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Founded in 1978 by Richard “Ricardo” Gibbs, Ricardo Beverly Hills Luggage quickly earned its place as one of the most highly respected luxury luggage companies in America. These elegant suitcases bring the highest quality fabrics and zippers together with a sensible design and a classy selection of colours.

If you want to invest in a high quality suitcase that will be the envy of everyone you meet on your travels, a Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcase is the way to go.

Try out one of these suitcase lines:

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The Roxbury 2.0 Hardside Collection is made out of an extremely lightweight but high impact material called Makrolon. This keeps even your fragile souvenirs safe without weighing you down. Combined with four-directional wheels(wheels that spin in every direction so you can turn more easily), the light weight of the Makrolon makes this suitcase far more manageable than your standard hard shell suitcase. Roxbury suitcases also feature multi-locking extendable handles to make it easier for you to traverse the airport.

It’s worth noting that the different suitcases available in the Hardside Collection all have drastically different features. Make sure you read through the specific specs of the suitcase you’re considering before you actually make a purchase.

You can get the Hardside Collection in 4 different sizes and it also comes in silver, purple or red.

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This elegant luggage collection features a particularly sleek design and features hard shell protection in key impact areas to keep your things safe. Soft front and back panels maximize packing room and help keep this case quite light. It also has a multi-locking extendable handle system and four-directional wheels so you  can easily navigate the airport and anywhere else you need to take your suitcase.

One distinctive thing about these suitcases is how easy they make it to organize your stuff. They feature an “On Hangers” system that allows you to pull items straight from the closet as well as “Split Book” opening so you can easily access whatever items you need. Most of these features aren’t available in the Crystal City tote because of its size.

The Ricardo Beverly Hills Crystal City Luggage Collection features suitcases in 5 different sizes, including a 16-inch rolling tote bag.

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Suitcases in the Ricardo Beverly Hills Montecito Micro-Lite Luggage Collection feature molded polypropylene support trays and super light frames to make the luggage both durable and incredibly light weight. Reinforced four-directional wheels make these suitcases easy to navigate around the airport or anywhere else you might have to take them—and will continue to do so for several years.

You can purchase a Ricardo Beverly Hills Montecito Micro-Lite suitcase in one of 4 different sizes or even purchase a hand-held laptop-size Montecito Micro-Lite bag. The larger Montecito Micro-Lite suitcases also expand by a full 2 inches, making sure you have room for everything you buy while you’re away. Montecito bags come in brown or red.

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The Ricardo Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Collection features a combination of Nano-Tex, the highest quality fabric currently being used in the luggage industry, and Makrolon polycarbonate to provide enhanced safety for your items as well as an elegant look.

One distinctive feature of this particular suitcase line is that Rodeo Drive suitcases expand a full two inches, whereas most suitcases only expand by 1.25 inches. This can make all the difference when you’re trying to fit everything you purchased on your trip back into your suitcase.

The Rodeo Drive Collection features five different suitcases, with four different sizes and one soft exterior option.

Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcases might cost quite a premium if you can’t find them on sale, but these elegant and durable suitcases are well worth the investment. Still, remember to read reviews of the specific suitcase you’re looking at before you purchase it to make sure that it’s right for you. If you’re going to really invest in a suitcase you want it to be the right one!

None of us want to be that guy/girl that spends 10 minutes anchoring their weight just to try and cram an obviously oversized carry on into the overhead compartment. If you really don’t care and somehow always manage to squeeze it in there, remember two things. The person under you now hates you because you’ve managed to expose them to the taste of your armpit and the flight attendants are just waiting for your luggage to fall on your head.

We’re not trying to make you insecure about your luggage or armpits, that’s definitely not our intent. We just think it’s time you know that there are much more efficient, lightweight, and cabinet friendly options. They won’t put a big dent in your bank account either. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best light luggage options and some info to help you decide which piece will fit you best.

  1. Calvin Klein Nolita 2.0 28” Upright

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When we hear the name Calvin Klein these days, dollar signs start popping into our heads. Don’t be concerned though, at only $189 on Amazon, this brand name luggage essential puts its competitors to shame. Check out its specs.

  • Material: 100% Polyester
  • Height: 28”
  • Width: 18.5”
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Wheels: 4 Dual wheels for effortless mobility
  • Pockets: 2 zippered front face pockets, fully lined interior with a zipper mesh pocket
  • Setback: This suitcase comes without a side handle
  • Price: $189

If you can spare the two or three extra pounds that the other lightweight luggage items seem to give, we recommend this one. It’s elegant, durable, and classy. Reviewers are claiming that this suitcase delivers more than expected. Its size was created for the trending ‘smaller’ travel rules. It fits perfectly and as long you’re not filling it with gold bars, lifting and moving it won’t be difficult.

  1. ZERO Halliburton Air 22” Carry-On

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ZERO Haliburton earned a reputation for creating the best lightweight luggage when it released its Air collection. They’re doing something right and have been doing it since 1938. You might be surprised to find that these travel necessities don’t come with an outrageous sticker.

  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Height: 24”
  • Width: 17”
  • Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Wheels: 4 spinner wheels for simple mobility
  • Pockets: lined interior with 2 pockets
  • Setback: This suitcase doesn’t come with a lot of pocket space
  • Price: $425

You’re looking at the weight and thinking, no wonder they call it Air right? If you’re the type to cram everything into one suitcase and keep it with you at all times, this is a must. It’s thin, but made from very durable material and can be hauled everywhere without making your arms soar the following morning. It doesn’t have a ton of pocket space for smaller items, but here’s a tip, put them in small baggies and pack them with everything.

  1. Samsonite L.I.F.T Spinner 21

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Samsonite has always been in a class of its own when it comes to travel. L.I.F.T (Lightweight Innovations For Travel) offers something a lot of other luggage makers don’t, a 10 year warranty. Right now Samsonite L.I.F.T items are VERY reasonably priced at slightly more than $100. We’ll take it!

  • Material: 100% Nylon
  • Height: 21”
  • Width: 15”
  • Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Wheels: 360 degree multi-directional upright wheels
  • Pockets: 2 front pockets with an internal mesh pocket
  • Setback: The design of the wheels can sometimes cause a trip up
  • Price: $103

As long as you aren’t taking this piece of luggage through rough terrain, its idea. You certainly can’t beat a $103 price tag for something this durable and lightweight. Other buyers are calling it ‘roomy and light’. It’s the perfect carry on size and has room enough for 5 days of travel for the average packer.

  1. Eagle Creek Lync System 22

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This made our best lightweight luggage list primarily because it’s incredibly multifunctional. It stands out from the crowd because it has numerous compartments and is capable of transforming from roller luggage to backpack. This is perfect for you ‘on the go’ travelers out there.

  • Material: 100% Nylon
  • Height: 22”
  • Width: 14”
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Wheels: Multi-directional wheels for simple mobility
  • Pockets: Front and side zippered pockets with a large zippered mesh pocket inside
  • Setback: Its shell is made of softer material, so it wouldn’t be recommended for fragile items
  • Price: $275

This piece is by far our favorite. Who doesn’t love convertible and multifunctional bags? Fitting for you lightweight travelers, you can throw this on your back and not have to worry about the wheels getting caught or tripped up. Its style is one that journalists and outdoor adventurers tend to love.

  1. Bric’s LIFE 26” UltraLight Spinner

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If traveling in style and with poise is something that screams you, you’re going to have a hard time finding something as classy as this spinner. It’s made in Italy and is considered a ‘medium sized check in’ but still has a size and weight that would allow it to be carried on.

  • Material: 78% Polyvinyl Chloride, 22% Leather
  • Height: 26”
  • Width: 18”
  • Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Wheels: Multi-directional wheels for simple mobility
  • Pockets: Front zipper hatch
  • Setback: This bag can be a bit on the bulk side, but still considered lightweight for its size.
  • Price: $695

You’ll look great rolling this arty luggage behind you. Sure, there are more practical bags but you won’t find a bag of this quality that can consider itself lightweight. It comes with a 5 year warranty so you can feel comfortable about dropping almost $700 on this beauty.

We hope we were able to cover a bag to your particular need. Each one of these pieces made our list for 2015s best lightweight luggage options because it offers something unique to you. We want you to make a decision you’re happy with so, feel free to do some research. These are the pieces we’ve found most suitable for your travelling needs. Bon voyage!

Best Luggage Brands: How Do We Choose These Luggage Reviews?

What Are The Best Luggage Brands?

How do you make a choice when buying your your luggage? Price? Style? Size? These days it really isn’t a one size fits all kind of world. I’m sure that like me you’ve fallen prey to the “too much clothes or too little” trap when on a jaunt. The main problem is, that there are often so many factors to take into account when planning for a time away.

The weather, length of stay, activities, and the type of appointments you are planning to keep are all factors that affect whether you go for the smooth and easy carry-on approach, or head full-on into the more executive luggage brands with a classy spinner as well as a carry-on.

So here you now have an across the board look at the few best luggage brands which combine at least some, or all the factors you should consider when going in for the one item that can make or break your time on the move.
In the name of total fairness we haven’t ranked these names, in keeping with the horses for courses approach which is only fair, as we’re all trying to make an individual choice based on our own preferences.

Samsonite

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First up is the omnipresent Samsonite. One of the oldest players in the game, Samsonite makes high quality luggage. This well stablished and savvy member of  the top rated luggage brands leaves no stone unturned in it’s quest to provide you with the largest range of affordable and reliable baggage options on the planet. From the business travellers stalwart Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2, right through to the New York Cityscape Spinner 20- Samsonite has done a fantastic job of appeasing most crowds and purposes. Samsonite rolls in as the mid-priced German car of luggage brands- solid, reliable, and with enough style to keep a broad range of passengers safe and happy on their journeys.
In 2012 Trip Advisor in effect decided to start doing it’s own luggage reviews as a part of their service to support travellers by creating the Travelers’ Choice Awards.  Over 100,000 travellers a year give their input on the awards, which now includes prizes for the best luggage brands. Samsonite was lucky enough to get their award for the best carry-on luggage in both 2013 and 2014.

In covering so many bases, Samsonite has formed a series of partnerships for kids luggage including:

Disney By Samsonite

Marvel By Samsonite

Star Wars By Samsonite

Delsey

The Parisian big hitter of luxury luggage brands, Delsey has a an eye on the more chic and sleek traveller. The great thing about most Delsey bags is that they ooze class. Check out this innovative take on the standard small size backpack:

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100% Polygiene – an innovative material that prevents the existence of microbes on the inside and outside of your bag.

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Water resistant

Great for casual use but staying clean and dry

Multiple pockets- well suited to technology and accessories such as cables and power cords

Worldwide Warranty

Anti-theft data protection system

Dimensions 13.78×5.91×16.92

This is the kind of new look that sees the  sophisticated girl about town breaking the mould of handbag versus backpack ( a common conundrum in the modern world of tablets and laptops) with style and panache- expect more to come from Delsey in this area.

Olympia

Another huge name in American luggage brands, Olympia runs a similar show to Samsonite- sturdy, solid bags that you can trust. It’s general reputation has kept Olympia consistently in the best luggage brands in recent years and this doesn’t look likely to change.

The Olympia range of luggage is pretty diverse. They make a lot of different classes of bag, and they are generally well worth a look. We’re happy to include the Olympia Gen-X Rolling Backpack in our list of luggage reviews.

Gen-X Rolling BackpackThe Gen-X is much more of throw-it-around item. It’s the kind of thing more suited to the young outdoors adventurer or traveller. Someone who’s expecting a bit of mud and dust along the journey. This bag is great for literally chucking anywhere and dealing with it.
I’ve owned one of these myself and its the kind of thing that seems to magically fit way more in then I was expecting.

Yes, the Olympia Gen-X comes through in the luggage reviews as the best throw around bag we’ve come across in some time. Definitely a useful buy for the outdoor enthusiast or young traveller. Don’t be deceived by it’s holdall looks. It comfortably fits on your back like a rucksack when it’s jammed full of stuff and needs to give your arms a rest. This one has been a personal favourite in the past and comes highly recommended. You won’t find yourself falling in love with this rough edged beast, but what you lose in romance, you gain in piece of mind. This one is built to last.

In the past Olympia has been described as no-frills which I personally think sounds a little unfair, as I rate it as one of the best luggage brands out there. If no- frills is a by word for solid and reliable, then personally I’m in!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Purchase

It’s not complicated to deal with buying a bag form any of the luggage brands listed, but we’d still like to give you a quick rundown of our list of things not to forget when getting yourself a good buy.

Do I Need Wheels?

Good question. I most cases the answer is yes, unless you are going for the backpacking or ultralight approach.

Luggage moves on either 2 or 4 wheels these days with spinner suitcases being the four wheeled variety. the two wheelers are sometimes know as uprights and tend to have bigger wheels to compensate.

As a general guide, four wheelers tend to run better on smoother surfaces, whereas two wheel suitcases deal with rougher surfaces a bit better.

Wheels are either plastic or rubber. The more expensive luggage brands often tend to have rubber wheels which are quieter when on rough surfaces- the plastic ones can get a bit noisy. This is the sort of detail that is hard to find in reviews

What size suitcase should I choose?

If you’re flying to your destination, be aware that the airline will impose baggage restrictions on the size of hold luggage. This is an important factor when choosing and packing your suitcase.

Larger suitcases can be appealing to families but be sure to check the airline’s luggage restrictions before you travel to avoid excess luggage charges.

Suitcases with expandable compartments are a good option for travelers who switch between shorter and longer, winter and summer holidays, when the amount of baggage you take may vary.

There are no standard measurements used to classify medium and large suitcases. If you’re after a slightly smaller or larger case than those in our luggage reviews you can expect durability results of large and medium suitcases within the same range to be similar, but ease-of-use ratings are more susceptible to change. 

We would, however, expect less variance in the ease of use if downsizing from a large case to a medium-sized version within the same suitcase range as opposed to going up in size from a medium-sized suitcase to a large-sized suitcase.  For smaller carry-on luggage, it’s best to read our dedicated hand luggage reviews which are tailored to these smaller suitcases.

Does the suitcases trolley handle affect comfort?

Trolley handles can be fixed height or adjustable. Choosing a suitcase with an adjustable handle means you can set the trolley handle to a height that best suits you.

Suitcase trolley handles vary between luggage. Most are plastic, but some are padded or ergonomically shaped with the aim of increasing pulling comfort. 

Most handles retract into the suitcase when not in use. When buying luggage, open the suitcase to see how much internal space the handle takes up and whether this affects the useable packaging space.

Try before you buy

To find the best suitcase for you we recommend you try before you buy.

Head out to the high street to try out some of these suitcases first-hand. Trolley handle heights and grips will vary, so choose one that suits your body frame.

See how easy it is to lift the suitcase using both the top and side handles, ideally with some weight in the case. If it’s going in the car boot, then think about size, especially when traveling with more than one case.

There is a mix of two and four-wheeled suitcases. Generally four-wheeled cases are easier to pull on smooth floors, while two-wheeled suitcases fared better in our tests on rougher ground. Bear this in mind when trying out a case on a shiny department store floor. 

As a lifelong adventurer, both as a holiday maker and as a long-term traveller, I have a depth of experience in getting it wrong when it comes to what to take away with you and how much of it.
They say that your life is fuller, and more successful  because of your past failures. If this is true, then I must now be one of the most successful people alive when it comes to lugging things around the planet. A shameless 30+ countries and covering everything from an army style backpack to a Gucci holdall as my faithful companion, I’m not proud of my mistakes, but they’ve meant that I’ve made some so that you don’t have to.