When searching for luggage, it can be difficult to know which type to buy. You might wonder if hard shell luggage or soft shell luggage is better. You are gonna be disappointed because the truth is, there is no right or wrong answer.
Picking luggage is a personal decision because everyone has different packing and travel needs. So let’s look over the two types so you can decide if hard shell or soft shell luggage is the style for you.
Hard Shell Luggage
Our hard shell luggage is made of 100% virgin polycarbonate Makrolon material, making it virtually indestructible. Not only is it some of the most durable luggage around, but it also can handle anything from rain to being thrown onto the baggage drop to being hit with a sledgehammer…seriously. All around, our hard shell roller bags were built to last and will protect your gear for years to come, ready to withstand all of life's adventures.
Hard Shell Luggage is
Hard shell luggage offers an extra layer of security for your belongings. The sturdy, impact-resistant exterior acts as a protective barrier against theft and mishandling. Our hard shell suitcases also feature TSA-locking YKK zippers, providing peace of mind that your valuables are safe during security checks and in transit.
Hard shell luggage tends to be easier to maneuver due to its four multidirectional wheels. All our hard shell luggage comes equipped with four silent Hinomoto wheels, which allow it to glide smoothly in all directions. This mobility enables you to navigate tight spaces effortlessly, making traveling through airports a breeze.
Plenty Of Packing Space
Most hard shell luggage doesn’t have enough space to jam-pack extra items as soft shell luggage does. However, our hard shell luggage includes internal features that optimize every inch of space so you can stay organized and customize the way you pack. The innovative magnetic compression straps feature allows you to pack more in less space, and an integrated folding compression panel gives you the option to use it on half or all your packed luggage.
Magnetic Compression Straps
Unlike soft-sided bags, hard shell luggage is a breeze to clean. All it takes is a damp cloth and mild soap, making it effortless to keep it looking brand new after every adventure.
A common complaint about hard shell luggage is that it lacks external pockets and compartments for easy access, as with soft shell luggage. However, our Carry-On Pro features an integrated tech compartment that provides easy access to exactly what you need and nothing less.
The Carry On Pro's
Integrated Front tech compartment
Soft Shell Luggage
The expandability of soft shell luggage allows it to adapt to different travel situations. Our Navigator Carry-On 37L takes this adaptability further by having an expansion zipper that gives you seven extra liters of space, allowing room for when you need to pack more and collapsing when you need to minimize space. Whether you’re a minimalist or an over-packer, you’ll have just the right amount of space with this soft shell luggage model.
Full Perimeter Zipper Expansion
Easy To Store
One of the benefits of soft shell luggage is its space-saving storage capabilities. Its flexible frame allows it to be compacted and stored in tight spots when empty, a helpful feature whether you are traveling or storing it at home.
Soft shell luggage often comes with an array of internal and external storage compartments, allowing easy access to your belongings. Our soft shell Navigator Carry-On 37L luggage is built to hold both clothing and technology in an organized way. The bag’s exterior pocket is dedicated to organizing your tech, cords, and other small items; and features a 17” laptop sleeve. Its interior includes built-in compression straps, a mesh dividing wall, and additional pockets to organize clothing and other belongings. The organization offered by the Carry-On 37L helps you keep everything neat and minimizes the chance of losing or misplacing your stuff.
HARD VS SOFT SHELL LUGGAGE: THE FINAL VERDICT
So which is better, hard shell luggage or soft? The truth is, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. There are pros and cons to each style. The most important thing to consider when buying a suitcase is to consider your specific plans and needs. And you might find it best to have both a hard shell and soft shell suitcase!