It's come time to replace my old suitcase. It'll be the size that has to get checked. I use it for 2 week work trips. My old one was fabric and had zippers on the front. Someone mentioned that hard shell exterior ones are superior. I feel like I'd miss the storage on the front. and hard case seem like it could break or crack fairly easily then it's done for, where as the fabric ones have some give. I dunno, make your case for the one you prefer.