Soft vs Hard-Shell: Which Suitcase is Better?
Even if you know exactly what you’re going to pack and how you’re going to pack it, one question still remains: What suitcase am I going to use?

Soft vs Hard-Shell: Which Suitcase is Better?


Even if you know exactly what you’re going to pack and how you’re going to pack it, one question still remains: What suitcase am I going to use?

There are many different types of suitcases. Some have two wheels, four wheels—some have none. Some have extendable handles, and others don’t. But most people could tell you that four wheels help the suitcase roll better and an extendable handle is a must-have. The big decision is between hard shell and soft shell.

Hard Shell
The hard shell suitcase is, as its name implies, very durable. If you’re carrying your laptop, tablet, or any other expensive device, then durability is a must. Its hard plastic exterior is also quite water resistant and is more successful in keeping odors out.

But the hard shell is far from perfect. For its durability, you sacrifice ease of handling. It’s a lot heavier than the soft shell suitcase and its bulkiness can make it difficult to store under your seat or in an above-head compartment. It also limits how much you can pack since it offers little to no flexibility.


Pros: Cons:
Durable ---- Heavy
Water resistant More difficult to handle
Keeps odors out Not flexible
Bulkier and harder to store


Soft Shell
Due to its softer, fabric-based exterior, the soft shell is of course a lot lighter than the hard shell, making it easier to carry, handle, and store. It’s also more flexible, allowing you to get away with shoving a few souvenirs in there.

The downside is that the lack of a thick, solid exterior makes the soft shell suitcase more susceptible to damage. It can also fail to keep water and odors out, which puts your baggage and its contents at risk.


Pros:Cons:
Light---- Less protection
More flexibleNot as waterproof
Easier to store Lets odor in

When you weigh the pros and cons of the hard shell and soft shell, you see there is no perfect suitcase. Every piece of luggage has its benefits and drawbacks, and it's up to you, the traveler, to consider your circumstances and choose accordingly.

Author: Tanner Hackney
Author Bio: Mr. Hackney is a Junior Journalism and Marketing student at American University. His travels have taken him to England, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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