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5 Best Portable Massage Tables for Traveling

Last Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2019Looking for the best lightweight portable massage tables? For anyone in the massage business, a massage table is one of, if not, the biggest investment you can make. However, buying a massage table is not as straightforward as dressing up for weekend brunch, donning a party hat and hitting the [...] The post 5 Best Portable Massage Tables for Traveling appeared first on...

Looking for the best lightweight portable massage tables?

For anyone in the massage business, a massage table is one of, if not, the biggest investment you can make. However, buying a massage table is not as straightforward as dressing up for weekend brunch, donning a party hat and hitting the town.

There are several considerations you need to make because the market is inundated with choices. Many of them.
Plus, a table you think is perfect for you is not necessarily going to be perfect for your clients, a common pitfall many therapists succumb to.

Here are 5 best portable massage tables you should consider.

Earthlite Harmony DX Portable Massage Table

EARTHLITE Portable Massage Table HARMONY DX – Eco-Friendly Design, Hard Maple, Superior Comfort, Deluxe Adjustable Face Cradle, Heavy-Duty Carry Case (30' x 73')
337 Reviews
EARTHLITE Portable Massage Table HARMONY DX – Eco-Friendly Design, Hard Maple, Superior Comfort, Deluxe Adjustable Face Cradle, Heavy-Duty Carry Case (30" x 73")
  • ALL-IN-ONE MASSAGE TABLE: Table, patented Deluxe Adjustable Facecradle with proprietary Cloudfill poly-gel blend facecradle cushion and durable nylon carry case. Table folds easily and transports easily in its rugged nylon carry case, weighs 38lbs.
  • SUPERIOR COMFORT: Full sized 30" x 73" table fits people of all sizes, adjustable height range 23-33". Hand upholstered with 2.5" of soft dual density cushioning that you won't bottom outon. The Natursoft fabric is durable yet soft and supple to the touch
  • PATENTED FACE CRADLE: The massage table packages includes a deluxe adjustable head rest with a proprietary Cloudfill poly-gel blend face cradle cushion for a perfectly positioned &comfortable client.
  • PROFESSIONAL QUALITY FEATURES: This table was designed for years of professional use and also features non-slip stable feet, sure-grip knobs, full length piano hinge for strength & attractive dual maple outlets and a heavy duty, single pocket carry case
  • MADE BY THE WORLD'S MOST TRUSTED BRAND IN MASSAGE: Founded in 1987,Earthlite is world's largest & most trusted massage supplier. LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty on frame & construction, 3 year warranty on the foam & upholstery, CE Mark

The Harmony DX portable massage table from Earthlite makes a strong case as the best portable massage table out there. At first glance, what will impress you most is the top-of-the-line Hard Maple wood frame which makes for a striking look while promising durability. The legs are stable and the feet are non-slip to keep the table from moving during a massage session.

If you feel like this goes against the conservationist in you, you need not worry. The hardwood is sourced from managed forests and environmentally-friendly glues and water-based lacquer are used to treat it. Then there is the plywood decking supporting the table. This is made from a special plywood – aircraft-grade Russian Birch – which makes the table incredibly strong.

portable massage table under side

It is equipped with a full-strength piano hinge which strengthens the frame even more, with a cabling system rated at 1,000 pounds.
But the Earthlite Harmony DX has managed to remain surprisingly lightweight (33 lbs.) and can take up to 600 pounds of user weight.
A light cushioning system by ‘Nature’s Touch’ covers the table, with silky padding and PU upholstery guaranteeing maximum comfort.

The Cloudfill poly-gel used in the construction of the plush face cradle is great quality and super comfortable, and what else you will appreciate about it is that it is adjustable. The cradle can be adjusted horizontally and vertically to accommodate different needs and preferences. We love the fact that the table can be adjusted from 23 to 33 inches as this means more versatility. Disassembling the Earthlite Harmony DX is a cinch and storage should be super easy.

There is a carry bag to stow it away in, and you have the choice of 4 colours for the upholstery.The manufacturer offers a three-year warranty on the foam and upholstery, but you get a limited lifetime warranty on the frame.

Overall, the design of the Earthlite DX is very well thought-out and it is just the perfect portable massage table for long-term investment.

The Earthlite Avalon offers even more colour options (eight!) and is a strong contender for best portable massage tables.


