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zippinbye
06-26-2018, 10:27 AM
Anybody have a rolling bag to recommend that does not scream ďhey Iím airline crew?Ē I was a PNT early-adopter and have stuck with the Luggageworks product over the years. The longevity and customer support are demonstrated by the fact that I have only owned 2 in a 28 year airline stint - sent back to manufacturer for reasonable cost complete rebuild several times. My ď international sizeĒ Purdy bag is fine, but as we commuters almost always board last these days, itís over guidelines size makes it a PIA to get stored. Iíd like to find greater functionality (cool pockets and innovative features) in a bag that comes close to that in capacity, and helps me remain incognito while out of uniform. Need I go over the reasons why for that last criteria? Everything you can imagine, from ď so youíre a pilotĒ questions from adjacent seats, to enjoying a cool beverage, to maintaining a low profile in a security threat circumstance. Tips on the latest ďcoolĒ in baggage that might work for a crew member would be appreciated.


ThePenguin328
06-26-2018, 03:44 PM
I just went through the same bag search. Never traveled with anything but my LW 22 or 26in stealth bag, however decided it's time to buy a civilian or semi-civilian bag for traveling on non-work days. Lots of people swore by the Briggs and Riley bags, but I'm not spending $500 for a roller bag. I ended up with a TravelPro of all things, which I previously swore I would never buy a TP bag. Narrowed it down to the 22in TravelPro Platinum Magna 2, two wheel/non-spinner bag. Only difference between the Magna 2 and the newer model bag is a built in charging cable for a battery pack I would never use anyway. Macys had a great deal and I ended up getting a $250+ bag for about $200 total. I'm on my first trip with it and I'm quite happy with the bag. It's not a 26in LW stealth, but it has lots of internal pockets and a larger zipper area for keeping suits or shirts from getting wrinkled. Hope that helps.

at6d
06-26-2018, 09:38 PM
Have you checked out Strong Bags?

http://www.strongbags.com/products/bag/vortex-21-flight-crew-luggage-roller.html


Sluggo_63
06-26-2018, 09:39 PM
Everything you can imagine, from ď so youíre a pilotĒ questions from adjacent seats...You donít need a suitcase for that, just throw on your headphones and tune out the world! ;)

By the way, Iím a Briggs & Riley fan. Donít forget they offer a 20% airline discount.

PotatoChip
06-28-2018, 07:52 AM
My two favorite options are Briggs and Riley, and the Costco Kirkland Signature 22in carry-on.
The former comes with a lifetime guarantee, and you will very often see business people using them on flights. Many of them swear by that brand. The latter is a near bombproof bag, also with a lifetime warranty, and you can literally just bring it back to any Costco and they will fix or replace it.

https://www.briggs-riley.com/shop/type/carry-on?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjtLZBRDLARIsAKT6fXx0nVE9qRSUKH9qn 0l5mZBLyp2yiC0riCUNDXeRwduhL9Ksjb9KfREaAib7EALw_wc B

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Softside-22%22-2-Wheel-Carry-On.product.100368877.html

MelT
06-28-2018, 09:45 AM
Briggs and Riley. Been using my 20 inch Baseline roll aboard for about 15 years. Works great and doesn't scream aircrew. I also have a 22 inch Baseline roll aboard for slightly longer trips.

okawner
06-28-2018, 11:35 AM
Got my wife an e-bags rollaboard that I think is purdy neat. Not sure it will have the capacity you're looking for but it utilizes the space it has very well.

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Qotsaautopilot
06-28-2018, 11:39 AM
Can you put rollerblade wheels on the Costco bag? Those stock wheels look terrible

zippinbye
06-28-2018, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the replies, everybody! The Strong looks pretty sweet, but is probably still on the "I'm a pilot" side, a bit. The Briggs and Riley is also a quality looking item, but wow, that's a steep price. Out of the suggestions above, the Kirkland special has to be the value leader. So I think I'll look for a smokin' deal on a B & R (Craigslist or eBay perhaps) or take the Costco unit for a test drive, as I know returning it would be a breeze. Again, much appreciated.

flyergurl
06-28-2018, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the replies, everybody! The Strong looks pretty sweet, but is probably still on the "I'm a pilot" side, a bit. The Briggs and Riley is also a quality looking item, but wow, that's a steep price. Out of the suggestions above, the Kirkland special has to be the value leader. So I think I'll look for a smokin' deal on a B & R (Craigslist or eBay perhaps) or take the Costco unit for a test drive, as I know returning it would be a breeze. Again, much appreciated.

