Oh, great. I started reading this long discussion because it popped up in the feed. Then near the end, I realize that it's from three months ago. It was bumped to the top today by a spam post - which I have reported.
So, anyway, acraven, have you been using your new purse, and if so how's it holding up? Have you come up with any new solutions for light and workable luggage for your travels?
I found this discussion relevant, because I've been culling, and tweaking, my luggage collection ("collection" sounds so intentional; "random accumulation" is more honest). I'd love to walk through airports and around foreign cities with all my gear on my back, but my spine's peculiarities mean anything more than a small daypack = pain and suffering. So it's wheels to the rescue for me.
Last year I got a great ebags deal on the Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Rollaboard, which I really like. I took it as a carry-on to London (on British Airways) last year. It's light (5.5 pounds) and seems well-constructed. I've been looking for a slightly larger roller (2 wheels) to use as carry-on for some domestic flights (I fly Southwest whenever possible and their carry-on size limits are generous), and to take as a checked bag on overseas flights. I check a 'just slightly larger than carry on' size bag - for ease of handling on the ground.
Someone upthread posted a link to the Travelpro Maxlite 4 expandable 22" rollaboard. It's the slightly larger sibling of the Travelpro bag I got last year. And: I walked into TJ Maxx last week, for the first time in months - and found that bag among the sea of four-wheeled spinners! For $70. Bingo! It's six pounds which is light as that size of bag goes, and I did a test pack the other day which went well. (I'd also bought a pricey Eagle Creek carry-on roller at a luggage store, which after the test pack I returned. I love EC bags but that one just wasn't worth the price to me. The much cheaper Travelpro won that round.) The Maxlite 4 line has been replaced by the Maxlite 5. The Maxlite 5 version of that bag is about half a pound lighter.
(I have a ten year old Eagle Creek roller which is labeled as 22" - but that doesn't include wheels and handles. Also it's heavy (8 pounds), very thick at the bottom, and the interior is chopped up into compartments in a way I don't like. OTOH, It stands up beautifully to the abuses of being checked, and once on the ground its fabulous sturdy wheels have never been defeated by any pavement, street, or even patch of gravel. I was hoping the new EC would replace it, but nope. Looks like the new Travelpro will do that for now, but I'm hanging on to the EC in case the Travelpro isn't as durable, especially as a checked bag.)