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New Lightweight Carry On

I just read about a new wheeled carry on bag that claims to be the lightest in the world. (Questionable.)

The July Carry On Light is from an Australian company but is available in the US.)

The specs:

Weight: 1.8 kg/3.9 lbs

Volume: 32L

External Measurments: 54 x 36 x 19 cm/21.25 x 14.17 x 7.5 in.

Internal Measurments: 46.5 x 35.5 x 19 cm/18.31 x 13.98 x 7.5 in

(Specs came from their website.)

It comes in a few different colors. The cost is $245. (Not cheap.)

There is an expanded version that weighs one pound more and the depth starts at 8.6 inches and expands about an inch. Volume goes from 35 L to 40 L) It costs $20 more.

I have not seen this bag in person so I can't say if it's good, bad or somewhere in between. But I know some here are always on the lookout for new bags.

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Thanks for the info on the July Carry On Light - that's insane how light it is at just 3.9 lbs! My bag feels heavy at 4.7 lbs in comparison. 😲 After checking their site, I see they claim it's actually the lightest double-wheeled suitcase in the world. This got me thinking that there may be even lighter options if you don't need wheels or just want a single pair of wheels. 🧳

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You can also find a bag weighing about the same made by IT luggage.

And it costs a lot less.

IT used to make a lighter two wheeled bag but it looks like it's been discontinued. You might be able to find it at a discount store like TJ Maxx, Rose, Marshalls, etc.

My current bag, the Samsonite Airea, weighs 1.9 kg but isn't available in the US. It has to be ordered from the UK. However, the new specs says it weighs slightly more. They must have made some change since I bought mine three years ago.

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The interesting thing is the July bag is hardshell.

@engrdavid42, sure, many non-wheeled bags are lighter - the Rick Steves Classic backpack bag is just a bit over 2 pounds.

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Or you can go with a Travel Pro for $100 less at Amazon. I just prefer soft sided luggage over hard sided.

We've been through two sets of Travel Pro the last 20 years, and they're a favorite brand mentioned by seasoned travelers on this website. We buy new ones when the old ones get really dirty.

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The specs:

Weight: 1.8 kg/3.9 lbs
Volume: 32L
External Measurments: 54 x 36 x 19 cm/21.25 x 14.17 x 7.5 in.
Internal Measurments: 46.5 x 35.5 x 19 cm/18.31 x 13.98 x 7.5 in

(Specs came from their website.)

I have to wonder about those specs, which give the inside thickness of the suitcase as 19 cm, the same as the outside thickness. Are the walls of the front and back panels really 0 cm thick? What keeps the contents from falling out?

I’ve got this one; it’s been on about 12 separate flights so far,
holds an amazing amount of stuff

I'd hardly call 32L (actually 31½L according to their dimensions, and I think that's pushing it) an amazing amount of stuff. A US regulation soft bag (22"x14"x9") with 1/8" thick fabric will give you almost 38L.

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Well, you can disagree with me about my Heys 21” case, but for an almost three week trip to Italy, I was able to pack everything I needed.
I had room for a few souvenirs to bring home as well.
As I said, I think it’s an amazing suitcase.

A 22” inch bag might not be allowed as a carryon on many airlines, especially some European ones.
Ask me how I know……

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Hi Frank II - looked into the Samsonite Airea and it looks promising! Question - how has it held up over the years? I’m seeing some mixed reviews on the Samsonite site saying the frames are dented or bent,

Also, how has it stood up to being checked-In, if you’ve ever tried?

Thank you!

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My math says its 32.4L, then take out the .4 for the rounded corners and 32 is probably pretty close. On sale for $208. I like it. When it comes down to $47.95 i buy one.

I get why the 7.5 is the same inside and out. Cause the thickness of the material is less than 0.05" Just got lost in the rounding. Its okay. I like the larger one a bit more because the rule with most of my flights is 9" .

