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10 Ultralight Rolling Carry-on Bags Under 5 Lbs.


Here’s the thing about ultra-light luggage: it’s not always very light. The industry designation includes suitcases that weigh as much as eight pounds empty; that’s nearly a third of your average baggage allowance. We are not impressed.

The Lightest Carry-on Luggage

In our opinion, the ultra-light category should be reserved for suitcases five pounds and under. But suitcases this featherweight can be hard to find. So we’ve rounded up 10 carry-on roller bags that weigh in under the five-pound mark. They range in price from $65 to $800, and come with all variations of bells and whistles. From lightest to heaviest (based on manufacturer’s specs), here they are.

IT Luggage World’s Lightest – 2 Wheel

(Photo: IT Luggage)

The Numbers: The 21.8-inch IT Luggage World’s Lightest two-wheel suitcase weighs in at 3.43 pounds.

Why We Like It: It was true when we reviewed it five years ago and it’s true today: IT Luggage is still the lightest rolling carry-on we’ve ever seen. IT Luggage also has rollers with more features (like four wheels or a locking telescoping handle), but they weigh a little more.

Lucas Vortex Lite Expandable Ultra-Lightweight Spinner

Lucas luggage ultra lightweight carry on 20 inch expandable suitcase with spinner wheels (20in, old school navy)
(Photo: Lucas)

The Numbers: According to multiple sellers, the 20-inch Lucas Expandable Ultra-Lightweight Spinner is 5.5 pounds.

Why We Like It: The bag manages to squeeze in features such as zippered expansion, four spinner wheels, and plenty of pockets without adding a lot of weight to the design.

Aerolite Carry-on MAX Lightweight

The Numbers: The 22-inch Aerolite Carry-On MAX Lightweight weighs 4.62 pounds.

Why We Like It: Aerolite’s lightweight carry-on has roomy interior pockets and stretch material so you can fit in just a bit more. It’s by far the most feminine bag, with subtle patterns throughout.

Hartmann 7R Hardside Carry-on Spinner

Hartmann 7r hardside luggage with double spinner wheels
(Photo: Hartmann)

The Numbers: The 22-inch Hartmann 7R Hardside Carry-on Spinner weighs 3.9 pounds.

Why We Like It: This is the ne plus ultra of super-lightweight carry-ons. It earns its high price tag with details like shock-absorbing wheels, recessed leather carry handles, a carbon-fiber telescoping handle, and a water-resistant zipper.

Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner

The samsonite lite-box carry-on spinner weighs in at under five pounds.


The Numbers: The Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner weighs 4.85 pounds.

Why We Like It: An appealing balance of form and function, the Lite-Box offers sleek design and, with details like outside corner protection, was built for strength and handling.

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite

The Numbers: The 22-inch Travelpro Luggage Maxlite is 5.4 pounds.

Why We Like It: In many cases, lightweight comes at the expense of durability. Not so with the elegant, streamlined Luggage Maxlite, which was built to be lightweight and tough.

Jetstream Lightweight Carry-On

The Numbers: The Jetstream Lightweight Carry-On suitcase is 4.4 pounds.

Why We Like It: It’s an affordable carry-on that manages to come in under the five-pound mark with extras like with spinner wheels and a padded handle.

Delsey Paris Carry-On Spinner with Lock

DELSEY paris luggage chatelet hard+ carry on spinner suitcase hardcase with lock, champagne
(Photo: Delsey Paris)

The Numbers: The 21-inch Delsey Paris Carry-On Spinner weighs 4.3 pounds.

Why We Like It: A roomy interior, spinner wheels, and a durable exterior make this a solid choice for the price.

Lucas Ultra Light Weight Originals 20″ Spinner

The Numbers: The 20-inch Lucas Ultra Light Weight Originals 20″ Spinner weighs 3.5 pounds.

Why We Like It: We love its design, its spinner wheels (four wheels that allow for 360-degree mobility), and appreciate the zippered mesh separators that keep all your stuff from falling out when you open the suitcase.

Eagle Creek Load Warrior

Eagle creek load warrior 22 inch carry-on luggage
(Photo: Eagle Creek)

The Numbers: The 20-inch EC Load Warrior weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces.

Why We Like It: The EC Load Warrior is a rolling bag that can strap equipment to the front. The bag also has compression straps, lockable zippers, and a bottle opener.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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