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Old Dec 5, 08, 8:18 am
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Question Lightest carry-on bag

With the tight carry-on bag rules on most European airlines (LH: 8 kg and 55x40x20 cm, SAS: 8 kg and 23x40x55 cm, UK one bag rule etc.) packing light isn't simply enough, but you also need to find a very light carry-on bag. What is the lightest (yet sturdy) carry-on bag you've bought and used?
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Old Dec 5, 08, 8:25 am
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Myself, I'm a happy owner of the following bags:

With wheels: Travelite Delite Trolley, 34 x 54 x 22 cm, 2 kg
http://www.worldshop.eu/products/pro...=1228486813925

Without wheels: Tough Traveler "Tri-Zip", 50 X 32.5 X 22.5 cm, 1.5 kg
http://www.toughtraveler.com/lug/carryon.asp
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Old Dec 5, 08, 2:02 pm
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Rimowa salsa cabin trolly.Exactly fit the carry on rule requirement.
55 x 40 x 19,5 cm,2.9KG.

http://www.rimowa.com/main.php?count...product/856.52
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Old Dec 5, 08, 3:51 pm
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Osprey Porter 46

Non-wheeled backpack-type bag (but the backpack straps can be tucked in and the bag carried with a side handle also)

1.33 kg according to the specifications

22" * 14" * 9" = 56cm * 36cm * 23cm (this is typical US carryon size, though if you don't pack it completely full, it should be able to squish down a cm or few in each dimension)

http://www.ospreypacks.com/detail.ph...specifications

Note, however, that stuffing it full of clothing can still put it over the 7kg limit that many airlines in Asia have (though they are not always strict about enforcing that limit).
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Do a search here for Red Oxx bags. They are developing quite a following, especially the Air Boss. About 1.77 kg.
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Old Dec 5, 08, 11:02 pm
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I have a Rick Steve's Classic.

Their info sheet indicates: "Carry-On-Friendly: Measuring 9" x 21" x 14" and weighing less than 3 lbs, it fits within most airlines' carry-on guidelines."
It has backpack type straps that tuck into a rear panel . The back has a foam insert to give it shape when loaded and is covered with the same material as the pack. Weighed mine and it is less than 2 lbs.

The expandable Convertible Carry-On is a little less than 3lbs. The back on this one is thicker and has a covering that is textured and breathable. More like a that of a true backpack.

Quality is better than I expected for the current price of less than $70 with shipping.
I like it because it folds down to about 2inches thick. Keep it in my checked bag in case I have to remove items to meet a bag weight standard or do a little extra shopping.
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Old Dec 8, 08, 9:00 am
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If you're really looking for the lightest, then the Outdoor Products Essential Carry-On fits the bill....Just under 2 lbs. It's very basic and only $30 at Campmor.

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___60793
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Old Dec 15, 08, 10:56 pm
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Keec <---- Have you heard of these guys? www.keec.com.au - they make very cool satchel bags that are designed and made in Melbourne and they rock! I just bought a leather one, but they had back-pack type material too if you prefer something more robust (or if you're vegan!).

I like them cos they're stylish, can carry heaps (they even expand bigger!), and don't look like a "travel bag"
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Old Jul 18, 09, 3:57 am
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The Challenge is on!

Crumble, thanks for starting this thread and the very cool suggestions.

The Travelite is amazing! 1.9kg (4.18lb) for a 41.3 inch bag that is expandable and has wheels and will fit in the sizer for sure. That's gotta be the find of the century. Especially at a price of a mere $140! Fully lined interior, ball bearing wheels, compression straps and outside pockets to boot, PLUS a 3 year warranty. I am proud to say that this is German, of course.

Perhaps you can give us some more impressions of the bag and how it holds up?

Here are some links:
http://www.leder-buchler.de/reisegep...60-cm-2-2.html

http://www.worldshop.eu/worldshop/pr...il.jsf?lang=en

http://www.travelite.de/en/luggage.html

I thought one of the lightest wheelers was the Landor Hawa Sub 0 G bag:
http://www.gadling.com/2009/05/14/ga...ght-rolling-l/

The Travelite basically almost beats my system of the royal path using a Samsonite micromover cart and an ebags weekender bag:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...ga-effect.html

You'd have to find a bag that weighs under 1kg to beat that.

