I haven't had new luggage in 11 years since I was an exchange student and I have struggled with purchasing new luggage because I never found just what I wanted. Or I bought it used it once and it broke! It was even harder to shop online, BUT... When these came in the mail yesterday I was blown away! The quality looks amazing, the hybrid style looks very durable! I was waiting to receive them to decide if I wanted a larger one to check as well and I was thrilled to order the 25" last night! I can't wait to use this luggage in my travels over the next few months, the plum is so sharp and my boyfriend loved his orange carry-on. It's great to have his and hers luggage in the same style, but different colors. Also the inside is so organized and I love the zippered mesh pockets! I will re-post if there are any issues in my travels, but right now I can't wait to get on a plane with these bags! :) I will say though in terms of price, I was surprise that the 25" cost the same as a carry on... We spent $240 on two carry on bags and a 25". We (as with many people) didn't need two large checked bags so buying the set for a slightly cheaper price didn't make sense. We needed two carry-on bags and one checked bag at least to match my carry-on, maybe another in the future to match his. I was surprised by the cost being the same, but am thrilled to own this luggage! Love the hybrid style and I'm glad I didn't buy a full hard-case suit case!
PROS: - The purple is a very pretty color; it stands out on a luggage carousel. - Interior is nicely structured. CONS: - There is no side handle! This makes lifting the suitcase very cumbersome. - Parts of this suitcase feel very cheaply made, especially the retractable handle. I would be worried about this breaking at any time. - With my previous carry-on, I could stop the retractable handle at any point. This goes from open to close, and it's very tall when it's fully open. I'm vertically challenged, so not only was my arm bent at a 45 degree angle while wheeling this, it made the suitcase difficult to control. I often got frustrated and just carried the suitcase by the handle. I'll keep this suitcase for weekend trips, but I would invest in higher quality pieces in the future.