What we Like
• Elegant wood and finishing
• Super sturdy and guarantees premium comfort
• Deluxe adjustable headrest
• Nature’s Touch 100% PU upholstery
• All-round eco-friendly construction
• 3-year warranty on foam & upholstery and Lifetime warranty on frame & construction
• Colour options

What we Don’t
• There is little not to like about this Earthlite

Saloniture Professional Folding Massage Table

Saloniture Professional Portable Folding Massage Table with Carrying Case - Burgundy
768 Reviews
Saloniture Professional Portable Folding Massage Table with Carrying Case - Burgundy
  • PREMIUM COMFORT: Table features deluxe cushioning, providing the ultimate comfort for your clients. The table top and armrest wings both are composed of a plush, 2" thick layer of high-density foam, and the face pillow contains 3" of foam with a removable cover.
  • STRONG, STURDY SUPPORT: Precision crafted of premium-grade materials, this professional massage table features a hardwood frame and durable steel support cables, designed to accommodate a maximum weight capacity up 450 pounds. The adjustable headrest features a premium composite support, resistant to bending and warping. The table legs feature secure, non-slip, non-marring feet, which prevent sliding during massage as well as provide floor protection.
  • CONVENIENT & PORTABLE: Lightweight yet sturdy construction in a streamlined fold-and-carry design makes setup and breakdown a breeze. Weighing 37 pounds, the table's compact design can even accommodate all accessories to be stored inside the table if desired. It locks securely with two professional chrome clasps, and features double handles for easy travel. Includes a durable nylon carrying case with an adjustable shoulder strap and side pocket to hold oils and supplies.
  • OIL & WATER-PROOF: The entire table cover is draped in a luxurious PU synthetic leather, a highly durable, soft, and vegan-friendly material that is not only easy to clean, but has no offensive smell like other synthetic materials. It is also oil and water-proof to resist stains.
  • DETACHABLE ACCESSORIES: Customize the table for each client, with an arm sling under the headrest as well as winged armrests, allowing for comfortable repositioning as needed.

Saloniture Portable Massage Table is one of the best-sellers on Amazon, and while the fact that its attractive price has something to do with it, this is a table that punches well above its weight division. The thing that makes this product different from other budget options is the model has not compromised on quality for the sake of keeping costs down.

One thing you will like most about it is the robust hardwood frame. Its stability is reinforced further by steel cables which make it even sturdier than it already is. The Saloniture Folding Massage Table allows for easy height adjustment between 24.5 and 34.5 inches, providing a sufficient range for any use.

Saloniture Professional Folding Massage Table folded up

It comes in a 2-inch high-density foam cushioning for premium comfort, while the face cradle has a 3-inch padding with a removable cover.
What else we like about this portable massage table is it has a detachable headrest, arm sling and winged armrests, making it possible to adjust based on individual client needs.

On the whole, the deck is very comfortable and each accessory slots in nicely in its respective spot.
This portable table weighs 36.8 pounds and can support a user weight of up to 450 lbs. It is very easy to whisk around, and easy to fold and unfold when you need to.

A nylon carrying case enhances the table’s portability, and short and slim individuals will find it utterly practical. This Saloniture Lightweight Portable Massage Table carries a one-year warranty.


What we Like
• PU synthetic leather is highly durable and is oil- and waterproof
• Price
• Robust hardwood frame and steel cables make it strong and sturdy

What we Don’t
• Armrests are weak
• Width of 28” might not comfortably accommodate wide-structured clients

Master Massager Del Ray Pro Portable Massage Table

Master Massage 30' Del Ray Pro Portable Massage Table Package, Sand Color, Luxurious with 3' Thick Cushion of Foam
120 Reviews
Master Massage 30" Del Ray Pro Portable Massage Table Package, Sand Color, Luxurious with 3" Thick Cushion of Foam
  • 30" width x 84" length x 24" to 34" adjustable height, the table itself only weighs 34lbs.
  • 1,500 lbs. aircraft-grade steel support cables give the table a working capacity of 750lbs.
  • 3" thick cushion of Multi-Layer Small Cell foam, patented to be more dense than standard foam
  • The sand/beige PU upholstery is oil- and water-resistant, CFC-free and with denim-like reinforcement backing for extra durability; it's protected by a 2 Year Guarantee.
  • Accessories include: innovative ErgonomicDream face cradle, ErgonomicDream face pillow, Contoured arm rest shelf,and two-pocket carrying case.

