This is the second time that I've purchased this luggage set; the first time was for my oldest daughter, for a Christmas present & I bought it this year for my youngest daughter. After receiving the first set, I was VERY impressed with the quality & ruggedness of this luggage. My middle daughter had purchased a set of luggage for over $1,000 at a local out-let mall & this is just as nice, or better! (She wishes that she had bought this instead!) My oldest daughter & her husband use it FREQUENTLY & have never had any problems with any of it. Very roomy, does not show dirt , takes a beating & still looks great after 1 year of heavy use. Yes, there is a bit of an odor to it, but it doesn't linger & that's pretty typical of anything brand-new, just out of the box. I'm planning on buying a set of this for myself, after Christmas, of course! My youngest daughter is going to get a single matching piece for her boyfriend. On another note, the gray color is a nice, dark charcoal, so it goes with everything.