How does this bag compare to others like the Athalon line? I have others that the pocket linings tear out after only a few uses.
I've used it only once; it was a check-in bag on a trip to FL and back, but it survived quite nicely. I really like the bag.
I can not compare this to the Athalon line because I am unfamilar with it but I can tell you I was very impressed with this product. It is very lightweight yet durable. I usually take two pieces of luggage but now I was able to fit everything in one and I was away for 10 days. The wheels are very smooth and the handle expands and retracts easily. I enjoy the option of making this a full one piece or utilizing the section for the drop bottom. The only negative I have is the top opening could have been slightly larger but it is very manageable. I hope this helps.
I have only used the bag on one three week adventure. No problems yet.
The bag was purchased for an upcoming trip so cannot answer from personal experience yet. However, I did a lot of research on the bag (and several others) prior to purchase. The bag received very high ratings and several comments were made about the quality. Many commented on the multiple times used and its durability. Hope this helps.
I have used the High Sierra wheeled duffel once without issue. The liner appears to be of high quality. I used it skiing and had the drop down separator zipped with ski boots and snow boots in the bottom. That line also had no issues. The bag rolls well and I was pleased that my large ski boots fit in the drop down with the snow boots. It is a perfect bag for a 3-5 day ski/leisure trip. Hope this helps.
I have only 1 flight on this bag, so I cannot determine its lining stability just yet. I am impressed with the bag and I packed what seemed like a lot of gear in it, and especially the drop bottom was great. It did show no wear on a cross-country and i will pay attention to the lining's to see how they hold up.
Mine has held up well. It has tough outer material and a nice pocket arrangement. I'd buy another one.