I would have liked to simply add a comment to a post from November that had luggage reviews from the New York Times. But, the topic has been closed.
After almost 4 weeks of cobblestones in Portugal, I have a wonky wheel on my Travelpro, 2 wheeled suitcase. Will it last another almost 4 week trip? Not sure I want to take that risk. I think my suitcase is within the 5 year warranty, but I don't see the wheels on the online parts list. To be fair, hours of cobblestones is a lot to ask of suitcase wheels, but I will see if I can reach Travelpro tomorrow. I believe I bought the suitcase for about $80, maybe even less. It was halfprice at Macy's, and many would say I got my money's worth. I just ordered another Travelpro from Macy's for $115, more than half off, if their pricing means anything. My problem is that the rest of the damaged suitcase honestly looks brand new. I also have another suitcase, same size, looks brand new with a broken wheel. It just feels so wasteful. I do use them for domestic road trips, but it would take a lot of those to wear out these suitcases.
Meanwhile, my husband has a junky Nautica suitcase I bought at least 15 years ago for about $35 at TJMaxx for one of my kids to abuse. Husband keeps using it hoping it will die a natural death. It looks awful, but the wheels are in great shape. He claims he looks like a veteran traveler.
Also, not that interested in starting another 4 wheel vs. 2 wheel debate, but I am interested in people's experience with 4 wheeled suitcases on brick/cobblestone/uneven pavement, for say longer stretches of time. Like 3/4 mile back and forth to a train station, several times, over the course of a trip.