I’ve no desire to reignite the great headset/flashlight/sunglasses incident of 2021 , but was wondering if anyone had suggestions on a roller board and a filght bag that I can use for many years to come?
Essentially, I am trying to put out some money up front for a few things that I will use long-term, and which will last, while I still have an income. Plus, it seems that there are some overnights while at ATP, which is cool. I’ve read that Luggage Works is good, as is Brightline.
LuggageWorks: industry standard. Indestructible. Tells the world you’re a pilot.
Brightline: excellent quality. Tells the world you might be a pilot? But you also reject tradition and you’re a peckerhead. Always accompanied by a backpack, headphones, questionable haircut and a NorthFace jacket.
TravelPro: ok quality. Tells the world you’re a flight attendant.
Costco/Marshall’s/TJMaxx special: cheap. Tells the world you have no money after flight school. Good chance Capt will buy you lunch, especially if it’s got duct tape on it or the handle is broken.
I am a LuggageWorks fan myself. Brightline makes good flight bags, but LuggageWorks makes the best overnight bag (if you have the money).
I’m currently using a LuggageWorks Executive 22” 737 bag. I am on my 5th year with it. It’s a little rough around the edges because we used to be required to stow our overnight bags inside the cargo pits (and we all know how “gentle” Ramp Agents are with bags). But I’m still using it so that says something. It’s a lot more reliable than a TravelPro that’s for sure. It’s rare to see a TravelPro without a broken zipper or a stuck handle. Flight Attendants hate them so I’ve avoided them even though it’s what our Company “supplies” at the company store.
I’m sticking with LuggageWorks from here on out. Maybe when I make it to the majors I’ll treat myself to a Carbon 2.0 bag
As always, many thanks for your feedback. I really appreciate hearing from everyone. Sounds like LuggageWorks is the clear winner. Hearing that you are on year five is a good endorsement. Now a Carbon 2.0… sounds nice!
I loved Adam’s breakdown as well! It does sound like LuggageWorks is the standard. I’ve had some steel frame luggage (I travel quite a bit for work), and it does seem they get bent from time to time. Still, they have held up the best. I will check out Stongbag as well. Many thanks for the feedback.
“…no other proper suitcase for a pilot to carry.” Well, how does one argue with that endorsement? It does sound like LuggageWorks is the clear winner in this category. As always, many thanks for the feedback; truly appreciated.
When I got my first job with Great Lakes my mentor gave me his old luggage works bag. That thing had 12 years of abuse on it and had been around the world on a 777 more times than anyone knows. I used it for four years with no issues other than some of the zippers had lost their pull tabs and the wheels began to squeak so loud it was annoying and no amount of wd-40 would make it go away permanently.
When my plane went down for heavy maintenance and I had a month of no flying scheduled I sent the bag back to luggage works for a refurbishment. For $150 they sent me a loaner bag, gave me a shipping label to send my bag in using the box from the loaner, and a shipping label to return the loaner when my bag was done. When my bag was returned it looked like a brand new bag.
I can’t recommend Luggage Works enough. Great bag and great company.
Oh definitely. Had mine done years ago. What was nice was the pilot shop in IAH was an authorized service center. So if you were passing through (which I often was) you could swing by, they’d give you the loaner so you just transferred you clothes and went on your merry way. Not sure if they’re still there but you got the bag back like new.