Which One Is Right For You?

Hardsided Luggage vs. Softsided Luggage


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CRITERIA
Hardside Luggage
Softside Luggage

Protection
  • Will protect fragile items from getting crushed

  • Polycarbonate will bend to a certain point then will bounce back to its original shape

  • Waterproof (rains, not throwing into the ocean)
  • Will not be able to protect fragile items.

  • Ballistic nylon is the best softsided material to protect against tears and abrasion.

  • Some are water-resistant but not all.

Storage
  • Fixed and rigid packing space
  • Usually has expansion options

  • Will likely accommodated just one more item because material is flexible

Compartments
  • No external compartments but could give you compartmentalization options on the inside

  • Usually convenient external pockets as well as organization options on the inside

Durability
  • Can get scuffed and scratched

  • Worst case scenario: cracked
  • Stains and tears
  • In general, softsides will look old and worn earlier than hardsides

  • Easier to wipe off stains on softside material and scratches won't mark.

Mobility
  • two-wheels + telescoping handle

  • four spinner wheels + telescoping handle
  • two-wheels + telescoping handle

  • four spinner wheels + telescoping handle


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