thanks k5z and theorist
im def leaning towards the wheeled bags as the main objective for this purchase is to pack it all in and fly out west (for some real snow LOL)
whats the best color for the airports? i would assume black .. i have dakine luggage (black) and it has done well with run of the mill cross country travel
i see some of the brown and white bags and cant imagine how easily beatup they must get ...