Here’s the thing about ultralight luggage: It’s not always very light. In our opinion, the ultralight category should be reserved for suitcases six pounds and under. But such lightweight luggage can be hard to find.
The Lightest Carry-on Luggage
We’ve rounded up 10 carry-on spinner and roller bags that weigh in under the six-pound mark. They range in price from affordable to splurge-worthy and come with a variety of bells and whistles. From lightest to heaviest (based on manufacturers’ specs), here they are.
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Samsonite Black Label Lite-Shock Carry-On
The Numbers: The Samsonite Black Label Lite-Shock Carry-On weight in at just 3.7 pounds.
Why We Like It: This suitcase is just about a lightweight as they come. With retractable handle inlayed in the back of the case, 360-degree spinner wheels, and a zippered organization compartment, this bag doesn’t sacrifice any of the functionality of its heavier counterparts.
July Light Expandable Carry-On
The Numbers: The July Light Expandable Carry-On is 4.9 pounds.
Why We Like It: This 35L option can be expanded up to 40L, providing plenty of packing space. The lining is water- and stain-resistant and the exterior is made from a strong polycarbonate exterior, making this one of the most durable options on this list.
Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel Carry-On
The Numbers: The 22-inch Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel weighs 5.19 pounds.
Why We Like It: It’s a rolling bag with the ability to hold more: You can strap additional equipment to the Gear Warrior’s front. It also has compression straps, lockable zippers, and a bottle opener.
Aerolite Carry-on MAX Lightweight
The Numbers: The 22-inch Aerolite Carry-On MAX Lightweight weighs 5.3 pounds.
Why We Like It: Aerolite’s lightweight carry-on has roomy pockets, an affordable price, and a five-year guarantee.
Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Spinner
The Numbers: The Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Spinner is 5.4 pounds.
Why We Like It: In many cases, lightweight comes at the expense of durability. Not so with this elegant, streamlined bag, which was built to be lightweight and tough.
Rockland Rio Carry-On
The Numbers: The Rockland Rio Carry-On is 5.5 pounds.
Why We Like It: The Rockland Rio is able to be wheeled with the retractable handle or carried by the ergonomic top or side handles. The best part: this suitcase comes with a matching tote bag, perfectly sized for use as a personal item.
Bric’s X-BAG 21″ Carry-on Spinner
The Numbers: The 21-inch Bric’s X-Bag Carry-on Spinner weighs 5.5 pounds.
Why We Like It: This dependable nylon carry-on can fit a ton, plus it’s stylish. It doesn’t skimp on features either, with four 360-degree spinner wheels, a telescoping handle, and leather detailing.
Travelpro Walkabout Carry-On
The Numbers: The Travelpro Walkabout Carry-On comes in at just 5.5 pounds.
Why We Like It: Eight spinner wheels give this bag maximum maneuverability and the interior lid pocket as well as exterior organizational pockets keep necessary items close at hand.
Lucas Ultra Lightweight 20″ Spinner
The Numbers: The Lucas Ultra Lightweight 20″ Spinner weighs 5.8 pounds.
Why We Like It: We love its roomy pockets and spinner wheels.
Calpak Ambeur Carry-On
The Numbers: The 21″ Calpak Ambeur Carry-On is exactly 6 pounds.
Why We Like It: The CALPAK Ambeur barely makes the cut at 6 pounds even, but the variety of features it offers make up for the extra weight. We love the inside zipper pockets and a separate accessory bag as well as the compression straps that let travelers utilize every last inch of space. It’s expandable up to 2-inches.
Editor’s note: Carol McPherson, Ashley Rossi, and Codey Albers contributed to this story. This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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