Master Massager makes some of the best portable massage tables around, and as with Earthlite, they could easily stake a claim in the best portable massage tables list with several entries.

But if we could pick one, the Del Ray Pro would be it.

And here’s why: The Master Massage Del Ray Pro is a very lightweight portable massage table many massage therapists will find a solid business investment. This is a professional-grade table made from managed forest hard European Beech Wood, one of the factors that has driven the cost up. A hi-gloss warm walnut finish with Dura-seal protection rounds out the elegant look.

Its aesthetics and overall quality makes it an ideal table for use in high-end establishments. The Quik-Set Knows feature is one of the things you’ll like about this massage table. It allows you to adjust the table’s height with minimum fuss, with a range of between 24 and 34 inches.

The Master Massage Del Ray Pro also boasts an incredibly high capacity, making it perfect for heavy users. It can hold a weight of up to 750 pounds, thanks to its aircraft-grade steep support cables.

carry bag for massage table

Portable Lightweight Massage Table Carry Bag

At a super light 34 pounds , it has managed to remain impressively light, even lighter than other options on our list with lesser weight capacity.
What’s more, the Del Ray Pro comes with innovative accessories which include an ErgonomicDream face cradle and ErgonomicDream face pillow. The latter is a lush addition which wraps around the face gently, adding cool to what is an already cossetting affair.
Other welcome accessories include a contoured armrest shelf and two-pocket carrying case.

The Master Massage Del Ray Pro features luxurious sand-coloured PU leather upholstery with warm walnut legs, culminating in a richly elegant look. It is water- and oil resistant, not to mention CFC-free.

Beneath the upholstery is a 3-inch thick cushion made from a multi-layered small-cell foam, guaranteeing maximum comfort for your clients.
With all these high-end features, it is easy to see why this massage table carries that price. But it is extremely durable and well worth every penny.
It comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.


What we Like

• Elegant wood and finishing
• Sturdy and comfortable
• PU leather makes it luxurious and durable
• Impressive user weight limit

What we Don’t
• Headpiece has been accused of being a little too hard

The Coronado Portable Massage Table is another offering from Master Massage worth considering.

Master Massage 30' Del Ray Pro Portable Massage Table Package, Sand Color, Luxurious with 3' Thick Cushion of Foam
120 Reviews
Master Massage 30" Del Ray Pro Portable Massage Table Package, Sand Color, Luxurious with 3" Thick Cushion of Foam
  • 30" width x 84" length x 24" to 34" adjustable height, the table itself only weighs 34lbs.
  • 1,500 lbs. aircraft-grade steel support cables give the table a working capacity of 750lbs.
  • 3" thick cushion of Multi-Layer Small Cell foam, patented to be more dense than standard foam
  • The sand/beige PU upholstery is oil- and water-resistant, CFC-free and with denim-like reinforcement backing for extra durability; it's protected by a 2 Year Guarantee.
  • Accessories include: innovative ErgonomicDream face cradle, ErgonomicDream face pillow, Contoured arm rest shelf,and two-pocket carrying case.

Sierra Comfort Portable Massage Table

Sierra Comfort All-Inclusive Portable Massage Table
1,700 Reviews
Sierra Comfort All-Inclusive Portable Massage Table
  • Table is made of high-quality beach timber with 2.5-inch high-density foam deck
  • Height (adjustable): 23 to 33-inches , closed dimensions : 38 Long x 28 Wide x 7 Thick. Base Table Weight - 36 pounds (39 pounds with Accessories)
  • Includes carrying bag; measures 74 x 33 x 28 inches (W x H x D); 5-year warranty

Sierra Comfort has branded this massage table all-inclusive as it comes as a complete bundle with everything you need as a massage therapist to get up and running. This includes pure cotton massaging sheets, oil pocket, a towel hanger and a semi-circle bolster – all to keep your essentials at arm’s length. A carry bag with handles makes it easy to move the table from one location to the next. It folds up neatly, making it super convenient.

This Sierra Comfort offering was intended to be a basic product, the aim being to cut back on costs. However, you don’t have to worry about a compromise on its quality, otherwise we wouldn’t even recommend it. The frame of this portable massage table is constructed from solid hardwood (Beech Hardwood to be specific) which is a short way of saying three things…

One, the table is very sturdy and stable; two, it boasts great aesthetics, and three, this is a durable frame that will give you years of service.
At 35.3 pounds, this table plays within the confines of lightweight portable massage tables. The same goes for its weight capacity: it can support up to 450 pounds, an adequate maximum threshold for these types of tables.

