Luggage Reviews

Hello Luggage Base customers, and yes you did read that right, at the end of the month we will be giving away a free Samsonite Lift 2 Carry-On Spinner to one lucky customer. This is our way of giving back to our customers and it is super easy to apply. Just Like us on Facebook and tell us how we are doing. Write on our wall, send us a message, however you want to contact us is fine, just send us a photo of you enjoying some great Luggage Base products and tell us about it and your done. Simple, easy, and a great way to get a brand new carry-on. For this week’s entry let me show you what we are giving away at the end of the month with a full review of the Lift 2 Carry-On Spinner from Samsonite.

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1. Appearance

expansionOne of the better looking lightweight options today, the lift 2 looks great while never being too flashy or full of unnecessary extras. Believing that true beauty in luggage comes from a combination of fashion AND function, the Lift 2 Carry-On was designed with these fundamentals in mind. Wrapped in high strength 400D x 360D Nylon, the exterior of the bags is very tough and performs excellently against wear, tear, abrasion and moisture. Combined with the Ripstop Polyester, the bags exterior is one of the tougher lines on the market while not increasing the bags overall weight past 7 pounds. Small and efficient, the bags exterior pockets are easily reachable and flow with the bags overall design to help keep the professional look that Samsonite is known for. Great looking, protective, efficient. Final Grade: B+

2. Features

25 spinner openLight Meets Might™ with the new Lift 2 Collection. Coming in at under 7 pounds, this carry on is not only the lightest in it’s class, it is one of the most practical. A large front panel pocket is perfect for larger last minute items, while the top, side, and bottom carry handles ensure you never have an awkward angle when storing the bag overhead. Interior compression straps help secure the bags interior contents when in transit, while the mesh modesty pockets allow you to keep smaller accessories separate and organized. Lightweight with exceptional dependability, the push button handle works with with the spinner wheel system to offer a superior design and effortless mobility in almost any travel situation. Great for keeping your precious items always within arms reach and built for all the rigors you may find in today’s travel landscape. Final Grade: B

3. Durability

wheelshandleMade with Samsonite’s dedication to quality, The Lift2 Carry On Spinner has gone through all the rigorous testing that Samsonite is known for. Passing the tumble, handle, drop, wheel, zipper, and locks test, this bag is one tough carry-on. Combine that with Samsonite’s 10 Year Warranty and what you have is a bag that is built like a tank, with a warranty to back it up. Final Grade B+

4. Final Grade

Taking all factors into the final grade it is easy to see why the Lift 2 Carry on is such a sought after bag due to its high degree of packing space, extremely low weight, great color options, 10 year warranty from Samsonite and the Ease of use to any traveler. One of a kind, and ready for any trip or adventure you may be planning, the lightweight Lift 2 Carry On from Samsonite. Final Grade: B

Remember, The only way to get this great Carry-On option for free is to Like us on Facebook and submit a review about shopping with us in the past to let us know how we are doing. Good Luck and we can’t wait to hear all about your experience with us!

Carry-on Restrictions, the very phrase can cause discomfort, anger, and frustration to even to most seasoned traveler, and has in recent years seemed to be getting worse and not better. Happening suddenly and without warning, this modern inconvenience almost always takes a drastic turn to the worse, aka The Expensive and will leave you upset and without that extra fun money for your vacation. Have no fear, were here to help. With the upcoming Travel Season almost upon us, we are going to go over the top 5 Domestic Flyers and their restrictions for 2014. Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, and US Airways will all be highlighted and we will go over what makes each of them unique, and what you can do to save money and prepare the correct sized bags.

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2014 Regulations Overview

delta-air-lines-carry-on-size-check-box-old-sizewise-22-14-9Adapting with the constantly fluctuating travel landscape, Delta has adopted a simple and efficient policy to help passengers always stay informed, One Bag, One Item, No charge. Easy to understand, easy to remember, let us help break it down for you. What this means is that you are now allowed 1 Carry on Bag (22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 45 Linear Inches”), and 1 personal bag such as a briefcase, camera bag, diaper bag, purse, or similar smaller sized item without sustaining any additional fees. So now you may be asking, what size qualifies a personal item? A personal items is generally less than 17″ x 10″ x 9″ but really, it means that it must be able to fit securely under the seat without jamming it. Be careful with packing a larger personal bag to try to save money versus checking it, if the bag is deemed too large by ANY flight professional including Attendant or pilot, you may be the subject of additional fees and charges. Simple and easy this policy allows you a ton of different options for bringing the exact carry-on you need and does not discriminate from the popular brands, styles, and sizes in the industry. So sit back, relax, and check out this list of the 10 Best Carry On Options for Delta Flyers in 2014 so you never again worry about surprise bag fees, running back to check a bag, or any other Travel Nightmares you can think of.

Best Carry-Ons for Delta

1) For the Traveler who is looking for a high quality and one of the lightest carry-on options, Try The Travelpro Maxlite 3 21″ Expandable Spinner

Key Features – Weighs only 6.5 Lbs!21 Expandable Spinner Black

                         – The Telescoping handle stops at 38″ and 42.5″ for users of all sizes

                         – Full length interior lid pocket for larger items

                         – Has a hidden ID holder for maximum security

                         – Contour Grip handle for efficient mobility

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2) For the Traveler who is looking to maximize their travel experience by having all their items readily available, Try The Travelpro Crew 9 20″ Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard.

