Traveling lightly has become more and more of a necessity thanks to luggage fees and minimal weight restrictions with checked and carry-on luggage, which is why lightweight luggage is a must! Checking full size luggage is something that we do quite rarely when traveling with our children. Now that my two girls are 4 and 6, they tote their own carry-on through the airport during trips that are between 3-5 days in length. We could most likely pull it off during longer trips and cruises from 7-10 days; however, with a 2 year old, frequent outfit changes and extra supplies are usually required, so we tend to check our bags. The limit for a full size bag is 50 lbs and we somehow manage to pack exactly 50 pounds if not a couple of ounces over, leaving zero room for additional gifts or items we may have purchased along the way.
Our Heys Luggage is definitely on the lighter side, but not as light as it could be. We purchased the set 5 years ago and have had each of the 3 pieces fixed during that time. Thankfully, the 5 year warranty protected us against spending any extra on repairs. However, if they do break again, I’ll be looking for another set – this time lighter.
During a flight to Cancun several days ago, I watched an episode of Business Traveler on CNN where they interviewed the Chief Executive of Samsonite and said that the cases are 50% the weight that they were 55 years ago. People are more concerned about the weight of their luggage than they have ever been in the past. Small enough to get in the overhead bins and light enough to get the most bang for your buck. Just how light? You’d be surprised!
ZERO Haliburton has been manufacturing lightweight and rugged luggage since 1938. Their ZERO Air luggage is the lightest collection to date and features silent swiveling wheels, a built-in TSA lock, telescoping handles and its outer shell is made from high-impact polypropylene.
Weight: 4.8 lbs for the 20 inch carry-on case.
Price: $276.50 from ZERO
L.I.F.T stands for Lightweight Innovations For Travel. This collection from Samsonite comes with a 10 year warranty and is very lightweight. It is the lightest softside and has an ultra lightweight pullhandle.
Weight for the 21 inch carry-on: 6.5 lbs.
Price: Currently on sale for $139.99 through Samsonite
SAMSONITE WINFIELD 2
If hardside luggage is your preference, Samsonite has created a sequel of it’s beloved Winfield collection. Made from 100% polycarbonate, this luggage offers 360 degree wheels, mounted TSA combination lock and comes with a 10 year warranty.
Weight: 6.7 lbs for the 20″ carry-on.
Price: $139.99 through Samsonite
HEYS XCASE SPINNER
Known as the “World’s Lightest Spinner”, the xcase has been tried and true favourite for years now. It’s made from lightweight, flexible Polycarbonate, the same material used in making Bullet-Proof Glass.
Weight: 5.9 lbs for the carry-on.
Price: $91.02 through Heys Canada
EAGLE CREEK ADVENTURE LINE
Eagle Creek luggage is built tough and some of the collections integrate with their infamous Pack-It System. This carry-on is no exception. It features two-way lockable zippers, over-sized wheels to help conquer any terrain and a tested wheel and handle system.
Weight: 7lbs 2 oz for the carry-on.
Price: $269.00 through Eagle Creek
HEYS FLYLITE SPORT
If you are looking for a hybrid between lightweight and hardside, the FlyLite Sport may be the lightest you’ll find. This neat design combines the soft-side front panel with a hard-side structure. The frameless design is just one of the reasons why this piece is so lightweight.
Weight for the 20″ carry-on: 4.8 lbs.
Price for the entire set of 3: $280.70 from Heys Canada
This luggage is made with a “A” grade triple layer virgin polycarbonate and its design is inspired by nature’s waterfall. The TSA combination lock is attached to the case and the interior is fully lined.
Weight: 4.6 lbs for the 22 inch carry-on.
Price: $155.00 through Antler
RIMOWA SALSA AIR
Made from a polycarbonate shell instead of their usual aluminum, the Salsa Air is featherlight and made to last.
Weight: 4.25 lbs.
Price: $475.00 through zappos.com
IT LUGGAGE WORLD’S LIGHTEST
And last but not least is the world’s lightest luggage. Made from high-density polyester and an ultra strong fiberglass frame, this super cute piece is as light as you can get.
Weight: 4 lbs 1oz.
Price: $59.99 from eBags.com