I have had my set for about three months now. My first trip with the largest piece, the back panel got ripped. I filed an airline claim but I think the material covering the back could be more durable. Then this past week on the 3rd trip with the next to largest bag -- one of the studs holding the top handle came out. At 35lbs the bag was not overloaded. Also, regarding the color. I ordered red because I was sick of looking for a big black bag at baggage claim. As it turns out, only the front panel is red. The rest of the bag is black and when it is facedown at baggage claim, the color is not much help.