The crew stop over store in CVG B terminal has the B&R bag for just over $300, out the door with tax was $390ish.

full of luv
06-28-2018, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the replies, everybody! The Strong looks pretty sweet, but is probably still on the "I'm a pilot" side, a bit. The Briggs and Riley is also a quality looking item, but wow, that's a steep price. Out of the suggestions above, the Kirkland special has to be the value leader. So I think I'll look for a smokin' deal on a B & R (Craigslist or eBay perhaps) or take the Costco unit for a test drive, as I know returning it would be a breeze. Again, much appreciated.


Bought the costco bag on sale about 3 years ago thinking it wouldn't make it past the summer........must admit it's been much more durable than I thought for $100 would be. I've used it for every 4 day or less trip since and no issues yet.:eek:

hockeypilot44
06-30-2018, 12:10 PM
Bought the costco bag on sale about 3 years ago thinking it wouldn't make it past the summer........must admit it's been much more durable than I thought for $100 would be. I've used it for every 4 day or less trip since and no issues yet.:eek:

Last luggage works bag I had started having major issues a little over a year in (zipper broke, wheel started rubbing, screw kept coming out and/or stripping the metal). For $300, I would expect it to last more han a year. Bought the costco bag as a stop gap as it was actually cheaper than the repairs to keep using luggage works bag. Here we are 2 years later, the costco bag has become my permanent bag. I honestly have no problem buying a new $100 bag every 2-3 years if thatís what it takes. The costco bag is good enough.

Hetman
06-30-2018, 01:32 PM
Last luggage works bag I had started having major issues a little over a year in (zipper broke, wheel started rubbing, screw kept coming out and/or stripping the metal)...

Wow. You went a year before your LW bag started falling apart? You did good. They were good when they were Purdy Neat. Not anymore.

OOfff
06-30-2018, 07:04 PM
The crew stop over store in CVG B terminal has the B&R bag for just over $300, out the door with tax was $390ish.

Wtf $90 tax

Airway
06-30-2018, 07:10 PM
Wtf $90 tax

I was thinking the same thing.

trip
07-01-2018, 06:49 AM
I looked at Costco bags for the family recently and they were all the 4 wheel spinners, looked like any other cheapo bag? have they changed?

velosnow
07-01-2018, 07:05 AM
I've used bags from REI & Eagle Creek for many years both have been awesome. The newest versions of each have changed a bit but still solid.

https://www.rei.com/product/118817/rei-co-op-tourwinder-rolling-luggage-22

https://www.rei.com/product/110158/eagle-creek-tarmac-carry-on-wheeled-luggage

I have the Tourwinder and it seems to be less voluminous than my Stealth roller but is half the weight and certainly doesn't scream 'pilot'. The older versions of the Tarmac were my favorite to date, should have stocked up while I could.

FDXer
07-01-2018, 07:10 AM
I looked at Costco bags for the family recently and they were all the 4 wheel spinners, looked like any other cheapo bag? have they changed?

The bags carried in the store are the spinner type. The traditional one can be found online.

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Softside-22%22-2-Wheel-Carry-On.product.100368877.html

Qotsaautopilot
07-01-2018, 08:02 AM
The bags carried in the store are the spinner type. The traditional one can be found online.

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Softside-22%22-2-Wheel-Carry-On.product.100368877.html

Can the wheels be changed to a rollerblade type with real bearings?

OOfff
07-01-2018, 09:00 AM
The bags carried in the store are the spinner type. The traditional one can be found online.

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Softside-22%22-2-Wheel-Carry-On.product.100368877.html
Thatís a different bag from the classic Costco 2 wheeler. Much less durable. So it goes.

trip
07-01-2018, 12:26 PM
The bags carried in the store are the spinner type. The traditional one can be found online.

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Softside-22%22-2-Wheel-Carry-On.product.100368877.html

Copy, that's the one I remember everyone recommending.

