I read the others reviews before purchasing this set of luggage, and I admit I was apprehensive in doing so due to the comments about durability. I made the decision to purchase the luggage, and I am pretty happy with it so for. I used to take 2 suitcases when going on a 2 week business trip, now only need to take one. However, with that convenience means you¿re likely to pay extra charges at the airport because that one suitcase may now weigh more than 50lbs, and they¿ll charge you for the extra weight. I guess I'm lucky because nothing broke or ended up damaged from my first two trips (unlike what others have written). What people really need to consider is that while luggage should indeed be made durable, the folks at the airport do not care one bit about your luggage or how much you paid for it, and will handle it quite roughly... you WILL incur some damage with your luggage over the course of a few trips no matter how much you paid for it. As an experienced traveler, you simply learn to accept that. I think the only exception to experiencing damage to luggage is if you use the Samsonite hard suitcases, but with a set like that comes a very hefty price tag. For the traveler who only makes a few trips a year, this set of luggage will do just fine.