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Luggage Components Descriptions

Fabrication Construction

Ballistic Nylon (denier - 1600, 2520, etc.)* 
Polyester (600 denier, 1200 denier, 1800 denier)*
*Denier is the thickness of the individual threads that make up the yarn. Not the amount of threads per square inch


Types of Fabrics

Polyester -Durable, lightweight, slashable, not very sturdy, treated for stains.
Nylon - Highly durable, lightweight, stands up to sharp objects & rips, sturdy and treated for stains.



Most handles today are pariscoping meaning the handles are adjustable and can be expanded for easy portability. All handles are aluminum. Better product is usually high grade structural aluminum. More moderate priced products are sturdy but not as high grade.



Extremely important part of the product, because of the stress that full packing of product puts on this component. Most products use a #10 self healing nylon zippers for main packing compartments, and either #8 or #5 for pockets where there is less stress.



This is a component whose material content is determined largely by retail and quality level.
Most better and higher grade products utilize either a full or partial honey comb PVC frame. This is a highly durable, lightweight material with built in memory. The best fabrication for luggage.
At the medium price range either a partial honey comb PVC frame by itself or in combination with PE (polyethelene) board is used. This is particularly true in those products that are termed (Lightweight). Steel framing with PE board in the shoulders of the cases is used at the beginning and promotional price products.


Types of Frames

Metal - made up of steel approximately 1-3 inches thick running around the interior of the case. If too much pressure is applied to the frame it will not keep its shape.
Honeycomb -Most commonly made of PVC, it has air pockets running within the frame, which allows the frame to flex when force is applied to it. Honeycomb frames are very durable and because they are made of plastic, they are also fairly lightweight.  



Most manufacturers use a ball bearing roller blade skate wheel. The better the product the more upgraded the wheel. They are usually larger, quieter, and set into the body of the case to avoid damaging contact


Product Features

Fully or partially lined interiors

All Upright items in the Belk assortment have fully lined interiors. The difference in lining fabrication is normally determined by retail price level. Better product can use a more durable nylon for interior fabric. More moderately priced product will normally have a polyester or polyester/cotton lining.


Accessory Bags

Most uprights will have an accessory piece to hold cosmetics and personal items. Better product will have more elaborate and larger items. Moderate product will be smaller and more basic in nature.


Suiter Features

Usually a separate compartment with suitable frame or garment sleeve feature that enables the consumer to pack a suit or suits depending upon the size upright.


Identification tags

Should be on all luggage pieces. Can be either a tag attached to a handle or placed directly on the body of an upright with a sleeve that identification information can be placed.


Lifting handle/foot

A piece of hardware mounted on the bottom of an upright that enables the user to lift the article into a trunk, on to a bed or rack. Also serves the purpose of giving the upright the proper backward tilt to aid in stability.



With very few exceptions all luggage uprights have an expandability feature. This a feature that is controlled by a zipper that tracks along the outer circumference of the bag. When zipped open it allows a bag to expand its capacity by 2 to 3 inches depending upon manufactures. This gives the consumer a case that is equal or close to equal packing capacity of the next largest upright size. It is important to inform the customer that the carry on size when full expanded and packed does not always meet airline carry on standards.

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