I use a roller about half the time. For business trips, definitely. My electronics, entertainment, toiletries, and a few changes of clothes goes into my carry-on and the rest in my checked bag. I've discovered that it's awkward to carry much more than that, particularly for long trips where there might be a few hours layover and we want to go out into the city or walk around the airport. And on my flights to Africa, it is almost a brawl to get overhead space, and I'd rather stay out of that and just have a small bag that slips under the seat.
For leisure trips the ratio shifts. I feel like I have less recourse if my luggage is lost, and I'm not wiling to have a missing suitcase cut into my vacation time. It's not usually that difficult for me to fit everything I need for a weekend in a backpack or Western Flyer, and it's fun to travel light. However, I do have an Osprey Ozone wheeled bag, which can be useful too. It is an amazingly light and flexible suitcase. Even when packed full I can easily pick it up with one hand and carry it down a flight of steps, which you can not say for most suitcases.
I think the 10% rule applies here, in that wheel-less bags shouldn't be more than 10% of your body weight. I find this true for myself.
Always looking for a lighter but sturdy roller bag. Lokk foreard to your review
Originally Posted by Frank II
AVService, the brand of your really small folding dolly is...? I would much rather carry a small rolling dolly with my TB bag than use a rollaboard.
I have one labeled Samsonite but have no idea of it is still made or not and I have a few others with no visible marking on them. I hve had them for a long time.
Originally Posted by jannilee
I see that EBags has a few and I bet a good search would turn up a few others too?
I use a 21" roller with an S19, and try not to check. I'm not a light packer (need those 3 pairs of shoes), but I get better every trip. Aiming to use a 20" bag with a personal item.
I too would love to see more TB bags with roller sleeves or zippers that work well for this. Not every Bihnion can go wheel-free.
ETA: Hmm, taking my post down because I think it doesn't fit within the new Forum guidelines from the start of this year. I do trust my fellow Bihnions' taste, but perhaps there's another venue where I can ask my non-TB questions! :)