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Cons: I bought this thinking Boyt was still manufactured in the USA, thus I was disappointed to find the "made in China" label on the box upon shipment. I thus returned the product unopened, as I would like US made products. This is just another rebranded generic chinese suitcase, by at your own risk.
Design: Excellent interior, particularly the wide web straps anchored at the bottom -- whether full or nearly empty, stuff will stay in place. Also the hanging garment section is well designed. I haven't carried a suit yet, but I am confident that the 3-section fold-up arrangement with small bolsters at the folds will work as well as any design I examined, if not better than some which appear likely to put a bad horizontal crease where you wouldn't want it. The simple hanging loop gives maximum flexibility to pull shirts or trousers straight from my closet into the bag, without having worry about the choice of hangers. After a couple of trips with the bag, I can confirm that the wide straps and flexible hanging combo makes it a breeze to pack, unpack, and re-pack at the end of the trip (my Tumi laundry bag also adds to the simplicity of repacking). After examining a few bags, I also wanted a simple zipper design for expansion -- some have a rigid snap-in-place approach which looks like trouble. I also like the 2 pole handle -- it feels sturdier and more comfortable than the telescoping or one-pole design of some other brands. Regarding exterior, Boyt's Olive was the only non-black bag color that I was willing to consider. I would have been fine with a black bag, but now I have something a little easier to spot at the carousel. And the overall shape and appearance beat the boxiest/most utilitarian of the bags -- placing it side by side with the B&R it wins easily on style.
Quality: We'll see how it holds up over time, but I could see no obvious differences between the materials, seams, and zippers. I wish the wheels didn't have the "mag wheels" design like a Hot Wheels car -- but this is purely an appearance thing -- the wheels are perfectly smooth and quiet.
Warranty: Boyt's is essentially the same as B&R -- it appears to be an unqualified lifetime warranty. Like the B&R bags, the Boyts are built to provide easy access (via zipper) to the bag frame should a serious repair be needed. Boyt was recently acquired by Hartmann, but as far as I can tell this does not change the strength of the current warranty.
Weight: It's harder than you think to get fully comparable weight specs from the internet. I wound up checking with luggage scales at a couple of the retailers I visited, and at approximately 12 lbs, this bag was within 8 oz of the lightest bag I checked, no mean feat given that the others were 1-2 inches shorter. This was about 2 lbs lighter than the heaviest of the comparably sized bags.
Price: It was on sale at the brick and mortar luggage retailer in my neighborhood, making it the least expensive of the bags I was seriously considering.
Cons: No issues so far -- after two trips with it I'm very happy
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