Field Test: 5 lightweight bags

With many airlines adopting new baggage-weight restrictions, luggage manufacturers have shaved pounds off their suitcases. How does that affect durability?

Samsonite Black Label X-Lite Hybrid Upright, $495 (weight: 10.5 pounds)
Samsonite Black Label X-Lite Hybrid Upright, $495 (weight: 10.5 pounds)
Grade: C
Durability: This hybrid bag (it's hard on one side, soft on the other) can get dented with a little banging around.
Functionality: The garment bag is nice, but the case itself doesn't have enough "give" when packing.
Favorite Feature: The peel-off letter decals - a quick way to personalize your bag. Runner-up: the silent rolling wheels.
Warranty: Limited lifetime - bag is not covered for damage caused by airlines.
Bottom Line: It's a plenty sleek suitcase with a James Bond-worthy look. But the dent potential might undo your 007 image.

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