Whenever magazines do some kind of carry-on luggage battle, Delsey often comes out on top as the lightest and best value. If the company were a wrestler or boxer, they’d be described as playing “above their weight class.”
This new line of Helium Superlite Spinner suitcases is true to form, with a price point around $120 at retail for the carry-on size and a weight of just 6.8 pounds (3.1 kilos). Granted, bags with no wheels come in at half that sometimes, but it’s hard to find one with wheels and a handle that you can pick up with your pinky finger like this one.
They make larger versions of this spinner bag, but I’m a cheapskate that only pays baggage fees once or twice a year, so I’ve been trying out the carry-on version. If you want to get super-picky and compare this bag to one from Briggs & Riley or Tumi, you can find little details that are not quite as perfect: a loose thread here, zippers that feel a little less smooth there. But considering you could buy two or three of these for the price of those brands, only the real road warrior business travelers are not going to find this Delsey version to be a great deal. Plus the zippers are tagged as “self-repairing,” an attribute I thankfully have not had to put to the test.
Although I hate the “limited” word in a warranty, you do have some protection there too for a lifetime if there’s really a workmanship problem. The bag is built to last.
Considering how light this bag is, it’s a terrific performer. The wheels work really smoothly and the long telescoping handle is made of aircraft grade aluminum. You can attach another bag to this one easily and there’s a built-in ID tag to just stick in your biz card. It’s got multiple pockets. compression straps, and tough fabric that wipes off easily. You can expand the bag by two inches if you pick up more along the way. There are two pockets on the front, one on the inside, and a lining throughout.
If you’re the type that buys a lightweight bag only to stuff it to capacity because it’s on wheels anyway, the larger versions of this bag that you would check have a cool feature I haven’t seen elsewhere: an over weight indicator. If you’ve stuffed it so full it’s more than 50 pounds, a little light will warn you to please remove some shoes or something.
This Superlite Spinner comes in three colors and a variety of sizes, from garment bag to a 29-inch size that weighs in at just 10.6 pounds.
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