Posted September 2nd, 2013, 09:24 AM
Last edited by herbanrenewal; September 2nd, 2013 at 09:43 AM
I think you really need to define exactly what you need.
I assume you are looking for a carryOn. I would recommend NOT getting lightweight if you plan to check the bag since they are not as durable.
If you want to minimize weight for an international travel which may have a weight lmiit of 18 pounds you want a very unstructured bag like a traditional duffel, a Rick Steves type of bag, or backpack. Wheeled luggage averages 2 pounds more than without wheels. The lightest weight bags are in the 3 to 5 pound range. Most "lightweight" luggage weighs around 7 pounds.
Know that a lot of 22"bags really measure 1 to 2" longer and only US carriers will allow them. If you want to be sure your lightweight bag will be acceptable take a tape measure and a luggage scale when you go shopping.
Buy the lightest luggage that meets your needs.
I have travelpro maxilite 22" for us flights, but an ebag etech 20" for international travel. When I'm carryon only I limit shoes to two pairs, wearing my walking shoes, and packing my lighter slip-ons. The limited shoe wardrobe reduces weight and lets me use my weight allowance for wheeled luggage. I really need wheels for getting through airports, trains, and getting to accommodations.
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