Samsonite LIFTwo Hardside Luggage

Who doesn’t love luggage? It’s your trusted travelling companion wherever you go and keeps your things organized. We’ve had a lot of luggage over the years so we’ve narrowed down what we like – it needs to be light, sturdy and reliable. Probably not much different from what everyone else wants from their luggage.

LIFTwo Hardside Series Overview

After travelling for 5 years on a Samsonite Winfield 2 bag, it started to show its age. Enter the latest purchase, the Samsonite LIFTwo Hardside series. We’ve been fans of the LIFT series overall, one of us owning the soft-side set and now the other owning the hard-side. We picked up the Medium-sized bag (Around $175 CAD normally, on sale @ $120 CAD) as well as the Carry-on (Around $150 CAD) which is pretty good value for this series.

The LIFTwo (or LIFT2 in other regions) is a mid-range luggage set which aims to balance both durability and affordability in the most lightweight manner possible. That’s not to say it’s the lightest bag out there, but for the price, we couldn’t argue.

The Specs:

Carry-on 21″ Bag
Size: 20.75″ x 15.0″ x 9.0″
Weight: 6.3lbs / 2.86kg

Medium 25″ Bag
Size: 25.0″ x 18.0″ x 11.0″
Weight: 8.0lbs / 3.63kg

Large 29″ Bag
Size: 29.0″ x 20.0″ x 13.0″
Weight: 9.9lbs / 4.49kg


The design of these bags are really slick – they’re of a polycarbonate construction with a mesh weave which is supposed to make the bag more resistant to cracks from drops and baggage handling. This style of bag uses a 50-50 split, meaning that the zipper is directly on the halfway line of the bag. The zippers are well constructed using a “kissing-style” format with a weather strip which reduces the chances of water leaking in.

The wheels are a turbine-style, 4 wheel spinner which, apart from the vented design, are fairly common. The spindles and hardware attaching the wheels to the bag are tough and rigid and to date, have withstood airport floors, sidewalks and even grass pretty well.


Capacity is probably our most important feature since it seems like most airlines are always reducing baggage capacity in an effort to boost fuel efficiency. The weight of the bag really helps with this, with the medium only taking up 3.6 kilos of your total luggage allowance.

Let’s use Sunwing Airlines (a Canadian leisure airline, commonly associated with vacation packages) as an example:

Carry-on limit: 20″ x 16″ x 9″ AND 5kg
Samsonite LIFTwo 21″ Carry-on: 20.75″ x 15.0″ x 9.0″ AND 2.86kg
* We’ve never had an issue with the extra 0.75″ on the dimensions as weight has been the primary measure.

Checked luggage limit:  62″ (L + H + W)
Samsonite LIFTwo 25″ Bag: 25.0″ x 18.0″ x 11.0″ = 54″
Samsonite LIFTwo 29″ Bag: 29.0″ x 20.0″ x 13.0″ = 62″

So you can see the 29″ bag does meet the limits, although we’ve never needed more than the carry-on bag + the medium bag which has carried enough for a two-week trip without breaking a sweat and room to spare for souvenirs.



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