Following the launch of our lightest ever suitcase, Aire, we thought now is a great opportunity to explore, and more importantly debunk, many of the myths that exist around lightweight luggage.
What are the biggest myths – and what is the truth?
Myth #1: Lightweight Luggage Doesn’t Protect Belongings
While we understand why some of these myths might sound true, who would willingly buy a piece of luggage that wouldn’t protect their belongings in flight and while being moved by baggage handlers?
If lightweight luggage didn’t offer protection and durability, no one would buy it.
However, the growing trend of people buying and using lightweight luggage indicates that many are happy with the protection afforded by such cases.
What is the secret to creating such a suitcase?
It’s all in the innovation. You probably don’t often look at a suitcase or another piece of luggage and marvel at its technological brilliance, but there’s so many different things going on that make it an impressive feat of engineering.
The way lightweight cases are designed and constructed means buyers get an innovative suitcase with all the usual features they’d expect, including packing straps and compartments, to help with efficient packing and organising.
The truth? Lightweight luggage offers just as much protection as a regular suitcase.
If you’re still worried, then buy a fragile sticker for your case prior to checking in to fly or boarding a train or coach. Just be sure it’s easily removed so you can look stylish when walking with your luggage!
Myth #2: Lightweight Luggage is for Carry on Only
Another that we can definitely understand where it came from, but again a lightweight luggage myth related to flying that is easy to debunk with a little extra thought.
First, let’s talk about cabin luggage. Cabin luggage is typically judged on the size of the bag to be carried onto a flight, and while weight restrictions do apply it is unusual that a passenger would be able to contravene the limit. In this instance, whether a bag is lightweight or not wouldn’t matter.
There are plenty of lightweight cabin bags available to buy, including from within our new Aire range, but it isn’t the case that lightweight luggage equals cabin luggage.
The truth? Lightweight cases are as ideal for the baggage hold as they are as a carry on, as well as for on the train or in the car.
Myth #3: Lightweight Means Cheaper
Many things we buy as we go through life are priced related to their weight or volume. When it comes to lightweight luggage, however, you shouldn’t expect to pay less.
The point here isn’t necessarily that people assume cheaper in terms of value, but that some seem to take lightweight to mean cheap as in poorly made, and will probably fall apart the moment you try to squeeze in an extra pair of jeans or start packing gifts you bought on your trip.
We’ve already touched on this when talking about the level of innovation that goes into creating a top quality lightweight case. Lightweight cases most definitely aren’t badly made – nor are they going to tear at the seams when you start trying to load it up.
The truth? Lightweight luggage is typically among the best made. Regarding the price, its status as a luxury product means you might pay a premium for the design and other functions.
If you choose lightweight luggage at a lightweight price, however, then you are definitely running the risk of making your own truth from the myth.
Myth #4: You Can’t Get Hard Lightweight Cases
Despite now knowing that lightweight cases are well made and do indeed offer protection and durability, and will stand up to even the most rigorous throwing around, thinking about a hard yet lightweight case offers an interesting contrast.
We’re not quite in polar opposite, juxtaposition territory yet, but we’re getting mighty close.
Hard suitcases are a popular travel buy throughout the year, and particularly so among those buying for winter holidays. If you’ve ever taken a trip in skiing season then you’ll have definitely seen someone with a hard suitcase.
What’s the deal with hard yet lightweight suitcases?
The thing with hard suitcases is the outer shell is hard and tough, yet this can still be lightweight and offer all of the benefits you’d expect from a piece of luggage.
Lightweight is standard here at Antler anyway, though hard yet lightweight suitcases are widely available.
A great example of a piece of luggage being hard yet lightweight is our Camden Matt case, pictured below, which weighs just 4.6kg.
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