It has an adjustable height of between 23 and 33 inches which means you won’t have to bend unnecessarily as you administer massage therapy. The face cradle is also adjustable. These two things mean the table can be altered to suit different body types.

The Sierra Comfort All-inclusive Portable Massage Table comes with a luxurious 2.5-inch high-density foam to keep your customers comfortable during treatment.

The deck is waterproof and oil resistant which makes cleaning easier.
This product comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.


What we Like
• Sturdy, stable and durable
• Easy to dismantle and re-assemble
• Accessories make work easier

What we Don’t
• Face cradle might be a bit thin for some people

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Merax Aluminium Portable Massage Table

ultra light portable massage table

Merax WF015763BAA Aluminium 3 Section Portable Folding Massage Table Facial SPA Tattoo Bed
123 Reviews
Merax WF015763BAA Aluminium 3 Section Portable Folding Massage Table Facial SPA Tattoo Bed
  • 27 inch wide massage table ensures full support and coverage of every body part with pressure evenly distributed for relaxing comfort
  • Removable side armrests allows therapists to cater to larger clients and while the adjustable head rest allows the client to be put in different positions
  • Adjustable backrest allows clients to be put in an upright sitting position for either salon treatments, anterior leg & arm treatments, physiotherapy and more
  • Simple to set up, no tools necessary. Table Dimensions: 73"L x 27"W x (24"-32")H
  • Product weight: 37 lbs., weight capacity: 500 lbs.

For masseurs and masseuses who prefer aluminium over wood, the Merax Aluminium 3 is just the table for you. The lightest portable massage tables mostly tend to be constructed from aluminium. But they are still able to hold a good amount of weight – the good ones, that is. This table is a good example. So robust is it that it can accommodate more weight than most wood models of the same size, and we’re not talking about cheap, run-of-the-mill wooden tables.

With a weight capacity of 500 pounds, this aluminium portable table even surpasses some top-notch wooden models on this list, namely the Saloniture and Sierra Comfort models.

It weighs 37 pounds, which should be portable enough. The face cradle, arm extenders and armrest shelf are both adjustable and removable, while a high quality carrying case promises easy portability. The impressive aluminium frame aside, also worth mentioning is the thick padding on this table. The body of the table is swathed in 2-inch high-density padding which provides good comfort.

The upholstery is made from an ultra-soft PU-coated synthetic leather, and is available for purchase in two colour options – a mix of red and black, and an all-black shade.

The face rest has been faulted for being a bit challenging to assemble, and a width of 27 inches may be an inch or two thinner.
Other than that, the Merax Aluminium 3 is a great portable massage table for anyone in the market for a good metallic model.


What we Like
• Aluminium frame is sturdy
• Impressive weight capacity
• Good portability
• 2 colour options

What we Don’t
• Face rest is daunting to assemble
• 27-inch width is a bit trim

The Artechworks Lightweight Massage Table is another aluminium portable massage table we would recommend.

Artechworks Lightweight Massage Table with Aluminium Frame, 2 Fold Beauty Therapy Bed, w/Free Carry Case, Face Cradle, Arm Rests (Black)
25 Reviews
Artechworks Lightweight Massage Table with Aluminium Frame, 2 Fold Beauty Therapy Bed, w/Free Carry Case, Face Cradle, Arm Rests (Black)
  • Removable side arm rests allows the therapist to cater for larger clients and with the adjustable head rest allows the client to be put in different positions.
  • Lightweight&Sturdiness: Our massage table with Aluminium Leg is your best choice which offers perfect client comfort and experience with lightweight convenience and quality performance.Specially designed sturdy frame structure make it a table with exceptional stability.
  • Complete package includes a soft carry case to carry and protect your table. Easy to use, No tool needed to assemble.
  • Table Adjustable Height: 25" to 34"(height from seat to ground) ,Table Dimensions: 73.23" Long (without face cradle) × 28" Wide (without side arm rests),Product weight: 33.1 lbs
  • Usage: The massage table is widely used in professional therapy clinics,massage centers,salon, health club,beauty parlor and home.

Choosing the Right Portable Massage Table

Regardless of the considerations you need to make, deciding on the ideal portable massage table doesn’t have to be as complicated as mapping out the periodic table.