Key Features – The Padded laptop sleeve fits most but not all 17″ Laptops20 uprt 6

                         – The 2 front exterior pockets are perfect for last minute accessories

                         – Contains an internal business organizer

                         – PowerScope handle system for efficient mobility

                         – Expands up to 2.5″ for additional packing when needed

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3) For the Traveler who needs extra room for clothes and garments, Try The SwissGear Geneva Ballistic Pilot 21″ Rolling Carry-On

Key Features – Detachable Wetpack Pocket for Toiletries or other wet itemsGeneva-21-uprt-4

                         – The internal mesh zippered pocket is larger and spacious

                         – Large and small front pockets for last minute accessories

                         – Removable interior garment sleeve

                         – Internal compression straps for securing items during transit

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4) For  The Traveler who needs 100% confidence in their luggage that it will conform to the highest durability standards, try The Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Spinner.

Key Features – Simple As That® Lifetime Warranty from Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry Sp 1

                         – V-Groove handle system that is stronger than traditional handles

                         – Self Repairing YKK zippers ensure a smooth pull every time

                         – The Outsider handle system maximizes the interior packing space

                         – Integrated Bottom fabric handle for easy lifting

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5) For the Traveler who Travels both Domestic AND Abroad and needs a reliable hardsided option, Try The Hartmann PC4 International Carry On Spinner

Key Features – The scratch resistant exterior is 4 layers of tough PolycarbonateSpinner HS International Carry On black raspberry

                         – Leather trim and details

                         – Internal divider with 2 zip compartments

                         – Corner guards to protect the bags most vulnerable spots

                         – Side mounted TSA lock for superior mobility

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6) For the Traveler who values style and wants a bag that is fun and not so serious, try The Kipling New York Lite Carry-On Spinner

Key Features – Made from colorful water-resistant crinkle nylonnew york lite carry on

                         – External back pocket for additional storage

                         – Quick Access front pockets for last minute additions

                         – Top and side handles for storing the bag overhead

                         – Side handle ensures you can store the bag overhead

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7) For the Traveler who wants to do a little work on their flight, Try The Samsonite Hyperspace XLT Spinner Boarding Bag

Key Features – Padded computer compartment fits most but not all 15″ Laptops hyperspace xlt spin bb open ivy

                         – Contains a removable organizer

                         – Multiple interior accessory pockets

                         – Easily accessible front pocket for storing items you need during transit

                         – Very spacious main packing compartment

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8) For the Traveler who wants a 2 wheeled option that is still a high quality carry on, Try The Delsey Helium Hyperlite Carry-On Expandable 2 Wheeled Trolley

Key Features – Patent Pending Over Weight Indicator when the bag is over 50 lbs. Carry On Exp 2 Wheel Trolley Mocha 2

                         – Kick plate along the bottom of the bag keep it looking great

                         – The spinner wheels are smooth rolling and virtually silent

                         – The exterior is Dura Tec Nylon with Vapor Rub for maximum durability

                         – 2″ of additional packing space when you need it

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9) For the Traveler looking for a reliable boarding bag for business, leisure, and all other travel, Try The Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner Boarding Bag

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                         – Padded laptop pocket fits most but not all 15.6″ Laptops

                         – Removable interior organizer

                         – Patent Pending wheel design offers near effortless mobility

                         -Hidden ID tag for identity security

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10) For the Traveler who wants a reliable carry on but doesn’t want to break the bank, Try The Delsey Helium Superlite Spinners Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley

Key Features – The aircraft grade aluminum handle has one button ease of use4whhel Carry On Blue

                         – Front U-Zipper pocket and zippered accessory pocket for accessories

                         – Reinforced corners protect the bags most vulnerable spots

                         – 2″ of additional packing space when needed

                         – Skid bar along the bottom of the bag helps extend the bags life

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Carry-on Restrictions, the very phrase can cause discomfort, anger, and frustration to even to most seasoned traveler, and has in recent years seemed to be getting worse and not better. Happening suddenly and without warning, this modern inconvenience almost always takes a drastic turn to the worse, aka The Expensive and will leave you upset and without that extra fun money for your vacation. Have no fear, were here to help. With the upcoming Travel Season almost upon us, we are going to go over the top 5 Domestic Flyers and their restrictions for 2014. Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, and US Airways will all be highlighted and we will go over what makes each of them unique, and what you can do to save money and prepare the correct sized bags.

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2014 Regulations Overview

Long been one of the most Carry-On Friendly and accommodating Airlines of the past, in 2014 United has made it UnitedLuggagetop priority to enforce their Carry-On Restrictions Stricter than ever. This does not mean that you will not be getting the same friendly, happy, and helpful service from the good folks at United, it simply means that when your bag is 1.5 Inches over the size limit, they will most certainly make you go check the overstuffed bag for a $25.00 fee. Still wanting to give their flyers a chance to maximize their packing space, save money, while also adapting with the modern travel landscape of today, United gives you the option of having 1 Carry-On AND 1 Small Personal Item on most flights offered. The maximum size allowed on the carry-on is 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and the Small Personal Item needs to be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you, (generally maxing out at 17″ x 10″ x 9″ as seen on the right). Let us show off some of the best Carry-On’s and Personal Bags that fit these strict standards for all different kinds of modern travelers depending on what your particular passion may be. Enjoy this entry and soak it all in, so the next time you plan a trip, you don’t need to plan on bringing a little extra spending money for those pesky surprise fees.

