Softcase luggage or softside luggage is still the preferred option for the traveler focused on WEIGHT! By using cutting edge technologies and removing “backing boards” softside suitcases are now extremely light! EG. Samsonite Uplite Spl cabin = 1.8 kg ; Large = 2.7 kg. They also require less room to open and are quicker to pack. Carrier damage is more pronounced on softside suitcases. However, by buying quality international brands, and investing in Japanese Hinomoto wheels, and double/double teeth zips, the risk of damage is significantly reduced.