At the top of my shopping list when I was in Halifax last summer was a new suitcase. I found a great one, big but not too big, and an animal print that would stand out on any airline conveyor belt. I still remember laughing when the woman explained the five year warranty on the frame and handle, and explaining to her that I didn’t live in Canada. Well, that must have been an omen. Unbeknownst to me, Air Canada did ruin the frame, and I didn’t discover the damage until I used the bag again a couple of months later. The handle no longer retracts. Sighhh…I’ve used it a couple of times since, and each time the handle gets a little more beat up.
Finally on Tuesday, I decided enough! and I headed off to the local department store. My budget was low, $125.00 max. I also wanted something light, and bright, and those wheels that kind of make your bag dance along the sidewalk.
After a lot of looking, and probably stressing out the sales people watching the crazy foreign lady take every bag off the shelf and give it a test spin down the isle, I chose a light bag at a good price. I had to compromise on the color, and I didn’t get the “dancing wheels”, but at a little over a hundred dollars, I can’t complain.
And here it is…
Not the bright color I had envisioned, but I can live with it. In this photo it could pass for black, but actually it’s brown.
The brand is Atlas (of course, made in China). The weight (or lack of it really impresses me), and it’s a perfect size 49x69x28cm. There’s an outside pocket, and both a side and top handle. There’s also a handy lock. It looks like it can handle a beating from the cargo hold and the conveyor belt.
Honestly, the inside kind of reminds me of a coffin! The material is light and kind of shiny. I like the zippered pouch in the main part of the case. Great for storing underwear! Then there is the net bag inside the cover, and a place for shoes. I’m going to be able to organize everything perfectly.
I’m happy with my purchase, and pleased that I am taking off to Prague on Monday with a suitcase that is not damaged, at a price that didn’t break the bank.
What about you? Do you look for luggage that is good value for your money, or do you go for the expensive stuff?
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