Great Bags for Traveling Light
Now that most airlines are charging passengers for overweight bags, luggage companies are rolling out a variety of lightweight carry-ons with heavy-duty features and roomy interiors. Here are three of the best.
Best for: Long Hauls
L.L.BEAN MICROFIBER II ROLLING PULLMAN
L.L.Bean's lightweight Pullman is easy to steer through crowded airports, thanks to the recent addition of in-line skate wheels that pivot 360 degrees. Weighing in at just 8 pounds, the bag has a spacious interior and a microfiber exterior that resists stains and scuffs. It's available in black, blue, and green.
DIMENSIONS: 22 in. H X 14 in. W X 9 in. D
Best For: Short Trips
TUMI ALPHA LIGHTWEIGHT CARRY-ON DUFFEL
Made from lightweight ballistic nylon, this 7-pound carry-on duffel has a flexible frame, sturdy wheels, and a telescoping handle. The interior has two storage sections and a removable garment sleeve, along with pen loops, a key hook, and zip pockets to help keep things organized. It's available in black.
DIMENSIONS: 14 in. H X 22 in. W X 9 in. D
Best For: Frequent Flying
HEYS USA CROWN EDITION XX CARRY-ON SPINNER
This durable polycarbonate roller bag can expand to accommodate extra clothes for longer trips. The hard-side bag weighs just 8 pounds and is small enough to carry on, but it has a TSA-approved lock that can be opened by airport security if you decide to check it in. It's available in a carbon-fiber pattern or brushed gold.
DIMENSIONS: 21 in. H X 15 in. W X 9 in. D