Materials – The best frames for a massage table are either made of wood or aluminium. Wooden frames have better stability, are more durable and look nicer. But they tend to be heavier and could get creaky when you lean in on them or when massaging a heavier client.

Aluminium frames are newer entrants into this space, and an influx of low-quality frames have not endeared them to many masseuses. But there are good ones in the market, although these are high end. Aluminium is stronger and lighter than wood, but avoid low-quality tables.

Table Weight – A portable massage table should not be too heavy because it is designed for moving around with. Weight varies from one table to the next, but it’s almost always disproportionate to the price.

The more expensive the table, the lower its weight. High-end wooden tables and high-quality aluminium models are usually lighter. Anywhere between 25-35 pounds is a reasonable enough weight.

Padding – Client comfort is always top priority when massaging, and as such, the foaming is a big factor to think about. Thicker is not always better. After all, you do not want something to make customers feel like they are floating in a NASA zero-gravity chamber.

If the foam is too thick, your clients might not be comfortable. And if it is not dense enough, client comfort too could get compromised.
While high-density foam might not be as soft as low-density, it is definitely better. Even better is a type of high density known as small-cell foam. Opt for tables that include memory foam technology as they contour nicely to the body.

Table Upholstery – Good upholstery improves comfort and enhances the table’s look while increasing the table’s durability. PU leather and PVC vinyl leather are the two main materials used for upholstery.

Cheaper PVC vinyl is both oil- and waterproof, and is low maintenance. PU leather, on the other hand, is oil- and water-resistant (not oil and waterproof) but it is the closest thing to natural leather. If you want to keep costs down, don’t dwell too much on the type of upholstery. After all, most of it will spend more time draped in covers and sheets (for hygienic purposes) so you might want to think about directing the funds to good quality sheets and other protective accessories.

Portability – The whole point of investing in a portable massage table is to have a table that is easy to whisk from one appointment to another.
Ideally, you want a table that can fold in a matter of minutes as opposed to spending half an hour folding it up after every appointment. Bulky portable tables also beat the purpose. Make sure the products comes with a portable massage table carry bag.

Dimensions – The length and width of the table are other factors to think about when deciding on the right massage table to buy, although the length not so much. That’s because most massage tables come with a standard length of 70 inches which should accommodate most individuals comfortably – unless you work with very tall clients or athletes.

As for the width, majority of massage tables fall between 27 and 34 inches. Anywhere between 28 and 30 inches is ideal since the width of the table affects your body mechanics too, and you don’t want a table that will give you difficulty in reaching over.
The height is usually adjustable (18-37 inches) and should correspond to the height of the therapist.

Cable System – A necessary addition to a portable massage table, cables increase the strength and stability of the table and prevent it from rocking sideways or back and forth during a massage session.

Good cables should be made of high-quality aluminium or steel, so opt for these over plastic ones. Cheap plastic joints are a no-no.
Accessories – These include extras like the face cradle, armrest, towel hanger and bolsters.

Cost – Portable massage table costs can vary greatly. You’ll find some fetching at $100 but as with most things, you get what you pay for.
Massage sessions are an opportunity to pamper oneself, so unless you’re fresh off college and have exhausted all your finances on tuition, it’s always best to avoid bare-bones tables. You don’t want the sessions to be one-offs, but for clients to give you repeat business.
You will find plenty of great portable massage tables available on Amazon and it is very easy to order. As with any other product, though, you won’t find every specific option being offered.

But there are more chances of finding it here, and it comes with the benefit of getting a great model delivered to your doorstep without emptying your wallet.

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Best Places in the World to Paddle Board (SUP)

Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 If there’s a watersport that’s rapidly gaining in popularity, then it’s certainly stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) the fastest growing sport in the world. Quality inflatable paddle boards can now be bought for under US$500 making the sport more popular.  From practising SUP Yoga to paddling with your dog, SUP [...] The post Best Places in the World to Paddle Board (SUP) appeared first on...

best places to sup in the world

If there’s a watersport that’s rapidly gaining in popularity, then it’s certainly stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) the fastest growing sport in the world. Quality inflatable paddle boards can now be bought for under US$500 making the sport more popular.  From practising SUP Yoga to paddling with your dog, SUP can offers hours of family fun.  However, one of the main reasons why you should go paddling is to enjoy the best of nature such as alpine lakes, mangrove forests, tropical beaches, marine life, and many more.

Therefore, this insightful post will take you through some of the best places to SUP in the world that you should visit.

