Aruba Beach
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By Andrea J.
  • 1 Post By Chadd

Thread: from AARP.org wheelie suitcases :-)

  1. #1
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,889

    from AARP.org wheelie suitcases :-)

    www.aarp.org/travel

    Wheelin' In The Years
    Wheeled luggage turns 40 this year here are 6 tips for buying the right bag
    by: Peter Greenberg | from: AARP The Magazine | November 2011 issue


    About 40 years ago a guy named Bernard Sadow was lugging two large suitcases through the Aruba airport when he noticed a worker rolling machinery on a skid. Eureka! Sadow invented a rolling bag: It was large and clunky, with four wheels on the bottom and a towrope.

    See also: Stolen, damaged items in checked baggage.


    It's been 40 years since the invention of wheeled luggage revolutionized travel. Photo by Harry Campbell
    In 1987 airline pilot Bob Plath went a step further. He designed a rectangular bag with a vertical back, two wheels, and an extensible handle: the Rollaboard. It revolutionized travel.

    These days, rolling bags come in all shapes and sizes, many with features you may or may not want. Here's what to look for.

    1. Good wheels

    They should be widely spaced and encased, with sealed bearings, and should swivel 360 degrees. Swivels make a bag easier to maneuver, and seals keep the wheels from sticking. The collapsing handle should also be encased, and preferably placed on the exterior of the bag for maximum packing space.

    Related Video:



    Watch Peter Greenberg test luggage durability with a little help from a five-ton Asian elephant.
    2. Durability

    As a thoroughly unscientific test, in 2009, for CBS's Early Show, I stuffed fresh fruit into five top suitcase brands and threw each one into a ring with a five-ton Asian elephant. Most were destroyed within minutes. Amazingly, soft-sided bags seemed to fare better. The bag that lasted the longest? A $320 Victorinox suitcase which happened to be a rollaway! Coming in second was a $99 unwheeled American Tourister, proving that affordable luggage can still be durable.
    3. Light weight

    Even if it has wheels, no one wants to pull a heavy suitcase. You can easily perform your own weight comparison in the store. Of those I've tested, the Kiva line is extremely lightweight.

    4. Compactness

    Desperate to avoid checked-bag fees, many travelers haul anything on wheels onto a plane including massive duffel bags. Reality check: Just because it's transportable doesn't mean it's portable. Your bag should measure no more than 45 linear inches (length plus width plus height). In general, a 21-inch upright fits best into any overhead compartment and it won't incite dirty looks from fellow passengers.

    5. Low center of gravity

    Cheap bags often have flat, open pockets in the front. Once the bag is loaded, however, its uneven weight distribution makes it topple over if you let go. Look for a bag with a zippered front pocket and, again, widely spaced wheels.

    6. Robust warranty

    Not all lifetime guarantees are equal. Often the fine print excludes "excessive wear and tear" and "transport damage." Translation: If the airline damages your suitcase, it's not covered. The most comprehensive warranty I've found is from Briggs & Riley, which offers a true lifetime warranty on all of its lines.

  2. #2
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,889

    from AARP.org wheelie suitcases :-)

    www.aarp.org/travel

    Wheelin' In The Years
    Wheeled luggage turns 40 this year here are 6 tips for buying the right bag
    by: Peter Greenberg | from: AARP The Magazine | November 2011 issue

    TextPrintCommentsEmailRecommend (0)
    About 40 years ago a guy named Bernard Sadow was lugging two large suitcases through the Aruba airport when he noticed a worker rolling machinery on a skid. Eureka! Sadow invented a rolling bag: It was large and clunky, with four wheels on the bottom and a towrope.

    See also: Stolen, damaged items in checked baggage.


    It's been 40 years since the invention of wheeled luggage revolutionized travel. Photo by Harry Campbell
    In 1987 airline pilot Bob Plath went a step further. He designed a rectangular bag with a vertical back, two wheels, and an extensible handle: the Rollaboard. It revolutionized travel.

    These days, rolling bags come in all shapes and sizes, many with features you may or may not want. Here's what to look for.

    1. Good wheels

    They should be widely spaced and encased, with sealed bearings, and should swivel 360 degrees. Swivels make a bag easier to maneuver, and seals keep the wheels from sticking. The collapsing handle should also be encased, and preferably placed on the exterior of the bag for maximum packing space.

    Related Video:



    Watch Peter Greenberg test luggage durability with a little help from a five-ton Asian elephant.
    2. Durability

    As a thoroughly unscientific test, in 2009, for CBS's Early Show, I stuffed fresh fruit into five top suitcase brands and threw each one into a ring with a five-ton Asian elephant. Most were destroyed within minutes. Amazingly, soft-sided bags seemed to fare better. The bag that lasted the longest? A $320 Victorinox suitcase which happened to be a rollaway! Coming in second was a $99 unwheeled American Tourister, proving that affordable luggage can still be durable.
    3. Light weight

    Even if it has wheels, no one wants to pull a heavy suitcase. You can easily perform your own weight comparison in the store. Of those I've tested, the Kiva line is extremely lightweight.

    4. Compactness

    Desperate to avoid checked-bag fees, many travelers haul anything on wheels onto a plane including massive duffel bags. Reality check: Just because it's transportable doesn't mean it's portable. Your bag should measure no more than 45 linear inches (length plus width plus height). In general, a 21-inch upright fits best into any overhead compartment and it won't incite dirty looks from fellow passengers.

    5. Low center of gravity

    Cheap bags often have flat, open pockets in the front. Once the bag is loaded, however, its uneven weight distribution makes it topple over if you let go. Look for a bag with a zippered front pocket and, again, widely spaced wheels.

    6. Robust warranty

    Not all lifetime guarantees are equal. Often the fine print excludes "excessive wear and tear" and "transport damage." Translation: If the airline damages your suitcase, it's not covered. The most comprehensive warranty I've found is from Briggs & Riley, which offers a true lifetime warranty on all of its lines.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Chadd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Arikok Antilla Natural pool
    Posts
    1,441
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    In 1987 airline pilot Bob Plath went a step further. He designed a rectangular bag with a vertical back, two wheels, and an extensible handle: the Rollaboard. It revolutionized travel.
    That's not an entirely good thing though. It has led to people trying to carry on more and more things in larger and larger bags. If you can't pick up your bag, it isn't a carry-on anymore.

  4. #4
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,889
    maybe the airlines will start charging for the carry ons if they exceed a certain weight?

    the rolling bags have been good for hundreds of thousands of travelers.
    kudos to the inventor/marketer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    That's not an entirely good thing though. It has led to people trying to carry on more and more things in larger and larger bags. If you can't pick up your bag, it isn't a carry-on anymore.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Any Aruba beach...
    Posts
    13,177
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    maybe the airlines will start charging for the carry ons if they exceed a certain weight?
    ...or enforce size limitations because people do not want to pay for checked luggage and cannot live with the rules of size limitations. JMHO.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Chadd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Arikok Antilla Natural pool
    Posts
    1,441
    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    ...or enforce size limitations because people do not want to pay for checked luggage and cannot live with the rules of size limitations. JMHO.
    The ATA (airline trade group) has been working with the TSA to use the security checkpoints to enforce carry on size limits. In fact, it was starting to happen a couple years ago but continental fought it. Now that they are merging with united, they dropped their opposition and the program appears to be gaining momentum. My guess is that it will happen at some point within the next 12-18 months. If they do go that route, I would like to see them require airlines to offer one checked bag for each ticket.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO