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10 Ultralight Rolling Carry-on Bags Under 6 Pounds

Here’s the thing about ultra-light luggage: it’s not always very light. We’ve rounded up 10 carry-on roller bags that weigh in under the five-pound mark. They range in price from $65 to $800, and come with all variations of bells and whistles. From lightest to heaviest (based on manufacturer’s specs), here they are.

Here’s the thing about ultralight luggage: It’s not always very light. In our opinion, the ultralight category should be reserved for suitcases six pounds and under. But such lightweight luggage can be hard to find.

The Lightest Carry-on Luggage

We’ve rounded up 10 carry-on spinner and roller bags that weigh in under the six-pound mark. They range in price from affordable to splurge-worthy and come with a variety of bells and whistles. From lightest to heaviest (based on manufacturers’ specs), here they are.

IT luggage 22″ World’s Lightest 8-Wheel Spinner

The Numbers: The 22-inch IT luggage 22″ World’s Lightest 8-Wheel Spinner weighs a measly 4.07 pounds.

Why We Like It: This ultra-lightweight carry-on is highly rated on Amazon thanks to easy-glide wheels, surprising durability, and a 10-year warranty.

Lipault Paris Original Plume 20″ Spinner Carry-On Luggage

The Numbers: The 20-inch Original Plume 20″ Spinner Carry-on is just 4.125 pounds.

Why We Like It: The bag manages to squeeze in features such as four spinner wheels and functional pockets without adding a lot of weight to the design.

Jetstream 18-Inch Lightweight Softside Carry-On

The Numbers: The Jetstream 18-Inch Lightweight Softside Carry-On is 4.4 pounds.

Why We Like It: It’s an affordable carry-on that manages to come in under the five-pound mark by keeping things simple.

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Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner

The Numbers: The Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner weighs 4.85 pounds.

Why We Like It: With an appealing balance of form and function, the Lite-Box offers a sleek design and was built for strength and handling thanks to details like outside corner protection. Plus, it’s the only hard-sided luggage we could find that is this lightweight.

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Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel Carry-On

The Numbers: The 22-inch Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel weighs 5.19 pounds.

Why We Like It: It’s a rolling bag with the ability to hold more: You can strap additional equipment to the Gear Warrior’s front. It also also has compression straps, lockable zippers, and a bottle opener.

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Aerolite Carry-on MAX Lightweight

The Numbers: The 22-inch Aerolite Carry-On MAX Lightweight weighs 5.3 pounds.

Why We Like It: Aerolite’s lightweight carry-on has roomy pockets, an affordable price, and a five-year guarantee.

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Expandable Carry-On

The Numbers: The 22-inch Travelpro Maxlite 5 is 5.4 pounds.

Why We Like It: In many cases, lightweight comes at the expense of durability. Not so with this elegant, streamlined bag, which was built to be lightweight and tough.

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Bric’s X-BAG 21″ Carry-on Spinner

The Numbers: The 21-inch Bric’s X-Bag Carry-on Spinner weighs 5.5 pounds.

Why We Like It: This dependable nylon carry-on can fit a ton, plus it’s stylish. It doesn’t skimp on features either, with four 360-degree spinner wheels, a telescoping handle, and leather detailing.

Lucas Ultra Lightweight 20″ Spinner

The Numbers: The Lucas Ultra Lightweight 20″ Spinner weighs 5.8 pounds.

Why We Like It: We love its roomy pockets and spinner wheels.

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it luggage 22″ Lustrous Softside Expandable Carry-on

it lightweight luggage

The Numbers: The it luggage 22″ Lustrous Softside Expandable carry-on weighs in at 5.8 pounds.

Why We Like It: IT luggage makes some of the lightest rolling carry-ons (and checked bags) we’ve ever seen. This style has more features (like four wheels or a locking telescoping handle), so it comes in just over the 5.5-pound mark.

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Editor’s note: Ashley Rossi and Codey Albers contributed to this story. This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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