1. Hawaii

Hawaii is popularly known for its laid back lifestyle as well as the beautiful beaches. In fact, Hawaii is one of the world’s most famous watersport destinations. Recently, this destination has become very popular with paddlers because it’s home to some of the best SUP locations in the world. You’ll actually be spoilt for choice for the best spot to paddle your board as well as rent a SUP board for your adventure. Places such as Oahu, Ala Maona, Kealakekua Bay, Sunset beach, and many others will leave you with some fond SUP memories.

2. Californi

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The California coastline is certainly famous for a reason. The Pacific Coast Highway will treat you to some stunning scenery, delicious dinners, peeling waves, and most importantly lots of paddling spots. You’ll get to enjoy your favorite watersport in some classic spots such as Lake Tahoe, San Onofre, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Santa Cruz, and many more. It goes without saying that this top destination is also filled with very nice 5-star restaurants, luxurious resorts, coastal campgrounds, and dirt parking lots.

3. Bali

sup baliOur next top place takes us all the way to Bali, Indonesia. For most riders around the world, Bali is definitely a surfing mecca because this thrilling island boasts of some of the most beautiful coasts in the world. You could choose to go paddling in Kuta beach. This place credited to be the pioneer of surfing in this island, and is comfortable for SUP as well due to the combination of flat rides and rideable swells.
Alternatively, you can visit Nusa Dua or Sanur beaches which have nearer coastal waters perfect for some exciting rides beyond. Western coasts such as Jimbaran Bay and Kuta are less windy making them perfect for flat wave riders.

 

4. Florida Keys

Florida State is almost entirely surrounded by water and this is one of the main reasons why SUP is flourishing here. That said, Florida Keys boasts of hundreds of launching spots for your paddleboard as well as a rich marine life including stingrays and manatees. You’ll also enjoy the splendid sight of the mangrove forests, Caribbean-like waters, and the generally diverse ecosystem.
Moreover, you can cover long distances using your SUP with the aid of the trade winds. You can even use your paddleboard for fishing, meditation, or SUP Yoga when there’s no wind. All in all, Florida is arguably the most scenic SUP place in the world.

5. New Zealand

What make New Zealand stand up among the rest the availability of abundant wildlife and the exceptionally rich culture. To add on that, the variety of lakes, rivers, beaches, as well as bays surrounded by mountains make it the perfect SUP destination. The subtropical climate of the Northland’s Bay of islands as well as the warm water throughout the year make NZ the best destination for most SUP lovers. Don’t forget to check out the few dolphins or a pod during your ride. To wind up your adventure, visit Lake Wanaka, the country’s fourth largest lake.

6. Turks and Caicos Islands

For paddle boarders, the turquoise waters surrounding these islands are certainly a treat. To make it even better, the calm, clear waters of the Grace Bay are ideal for your favorite watersport. For those who like exploring spectacular backcountry, the Big Blue Unlimited will offer you SUP tours around the archipelago. Don’t forget to check out the mangrove swamps as well as the wading herons and the juvenile nurse sharks just underneath your board as you enjoy your paddling.

7. Perth, Australia

If you’re looking for the best place to go SUP in Australia, head over to Perth. Despite New South Wales being more popular among surfers due its big waves, Perth offers beautiful, flat waters from the Swan River, making it an ideal place for novice riders to hone their skills. You can also enjoy laid-back paddle boarding at the Cottesloe Beach due to its stretch of sand.

8. Washington

There is definitely no better place to go stand-up paddle boarding than Washington State. To begin with, Seattle which is surrounded by both freshwater Lake Washington and saltwater from the Pacific Ocean is a place so hard to beat when it comes to SUP. You can go paddling in Elliot Bay, Green Lake, Lake Union or Shishole Bay.
If you think its ends there, then you’re very wrong. You haven’t visited the magnificent Kenilworth Park for laid-back paddling, Potomac River Rapids, Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Lake Barcroft. All these spots coupled with being close to the big city make Washington one of the best places to go paddleboard.

9. Cape Town, South Africa

Apart from being popular for its blessed wildlife safaris, Africa also has an array of waves coupled with beautiful scenery. Because of this, SUP is rapidly gaining in popularity with Cape Town being the leading destination due to its flat water canals and the ocean surf. There’s a variety of places to hire a guide, rent a boat, or even get both, making Cape Town a top place to go paddling. You could try Blouberg and the Sunset beach in the north or the Strand and Muizenberg in the south.

