I recently asked readers to suggest options for a fellow reader who was looking for a lightweight yet durable wheeled bag.  As usual, the Practical Hacks community came through!  One small downside:  it’s virtually impossible to include pictures in comments, so the reader – any reader – is required to do a lot of further web searching if interested in any of the suggested options.  With that in mind, I thought I’d follow up with a tour of 10 suggested bags, with some key data, pictures, and links.  Let’s get started…

1. Landor & Hawa Sub-0-G

Landor & Hawa Sub-0-GAt a mere 4.8 pounds, this is the lightweight of the bunch. The Sub-0-G is basically a lightweight frame (made with “aircraft grade fiberglass element” which supports the bag’s synthetic fabric.

  • Weight:  4.8 pounds
  • Dimensions:  20.5″ x 14.2″ x 7.8″
  • Capacity:  2759 cu in
  • Materials:  fiberglass frame; synthetic fabric; aluminum handles
  • Special Features:  2 outside pockets; inner pockets for socks, etc.; non-locking, telescoping handle
  • Warranty:  10 Year
  • Price:  $80 – $100
  • Link:  $79.95 @ DiscountLuggage.com


2. TravelPro Platinum 5 19″ Roller

TravelPro Plat 5 19 inch RollaboardLet’s get one important fact out of the way up front:  this bag is discontinued.  Close-out/old stock models are still available, and if you think you’re interested, get one now.  Reader Till will comment, I’m sure, but TravelPro makes some great products, and many diehard travelers think this is one of their best.

  • Weight:  9.4 pounds
  • Dimensions:  19″ x 14″ x 9″
  • Capacity:  ~2350 cu in
  • Materials:  1050 denier DuraGuard™ ballistic nylon with full grain leather trim
  • Special Features:  TSA approved lock; unique handle design; guarded wheels; full length foot; water resistant lining
  • Warranty:  Lifetime
  • Price:  ~$150 to $200
  • Link:  $149.90 @ LuggageFactory.com




3. Tumi Lightweight International Carry-On

Tumi Lightweight International Carry-OnTumi quality doesn’t come cheap.  The current “Alpha” International Carry-On typically sells for $495, but if you hunt around a bit, you can find it selling – in discontinued colors – for mid $300’s.

  • Weight:  7 pounds
  • Dimensions:  20¾” x 15½” x 8¼”
  • Capacity:  ~2300 cu in
  • Materials:  FXT Ballistic nylon
  • Special Features:  Guarded wheels, twin internal compression straps, outside & inside organizer pockets
  • Warranty:  Lifetime
  • Link:  $369 in brown @ Tumi website; $369 in black/red @ LuggageOnline.com



4.  Eagle Creek Hovercraft Duffel 22

Eagle Creek Hovercraft 22The Hovercraft is exactly what its name implies:  a mid sized wheeled duffel that’s reasonably light, at 6½ pounds.  The HC’s design isn’t characterized by a lot of frills, but it’s a well made bag backed by an outstanding “No Matter What” Damage Repair Policy.

  • Weight:  6 lbs 8 oz
  • Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 9.5 in
  • Capacity:  2900 cu in
  • Materials:  420D Double Diamond Helix™, 1260D Helix™ Ballistic
  • Special Features:  3 grab handles; “Laundry Chute” front pocket; front “bumper” to protect bag; lockable zippers
  • Warranty:  Lifetime repair policy
  • Link:  Lists for $225; $174.50 @ Suitcase.com



5. Patagonia MLC Wheelie

Patagonia MLC Wheelie style 49112We’ve reviewed a couple of different iterations of the MLC on Practical Hacks before, so I don’t have much to add here.  What separates this bag from the others on this list is the fact that it has backpack straps as well as wheels.  In terms of capacity, it’s smaller than many of the other bags on the list; unfortunately, it bears the full sized Patagonia price tag.

  • Weight:  6 lbs 11 oz
  • Dimensions:  22″ x 14″ x 9″
  • Capacity:  1830 cu in
  • Materials:  1,200-denier recycled polyester
  • Special Features:  backpack straps; floating mesh sleeve
  • Warranty:  Lifetime
  • Link:  $220 @ Patagonia


6. Hedgren Great American Original 47cm Trolley Duffel

Hedgren Great American Original 47cm Trolley Duffel w handleThis Hedgren duffel reminds me of the Club Glove duffel I used for years.  It’s basically a heavy duty duffel equipped with a telescoping handle and polymer reinforcements wherever needed. Unfortunately, not a lot of detail is available, including on the Hedgren website.  Available in Australia.

