I bought 2 sets of luggage from Traveler's Choice. The 2nd set was the "Rome" 3 pc in silver for my husband because he thought these colors were too girly for him. We were very happy with both sets of our luggage. I purchased this set in the Arctic blue. It's a gorgeous blue and is true to the color in the photo. The zippers are thick and slide smoothly. During our trip, I noticed there was one spot where the zipper would catch on one of my pieces. In fear of the zipper head just popping off the track, I just zipped up the left and right zippers to meet at that point to prevent the zipper from messing up altogether. There was a plastic/chemical-ish smell to the luggage, as pointed out by other reviewers. I forgot to air them out for a few days as they recommended, but it was too late, as I realized it when it was time to pack. The smell never transferred to our clothing. I love the spinner wheels. They were a piece of cake to move around and the handles felt sturdy. One of my cases got dinged/dented from a heavy object, but it popped back to normal. It did leave a white mark on it where it flexed, though. I like this set over the "Rome" one because of the interior pockets and zippered pocket on the inner flap. Those pockets really come in handy.
Trip to Chicago with mid sized piece which was checked in both ways. Arrived at Chicago looking like it had just come out of the box. Arrived in West Palm covered and I mean covered with heavy black marks all over it. Looked like the baggage handlers dragged it to the plane . BUT the hard sided case did not crack, the wheels worked perfectly after, and the handles which I were a little concerned about as the seemed flimsy were still in perfect order. I used the Mr.Clean white pads and with a little elbow grease all the scuff marks came off and the luggage looks great again. In spite of O'Hare's baggage handlers best attempts at sending me home with a duck taped suitcase it survived really well. This is my first set of hard sided suitcases and all my concerns were unfounded. Even though my family teased me about the bright appearance of the luggage, and my teenager wouldn't walk next to me in the airport I had no problem spotting my luggage a midst the sea of blue and black! Very happy with this purchase
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