Best Carry-Ons For United

1) For the Traveler who is looking for a high quality option that is lighter than most, Try the Samsonite Lift2 21″ Expandable Upright

Key Features -Weighs only 6.5 Lbs (Lightest in it’s class)

                        – The large front panel pocket is great for items you need at a moments notice or last minute additions

                        – The large main compartment has interior compressions straps for securing contents during transit

                        – Top, Bottom, and Side Carry handles so you can store the bag overhead without fumbling

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2) For the Traveler who needs a reliable and safe Carry-On for their Tech Gear, Try the Travelpro Executive Lite Rolling Notebook

Key Features – Padded pockets fit most but not all 15.6″ Laptops as well as 7″ Tablets, Ipads, or Kindles

                        – Interior Deluxe organizer for keeping paper materials efficiently organized

                        – Strap along the back of the Notebook allows it to be secured against the handles of wheeled luggage

                        – Legal File compartment helps keep your work and play separate

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3) For the Traveler who enjoys hassle free, smooth rolling, easy to use Travel Bags, Try the Delsey Helium Superlite Spinner Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley

Key Features – Dura-Tec Exterior with Vapor Barrier ensures longer lasting life of the bag versus competitors

                         – The Recessed handle is made of aircraft grade aluminum and is 1 button operational

                         – Reinforced corners, Bottom Skid bars and the Privacy ID Tag help keep the bag safe & secure

                         – Has a zippered expansion for an additional 2″ of packing space when needed

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4) For the Traveler who might stray off the beaten path and into the new and unpredictable, Try the Eagle Creek EC Adventure Upright 22″ Carry-On

Key Features – The back of the bag has a polycarbonate shell for ultra-light durability and to protect the handle

                         – #10 Self repairing zippers are high quality and dependable

                         – The wheels are protected with a sturdy housing for extended life

                         – Large Interior Door Panel pocket

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5) For the Traveler who is packing for work, play, AND leisure, Try the Travelpro Walkabout Lite 4 20″ Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard

Key Features – The PP Honeycomb Frame has EVAFoam construction and provides a lighter and tougher frame

                         – The telescoping handle stops at 38″ and 42.5″ for users of various heights

                         – The full length bottom foot keeps the bag from rolling away when unattended

                         – Contains a padded laptop sleeve that fits most but not all 17″ Laptops

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Best Smaller Personal Items for United

1) For the Traveler who wants to be sure they have enough room for a tablet and laptop so they can work while they travel, try The Verb Crossbody Tablet Case from Briggs & Riley.

Key Features – Has an innovative 2 section design with an Organizer and Tablet compartment

                         – Front organizer efficiently stores your tablet accessories, charges, and other smaller items

                         – The Tuff-Lite™ outer fabric is exceptionally strong and resistant to abrasion

                         – Hidden security pocket on the back for smartphones, wallets, passports,or other important items

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2) For the Traveler who, needs a smaller Personal Bag just for the essentials, try The Travelon Anti-Theft Travel Bag.

Key Features – RFID Blocker Card and Passport Slot

                         – Locking Compartments for maximum security

                         – Cut-Proof Straps

                         – Slash-Proof Body Panels

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3) For the Traveler who wants to get a little work done while they travel, the Samsonite Classic Tablet/iPad® Shuttle

Key Features – Fits up to 10.1″ Tablet or smaller Laptops/Tablets

                         – The Quick Stash front pocket is easily accessible for last minute additions

                         – Adjustable/Removable Shoulder Strap for alternate carrying options

                         – Wrapped Bale handles for comfortable carrying

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4) For the Traveler who values Style as well as function, Try the Piel Leather Computer Portfolio.

Key Features – The top flat has a magnetic opening and closing for easy accessibility

                         – The padded back compartment protects smaller laptops

                         – The front pocket has an internal organizer and large zip-pocket for maximum packing organization

                         – Large zip pocket located along the rear of the bag

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5) For the Traveler who knows two speeds Stop, and Go! Try the Verb Slide Tech Bag from Briggs & Riley

Key Features – SpeedThru pocket for quick storage and getting by security checkpoints quickly

                         – Padded vertical zipper pocket is padded and ideal for a smartphone

                         – The Tuff-Lite outer fabric is stronger than competitors and resistant to abrasion

                         – Padded section for smaller iPads, Tablets or Kindles

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Some of the lightest and strongest luggage available anywhere, Maxlite 3 from Travelpro is more than simply run of the mill travel luggage. The perfect Traveling companion for the individual who values dependability, high grade craftsmanship, and especially an innovative lightweight design, Maxlite 3 is ready for all the modern standards and restrictions seen in today’s airports both domestic and abroad. Choose from high quality Rolling or standard tote bags, 2 Wheeled Expandable Rollaboards, and great 4 wheeled spinner options to be sure you have exactly the bag you need for any upcoming adventure. Light and Practical, Read our Full Review of Maxlite 3 by Travelpro below.

