where I am with wheels...
It seems like last year sometime there was a post that Tom was checking out wheel parts. I used to have an old (bought new in the early 90's) 22" Tumi rolling case which was great--there is (or WAS) a reason to spend more money on them. I've since sold it. I was considering an Andiamo wheeled case recently (they also were worth the money) but their new stuff (in my opinion) is not as nice as their older products--they used to look more simple and less "tricked-out"--I really don't want or need shiny contrasting hardware on a black bag or a strip of dead animal skin embossed with the brand name. Nor do I want a Ducati motorbike-themed garish thing on wheels (Tumi). Both Tumi and Andiamo are no longer made in the States. But you can still buy them at the same ever-inflating prices (now that they are made overseas for less labor costs) at a nice upscale luggage store in a high-rent district staffed by Americans who may or may not make a little over minimum wage. All the more reason to avoid these brands.
Since using the Aeronaut and following travel-light advice, I haven't missed my set of wheels and I'm happier for it but once in awhile I might like to transport something fragile or take some suits with me so I've been saving up for a 26" aluminum Zero Halliburton. My partner has a few of these (but BIGGER) and they are tanks. Oddly, ZH was just bought by a Japanese company. I'd definitely consider any thing made by Bihn and co. It's just that for a wheeled bag, I'm looking for something lifelong and the ZH cases are seriously rugged. I was thinking how nice one of my big Tom Bihn purple "portable culture" stickers would look slapped on a rolling silver ZH case with a black Aeronaut piggy-backed on it. I'd check the ZH and carry the Aeronaut on-board as usual.
If I had a lot of money to blow on a rolling hard case, I'd consider Globe-Trotter luggage which has been made in England for eons with a secret "vulcan fibre" material: http://www.globe-trotterltd.com/ It's very "old world"-they look like steamer trunks and they're good enough for the queen..........................to afford.
I suppose my requirements for a rolling bag (like a diesel truck--ZH) are very different than from baggage I can carry (like a sports car--Bihn bags). I also want a fairly large (in my case--26") rolling case because I don't see the point of having a little bag with wheels when I could just carry it and also with the one bag carry-on limit now, what's the point of checking a little bag? It also can't be so heavy that it's over the 50# limit once filled. But if Tom has some ideas, I'd most definitely be interested. Consider this a thumbs-up for experimenting with a new product. Please keep us filled-in on any developments. You're the best!
The evolution of the search
Ok, so now I'm starting to hone in on a wheeled option, as the standard third bag to go along with my SmartAlec and Aeronaut. The more I look, the more I circle back to TravelPro, specifically the Crew6 22" Rollaboard Suiter (though I fully intend for this to be checked more often than not).
Anyone out there with TravelPro experience?