Luggage That Works
Erica Jacobs

Let's face it, today most luggage rolls or is some sort of soft-sided duffel, and many of these duffels do wheelies; therefore most carry-on luggage purchased today should make use of the wheel, soft sides of ballistic nylon and perhaps telescopic handles. Better luggage has in-line skate wheels that use quiet ball bearings that increase the ease of portability plus indestructible ballistic nylon fabric.

The following luggage manufactures make the best use of the wheel/fabric combo and The following luggage manufactures make the best use of the wheel/fabric combo and produce great mobile companions for any traveler: Andiamo, American Tourister, Atlantic, Boyt, Briggs & Riley, Classique, Columbia (Yes, the outdoor people), Delsey, French, Hartmann, High Sierra, Kenneth Cole, LeGrande, McKlein, Pathfinder, Samsonite, Swiss Army, The North Face (The mountain people), Timberland, Travel Pro, Tumi, Victorinox, US Luggage and Winn. Notice that some of these names are new to the luggage business. We suggest going to http://www.irvs.com checking out what's new.

Cabin Bag on Wheels
Cabin Bag on Wheels
22in. Suiter Pullman
22in. Suiter Pullman
22in. Pullman, Common Carry On with Whells
22in. Pullman, Common Carry On with Wheels
19 in. Designer Pullman

19 in. Designer Pullman

Also manufacturers and designers are focusing not only on making travel gear stronger, lighter and more manageable but also producing more colorful — easier to spot on the carousel — oddly shaped luggage. If you cannot find it at Irvs.com or if you don't like the price try luggageOnline.com.

When money is no limitation and you aspire to coordinate all accessories. Choose the well-priced Gevive by Boyt or the absurdly priced Henry Beguelin. Custom leather or designer fabric luggage is ideal for those who already own other handmade supple leather/fabric handbags, business cases, shoes, cosmetics bags, etc, created by the same designer. This stuff is made for those that need their stuff to do more than just match.

In case you are interested in the Beguelin carry-on, it's $1,400, has ball-bearing wheels, a pull-up handle and a leather carrying handle. It comes in red, black, dark brown, off-white and yellow, and can be ordered through the Beguelin shop in Aspen: (970) 920-2925. Or go to Ebay, register and bid on it or something similar. Gevive By Boyt is available at Irvs.com or luggageOnline.com.

LISTEN UP!

Many airlines have tightened their rules for carry-on bags to a maximum of 22 inches wide by 14 inches tall by 9 inches deep, and beware most airlines are not lenient. So if you have a Beguelin carry on which is larger than most, travel first class or check with your airline before you pack.

Heavy-duty folding black luggage carts carrying 75 to 250 pounds are an improvement over most flimsy luggage trolleys. These have better wheels, longer adjustable handles and straps, plus they efficiently fold up for overhead storage. They are sold at Irvs.com or luggageOnline.com.

And finally here's the luggage tip from the last century: if you're not going to change that old black bag, at least mark it with bright label/marker or tie a ribbon on the handle so you can easily spot it on the carousel.