So after years of traveling using a combination of a small backpack (cabin) + cabin-size wheeled luggage (which I actually checked), it is time to replace it. The hold luggage served me well but it has exhausted its useful life.
Although I always thought hard-shell luggage to be great for protection, I was put off by their empty weight. Now, Samsonite has this new line of what appear to be really great hard-shell luggage with 3-point locking handles (TSA compliant) instead of zipper. It weighs just 5 pounds empty (since I will use it as checked luggage, althoug cabin-sized, wouldn't be an issue) and uses what it claims to be a very strong composite material that takes the beating of cargo handlers well. It has great reviews on Amazon as well.
Does anybody have experience using hardshell luggage? Any feedback on them? All luggage cases I've owned or "operated" so far had been soft with zippers (and/or shoulder straps).