iFly Hardside Carry-on Luggage I Editor Review

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Hot Plug: Luggage can make or break your vacation (tell me lugging a suitcase with a broken wheel through JFK airport circa 2017). As someone who has experienced lousy baggage in my life, I have made it my mission for the past few years to improve my options. I’m a huge fan of Shay Mitchell’s own brand, Beis, and the super-functional (and ultra-soft!) designs of Dagne Dover. But recently, I stumbled across another option I knew I had to try: the iFly Hardside Luggage Fibertech 20-Inch Carry-On ($89) from Walmart. With a near-perfect five-star rating from almost 23,000 buyers, I needed to know what the fuss was about. My honest thoughts, ahead.

What I like about this carry-on

My first observation? It’s light. Terribly lightweight – a game changer for people like me who are getting dangerously close to those dreaded excess weight charges. When it arrived, I rolled it around my apartment to get a feel for its dual wheels which, in the words of the brand, “provide 360-degree navigation.” In other words, it rides like a dream and can handle quick turns as you rush through the airport.

As for the interior, it’s as functional as the more expensive carry-ons I’ve tried. When I opened it I was surprised to see that the full lining was scarlet red which gave it a luxurious feel. Also, I quickly spotted the large zippered mesh compartment and a small one, as well as tie-down straps to hold your clothes in place. Oh, and if you find it *very* full (like, to the point where it’s hard to close), you can use its expansion zipper to add two inches of storage space.

The interior liner of the hand luggage even opens on both sides to create a completely second compartment, as shown below:


What is worth noting

I chose the 20 inch carry-on, but there are other sizes as well. There’s a 24-inch ($99) and a 28-inch ($109), plus a two-piece set and a three-piece set if you’re looking for a complete collection. It should also be noted that there is then a wide selection of colors. I was first drawn to the pretty color “Champagne”, but it was sold out so I opted for the most timeless shade of all: black.

While this carry-on has an overwhelming amount of five-star ratings, it also has its fair share of lower ratings — which many say are prone to scratches or dents. I can’t say I’ve experienced this yet, and I’m not entirely confident that I will since I’ll more often than not bring it on the plane rather than check it out. If you have your eye on one of the larger versions, this can be an important factor to consider.

Who is this hand luggage for?

This carry-on is ideal for those looking for a chic design at a reasonable price with thoughtful features that make traveling easier and therefore more enjoyable.

  • The 20 inch carry-on is available in 21 colors.
  • The 20 inch carry-on measures 20 x 14 x 10 inches with the option of a two inch extension.
  • The 20-inch carry-on weighs 6.8 pounds (3.08 kilograms).

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Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Marisa Petrarca

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