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1. Appearance

GroupLightweight luggage that has all the packing space you need without adding cumbersome and heavy features, Maxlite 3 from Travelpro not only looks spectacular, it functions even better. Designed with practical features to protect the bags contents while simultaneously appearing as stylish accents to keep the bag looking great, the Bottom stair guards, high strength zipper pulls, and built in ID holders are just a few of the great features to maximize your bags functionality. No extra bells or whistles to weigh you down, a gorgeous exterior design concept, and intelligently constructed from one of the leading names in Travel Luggage. Final Grade: B

2. Features

TrayWhen looking for the lightest Travel Baggage you can, it is hard to find travel luggage that will give you all the options you need for an extended trip while not tipping the scales into a world full of overweight bag fees. Designed to accommodate travelers today, and made from a brand that has long been the voice of Flight Professionals coast to coast, Maxlite 3 has that same dedication to their rich brand history that you expect from Travelpro. Made to be superior to the competition across all phases especially interior construction, this new Wheels 2honeycomb system is lighter, stronger, and rolls smoother than before. A contour grip handle on the wheeled options has a comfort grip, is made from aircraft grade aluminum, stops at 38″ and 42.5″ for users of various heights, and works flawlessly with their wheel systems to offer superior mobility versus others in it’s class. All the packing space you need for a weekend away, an extended stay, or a whole new relocation, while maintaining their commitment to providing you with the lightest luggage they can. Final Grade: B+

3. Dependability

InteriorWhen choosing a main, secondary, or even a carry-on Travel Bag, if you are not thinking about dependability than you might want to rethink your strategy. Wrapped in highly durable Polyester fabric that is resistant to stains, abrasion, moisture and regular wear, the Black or Blue color options look great and are very easy to clean and maintain so your bags always shine like new. Dependable and fashionable, the Reinforced corner guards not only look great, they protect the bags most vulnerable spots, while the skid and stair guards along the bottom of the bags not only keep the surface off curbs or stairs, it also gives the bag a refined and professional exterior appearance you can count on. Enjoy supreme peace of mind that only comes from an Limited Lifetime warranty from Travelpro. Lighter and mightier than most. Final Grade: B+

4. Final Grade

When you take all aspects into consideration, it is easy to see why Maxlite 3 from Travelpro is such a highly regarded and ranked option. Competitively priced for today’s travel landscape, the lightest in it’s class, with an innovative new honeycomb frame for increased durability and decreased weight. Travelpro has not only changed from their Maxlite 2 Luggage Line, they have upgraded. Final Grade: B+

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Hello and good afternoon. Let me start by saying, its Friday and I hope you are looking forward to the weekend for big plans, a little R & R, or getting some items crossed off your To-Do list. We have just received a new line, and we cannot wait to tell you about it, Marquis from Travelpro. A near perfect combination of work and play, this new collection is not only beautifully styled it, it is tougher than other competitors in it’s class. Great for Business trips, vacations, or combining the two by planning a little leisure time during your next business trip. Allow me to tell you all about Marquis from Travelpro in this weeks entry.

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1. Appearance

group 2With a design that is refined enough for boardrooms and practical enough for a trip with the family to DisneyLand, it is easy to see why Marquis scores so high on it’s exterior styling. Constructed from a highly durable rugged polyester fabric that is resistant to dirt, abrasion, wear, and moisture, the exterior of the bag is simply the first line of defense against tough travel. Designed to never leave you hanging when you need the bag most, the ergonomic High-Tensile Strength zipper pulls ensure dependability on the zippers you count on, while the bag’s weakest points have all been reinforced for abrasion protection. Low-profile top, side, and bottom carry handles help ensure you never have any awkward carrying angles when storing the bag, and the bottom feet on the Rollaboard® options also keep the bag off dirty surfaces when not using the set-in wheels. Practical, elegant, and efficient. Final Grade: B

2. Features

Designed to be lightweight and strong, this bag’s features allow you maximum packing options while efficiently framekeeping the bags overall weight low. Innovative handling versus other wheeled luggage, magnets inside the wheels keep them in line and ensure they stay straight when pushed so you do not fumble over clumsy wheels. The interior framing system is a Honeycomb design, and has EVA foam construction for superior durability versus others in it’s class. Multiple handle stops on the wheeled options help travelers of various heights, and did we forget to mention that it has Contour Grip for maximum comfort. Plenty of interior and exterior pockets offer great options for all kinds of smaller accessories, and great features such as the interior Wetpak for toiletries really show off how this bag is able to be packed for work AND play. Final Grade B+

3. Durability

wheelsNot sacrificing durability for weight, Marquis has real world dependability you can feel in the bags exterior, in the Contour Grip handle, and even by how easily the wheels roll. A Padded laptop sleeve in the rolling tote helps to protect your vital electronics when in transit. Ball Bearing In-Line skate wheels on the Rollaboards® ensure flawless performance and have been tested up to 30 miles to prove it, while the handle system has been tested 10,000 times itself so you can rest assured knowing that the wheels and handle will function as it is intended. Skid bars for protecting against curbs, reinforced corners, water resistant fabric, Travelpro has created Luggage that is built to last, and will perform as advertised. Final Grade: B+

4. Final Grade

When you take all the factors into consideration, Marquis not only stacks up to it’s competitors, it has established itself at the forefront. Competitive pricing, lightweight and dependable, with a honeycomb frame system that sets it apart due to its weight and strength. Marquis is not just a name, it is a standard. Final Grade: B+

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Good morning, I know we are mid way through March, but the year seems to be flying by. Just yesterday it seems we were celebrating Valentine’s Day and already we have seen tons of new lines and products for 2014. Continuing that trend, today we are happy to go over the @work collection from Briggs & Riley. An industry leader in Travel Luggage, Briggs & Riley is trusted by veteran jet-setters not only for their Innovative features, but also their unparalleled Simple As That® Lifetime Warranty. Lets dive right into what makes the @work line the ideal luggage line for Professional Travelers both domestic or abroad in this weeks entry.

