I hate to buy crap. You know, when you need something to get the job done and you buy the cheap solution that ends up sitting in your closet for years, depressing the hell out of you. I prefer to do a little research and buy something that's really well designed, always works and looks better with age. Like jeans.
For rolling luggage, I've been through a few lemons and finally found one I really, really like. That prompted me to start this list, which I hope you will find helpful....
Please feel free to add to it: Maxwell @ apartmenttherapy.com.
>> Patagonia Overhead Shed - This one is my current favorite (we have two), and it's only left as a closeout from '07 (but it's on SALE!). Patagonia's design rolls like butter, is sporty and tough. I would scoop these up. Otherwise you can check out Patagonia's latest.
>> SwissGear - A tip from Abby, who just bought one, this bag is "is designed with all sorts of great compartments including our favorite, a zippered side compartment that holds a laptop, eliminating the need for a separate laptop bag" and doesn't cost too much. You can find it at Target!
>> Tumi - I have never had a Tumi, but I hear more good things about their quality and style than about any other company.
>> Zero Halliburton - I carry all of my tools in Zero Halliburton cases. These things are pricey, but are strong, light, last forever and age beautifully.
>> Rimowa - I throw this in for the aspirational among you and satisfies my fetish for the corrugated metal look. These things are German, over the top pricey and deluxe.
One more Rimowa