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  Reply # 2107928 15-Oct-2018 08:57
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I'm a Samsonite fan.  I have one I bought five years ago. I travel weekly, including a lot of walking around town and it's still going strong.

 

4 wheels behave like 2 wheels if you tilt the bag.

 

Strands routinely have substantial discounts on Samsonite.  If you are prepared to wait, you could get as much as 50% off.





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  Reply # 2107932 15-Oct-2018 09:01
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The issue I have with backpacks is that most of the ones I found make me look like a back packer which I most certainly am not. 


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  Reply # 2107971 15-Oct-2018 09:57
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networkn:

 

The issue I have with backpacks is that most of the ones I found make me look like a back packer which I most certainly am not. 

 

 

 

 

The Osprey Quasar definitely does not look like a backpacker/school bag.  It is very tidy.


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  Reply # 2108021 15-Oct-2018 11:14
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I've got a decent sized camera backpack that has modular pockets and enough space for laptop + amenities. They're not the lightest but I've found it quite comfortable and sturdy as they're designed to be hauling camera gear.

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  Reply # 2108205 15-Oct-2018 14:21
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The problem with wheels is it adds at least 2kg to the weight of a bag vs a travel bag / backpack. 

 

I saw one of these the other day at a store in NZ and actually think it's one of the best travel bags I've seen. https://lowealpine.com/us/at-carry-on-45-22

 

 




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  Reply # 2108208 15-Oct-2018 14:23
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@sbiddle are you back in NZ before next Monday? That bag looks amazing hint hint ;)

 

Bugger, I see it's sold out!

 

Do you recall where in NZ you found it?

 

NM Google is my friend :)


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  Reply # 2108214 15-Oct-2018 14:31
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@sbiddle are you back in NZ before next Monday? That bag looks amazing hint hint ;)

 

 

 

 

Nope..

 

But availably in the US seems pretty poor and it was more expensive than in NZ. When I saw this about a month ago (Outdoorsman Headquarters in Rotorua) I looked online and found a few NZ online sellers that have it, and that the sellers on Amazon were way more. Outdoorsman were (from memory) NZ$249 and had one there which was all black and looked really nice.

 

While looking at an outdoors store over in the US today I also spotted an Eagle Creek Expanse Hauler which was also really nice and claims 50L capacity which I seemed a little surprised by as it didn't seem an overly bulky bag.

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 2108218 15-Oct-2018 14:36
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I can find them for around $210 online but they have orange highlights which I don't love.

 

I prefer things which look more ... conservative and ideally nice enough I can wear with a suit etc.




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  Reply # 2108222 15-Oct-2018 14:38
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Geektastic:

 

Tom Bihn make excellent carry on bags if you can live without wheels. Google. I have an Aeronaut and it's my favourite bag of all time. Handles, shoulder strap or hideaway backpack straps. Tough material, excellent zips and build - lifetime warranty.

 

 

 

For wheeled carry on, which I do not use much, a Rimowa Topaz cabin. However, go to Germany to buy it as it will be 25% cheaper than most other places.

 

 

 

 

@geektastic some of those Tom Bihn look really nice bags. Pity about the price, though it wouldn't be the end of the world, but availability within 5 days probably won't work unfortunately.

 

 


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  Reply # 2108225 15-Oct-2018 14:40
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I can find them for around $210 online but they have orange highlights which I don't love.

 

I prefer things which look more ... conservative and ideally nice enough I can wear with a suit etc.

 

 

Yeah the bag that I saw in Rotorua was full black - the orange looks tacky.

 

 




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  Reply # 2108229 15-Oct-2018 14:42
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The Eagle Creek looked cool, until I realised it's pretty soft. I like lots of internal compartments etc, or at least some form of ... structure might not be the right word, so that things like Laptops and tablets are kept in specific areas and are well protected.


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  Reply # 2108254 15-Oct-2018 15:19
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Yeah it was a soft bag.

 

I don't see the point in having a wheeled bag unless you only live and travel in the US where there are no weight limits.

 

7kg for carry on is the norm everywhere else in the world, and when you're wasting 2.5 - 3.5kg of what on a bag to have wheels it's a lot.

 

 




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  Reply # 2108256 15-Oct-2018 15:21
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Most of the bags I have been considering are around the 1.7-2KG Mark.

 

It's obviously still heavier than the 700-1000g that some of the back packs are.

 

 


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  Reply # 2108266 15-Oct-2018 15:40
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networkn:

 

Geektastic:

 

Tom Bihn make excellent carry on bags if you can live without wheels. Google. I have an Aeronaut and it's my favourite bag of all time. Handles, shoulder strap or hideaway backpack straps. Tough material, excellent zips and build - lifetime warranty.

 

 

 

For wheeled carry on, which I do not use much, a Rimowa Topaz cabin. However, go to Germany to buy it as it will be 25% cheaper than most other places.

 

 

 

 

@geektastic some of those Tom Bihn look really nice bags. Pity about the price, though it wouldn't be the end of the world, but availability within 5 days probably won't work unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quality and 'made in the USA' rather than China etc is what you are paying for, together with the excellent design work. And a lifetime warranty, of course.

 

They are worth it if you travel regularly; I lived out of my Aeronaut for 4 weeks in SE Asia last year - it was the only bag I carried.






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  Reply # 2108271 15-Oct-2018 15:54
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If you like the Lowe Alpine bag, have you considered the macpac equivalent: https://www.macpac.co.nz/packs/travel-bags-duffels/itol-35l-travel-duffel/114673.html?cgid=packs-travel_bags_duffels#start=8 

 

(The pictures only show a single shoulder strap, but it also has the regular two back straps also)

 

 


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