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1. Appearance

Large Exec Exp Rolling Brief 3When designing luggage for today, practicality and style need to be fundamentally ingrained in the bags design, at least that is what Briggs & Riley thinks. The @work collection has been carefully crafted not only for function, but to always look professional no matter if you need it for the boardroom, at the boarding gate, or on its way to any other potential professional travel destination. Simple innovations such as the Aircraft Grade Aluminum Interlocking handle on the Exterior of the Bag seen on the left, gives the bag a tough and functional appearance while maximizing the interior packing space versus other standard handle options. Ballistic Nylon fabric on the exterior of the bag not only keep the luggage looking professionally finished and refined, it also is highly resistant to abrasion, water, dirt, and wear for maximum peace of mind knowing your luggage is going to look great coming down that baggage claim belt. Plenty of great options for any type of Traveler or Traveling need, choose from Top of the Line Briefcases, Laptop Backpacks, Carry-On options, and more and be sure you have exactly the bag and style you are looking for. Sleek design, Innovative features that help maximize your packing space, and made from materials that are going to look great for many trips to come. Final Grade: B

2. Features

Fully featured and ready for whatever rough and tumble travel you can throw at it, the @work line is the ideal Medium Expandable Rolling Brief 2collection for the modern business professional who needs access to their work quickly, and needs to be sure it is safe and sound when stored away. One of the most secure lines you will ever see today, this bag offers superior security due to its wide variety of modern benefits such as the internal RFID Blocker pocket that keeps your passports and credit cards safe from electronic theft and the Padded Computer and Tablet pockets for your most fragile electronics. Other benefits such as the SpeedThru™ pocket for quick storage at security checks, as well as the slip over strap along the back of some but not all bags that will allow you to secure the bags to the back of larger wheeled luggage for efficient mobility and handling. Plenty of internal and external pockets, compartments, and storage areas for all your smaller accessories. A Adjustable/Removable shoulder straps for alternate carrying options on most options, and a HideAway™ ID Tag for concealing personal information. Final Grade: A

3. Durability

Medium-Slim-Brief-7Designed to be sleek, padded, and tough, but never cumbersome and heavy, the @work line offers superior protection to all interior contents starting with the tough Ballistic Nylon Exterior that is resistant to wear, water, dirt, and abrasion and ending with their Industry leading Simple As That® Lifetime Warranty. Plenty of additional features like a padded computer or Tablet sleeves, always dependable YKK® zippers, and double padded handles help to give the bag the edge over the competition. Providing dependable luggage for over 20 years, and building bags to endure even the most rigorous travel conditions and baggage handlers, Briggs & Riley stands alone as one of the best built and toughest luggage lines seen all over the world. Built to last a lifetime, with a Warranty to back is up, Simple As That® is not just a short phrase,  it’s their warranty, it’s their promise. Final Grade: A+

4. Final Grade

 High quality materials, superior craftsmanship, with an industry leading lifetime warranty, it is easy to see why Briggs & Riley has been one of the top names in Luggage for over 15 years. Designed with all the practical benefits you need for today’s demanding travel landscape, Travel Better with @work Luggage from Briggs & Riley. Final Grade: A

 

 

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Hello and good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a great start to February preparing to cheer on Team USA during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. For this weeks blog entry we have a new line from National Geographic, and one I am particularly excited about, Kontiki. Safari styled and lightweight, I am not just a fan because of how it looks, I am a fan due to how it is made. Environmentally friendly due to a revolutionary new process that creates the tough polycarbonate exterior from recycled plastic bottles, Kontiki Luggage is sure to be one of the most forward thinking luggage lines in 2014. Check out the Full Review on Eco-Friendly Kontiki Luggage right here with Luggage Base.

 

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1. Appearance

kontiki-messengerTurn heads at the airport with this eye catching Safari Styled Luggage from National Geographic. Basic and elegant, this Safari Style Luggage maintains its useful appearance while not adding any extra bells or whistles to weigh you down. Designed to never hinder any travel experience while also being Eco-Friendly, the exterior of the bag is made from Recycled plastic that is is tougher than the competition, while still being lighter than canvas for maximum dependability and minimum weight on your arms, shoulders, or back. The distressed polyester looks great and keeps the bags exterior looking good-as-new no matter if you plan on taming the urban jungles of big cities, or bounding for the Bush of Africa. Brass finished hardware paired with the faux-leather accents show off the bags safari roots, this truly is one of the most inspired designs I have ever seen on ANY luggage line. Practically useful as well as stylishly designed, take advantage of the exterior pockets for smaller accessories, tickets, maps, boarding passes, or any other last minute items you know you will need. Eco-Friendly, great looking, and unique, what more can you ask for. Final Grade: A

2. Features

kontiki-backpackFully Featured, with luggage options for any traveler or trip, the Kontiki Luggage Line offers you tons of alternative bags for the unique individual in all of kontiki 32 drop bottom duffelus. Looking for a traditional suitcase, the 22″ and 26″ Rollaboard options all come with plenty of features that you have come to expect from high quality luggage. Tons of packing benefits such as a 2.5″ zippered expansion, built in wet-pocket, and removable drawstring laundry bag for maximum organization, it is easy to see why the Rollaboards are great suitcase options for any traveling excursion you wish to take. Looking for more options, the drop bottom 26″ and 32″ drop bottom duffels might be just what you are looking for. Opening like a regular upright bag, these drop bottom duffels offer some of the most convenient and easy packing you will ever see anywhere. Traveling with someone else, no problem. Take advantage of the separated drop bottom compartment to keep your items separate and organized. Traveling by yourself, the drop bottom is great for shoes, bulky items, or other cumbersome necessities you need to stay separate from your regular luggage. Not enough options, unzip the separator and use the entire compartment as one giant trunk for maximum space. Exceptionally mobile, try out the Set-In wheel and handle system to see just how effortless the mobility truly is. Looking for more of a day to day bag, last but not least Kontiki offers two different options for daily use bags, the Messenger Bag and Daypack. Each designed for the tech traveler of today, the Messenger bag has a padded laptop pocket that fits most but not all 17″ Laptops, while the Daypack has pockets for BOTH most but not all 15″ Laptops and most but not all 10″ Tablets. With the vast range of different bag options such as the standard Rollaboards, Drop Bottom Duffels (Seen on the Right), Regular Soft Duffel Bags, and daily use bags like the daypack (Seen on the left) it is easy to see why Kontiki is on the most fully featured lines we have come across. Final Grade B+

