by Joe Henry | May 08, 2018
Of all the expensive equipment your traveling employee owns, it's their suitcase that gets beaten down the most. And that $50 discount bag they bought on sale from a stand at the mall just isn't cutting it anymore.

Perhaps they were reluctant to upgrade something that goes through the ringer so often, without fully realizing a buy-it-for-life suitcase can be both a money and lifesaver. For the traveler holdouts, who've been dragging their beaters around the airport, Samsonite and Tumi this year both have some enticing offerings for incentive merchants.

For the environmentally-conscious, Samsonite's new ECO-Glide is the perfect choice. The bag's fabric -- including the lining -- is made entirely of recycled bottles. So those using it can tread more easily knowing their greenhouse footprint has been lightened.

Despite the revolutionary fabric design, the bag still has the familiar Samsonite toughness and quality. It has a wrap-around frame to keep the weight down, an expansion system for those who aren't light packers, and a featherweight wheel system that performs smoothly.

The ECO-Glide series is available as a spinner in 20-, 25-, and 29-inch sizes as well as an underseat carry-on.

New from Tumi this year is a fantastic collection called Latitudes. This is tough, hard-sided luggage designed to be bendable and flexible. Tumi touts it as the most durable hardside case it's ever designed, so be sure to get this for the employee who doesn't treat her luggage gently, and who expects unrelenting performance no matter how much stress her gear goes through.

But don't expect the bag's toughness to be a drag. The Latitude collection is also extremely light, made of polypropylene ballistic material. And with a completely new wheel system, the bag is highly maneuverable through crowded airports and train stations. It's for employees who want luxury without giving up on durability.

And of course, these suitcases have all the features one would expect from Tumi, including its well-known toughness, freely spinning wheels, and efficiently-designed packing compartments.

Buy this suitcase and not only will you be the most stylish person in the airport, you'll never have to worry about an equipment malfunction again.

The Latitude comes in sizes appropriate for extended trips, short trips, and two carry-on sizes -- international and slim.