  • Weight:  N/A
  • Dimensions:  10.8″ x 10.4″ x 20.1″
  • Capacity:  ~2250 cu in
  • Materials:  N/A
  • Special Features:  Guarded wheels; external pocket for travel documents; full length foot
  • Warranty:  2 Years
  • Link:  $239AU @ BagWorld.com.au


7. Tutto Regulation Carry-On

Tutto Ballistic Nylon Regulation Carry-OnThe Tutto Regulation Carry-On is certainly one of the most unusual bags in this review. The bag has four wheels, a folding (vs. telescoping) handle, and actually folds up for storage!Tutto Regulation Carryon - collapsed I’ll let reader RichardB, who recommended the Tutto, comment on this unique bag:

“It’s a 4 wheel bag with ballistic nylon suspended from a polycarbonate frame. It’s easy on the back, wrist, etc. It has 2 basic compartments – the main one is much like a regular rolling bag. There is also a garment compartment on the side opposite the main compartment – It can hold a carefully folded sports jacket or suite.

I have had one for 15 years and it has been taken all around the world. It will fit in overhead bins on full size planes – not on a regional jet; however it does fit under most seats unless there is an entertainment box there. I also pull it up and down stairs without picking it up unless I am in a rush.”

  • Weight:  7 lbs, 10 oz
  • Dimensions:  20″ x 13″ x 9″
  • Capacity:  ~2300 cu in
  • Materials:  Ballistic nylon;  polycarbonate frame
  • Special Features:  Fits under most airline seats; collapsible for storage; recognized by the Arthritis Foundation
  • Warranty:  1 Year
  • Link:  $145 @ DownUnderChicago.com
  • 8. Eagle Creek Ramble 22

    Eagle Creek Ramble 22Another wheeled duffel, the Ramble appears somewhat diminutive in most of the pictures of it on the web, but it offers a full 3539 cubic inches of capacity.  Of course the clue to its capacity is in its name – “22” of course refers to the bag’s length.  Its dimensions put it right at the carry-on limit for domestic airlines.  Should you go overboard on packing, the twin compression straps will help to keep you under the limit.

    • Weight:  7 lbs 10 oz
    • Dimensions:  14 x 22 x 9 in
    • Capacity:  3539 cu in
    • Materials:  500Dx420D neous Check, 420D Helix Oxford, 915 HP cordura, Bi-Tech
    • Special Features:  Interior & exterior compression straps; waterproof Bi-Tech bottom; 2 way lockable zippers
    • Warranty:  Lifetime
    • Link:  sells for $200 everywhere; $200 @ REI.com



    9.  Antler Laser Luggage 51cm Hardside Suitcase

    Antler Laser 51cm Hardside SuitcaseSuch is the dominance of soft sided luggage that it’s taken us all the way to number 9 to reach a carry-on with rigid walls.   Antler is a UK company that makes high quality luggage; as such, you may only be able to purchase this bag in the UK and Australia.

    With the polycarbonate sides, exterior pockets of course disappear.  The bag features one large compartment with tie down straps, and a zippered mesh compartment on the top lid.

    • Weight:  5.9 lbs
    • Dimensions:  20½” x 15″ x 9.1″
    • Capacity:  ~2750 cu in
    • Materials:  Polycarbonate ABS
    • Special Features:  Adjustable height handle; pull-out ID panel on rear; built-in combination lock (no mention of TSA)
    • Warranty:  7 Years
    • Link:  $127.50AU @ BagWorld.com.au



    10.  Briggs & Riley 20″ Transcend Carry-On Upright

    Briggs & Riley TD-U520 20 WheelieHandsome, functional, and conservative, Briggs & Riley bags have garnered a wonderful reputation with travelers since the company’s founding in 1993, no doubt in part due to its outstanding warranty.

    The 20″ Transcend Upright is a great choice if you don’t want or need to carry a separate “business bag” for your laptop and business papers.   Small enough for overheads, it’s large enough for week long trips.