 

3. Durability

 Luggage that is designed to pass any test the world may throw at it. Kontiki Luggage from National Geographic is not only designed with yesteryear in mind, it is built like it too. Veryimages durable in real world conditions, this lightweight polyester is light enough to never hold you back and strong enough to make sure you always keep going. Made from recycled polyester, the exterior is tougher than the competition yet is still able to be lighter than canvas. Designed with active travel in mind, this dependable luggage is tested to stand up to all the bumps, dings, and possible speed bumps that loom ahead on even the most daunting trip. Beautifully molded with all practical, rugged dependability you expect from National Geographic the Kontiki line inspires travel, while never hindering your potential for expanding the horizon. Need a little more incentive, standing by their products National Geographic backs their Kontiki line with a 5-year limited warranty so you can have peace of mind on even the most intimidating terrain. Final Grade: B

 

 

4. Final Grade

Taking in all aspects, it is easy to see why this revolutionary new line from National Geographic is quickly becoming some of the most popular luggage for not only Ec0-Friendly Travelers but also for it’s real world commitment to excellence. Plenty of different options are what separates this line from other traditional options, Kontiki is sure to have exactly what you need because they designed each bag for the differing traveler in all of us. When you start to tally up the totals it is easy to see why this is one of the higher rated luggage lines we offer despite its middle of the road price. Lightweight, Eco-Friendly, Dependable, Unique, we can go on and on. Final Grade: B+

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Hello, good afternoon, and better yet, Happy Friday! We hope everyone has had a nice and relaxing week, and is looking forward to Superbowl Sunday for the commercials, finger foods, friends, halftime show, oh, and I guess they are also going to be playing the game too. For this weeks blog we have another Brand New Line for 2014, The PC4 Collection from Hartmann Luggage. Born 1877, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hartmann Luggage has always tried to establish themselves as a premier provider for American style bags, trunks, and luggage. Beautifully designed while never compromising the practical packing space that travelers have come to expect, Hartmann Luggage has always been the go-to luggage for even the most critical travelers looking for durable options that will not bust their Travel Budget. Check out this full review on the PC4 Hardsided collection and see why the 4 layers of tough polycarbonate are not the only thing that make this luggage line stand out from the rest.

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1. Appearance

 PC4 GroupThe biggest knock on hardsided luggage is that, it may look great in the store, but after one rough trip in the real world, that glossy polycarbonate finish is going to be roughed up and scratched. Think that PC4 is just a fancy name, think that this is just like like all the others, Think Again! Standing for 4 Layers of Polycarbonate, PC4 Luggage has an exterior that is made from a revolutionary new process that layers the polycarbonate on top of each other and has resulted in an exterior that is virtually scratch proof! More than just a tough shell, Hartmann believes that your luggage should do more than just carry your clothes. Viewing luggage instead as a virtual style accessory, Hatmann has outfitted their PC4 Line with Faux Leather Trim to give the bags a more elegant appearance, while also reinforcing the corners to ensure maximum durability at the bags most vulnerable spots. Peace of mind when traveling is a must, and this bag doesn’t disappoint, enjoy the complete confidence that comes with luggage you trust to always looks amazing and performs even better. Click the link here and see for yourself how this stunning and dependable hardsided option stands up to tough rigors of  an Urban Jungle like New York City. Elegant style that is virtually scratch proof, Final Grade: A-

2. Features

Expandable Garment Bag Spinner Midnight Alternative Photo 3Wanting to provide more than simply a tough PolyCarbonate Exterior, Hartmann has fully equipped their PC4 Line with all benefits Spinner HS International Carry On black raspberry openthat you have come to expect from Hartmann, while still ensuring they stay Lighter than their competitors. Enjoy superior mobility in almost any travel situation, the 4 spinner wheels are multidirectional for full 360 degrees of mobility and work with the telescoping handle to take the strain off your back, arms, and shoulders when moving with the luggage. Plenty of interior packing pockets for keeping your items organized, utilize the zippered pockets, adjustable tie down straps, or the mesh interior pockets to ensure you pack the bag exactly how you need and always stay efficiently organized. Do you value bags that give you options as opposed to sizes, today’s travelers are looking for personal bags that fit their unique needs, and Hartmann has answered the call. By offering Traditional suitcases in addition to options such as the Garment Bag Spinner (Seen On the Left) or the International Carry On Spinner (Seen on the Right), Hartmann has allowed Travelers of all disconcerting styles to take advantage of the PC4 Polycarbonates. Plenty of packing options, an full 360 degrees of effortless mobility with the wheel and handle system, and plenty of interior pockets for any trip or wardrobe you may be planning to take. Final Grade: B+