Judge Smails
07-01-2018, 05:51 PM
Read the reviews on the Kirkland before you buy it. Apparently itís very different from the original bag that everybody loved.

worstpilotever
07-01-2018, 06:31 PM
UAL employees can sign up for 50% off eagle creek stuff. Not sure if other airlines have the same deal.

hockeypilot44
07-02-2018, 05:39 AM
Read the reviews on the Kirkland before you buy it. Apparently itís very different from the original bag that everybody loved.

I see that. I have the old one.

flyergurl
07-02-2018, 07:30 AM
Wtf $90 tax

Pulled out my receipt and it was $369.99 + tax. Sorry about that. Guess Iím used to rounding prices down to share the sale price with my husband. :o

minivan
07-02-2018, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the replies, everybody! The Strong looks pretty sweet, but is probably still on the "I'm a pilot" side, a bit. The Briggs and Riley is also a quality looking item, but wow, that's a steep price. Out of the suggestions above, the Kirkland special has to be the value leader. So I think I'll look for a smokin' deal on a B & R (Craigslist or eBay perhaps) or take the Costco unit for a test drive, as I know returning it would be a breeze. Again, much appreciated.

That's what I did. I can pick up two used Briggs & Riley off Ebay for the price of one Luggage Works. The 22 Baseline is about all you need, preferably with the garment/suiter option. Works great and everything is high quality.

SpeedyVagabond
07-02-2018, 03:06 PM
I’ve been using a Patagonia MLC bag for my transcon commute for years. Great piece of gear. Going abroad I use a single Patagonia Black Hole Bag. 60L size. I could stay gone for an entire season with just that. I too prefer to not be recognized as a pilot when commuting/non-reving.

While working I’ll never use anything but the Purdy Neat bags.

Synixman
07-06-2018, 03:38 PM
AAFES has discounts on B&R bags if you qualify. Prices are similar to the crew discount, but tax free. I've heard great things about their customer service FWIW.

Going2Baja
07-20-2018, 08:06 AM
Just back from a 12 day Euro trip. I went with this Ripcurl Suitcase. https://www.ripcurl.com/us/shop/men/accessories/f-light-transit-midnight-luggage/#Midnight

Great bag, very light weight. Has zippered mesh on each side to separate. A large padded external zipper for laptop. And a great material incase its raining to keep bag dry (perfect for those El Salvador surf trips!)

Good luck!!

Baja.

detpilot
07-21-2018, 08:13 PM
Just back from a 12 day Euro trip. I went with this Ripcurl Suitcase. https://www.ripcurl.com/us/shop/men/accessories/f-light-transit-midnight-luggage/#Midnight

Great bag, very light weight. Has zippered mesh on each side to separate. A large padded external zipper for laptop. And a great material incase its raining to keep bag dry (perfect for those El Salvador surf trips!)

Good luck!!

Baja.Fits in overhead?

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Ed Force One
07-22-2018, 02:08 PM
I was told that Costco got wise to the pilots using their bags and no longer offers the "lifetime" thing.

velosnow
07-22-2018, 02:37 PM
I was told that Costco got wise to the pilots using their bags and no longer offers the "lifetime" thing.

Ehh...doubtful. While our cheapness is legendary and causes great pain to some; pilots are a very small percentage of the general population not to mention Costco members.

Blackwing
07-23-2018, 12:36 PM
Can you put rollerblade wheels on the Costco bag? Those stock wheels look terrible
The bolts they use are garbage, I stripped the hex socket trying to remove mine to replace with rollerblade wheels.

Qotsaautopilot
07-23-2018, 05:43 PM
I was told that Costco got wise to the pilots using their bags and no longer offers the "lifetime" thing.

I just ordered it. Gonna do a side by side comparison with my aging travel pro Iíve had for eleven years. If itís no bueno back to the store it goes. Itís too bad you can just see it in the store. Iím having a hard time rationalizing $200+ for a new suitcase so Iím gonna at least look at this Costco bag

TiredSoul
07-23-2018, 07:51 PM
Nothing to add.
Iíll follow this thread as Iím Ďin betweení bags and currently lugging a High Sierra with crooked wheels :rolleyes:

hadill
07-24-2018, 05:29 PM
This one is by a company called Away. It looks good and the price is comparable to other bags.

https://www.awaytravel.com/luggage/carry-on

Qotsaautopilot
07-25-2018, 12:41 AM
This one is by a company called Away. It looks good and the price is comparable to other bags.

https://www.awaytravel.com/luggage/carry-on

Spinners are garbage.

at6d
07-26-2018, 03:26 PM
Strong bags has a lifetime warranty. I like mine.