10. Costa

If Costa Rica isn’t on your top SUP destination list, then it’s time to change that. In this tropical country, SUP is seriously gaining in popularity. To start with, Playa Danta located in the Guanacaste region is a popular premier SUP spot that is attracting lots of attention. This secluded, flat-water bay has an abundance of exotic sea life that you could enjoy while surfing or paddling. Also, with water temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius all year round, Costa Rica is truly a paradise here on earth.

The Summing up
All in all, the world is filled with lots of wonderful SUP destinations for you to choose from. However, the above paddle boarding hotspots will give you the perfect blend of nature and wildlife that will make your adventure is a great success. Happy paddling!

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Best Cameras For Hiking 2019

The review team look at the 4 top cameras to take on your hiking trips. We look at the most durable and compact cameras on the market that can be easily stored in your hiking daypack. The post Best Cameras For Hiking 2019 appeared first on...

Any adventurer or hiking enthusiast will admit that the whole trip is never complete until you bring along your favorite hiking  camera to capture the moments that matter. Obviously, you will need a camera that is able to take amazing photos and videos with a quality that is much better than your Smartphone’s. In fact, you need to go beyond the picture and video quality to think about the durability of the camera (especially if you will be hiking in the cold mountains) and how lightweight/compact it is to hike with.  In this post, we give you four of the best cameras to take hiking for durability, quality image and video capturing and of course affordability.

GoPro HERO6 Black

The best compact camera for hiking and sports activities

5/5
GoPro HERO6 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
644 Reviews
GoPro HERO6 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • HERO6 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where the app turns it into a QuikStory-an awesome edited video
  • With 4K60 and 1080p240 video,HERO6 Black delivers 2x the performance compared to HERO5 BlackWith an all-new GP1 chip optimized for GoPro capture, HERO6 Black delivers vastly improved image quality
  • With our most advanced video stabilization yet, HERO6 Black captures super smooth footage, whether it's handheld or mounted to your gear HERO6 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Now featuring touch zoom and an updated UI, the 2-inch display makes it easy to frame shots, change settings and play back footage
  • Featuring 5GHz Wi-Fi, you can copy photos and videos over to your phone 3x faster than with HERO5 Black. Note-low or high temperature conditions may temporarily shorten the battery life or cause the camera to temporarily stop working properly

Hands down the best GoPro companion for hiking enthusiasts right now is the Hero 6. It has a compact and ultra-lightweight build quality making it one of the best cameras to have on a hike.

Features
But, the fun doesn’t just stop with its build quality. This camera comes with an image stabilization system that enabled you to capture uniquely smooth videos even when the original recording was bumpy. It comes with a capacity to shoot 4K and 1080p240 video quality. It’s a waterproof camera able to hold up its own without any housing up to 10 m under water. If that is impressive, there is more. The Hero 6 features a 5GHz WiFi capacity that makes copying and sharing of pictures and videos much easier.

Performance
The Hero 6 is a go-to for most hiking and adventure enthusiasts. Compared to its predecessor, the Hero 5, this camera boasts of improved performance with a better image and video quality. In fact, the fact that it comes with an image stabilization feature not to mention the improved video quality at 1080p is a plus for hiking lovers. In addition, you can quickly edit and share your videos thanks to the camera’s capacity to send and quickly edit footage on your phone. To top it all off, the camera boasts of a rugged waterproof design that is well capable of withstanding any harsh environment it’s subjected to.

Verdict
Even though it comes with a WiFi capacity, you ought to beware while you are out there in the wild since its battery has a rather short life. Furthermore, extremely low or high-temperature conditions might also shorten the life span of its battery. Plus, even though GoPro says it shoots 4K, there are a couple of complaints from users who were unable to play the recorded 4K footage on QuickTime. The solution here is to use VLC. All in all, this camera still remains to be one of the best options for those looking for a compact and rugged waterproof camera for hiking.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight build quality
  • Waterproof design
  • Capable of shooting quality 4K footage
  • Comes with image stabilization

Cons

  • Its 4K footage does not play on QuickTime
  • The battery life could be better

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Hiking Camera

Compact enough for your hiking daypack

4.5/5
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom Lens (Black)
289 Reviews
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom Lens (Black)
  • FASTER AUTOFOCUS: Shoot up to 11fps with 425 phase detection auto focus points and 0.05 sec AF speed
  • INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: Advanced 24.2 MP Exmore CMOS sensor expands sensitivity and minimizes noise
  • ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER: Cameras feature a high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder for enhanced viewing
  • 4K & HD RECORDING: Record professional content with multiple movie functions and full pixel readout
  • LENS INCLUDED: Sony E-Mount 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS retractable zoom lens shoots in stunning detail

When you need to shoot fast-moving subjects, the Sony Alpha a6300 is the go-to camera. It’s a mirrorless compact camera with all the right features for adventure seekers.