3. Durability

One of the most dependable, longest lasting, and efficiently designed bags I have ever seen, this bag was designed with allusions to the past, to a time when luggage was built like PC4 625 Close Black Raspberrytanks, and Ads tried to show us that Gorillas were the real reason behind our damaged luggage. New for 2014, Hartmann is proud to introduce the new PC4 line that made from 100% virgin polycarbonate that is more dense than other poly-carbonates but just as light. Efficient and Ruggedly Dependable, this is one of the toughest hardsided exteriors ever crafted and has quality you can feel despite its lightweight feel. Made from a brand new process that layers tough Poly-carbonates atop each other, the PC4 Line has 4 layers of polycarbonate that make the exterior Virtually Scratch proof and also helps to keep the glossy finish looking great trip after trip. Not convinced, Hartmann sure is. They back their PC4 Line with an Industry Leading 10 Year Warranty, that goes to show that they indeed stand by their products. Revolutionary new exterior, with a warranty that you can feel confident in. Final Grade: A-

4. Final Grade

More durable, and somehow still lighter than the competition. The PC4 line is one of the most unique and strongest hardsided options I have ever come across. With an exterior this tough, it is hard to imagine how they ever got the bags so light. Not the only shining feature about this line, the bags come with plenty of packing space and options for any traveler no matter where you plan on visiting. Gorgeously designed, ruggedly dependable, with a revolutionary new exterior made from 4 layers of Tough Poly Carbonate, The PC4 Collection from Hartmann Luggage is some of the most well designed hardsided luggage we have ever carried. Final Grade: A-

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Hello, and we know by now it sounds cliché, but we still hope you are staying warm. After an unseasonally warm winter in 2013, this year, the cold seems to be dragging on as storm after storm continues to dump snow on us coast to coast.  If you’re lucky enough to have a few inches of nice fluffy powder, we hope you are out there enjoying it. BUT, if you are like myself and despise the cold, I hope you are nice and warm as your routine has now transitioned to Hot Chocolate, Warm Coffee, and catching up on some Netflix. For the blog this week we would like to show you a brand new product from Oakley, The Works Computer Bag. World renown as a lifestyle and action sports brand, Oakley has now branched out into the Tech Bag Market and has hit the ground running with their new products for 2014. Durable and full featured for the needs of the modern tech professional of today, check out our full review for the inside scoop on the Works Collection Computer Bag from Oakley right here with Luggage Base.

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1. Appearance

Sleek and subtle, this bag is what we call a “Sleeper” due to the fact that it  masks all the great benefits and features this bag has with works-computer-bag-2basic, yet efficiently purposeful exterior styling. The front accessory pocket is close to the bag not to add extra depth, yet still large enough to support the internal organizer and has enough space to keep plenty of accessories you may need while on the go. Flip the bag around to see the over the handle sleeve that allows the bag to secure against the handle of any wheeled luggage and is perfect for keeping the bag in place when navigating a busy terminal. The carry handle is padded and reinforced to ensure it is both comfortable and will not break causing your precious contents to drop and incur damage. Not done by mistake, the designers at Oakley have created a bag that was purposefully crafted to cradle your laptop and tablet for maximum protection while not being overly flashy or cumbersome. Not a fan of traditional carrying, utilize the adjustable shoulder strap to take the strain off your wrists and hands for more convenient carrying. Wrapped in easy to clean and highly durable Polyester, this bag is not only easy to maintain, it will last for many years with standard care only and no extra rubs, oils, or ointments. Final Grade: B

2. Features

works-computer-bag-5Fully Featured and ready for whatever you may need it for. The Oakley Works Computer Bag was works-computer-bag-7designed to be your main workhorse bag in any and all situations. Built to safely and securely transport even your most precious electronics, this bag comes with two separate padded tech sleeves that fit most but not all 15″ Laptops and 10″ Tablets. Get through TSA Checkpoints swiftly and easily, the large storage compartment splits open for easy access to your electronics when you need to get by a security checkpoint. Not wanting to be outshined, the larger front main compartment is also very spacious, and contains 2 Velcro Accessory pockets as well as a removable accessory pocket (Seen on The Right) for cables, cords, and chargers. The back main compartment is very easy to access due to the fully openable back compartment, (viewed on the left) this bag is ideal for bloggers, business professionals, or anyone else who requires quick and easy access to their electronics when in Transit. Final Grade: A-

3. Durability

With Oakley, you know quality comes with the O, and the Works computer bag is no different. By sticking to Oakley’s High works-computer-bag-4Standards for performance and dependability, this all-in-one mobile office has separated itself from cheap impersonators by offering a product that is tested and users can count on. Oakley’s Statement of Integrity states that their products are made with uncompromising standards of quality and they pride themselves in offering superior levels of customer service in each and every product they produce. By combining Oakley’s already stellar standards in addition to the added steps they took such as the padded exterior, padded laptop sleeve, padded shoulder strap and reinforced handle, this bag is one of the most dependable you will find anywhere. Perfect for a day on campus, a day in the city, or as a everyday computer bag, you will be glad you went with the added protection the Works Computer Bag offers the first time your bag accidentally makes contact and still shines like new. With Oakley’s tried and true quality you count on in addition to the standard 90 day warranty Oakley offers, this bag is ready for whatever you may need it for. Final Grade: B