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I have checked my Samsonite a few times and will be checking it again next weekend (maybe.)

It's held up just fine.

What I have learned is I have to take my backpack off the bag when moving through rough pavement and cobblestones. The extra weight makes it hard to manage.

But other than that, it's fine. I don't expect it to last a lifetime but this particular one has gone on three years of full time travel.

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looked into the Samsonite Airea and it looks promising! Question - how has it held up over the years? I’m seeing some mixed reviews on the Samsonite site saying the frames are dented or bent,

We purchased 2 Samsonite Aireas 2 years ago after reading Frank II's description. They are both the earlier 1.9kg weight and Selfridges's shipping charge was only $30 total for both of them ($205 a piece at that time). We haven't checked them but they have taken some wear and tear on trams, trains, coaches, taxis, planes etc. They still look fairly new and no frame damage is seen. They are very lightweight though and we don't expect long life. But in the meantime we love 'em!

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Don’t overlook the 5.5 lbs Steves 2-wheel carton. The half-fabric hybrid top design trims down weight while the stiff toboggan style bathtub is very rigid.

Also lightweight (under 6.5 lbs) model lines are turning up at Marshall’s and TJMax, but don’t expect to get travel store or premium outlet grade versions.

Marshall’s and TJMax no longer sell production line over runs and department store overstocks in their luggage corner. All their bags are specially prepared, just for them, different models that you won’t find at travel stores or premium outlets or, in the case if Travelpro, even on those brands websites. Most of them come from the same factory- Marshall’s and TJMax supposedly buy from one supplier that has licensed the brand name usage rights. They are almost all good quality, but the feature sets are seemingly random. The prices are great compared to Target. If you don’t use the telescoping handles to lift them or to bump down stairs they hold up a long time. Of course the spinners are at greater risk of snapped off wheels if you check them, 2 wheel styles with inset skate style wheels at the two corners can handle more abuse.

In terms of the new Euro sized 2-wheeler from Steves, I had the original Steves rectangular 22” carryon and two years ago got the half soft top 20” that replaced it. Steves was brave to stick with 2 wheels but their greater space efficiency means my much less tall carryon holds as much as a 22” spinner style. (though not as much as my outgoing Steves 2-wheeler!). The use of a new toboggan style bathtub shell at the bottom with just fabric for the “top half of the top half” of the carryon seems less protective of contents up there, but in practice it’s always just clothing up there anyway and upper corner baggage handler damage is now a thing of the past. It’s too bad Steves hasn’t come up with a solution for an indestructible trolley handle as well. For about a $50 premium I think the Steves is a great alternative to budget carryons, and I think it’s worth a couple of pounds in weight compared to the occasional ultralight.

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At some point, the amount of weight-savings will be a problem for durability and overall structure...unless you're paying for machined aluminum and carbon fiber, and even then.

I get that some people are very light packers, however over the course of a decade and multiple-uses per year, I'm having a hard time seeing how such lightweight rollers are able to stand the test of time. Hats off if you're able to make it work but, I fly about 20-25x/year and I've seen way too many lightweight, inexpensive luggage pieces fall apart because they were unable to withstand the rigors of travel.

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You have a valid point. But I was surprised how well my $45 Walmart Special held up. The $200 replacement didnt do as well. Both were about 6lbs. Back to the Walmart bags. I find out I run out of volume before i hit the 8kg weight limit on my most of my flights. So no need to go below 6lbs. A womans packing might be different because their clothing tends to run lighter and an extra half pound might be worth it. Dont know.

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I've been using my 4 lb Samsonite Airea spinner for the past 3 years without a problem. And that's full time travel. Planes, trains, buses, ferries, airport terminals, train stations, bus stations, over pavement, over cobblestones, in and out of taxis, on city buses and subways.

I usually pack it between 18 and 20 pounds total.

It's still going strong. Unfortunately, it's not sold in the US but there are ways to get it.