentioned, are they on the inside out outside? The images don’t show it well and I didn’t notice them on the one I looked at. I was thinking it could do with a couple of cheap Bunnings straps to tidy it up.

The bag has an upper and a lower section separated by a zip out fabric panel. The upper section has no straps to compress it but the lower section has both inside hold fast straps to keep stuff stable and outside straps to compress it. Basically you can empty the lower section and flatten it significantly for smaller trips or fill 'er up for longer ones. Bunnings straps over the whole outside might be a good idea for small loads.
Caution! My bag is over 10 years old now, I’ve been retired 7 years, so new ones might be different.

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