ince the trend of airlines charging an arm and a leg for checked bags isn’t changing anytime soon, you might want to check out some lightweight luggage.
Also, I don’t know about you, but when my carry-on is too heavy, I end up sore. It’s no fun being cramped, stiff and sore from travel!
What I have found is that how heavy my luggage makes a pretty big difference. So, when it comes to lightweight travel, you can either become a ninja packer or… choose lightweight luggage.
If I feel like I need to bring extra items, I also bring the lightest luggage that I have. Lightweight luggage makes a big difference when it comes to reducing travel aches and pains.
So basically, I care a lot how light my luggage is. That said, with just about every company claiming their luggage is light choosing lightweight luggage can feel like a shot in the dark.
And on top of that when I’m buying a product, I’m not about to bring a scale with me and start weighing things. Heck no.
In this lightweight luggage round up, we’ve taken care of all of that for you. We’ve found the best lightweight luggage on the market and made sure that each is actually featherweight!
It drives me crazy when I am searching for an item, think I’ve found it, and it isn’t what I am looking for! But, now we have a guide for you to ensure you find what you need.
How Light is Lightweight?
With every manufacturer pretty much so claiming that their luggage is lightweight, what does it actually mean? In our research and talking to buyers we found some luggage marked as lightweight that’s laughably heavy.
In our book luggage under 5 pounds is considered ultra lightweight luggage, from 6 to 9 pounds is lightweight. And then the 10 to 12 lb luggage is ‘ lighter than most, but not quite ‘lightweight luggage’. We come up with these numbers by looking at the average weights for different types of luggage across the board.
Our requirements for what is lightweight or ultralightweight is stricter than most standards. We’ve done this because this day the entire industry is moving toward lighter and lighter bags. We think that the old standard is outdated!
In our article, we’ve broken down the suitcases by ultra lightweight, lightweight and then lighter than your average suitcases.
As you read through the article, durability generally tends to increase with weight.
ULTRA LIGHT, Lightweight luggage: 2-5LBS
First up on our list is IT is worlds lightest. This piece of luggage is truly a feat of engineering. Weighing in at an impressive 3.43 pounds IT’s spinner is the world’s lightest carry-on.
This featherweight bag is less durable than one might hope. However, if you use this bag as a carry-on only then you don’t have to worry.
The only real drawback is that the zipper has a tough time closing around one corner due to a flawed design.
Named after the risk-takers gene 7r, the 7R is the lightest Hartmann spinner. Buyers love how lightweight and easy to navigate this luggage is. The 7R’s excellent packing design is simply a bonus that comes with this lightweight luggage!
Up to 26% lighter than the Salsa Collection the Air is clearly lightweight luggage! The Salsa Air offers not only Rimowa’s signature style but a vibrant color pallet. To cut down on weight, cost, and frills, the Air has a minimal packing structure.
We love that the Air comes in bright colors and a streamlined design. These cases are perfect for travelers who want to find their luggage and don’t mind the Air’s paired down features.
The drool-worthy lightweight luggage Zero Air II is ideal for the sleek business traveler. Halliburton is known for their military grade aluminum luggage and modern style.
The Zero Air II features a double ribbed design that reinforces the case without adding bulk. Just like the brand, this lightweight luggage presents the highest quality contemporary design.
LIGHT, Lightweight luggage: 6-9LBS
This ultra stealth spinner is first on our best carry on luggage for business travel round up!
We’ve got the Salsa Deluxe first because of its hybrid construction. This spinner gives you the best of soft side pockets and a hard side protective shell.
On top of all that you will be 007 chic gliding from terminal to terminal! .
For those who appreciate adventure travel, you have to check out Eagle Creek. Featured on our top luggage brands list this outdoor apparel brand offers a lot of bang for your buck.
Let’s start with the design. The Load Warrior has multiple compression straps and easy-carry handles, a laundry shoot and more!
Oh, and we can’t forget that Eagle Creek offers the incredible No Matter What Warranty. This warranty covers all types of damage for the lifetime of the product!
EAGLE CREEK Load Warrior
- 450D Geo Ripstop , 210D Exo Skeleton , 450D Helix Poly
- Polyester lining
- Reinforced hypalon bumper protection
- Oversized tread wheels
- Water repellent geo ripstop
- Eagle creek covered by the No matter what warranty*
- Top heeper hold for a helmet or extra bag
- Lockable zippers
- Multiple easy grab handles on front and sides
Buyers are happy with L.I.F.T Lightweight luggage spinner. This bag offers a durable soft-side luggage option. According to travelers the real perks of this bag are its cost, easy storage, and durability. The drawbacks that people mentioned, however, are that the bag is bulky and that it will tip over if packed incorrectly.
