I had one of these suite cases for more than 2 years and wanted to get a second one for my husband to use (needed to replace his old one). These are great!. Perfect carry on size, roll nicely through the airport with shoulder bag on top, and I love the fact they it does expand (even though it is a hard side) for when I "over buy" things to bring home on vacation. I have had to check these a few times as well and they have thus far taken all the abuse the airport bag handlers dish out with only minor scuffs here and there. Would certainly recommend. One thing different on this one I did notice is One side has a band that snaps together to hold your stuff on that side, the other side actually has a zippered cover that holds your items in snug where nothing can fling around. However the zippered side is set down from the top edge of the bag a bit so you actually loose about 1" or so of space to put stuff on this side inside the zipper. (My old one is not like this, the zippered cover is right at the top of the bag on this side). I usually use this space to lay sandals or such, but it would have been nice if they had the zippered closure closer to the top edge.
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