So I read about people bringing dishes, sheets, cutting paraphernalia, etc. and think people have to be more like me than the extremely light packers. I pack heavier than I did in my younger days, and even than I did two years ago. In my 20's I'd grab my items last minute in any old soft bag and, inevitably, I'd forget something basic to my travels. This being said, I've never traveled with suitcases that I couldn't carryon, but didn't, usually, and am no longer carrying them on at all. So, I moved from purse sized soft bags to LL Bean-type book bags (with independent wheels) to a Delsey wheeled bag (17 x 14 x 6) with shoulder strap, to ... ultimately ending up with 5 alleged wheeled carryon's in my closet. I'm an addict.
I've been a fan of RS's wheelie, but as I'm checking these days I'm thinking I'll save that for other travel, although it has been checked quite a few times and has done fine. It looks like new. I have now moved to my 8 year old Hartman carryon bag that weighs 9+ lbs. and measures full exterior of 20" x 14" x 9 1/2", versus RS wheelie's 5+ pounds. So just in my suitcase I have moved back to my favorite, heavier bag and will start at 9+ lbs, which means I'll likely come in at 25-26 lbs. This is a strong suitcase so I think it holds up better when checked. It works well on cobblestones, as do all my wheeled bags so I don't get that argument, and I can carryon incase circumstances call for it.
Although, I don't pack excessive clothes, I do pack items that make me more comfortable. I have tried the 11 pound packing challenge a couple of times now and I wouldn't want to lug it around. Heavy, no, not in the scheme of things, but a PITA to carry for hours and heavy by the end of the day, IMO. I never make it downstairs even! I do pack my underseat bag with a complete change of clothes and all important items, so I'd be traveling light and OK, if my suitcase never arrived...which in 63 years, always has. So who else packs heavier and enjoys it?
Hold harmless: my next trip is 7 full days in one place (10 days altogether) and public trans or taxi (will be last minute decision), and there is a lift for luggage even thought I can certainly lift this weight into an overhead and up stairs. I am a packing addict and proud of it! So who else packs heavier and/or thinks there is a limit to how light one must go?