Luggage 101

Buying Luggage:

It is so simple to buy luggage today with the reach of the web and the cluster of sites that offer luggage in all sizes and shapes and colors. Just a few clicks and your luggage is on the way to you, but is that the right way to buy luggage? After a few minutes of shopping the plethora of brands and options and opinions, it becomes clear that buying luggage is not as easy as one would think.

There are a whole host of decisions to be made:

  • Carry-on verses checking
  • Soft-sided verses hard sided versus hybrids
  • Two wheels versus four wheels versus no wheels
  • Zippers closures verses clasps
  • TSA locks with keys or with combinations
  • Outside pockets verses no pockets
  • Length of retractable handles or no handles
  • Side handles and bottom handles
  • Airline regulations for size
  • Airline regulations for weight
  • Airline regulations for the number of pieces
  • Where luggage will be stored when not in use
  • Manufacturer Warranties
  • Replacement parts
  • Packing components and compartments
  • To expand or not expand?
  • Matching luggage? Or non-matching luggage?
  • Which brands are better, which brands are best?
  • How much does good luggage cost and how long should it last?
  • How much does the luggage weight?
  • Will one case work in all travel conditions?
  • How much can I pack in a small or large case?
  • And on and on…

Reviews

Read What Our Customers Say About Paradise Baggage Company

"Absolutely wonderful experience. I'd taken a piece of luggage to another company prior only for it to fail. From picking up my luggage today I can tell already the craftsmanship is on another level and it will last . Krystal and Dave are both very professional and knowledgeable. And I will return here again and recommend Paradise to my co-workers."

And even after considering all the options, wouldn’t it be best to touch the luggage before buying? We think so. Consumer reports surveyed 65,000 members and here is what they said: “The respondents told us that wheelability and durability are among the most important factors to consider when purchasing luggage. In fact, according to more than 27,000 members who rated their suitcases, satisfaction with its durability turned out to be the greatest predictor of overall satisfaction.” Testing durability or wheelability through a keyboard is impossible.

When you travel away from your home in the Denver area, that is when poorly designed or poorly manufactured luggage breaks. Luggage doesn’t break when stored under the bed at home.

Imagine flying to Europe and plan on traveling by train for a few days, then discovering your luggage has a broken wheel or handle, or worse yet, a nonfunctioning zipper. Durability just moved to the top of your list.

We truly believe shopping for luggage in-person is far superior to simply hitting the buy button on any website. In fact, we feel it is the only way to buy luggage in Denver. And, we feel you should talk to luggage experts and test the important consideration before buying luggage in any store.

When you shop with Paradise Baggage, we show you the wheelability, the functionality of each, and every pocket. We discuss the durability and explain why a one-wheel system or handle system is different from another. We ensure the handle length fits your body style – ever see a tall person hunched over pulling a wheeled case through the airport? We walk you through zippers and how to position them while traveling to minimize chance of a potential breakdown. We let you test with four-wheel and two-wheel cases over concrete and carpet so you can tell the difference and we will do everything we can to match what’s best to your travel habits, inside and outside of the Denver area. We will show you packing techniques that will help maximize the space for your personal items.

We will demonstrate the functionality of expandable luggage and how some is very reliable and clever, while others can be more of a gimmick. We will discuss warranties and how some are far better than others (we know the fine print). We will answer any questions you have about luggage and travel accessories. And we will meet or beat that price you saw on the web before all the confusion set in.

Consumer Reports makes the following suggestions for buying luggage:

  • Hold the handle – test it for durability and reliability
  • Select hardside or softside and consider how you pack and where you pack
  • Bring a tape measure to ensure the size meets airline regulations
  • Check how wheels are mounted for durability
  • Pay attention to zippers – broken ones are a major headache

They also recommend the top brands we carry: Rimowa, Briggs and Riley, Tumi, and Eagle Creek to name a few. One thing they didn’t address is the ability to have luggage repaired in the event of airline damage. We deal with repairs for all brands, and you should only purchase luggage that can be repaired. Many private label brands are discontinued after a year or two rendering your luggage impossible to repair.

There are lots of reasons for you to come see us and let us help you with your purchase of luggage in the Denver area. One thing we promise is you will be far more knowledgeable after a visit to Paradise Baggage. There is never any pressure to buy because we are here to help.

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