I often spend HOURS of research before I buy anything. I bought a nice set for myself from London Fog. I chose my set and my husband bought it for me from a different site, there was a delivery problem and we ended up buying it from Overstock.com instead. After my set arrived, my husband was a tad envious and remarked that he hadn't had a luggage set in his life. A luggage set is something most established adults who travel should own. So, I searched through literally hundreds of sets from Overstock and other places. I found a few I thought my husband would like. I showed him a couple and he only liked this set and one other set. I was very picky about brand name and reviews from other sites. The other set he liked was the BMW hard side set, which only had 3 pieces and it was a hard side. My husband didn't want hard side luggage. I am a rough and tumble type gal and I'm sure I would scratch and nick and scuff and crack a hard side piece of luggage in due time. There is almost nothing in the world that neither of us would call "Kate proof." I am destruction incarnate, very clumsy. Any who, this is quite an attractive luggage set and seems to be very durable. We already traveled with our respective luggage sets. We went on a cruise and it made it through the checked luggage process and the carry on survived being dragged every where; on side walks, streets up escalators. The touch of basket weave design does make it stand out. Tommy Bahama is a great brand. The brown is very deep, it almost looks black, until it is next to something black. The basket weave accent didn't get damaged during our travels. I was concerned the basket weave might fray easily but it appears to be varnished well or a resin, I'm not sure. This set is stylish and a good price and durable. It's everything I would have wanted for myself or my husband in a luggage set. Actually, I wish there were a matching smaller rolling laptop bag. And people don't think about it, but carry on duffels are often quite cumbersome and get very heavy if you are not just moving to from your trunk to a cart or something.... Duffels that don't have wheels and have a shoulder strap, even with just a few essentials can weigh 20 pounds or so and traveling can be tiring, more so than say hiking with a back pack. I guess I just find the mass transportation of traveling to be tedious (air ports etc.) So, I wish the duffle would be easier to travel with vis a vie wheels. It's a masculine set so I guess they don't have to worry about a vanity bag for toiletries or other things ladies need when traveling. So yes, we love this set. He has no complaints and I only have the one trivial thought about the duffle. There is a smaller rolling bag from Tommy Bahama offered in a different line of luggage in a similar color but the basket weave accent is in a different place on that specific bag, but I doubt anyone would notice that type of detail. Great set. Our initial impression is excellent. After our first voyage, it has held up. Looks great, it's light for luggage, it is a good gliding spinner. It is easily steered. We are very happy with this purchase. It was a great selection. I ordered it in a time crunch for valentines day and it got there on time. And a special thanks to Over Stock and their customer service for their dedication to helping me get my order placed and getting it delivered.
Purchased this set for my son. Great price but the quality is not the greatest. It was better than what he had though. He's not complaining. Good starter set
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