Osprey- How to chose the right luggage: Hard or soft...the debate!

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Please see the article excerpt below regarding the great bag debate...Osprey comes out on top again!

Q. Should I choose a hard or soft bag?
A. Soft bags are more common than hard-shell luggage and are easier to squeeze into overhead compartments. These bags also absorb shock better than their molded counterparts. Soft bags are available in a wide variety of models; for example, you can purchase a carry-on with a zippered backpack attachment, or a duffel that can be either strapped to your back or wheeled through the airport.

Many ultra-lightweight luggage pieces are hard-sided and may help you meet weight requirements for checked luggage. If your tightly packed bag often weighs more than you do, look into purchasing a lightweight bag, which can save you a few pounds. Hard-sided bags also protect fragile items better than soft bags.

Whether you opt for a hard-sided suitcase or a soft one, be sure that you're paying for good quality. Flimsy hard-sided luggage can break or crack under pressure, while cheap soft luggage can tear.

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