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Old 06-26-2018, 11:27 AM   #1  
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Anybody have a rolling bag to recommend that does not scream “hey I’m airline crew?” 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 “ international size” Purdy bag is fine, but as we commuters almost always board last these days, it’s over guidelines size makes it a PIA to get stored. I’d 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 “ so you’re a pilot” questions from adjacent seats, to enjoying a cool beverage, to maintaining a low profile in a security threat circumstance. Tips on the latest “cool” in baggage that might work for a crew member would be appreciated.

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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.
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Have you checked out Strong Bags?

http://www.strongbags.com/products/bag/vortex-21-flight-crew-luggage-roller.html
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Everything you can imagine, from “ so you’re a pilot” questions from adjacent seats...
You don’t need a suitcase for that, just throw on your headphones and tune out the world!

By the way, I’m a Briggs & Riley fan. Don’t forget they offer a 20% airline discount.
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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/ty...EaAib7EALw_wcB

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Sign...100368877.html
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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.
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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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Can you put rollerblade wheels on the Costco bag? Those stock wheels look terrible
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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.
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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.
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