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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

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The Numbers: The 21.8-inch IT Luggage World’s Lightest two-wheel suitcase weighs in at 3.43 pounds. An even smaller 19-inch carry-on is only 4.8 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

(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 Global Carry-on Spinner

The Numbers: The 22-inch Hartmann 7R Global 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 Chatillon 21″ Carry-on

The Numbers: The 21-inch Delsey Chatillon 21″ Carry-on weighs 4.7 pounds.

Why We Like It: A roomy interior with tie-down straps, 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

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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