These arrived promptly after I ordered them, so I had a few days to air out the plastic-y chemical smell. The set was plenty big for me, my husband, and our two-year-old to fit in everything we needed for three weeks in Sweden over Christmas. We loaded the biggest case with the lightest items, of course -- gifts and snow gear -- so it wasn't over the weight limit. The set survived the rigors of Ice|andair. When we picked it up off the carousel, it did look like it had suffered mightily, like it had been at the top or on the sides of the plane and had been subjected to a lot of rubbing. The exterior was a bit roughed up, but the grime wiped off and it looks good to go for at least two more international trips. The wheels are fine, and the handles made it but I wouldn't want to test them to the max. So, all in all, the bargain was well worth it.
Generally I don't like to travel with a large suitcase but we were leaving for a week long cruise and I wanted only ONE case per family member. These cases are large enough for all clothes for the cruise, shoes as well as our snorkel gear! I liked the differnt compartments ( I might have preferred a few more) The telescoping handle works great. The colors are nice ( better than basic black so I can spot them on the luggae rack) Overall they were well worth the money for a family that may take a trip once maybe 2 times a year.
I purchased this set as a Christmas gift for my parents. I gave them the set early for their trip to Hawaii and they absolutely loved it. The large case was roomy enough to fit snorkle gear and all other items with room to spare for items they brought home. Also the smallest of the cases was still small enough to carry on the plane with them. The actual carry on is very small but my mom felt this was perfect because she couldn't carry anything too heavy due to a back injury. They said the luggage held up great from their trip. So far I would definately recommend this set.
Just returned from a Seattle to San Francisco to Mexico City trip. This luggage was handled by the fine airport baggage folks a total of 6 times. I used this set of hard-sided luggage, while my wife used her more conventional "pretty fabric" set. My bags were not damaged one bit, except for some scuff marks on the case (they came off thanks to VO5.) My wife's luggage was trashed--torn fabric, torn handles, broken wheel! Now she has to deal with the airport baggage claim office. Hee, hee. She will now order herself this luggage set.
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