4. Final Grade

One of the most capable bags we have ever had the chance to review, the Oakley Works Computer Bag is ready for virtually anything. Designed for the tech professional of today, this bag is prepared for whatever computer you prefer using be it a Tablet, Kindle, Laptop, or even a smartphone. Great for getting to your items when you are on the go, the easily reachable pockets ideally work in the field for when you need your laptop or Tablet at a moments notice. With all the features that outfit the bag, the superior padded protection, as well as the real world functionality we are sure this bag is going to be utilized by many business professionals who require a trendy computer bag that will never hold them back. We give the Oakley Works Computer Bag a Final Grade: B

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In today’s modern traveling landscape, efficiency is the name of the game. In 2012 Surprise Bag fees on domestic flights accounted for over $3.5 Billion spent by weary travelers, with 2013 expected to rocket even higher! Trying to give travelers a little assistance and save them some money in the process, Samsonite is proud to introduce their lightest Softsided Luggage on the market, The LIFTwo Collection. Lighter than ever, the LIFTwo Collection is on average 8 ounces lighter versus the original LIFT, (The Previous record holder as Samsonite’s lightest Softsided Luggage) and is very dependable no matter what trip you may be planning for 2014. Definitely worth checking out, these bags are the perfect travel bags for any adventurer no matter if you travel once a week or once a season. Check out this in-depth Luggage Review of the LIFTwo Line from Samsonite and see why Smart Travelers save money by choosing Samsonite.

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1. Appearance

model with liftwoPractically styled with sleek features that flow with the bags design, the LIFTwo Collection from Samsonite is one of the most simple and practical options available. By combining simple style, lightweight benefits, and Samsonite’s tried and true craftsmanship, substance 25 spinner openSamsonite has developed one of the more durable options on the market today. For example, the top and side carry handles are woven into the side instead of fastened via a metal rivet for a flowing appearance that looks great and will not break down until the bag does. This simple and efficient feature is a great way to increase the bags life and simultaneously keep the sleek style understated and simple. The Smooth rolling airflow wheels on the Spinner Uprights are multi-directional and offer near effortless mobility in almost any terminal. The Wheeled Garment bag and Boarding Bag come with two wheels and rubber feet located on the front of the bag to ensure they never tip over or roll away. Wrapped in durable Denier Nylon that will hide dirt and keep your items safe and sound, the Black, Blue, or Red Color Options are sure to look great no matter what great adventure your luggage is just coming from. Practical, Sleek, and Colorful. Final Grade: B 

2. Features

More than just a lightweight option for your next trip, Samsonite has instead taken everything that travelers loved about their LIFT line handleand used it as the foundation to build upon for their new LIFTwo Collection. Don’t get us wrong, this is one of the LIGHTEST lines we have ever seen, the Carry-on Upright comes in weighing under 7 lbs! With plenty of practical and smart benefits such as the hanger hook Bracket, external pocket, and Wetpak pockets in the wheeled garment bag, you can see each bag offers their own unique features and style. Not wanting to be outshined, the Wheeled Boarding Bag comes equipped with a padded laptop compartment that fits most 15.6″ laptops as well as internal compression straps to keep your contents organized and efficient. Each bag is designed to be carried by the reinforced carry handles and not the top Telescoping handle, the bags come with top, side, and bottom carry handles to ensure no awkward carrying angles and maximize the life of the telescoping handle. Final Grade: B

3. Durability

Wheeled Boarding Bag WheelsRemember that just because something is lightweight, does not mean it is flimsy! The LIFTwo line from Samsonite is not only light, it is intelligently constructed. Extremely resilient to damage despite the lightweight feel, these bags are designed to maintain their high durability while simultaneously cutting extra ounces to ensure you stay under the 50 lbs limit. Tough as nails, the body is constructed of Air Expanded Polyethylene that is lighter than previous versions and much stronger. Don’t worry about the outside getting dirty and damaged, the Denier nylon exterior is lightweight, easy to maintain, and hides scratches/scuffs so your bag looks great time and time again. The Carry handles are sewn-in, instead of riveted, helping to extended handle life on each bag. The in line wheels on the 2 wheeled bags are set-in and safe from potential external impact damage, these bags are designed to travel just as often as you do and never hold you back. Dedicated to dependability no matter what the bag may weigh, Samsonite has been standing by their products since their humble beginnings in 1910. Still honoring this tradition, the new LIFTwo line comes with a 10 year limited warranty from Samsonite, Final Grade: B+

4. Final Grade

One of the tougher lines we have ever had to grade, this line is going to be a dream come true to some travelers who are looking for theCarry-On Wheeled Garment Bag open Carry-On Wheeled Garment Bag redlightest possible luggage that will hold up to the rigors and stress of everyday travel. Taking everything into consideration, The LIFTwo line from Samsonite is one of the more durable lightweight options available in 2014 or in any year for that matter. With it’s 10 year warranty, Tough Denier Nylon Exterior and Stronger Air Expanded Polyethylene frame, this is sure to be one of the strongest, lightest bags you have ever seen. Not just lightweight, the practical features have no extra bells and whistles to weigh you down on your travels. Unique to the Individual Travel needs of many differing travelers,  each bag has their own unique individual style and benefits such as the padded laptop sleeve in the Boarding Bag, Hanger Bracket with the Wheeled Garment Bag (Pictured on the Right and Left), or the Airflow spinner wheel system used on the Spinner Upright suitcases, so your new bag is exactly the style you need. Easy on the eyes with three distinct color options for any type of traveler, we give the LIFTwo Line from Samsonite a Final Grade: B

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