It’s hard not to look at the Tumi Vapor and think: “Wow that looks cool!” Not to mention, the Vapor is easy to spot on the carousel.
The Vapor is Tumi’s lightweight luggage option that glides effortlessly when fully packed.
Haven’t heard of Nautica? Think again, you may have seen this brand’s whole family fashions, home goods or polo shirts. Even though Nautica doesn’t focus on travel, their lightweight luggage is worth checking out.
Nautica is all about rich performance, color, and nautical style. The Ahoy luggage is no different and matches the brand’s vibe.
- 100% ABS
- 360 Wheels
- Recessed, push locking handles
- Fully lined interior
- Two mesh pockets and valet straps
This spinner is sleek on the inside and out and easy to roll
Buyers have mentioned that this bag is a bit wobbly and lacks a side carry handle. So if you want a carry-on or checked bag that will last, we recommend looking at a brand that specializes in travel.
The knockout Delsey Helium Aero calls to mind the Samsonite Winfield or even the Tumi Vapor. Although this bag calls to mind other luggage, it has a design all its own.
Inside the Helium has a laptop sleeve which is a nice touch. However, this bag doesn’t have a flat interior packing space which can be a real drawback.
DELSEY Helium Aero
- 100% polycarbonate
- Deep metallic finish
- Expands up to 2 inches
- Two lined pockets
- Web straps
- Zippered divider
- Recessed one-button, two stage locking handle
- 10 year limited warranty
- Double zpinner wheels
Buyers also complain that there are quite a few zippers on this bag and it feels a bit bulky. Never the less we had to include the Helium on our list for it’s durability. For a lightweight luggage option, this Delsey bag is tougher than most.
The Antler Juno is quite the modern and distinctive piece! You certainly will not have any trouble finding this lightweight luggage at the carousel.
What we love about this bag is its integrated TSA lock, reinforcing ribbed design and 360 wheels.
‘LIGHTER THAN MOST’ lightweight luggage: 10-13 LBS
What list of lightweight luggage would be complete without Briggs & Riley?! None.. That’s why we’ve added the Baseline to our list! This “lighter than most” bag comes with a neat compression and expansion feature.
What this feature means is that you can pack more and then compress your bag back down to carry on size! Pretty cool right? As always Briggs & Riley bags are covered by their awesome Simple as that Warranty.
BRIGGS & RILEY Baseline Large Exp. Upright
- 100% Ballistic Nylon
- V-Groove handle
- Hybrid fiber glass frame to stop jamming
- Outsider pocket for quick access
- Smart link strap
- Top and side carry handles; telescoping pull handle
- Exterior zip pockets
- lockable double zipper
- Outsider, flat packing handle
Victorinox is the premium adventure luggage brand you have to know. And yes, of course, it’s on our top luggage brands list!
This brand even made our top 10 luggage brands list as well. Victorinox designs its luggage for travelers who want sleek, high-performance luggage.
The CH-97 offers a durable bag that conceals wear and tear. CH-97’s fabric makes this lightweight luggage an ideal checked bag option.
- 1500d Tedelolon, Versatek
- Interior zippered hanging pocket
- Exterior easy access pockets
- Add a bag strap
- Compression straps
- Lockable YKK Racquet Coil zippers
- TSA approved lock
- Rear corner guards and TPE kick plate
- 2″ expandability
According to buyers, this luggage is better as a checked bag since it’s prone to tipping when full.
Most basic hard side suitcases aren’t flexible. So it’s pretty great that the Traveler’s Choice Tasmania expands up to 25%! What’s even better is that this luggage sits at a relatively low price point and comes in a set of three.
The “cons” that we’ve found are to be expected of a cost effective hard side case. For example, the Tasmania doesn’t have extra pockets and is a bit heavier than travelers would like.
Tumi’s premium 19 Degree Collection is a gleaming lightweight luggage option. This bag features a stunning cutting edge design and comes in both aluminum and polycarbonate.
We love that this spinner comes with two snap clasp closures which are the hallmark of a great brand. And its pretty awesome that this bag comes with the TUMI Tracer, molded handles, and an aircraft-grade aluminum handle!
Cheers to lightweight luggage! Choosing a lightweight bag doesn’t have to be complicated. To pick the perfect luggage for you, you just need to know what to look for. Our round-up of the lightweight luggage is just starting. As we grow and continue to travel, we’ll be adding more bags for you to check out!
For now, we hope that you’ve found this article useful. This list has some of the lightest and best reviewed lightweight luggage currently available. But, if you have a burning question about a bag you don’t see here, message us! We are happy to help.
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