Victorinox Werks Traveler is light, durable, expensive and has version numbers. Yep, just like software. I own the Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ (or maybe itís 22″) suitcase. When version 3.0 came out all their retailers dumped stock to the luggage and travel discounters. Learned about it because Iím on Sierra Trading Postís mailing list. I'd never buy it at the list price but I'm totally happy with it. Victorinox is better known as the Swiss Army Knife company.
Compare the weight of Werks Traveler bags to bags of comparable size and features. The Victronix weighs a lot less. Compare the higher price for the Victronix bag to your favorite airlineís excess weight fees and do the math.
The best thing about the bag is itís pull handle. I feel the weight of the bag as something Iím mostly pulling forward, not something Iím partially lifting.
The hand grip on the end of the arm rotates 90 degrees. I find it easier on my wrist when my palm is facing my body:
not parallel to the floor:
Finally the handle is rugged. On almost every pass through an airport I see people dealing with broken pull handles. After one bus ride the luggage guy was just tossing bags out. One passenger saw his bag only to see another land on it. He grabbed the pull handle of the other bag to move it off his suitcase. He broke the handle. I didnít hang around to see the subsequent conversation with the broken bagís owner.
The Werks bagís extension arm is a single alunimum tube with a cross section large enough to give it substantial strength. My bag was dropped on itís extended arm. Because it is curved, that meant a significant impact. (The typical straight extension arms would strike the floor flat, spreading the impact). The arm gained a little slop in itís action but it didnít break. I count that as a win