4runner
07-28-2018, 03:22 AM
Iím going full back pack. Backpack for flight bag and roll aboard. Wireless earbuds and a snarky attitude. Weíre a new generation and fight back against what your generation created, including bulky, overpriced roll aboards made with toxic chemicals and child labor. My new backpack will be socially responsible and fair trade as wel.

badflaps
07-28-2018, 10:07 AM
How's about wheelie shoes, can't forget wheeelies!

detpilot
08-23-2018, 07:48 AM
Bump for another question. Lately I've been flying with lots of people who've had shoulder issues. Do you think that rolling these bags around all day is bad on our shoulders? I hate hate hate the idea of spinners, but I'm considering dealing with it if it saves my shoulders. Anyone switch to a spinner because of this and feel better?

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PRS Guitars
08-23-2018, 08:11 AM
Bump for another question. Lately I've been flying with lots of people who've had shoulder issues. Do you think that rolling these bags around all day is bad on our shoulders? I hate hate hate the idea of spinners, but I'm considering dealing with it if it saves my shoulders. Anyone switch to a spinner because of this and feel better?

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I doubt it. I jacked up my shoulder pretty bad 2 years ago in a skiing fall. The key to recovery has been working out with weights (after a steroid shot to the injured area). Iíve never been bothered by pulling the bag. I submit that the key to preventing shoulder injuries is working out (safely, skip the pec dec or at least be careful). Pulling the bag and carrying it just becomes another workout for you rather than a source of pain.

And to the OP, I switched from LW to a Strongbag and love it. Itís more sleek, slightly lighter and more incognito.

ReadyRsv
08-23-2018, 09:09 AM
The number of people I see with stuff on top of their bags (forcing them to carry the weight) versus hooking into the bag to balance it so zero effort is required astonishes me.

galleycafe
08-23-2018, 09:27 AM
The only advantage I see to carrying bags on top of the rollerboard is ease of navigating escalators. I've practiced enough to where I'm pretty good with the cooler on the hook, but all it takes is one bad trip down a moving stair death machine...

Plane Coffee

TheRaven
08-25-2018, 08:10 AM
The number of people I see with stuff on top of their bags (forcing them to carry the weight) versus hooking into the bag to balance it so zero effort is required astonishes me.

This.....guys that carry a backpack (too long to hang on the hook) have a lot of weight theyíre carrying asymmetrically as they pull their bag/backpack on top of it with 1 hand or the other. A backpack with integrated hook that enables it to ride on the hook is whatís needed...Iím surprised some manufacturer hasnít figured that out.

badflaps
08-25-2018, 09:55 AM
The answer is Sherpas.

PotatoChip
08-25-2018, 10:10 AM
The answer is Sherpas.

Sherpas = Flight Engineers.
Ah, those were the days.

PotatoChip
08-25-2018, 10:13 AM
Bump for another question. Lately I've been flying with lots of people who've had shoulder issues. Do you think that rolling these bags around all day is bad on our shoulders? I hate hate hate the idea of spinners, but I'm considering dealing with it if it saves my shoulders. Anyone switch to a spinner because of this and feel better?

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I'd be willing to bet the shoulder issues come from slinging their flight case into and out of the cockpit. I've seen people throw bags around in really awkward positions; it's just asking for a rotator cuff issue.

Also, most guys probably hardly ever work out and/or stretch.

rickair7777
08-25-2018, 09:51 PM
I'd be willing to bet the shoulder issues come from slinging their flight case into and out of the cockpit. I've seen people throw bags around in really awkward positions; it's just asking for a rotator cuff issue.

Also, most guys probably hardly ever work out and/or stretch.

BTDT. I use two hands now. But I modified my strength regime to include some cable flys for the rotators.

Main thing is use two hands and avoid awkward angles.