Paragon and Andiamo going out of business
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Here is a money saving tip. Pathfinder/Paragon including their luxury division Andiamo are going out of business. They also made the Kirkland luggage for Costco.
This means that you can now snap up excellent luggage for heavily discounted prices. They do have quite a few models that can qualify as onebag models. But also their rolling cases are excellent.
The only caveat is that the Andiamo Valoroso series is literally built like a tank (even stronger than my TX2 bag). They use a 3×2 ballistic weave of Dupont ballistic nylon together with Cordura nylon. Everything is double and triple stitiched and the re inforcements are done with full grain belting leather. T adidas sale his is kind of the Vuitton of nylon luggage. Marine hardware, zippers that have never gone bad, built extremely tough, stitching is the best in the industry judging from no pulls or fraying at all, never needed a single repair.
Almost two years ago I purchased one of their 22 inch expandable rollers, adidas sale used for when I need to transport books, display materials, etc and true to form, it’s bomb and bullet proof.
I heard about Andiamo going out of business (two months ago) from one of my contacts at Discount Luggage whose location was only a few miles from the factory. I was unbelievably shocked and the reasoning was that business was down big time for them and that their parent company supposedly lost the contract with Costco/Kirkland.
If you get the chance to pick up one of the Valoroso pieces and it fits your needs, you will have one of the finest pieces of travel luggage made!
While I usually travel with an Air Boss or the new Tom Bihn Tristar, the Valoroso expandable roller is always there for when I’ll need it.
Hope Andiamo returns once again in good form.
Yes, the Valoroso line I’ve found to be sturdy and unbelievably bombproof.
I failed to mention that with Andiamo/Paragon/Pathfinder now out of business, the warranty for the Andiamo line is kaput. And yes, it was some incredible warranty. though I’ve never used it.
Rollers tend to need repair more so than carry ons due to the banging and abuse they take on the stairs, curbs, elevators. you get the drift.
If I had to buy another roller, it’d be a Briggs and Riley with their lifetime warranty. Though, one never knows when Andiamo will make a third appearance. after two times going out of business.
That’s true. I thought about that, too. I’d use the roller suitcase probably twice a year, maybe thrice on check in flights. So the usage is low. I also treat my stuff well and am able to carry a 50lb case on stairs instead of dragging it and not stupid enough to carry its weight by the telescope handles, as I see a lot of people (mostly women, sorry) doing. So, I’d hope it would be good for quite some time. I got 20 year adidas sale s out of my Mandarina Duck case and it’s still working even if one of the bottom rails is torn off.
Back when I was looking for a roller suitcase, I really considered a Brigg’s and Riley but the weight of them before packing put them out of the running. The ones I looked at started at 10 lbs unpacked!
I’ve had a B rolling briefcase for about 8 years that I use daily to transport my work stuff (computer/files/lunch/gym clothes) for the long trek from the parking lot to my office. I call it my SUV briefcase as I go over curbs, up stairs and even have used it as a hand truck to carry in cases of beverages. The telescoping handle is none worse for the wear other than some red paint from going over the curbs. The fabric and zippers are almost like new.
B products aren’t cheap but considering the longevity of them and that unsurpassed warranty, they are a bargain if only they could make them lighter!Lisa FD
Just got the Valoroso 28″ Pullman SAX in today. It is one huge suitcase built like the proverbial brickhouse. Weight without divider and garment sleeve is 8.1kg=17.85lb. The 28″ BR baseline expandable model which is comparable weighs 17lb2oz. So that’s only about 10oz difference. Some more comparison points: on the cheap side the ebags 29″ getaway bag is 15lb. The Travelpro Plat5 28″ model is only 14lb 10oz. The Tumi model is 16lb and 10z.
There are some solutions that are similar in packing volume or outer dimensions which are duffles and rolling poly spinners respectively. These are around 10 12lb. As light as it gets for this size with wheels and a modicum of structure.
However, the Valoroso is a hardcase covered with cloth on five sides. The cover side is so thick and upholstered and has so many layers that one can call the case a hard case for all intents and purposes. So then we can compare to the Samsonite Silh. 11 spinner at 16lb 10oz, The Bric’s Pininfarina 30″ trolley spinner at 17lb 3oz, the Victorinox Officer’s trunk at 17.5lb in alu, or at the high end the Rimowa 28″ multi wheel at 12.2lb.
No matter how you slice it, the Valoroso is one of the heaviest cases. However, from just looking at the thing and checking it out and from having read about how it is constructed and comparing it to Tumi, Rimowa, TP adidas sale Plat5 and BR (all of which I own and use, too), this beast is the king of the hill.
The material is twice as thick as BR material which is already thicker than Tumi. This is logical since the Valoroso uses a special weave of ballistic 10650 nylon PLUS cordura 1000d nylon.
It is also constructed with many really smart details. What I like best is the removable divider panel that works as a shirt folder and has other pockets, too.