    • Weight:  8.7 lbs
    • Dimensions:  20 x 14 x 8.5 in.
    • Capacity:  ~2350 cu in
    • Materials:  Cordura and Tuff-Lite
    • Special Features:  “Outsider” handle system for flat packing surface inside; hide-away cargo net on bag’s face for storing a jacket or similar items; 3 grab handles; several internal storage pockets
    • Warranty:  Lifetime repair warranty
    • Link:  $235 @ eBags.com

    Now it’s your turn! Having seen these 10 bags presented here, does one stand out as particularly appealing?  Perhaps the super lightweight, incredibly inexpensive Sub-0-G?  The funky Tutto?  The soon-t0-disappear Plat5?  Or perhaps the more conservative, uber quality Tumi or Briggs & Riley bags??   I’d love to know what your reaction is, seeing all these bags in one post.   If one is particularly appealing to you, please let us know which by commenting!

    In a bit of a departure for the blog, I’ll be writing detailed reviews of a couple of wheelies in the next several weeks.  Neither of them appears on this list, by the way.  Both are unique in their own right, and will provide an interesting contrast to not only the soft sided bags we reviewed in 2009, but to the wheelies presented here.  Look for those reviews to appear here in the next 3 weeks or so.

    The Fine Print:  I have no connection to any of the manufacturers mentioned in this post.  I am an REI affiliate, but the REI link in this post is not an affiliate link.

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    7 Comments on Ready for a wheelie? 10 quality options!

    1. Michael W. says:

      My Rick Steves wheelie arrives today. If it looks any good I’ll post a follow-up comment later today; it’s supposed to be 7 pounds for a full size wheelie (I’ll check on our scale at work), which is a pretty appealing weight now that Costco seems to be out of the market (their last iteration was in that weight range). I’m also hoping it is built for more abuse (think: baggage handlers) than the Landor, which seems quite sturdy for carry-one but maybe a little iffy for checking through. And the Steves is much less expensive than some of the “conventional” luggage lines like TravelPro and Briggs etc.

      You are going to have to find some cheaper wheelies to review though, if I thought RedOxx’s AirBoss was pricey, it’s nothing compared to some of the wheelies in this list!


    2. Bob Adams says:

      Just to add to the description of number 9 Kevin,

      the lock is not a TSA lock. However if you carry on all the time this should not worry people. Then again if you carry on all the time is a lock necessary?? It does give me a little more confidence in security outside the plane though.

      The bag is of poly carbonate and is still some what flexible in the larger areas.



      Kevin Reply:


      Thanks for the clarification. I picked that up somewhere online, but obviously it’s inaccurate.


    3. Guillaume says:

      What about the 21″ Black American Tourister with 4 spinner wheels for $59 at Walmart?


      Anyone tried this ‘cheaper’ brand?
      For the price seems Ok.


    4. Till says:

      Somehow I missed this one the first time around. I couldn’t recommend the Plat5 series highly enough. I think it is one of the best rollaboards ever made, from the inventor of the concept. I use the 22″ model regularly and it is my go-to bag for business trips. I should have bought two. Seriously. Read my review on Obow.

      It is also important to note that the Plat5 warranty includes repair or replacement for life even due to airline damage. This is rare and worth real money if you do need to check the bag. For a bag that is only ever in your direct possession it matters less.

      The Tutto is a strange beast. I wonder if that makes sense. It’s a bit like the Zuca Proroller, which I think makes no sense at all. Basically the Tutto is a soft bag with an exoskeleton. At that point, why not simply use a soft bag with a luggage cart? Lighter even and more versatile.


      Randy Reply:

      You know, I have been trying like mad to find the 22″ Plat5, with zero luck. the 20″ would be pushing it for me, since I am a 46L in the shoulders, and that would seriously cramp a suit or sportcoat (assuming I am not able to wear it on the plane.

      I am now strongly considering that Eagle Creek Hovercraft HC2 Duffel in black


      Good thing I am not in a hurry.


    5. freecia says:

      I’d add 2 more to the list that compare with the MLC’s size
      REI Stratocruiser Wheeled Luggage – 18″:
      It has soft sides but a more rigid top so you can pop something heavier on top. I bought one to fill in for a 3-4 day trip + laptop/purse/camera personal bag niche where the 22″ is just too big and I’d need to stand around in (security) lines, but light enough to lift over my head. I find the shoulder bags are tiring to stand around in.

      Muji Small Bellow
      I called and was told that it weighs about 4-5 lbs, but I don’t have one so can’t verify for myself. Still, I’ve seen it and it is pretty light.

      If you’re carrying some heavy items or want to get a small wheelie, both are nice. They won’t fit under most seats.

      Here’s another that the US muji site just started carrying http://www.muji.us/store/bag/b.....black.html but I’m not fond of how the opening is done.


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