The going gets really tough in that range. Here is one of my favorites (the whole line is interesting):
http://www.luggageonline.com/product...roduct_ID=7065

The A. Saks 21 incher weighs a mere 1.2lb, that's 545 grams! And it is still very sturdy.

Even the revived MLC Burrito at 1151 grams and the classic MLC at 1332g don't come close.

The Tom Bihn Tristar (arguably a more evolved bag for close to 5x the price of the A. Saks) weighs 1550 grams and is smaller than the A. Saks but comparable, if a little smaller than the Travelite.

As very viable and in my eyes more attractive alternatives for the famed Airboss there are these models to consider:
http://onebagger.squarespace.com/blo...-shootout.html

However, of those three only the EG is lighter than the Travelite and it doesn't have wheels. The BR 235x is quite a bit heavier (2583g) and still doesn't have wheels.

So it looks like the Travelite roller and the A. Saks 21" Exp. Carry-on shoulder bag are the champs in each category unless you want to go super flimsy.

Anyone else can top this? The challenge is on!

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Old Jul 18, 09, 9:30 am
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The Travelite is amazing! 1.9kg (4.18lb) for a 41.3 inch bag that is expandable and has wheels and will fit in the sizer for sure. That's gotta be the find of the century. Especially at a price of a mere $140! Fully lined interior, ball bearing wheels, compression straps and outside pockets to boot, PLUS a 3 year warranty. I am proud to say that this is German, of course. l
Is this sold in the US?

And any comments on this A. Saks case?

http://www.ebags.com/a_saks/expandab...?modelid=86271

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The WORLDEU link by Lufthansa (interesting shop by the way) says they ship worldwide. I have seen Travelite in stores in Germany but have never paid any attention. I will now.

The A. Saks duffle is carry-on size but won't fit the sizer (12x12 dimension kills it, also the big feet probably). Otherwise looks like a good and well thought out bag. Price seems right, too. Personally I'd get the 21" bag I linked to. I also like the 26" suitcase, though.

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Old Jul 18, 09, 4:36 pm
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Personally I'd get the 21" bag I linked to.
Do you mean the A. Saks 21" carry-on?

http://www.luggageonline.com/product...roduct_ID=7065

It doesn't have wheels, which I find essential. If I'm confused as to which product you mean, would you please repeat the link?
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Old Jul 18, 09, 5:59 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
Do you mean the A. Saks 21" carry-on?

http://www.luggageonline.com/product...roduct_ID=7065

It doesn't have wheels, which I find essential. If I'm confused as to which product you mean, would you please repeat the link?
Yes, that's exactly the one. It is true it doesn't have wheels. If you absolutely want wheels try getting the Travelite shipped (should be worth it, it looks much better than the Sub-0 G) or get the Samsonite Micromover cart with the A. Saks sans wheels. You'd still beat the Travelite in weight, it would have even more volume and be cheaper, if not quite as practical.

If the sizer is not a problem for your kind of travel (it might become one in the future, so always think of that), then the wheeled duffle you linked to, would also be a good choice.

Take care,

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Old Jul 18, 09, 6:46 pm
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My favorite bag is the Kelty Redwing. I have used it as a carry on and have seen it used for a 6 month end to end hike of the Appalachain Trail.
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Old Jul 18, 09, 7:15 pm
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The WORLDEU link by Lufthansa (interesting shop by the way) says they ship worldwide. I have seen Travelite in stores in Germany but have never paid any attention. I will now.
That travelite bag is amazing. Alas the WorldShopEU LH site doesn't ship to the US. It seems impossible to get shipped to the US. I'm thinking of shipping to a friend in London. It looks perfect. The stupid americans build Kevlar monstrosities that weigh 10+ pounds and the germans (or swiss?) build a fantastic looking bag at only a bit over 4 lbs. I have to get one of these.
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