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10 Ultralight Rolling Carry-on Bags Under 5 Lbs.

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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 21.5-inch IT Luggage World’s Lightest two-wheel suitcase weighs in at 3.43 pounds. An even smaller 19-inch carry-on is only 2.88 pounds.

Why We Like It: It was true when we reviewed it two 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.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Lucas Vortex Lite Expandable Ultra-Lightweight Spinner

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The Numbers: According to multiple sellers, the 20-inch Lucas Expandable Ultra-Lightweight Spinner is 5.7 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.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Sherpani Nuage

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The Numbers: The 22-inch Sherpani Nuage weighs 3.85 pounds.

Why We Like It: In a recent review, we gave it high marks for great detailing like interior mesh 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.

Where to Buy ItAmazon

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.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Samsonite Black Label Firelite 20″ Spinner

The Numbers: The Samsonite Black Label Firelite 20″ Spinner weighs 4.44 pounds.

Why We Like It: An appealing balance of form and function, the Firelite looks cool (and comes in great colors) and was designed for strength and handling.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Zero Halliburton Zero Air II

The Numbers: The 20-inch Zero Halliburton Zero Air II is 4.8 pounds.

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

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Ricardo Beverly Hills 20-Inch 4W WheelAboard

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The Numbers: The Ricardo Beverly Hills Venice Superlight 20-inch 4W WheelAboard suitcase is 4.9 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 mesh zip dividers.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Traveler’s Choice Forza

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The Numbers: The 22-inch Traveler’s Choice Forza weighs five pounds.

Why We Like It: A roomy interior with tie-down straps, spinner wheels, and nylon exterior make this a solid choice for the price.

Where to Buy It: Amazon

Rimowa Salsa Air Multiwheel

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The Numbers: The 17-inch Salsa Air Mini Multiwheel weighs 3.5 pounds; the 22-inch Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel IATA weighs 4.2 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.

Where to Buy It: LuggagePros.com

Eagle Creek Lync System

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The Numbers: The 20-inch EC Lync System weighs 4 pounds 6 ounces; the 22-inch version weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces. Configured as a backpack or a duffel without the rolling frame, the bags are 1 pound 12 ounces and 1 pound 14 ounces, respectively.

Why We Like It: The EC Lync System is a rolling bag that converts to a backpack or a duffel, and can be collapsed and stored in a small stuff sack. We applaud Eagle Creek for totally rethinking what an ultra-lightweight carry-on can be.

Where to Buy It: The 20-inch bag and the 22-inch version from REI

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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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