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?

Travelpro TProXtreme Lite Expandable Rollaboard, $119 (weight: 10.6 pounds)
Travelpro TProXtreme Lite Expandable Rollaboard, $119 (weight: 10.6 pounds)
Grade: C-
Durability: The nylon was suitably rugged, but the handle bent fairly quickly. A seam also started to come apart.
Functionality: There's lots to like here, from the bag's impressive expansion capability to its no-tip base.
Favorite Feature: The removable hanging waterproof bag is great for toiletries and bathing suits.
Warranty: Limited lifetime - bag is not covered for damage caused by airlines.
Bottom Line: Being cheap doesn't excuse questionable durability. And the "Xtreme look" doesn't cut it in the nine-to-five world.

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Helium Fusion

Samsonite

Travelpro

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