Hello! We are booked for My Way Alpine Europe next summer. I would like to give my 15 and 17 year olds luggage for Christmas. I have read Rick's articles on packing and suitcases, as well as past threads, and have decided that a 2 wheeled rolling carryon would be best for them. Here are the two I am trying to decide between, as well as my current thoughts about them. Does anyone have any other opinions, considerations, etc? Just trying to figure out if there is a good reason to choose one over the other. I am planning to decide soon, to get anything I order in time for Christmas, and if I order the ones from RS, I know the sale ends Friday... Maybe they are so similar I should just pick one and pull the trigger?
Rick Steves 2 wheel carry on - Has a nice hard back, expandable, I like the colors, on sale so a good price right now. We live nowhere near Seattle so would not be able to return if we didn't like it for some reason. https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/p/rolling-carry-on
TravelPro Maxlite International Carryone (rollaboard 2 wheel) - This is significantly lighter than the RS suitcase. I kind of prefer the overall look/style, but I am not crazy about the colors I can find in stock - the rose and the blue. If I order from TravelPro or a few other retailers, I could return if we didn't like. I had hoped to find this or similar at TJ Maxx/Marshalls, as I know I have seen them in the past. But I've checked a bunch of stores recently and they are really depleted in the luggage department. https://travelpro.com/products/maxlite%C2%AE-5-international-expandable-carry-on-rollaboard%C2%AE?refSrc=2106967949410&nosto=categorypage-nosto-1