The suitcase – the symbolic home of a frequent traveler. As a turtle will leave no where without its shell, a traveler would find it absurd to take the streets or air without a proper carrying case. As such, the case in question must be well suited for the traveler’s needs and if the traveler is active, it is only natural that lightweight suitcases be the primary housing device for his or her luggage.
For maximum lightness, a softer exterior is ideal, though there are two variations applicable to the classification of ‘lightweight suitcases’. Those are soft or fiber exteriors, such as nylon or polyester (as mentioned previously) and the harder exteriors, which are often made of ABS, polycarbonate or polypropylene.
The pros of having a fiber encasement in place of a harder one is the flexibility and the overall new feel of it lasting potentially longer. They may not be quite as durable, but with the proper preparations and care, damage can be easily circumvented (though unavoidable mistakes do happen) for the most part. The other aspect of durability, however, is also the protection of the contents of the case. Tubes of cream or liquids could be jeopardized with a softer shell, as well as more fragile items such as electronic gadgets. If a buyer is insistent on this variety, however, these more fragile items can be wrapped and moved to the center of the case.
Harder encasements would obviously have the advantage in some of the aforementioned variables, but they are also susceptible to scratching, denting, and having an overall worn appearance which can be detrimental to a business trip or any other visit whereby appearance is important. Other than that, they tend to weigh slightly more.
Both cases, if ideal, will be attached to wheeled contraptions, making them easier to move. The softer ones will be more difficult to move on these, in comparison to the hard cases rigidness, but this concern may be balanced out by the fact that the harder cases will be more difficult to lift when the time comes that wheeling them is no longer an option (for example, when they are lifted onto a shelf or into a trunk of a car).
Both variations of luggage have significant advantages and disadvantages and it is dependent on the trip or buyer’s preference as to which is more suitable. It is; perhaps, best to have on hand both varieties to ensure preparation for any event.