Hello all, I ashamed to say that I finally broke down and got a wheeled Tumi duffel bag. I love my Steel Tri-Star but after a few international trips to Thailand and across the US, I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm a pretty light packer, fully loaded my Tri-Star usually weighs under 13 pounds, I'm a 37 year old male about 5' 6" and 135 pounds and in pretty good shape. I realize that 13 pounds isn't that much weight, especially when carrying it with the book-pack straps however after 20+ hours of flying and walking around massive terminals I found myself cursing my Tri-Star while I was staring enviously at everyone else wheeling their bags around.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Tri-Star is extremely well made but I don't think I will be using it for travel anymore, maybe short domestic trips but not international flights. Not to criticize other board members but when I see some of the packing lists and pictures I scratch my head and think how much that bag probably weighs and the thought of lugging it around would make me cringe. I can't think that I'm alone in my thoughts.