Features
To begin with, it comes with a newly developed 24.3MP image sensor that delivers high-resolution 4K footage. With fast autofocus set at 11fps, you can easily capture fast moving objects while out in the great outdoors. The electronic viewfinder comes with a high-quality XGA OLED Tru-Finder to take your viewing a notch higher. Additionally, it supports consumer friendly footage recording at XAVC 5. This way you get minimized files that take up less space without losing the overall quality of your footage and images.

Performance
Most adventure and hiking lovers choose the Sony Alpha a6300 for its 4K and HD recording capacity. This camera is also compact enough making it easy to carry around during travel and since it has a retractable lens, you can zoom in to capture your images thanks to the 16-50mm lens with an aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6. The electronics viewfinder works as expected to deliver high-quality viewing and the slow-motion recording capacity at 120 fps is perfect for capturing every tiny moment in detail.

Verdict
The only downside to this camera is the fact that it does not come with image stabilization. However, what you get is a rugged and compact camera that is able to record high-quality professional footage with impeccable audio even without an external microphone. Basically, having the Sony Alpha a6300 is more like going on a hike with your DSLR only that now you have a lightweight and compact replacement of it, fitting neatly into your hiking day pack.

Pros

  • Tilting LCD screen for easy framing
  • Compact and rugged body
  • High-speed continuous shooting
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The kit lens could be better
  • It’s not waterproof
  • Does not have image stabilization

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

4/5
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (Black)
302 Reviews
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (Black)
  • The advanced video capabilities of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve
  • Features a large 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that helps capture high-quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range. Autofocus system features ttl autofocus and manual focus. Operating temperature is 0 to 40 degree celsius. Note-charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power
  • An aperture value of f/1.8 at the wide angle and f/2.8 when fully zoomed to a factor of 4.2x (24-100mm), this lens equipped to capture a variety of situations with precision
  • High-resolution, 3.0" LCD monitor that tilts up 180° and down 45°is ideal for self-portraits and capturing pictures at high and low angles with ease
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go convenience and the ability to easily post your images to select social networking and media sites

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is among the best point and shoot cameras you can find out there. Not only is it a much cheaper option compared to its rivals but it also comes with a bit more focal length for better overall performance.

Features
With its large CMOS image sensor at 20.1 megapixels, this camera is capable of capturing high-quality videos and images. The onboard LCD monitor tilts up to 180 degrees enabling you to take self-portraits at a variety of angles. Plus, you can shoot continuously up to 8 frames per second so as to capture fast moving subjects. Furthermore, it also comes with wireless connectivity that makes sharing photos on the go a much easier task.

Performance
For its size, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II packs a bunch of cool features and comes with the quality performance to match. Even though it does not come with interchangeable lenses, it can still fit the bill as a DSLR replacement thanks to its quality image capturing and video recording. Furthermore, it’s a lightweight camera that easily fits in your jacket pocket making it a perfect option for hiking.

Verdict
When it’s all said and done, any hiking enthusiast knows that portability comes first when picking a camera for trekking or moderate walking. This is exactly what the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II provides. It is also easy to use and the tilting touch screen LCD makes it easy to take high-quality photos and videos on the go. However, the battery can be a disappointment, especially for hiking as it can barely support all its functionality. Plus, the touch screen can be cumbersome at times especially when you attempt to adjust it without the touch focusing.

Pros

  • Responsive touch screen LCD
  • Comes with reliable WiFi connectivity
  • Great low light performance
  • Lightweight and portable design

Cons

  • The battery life could be better
  • Does not shoot in 4K
  • The touch screen can be cumbersome at times

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera for Hiking

3.6/5
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
284 Reviews
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
  • New 12MP Hi-Speed Image Sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction
  • Underwater: compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps). Bright F2.0 high-speed Lens. Video Recording format : MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
  • Dual Quad Core TruePic VIII Image Processor. 3.0 inches 460k-Dot LCD Monitor. Focus Range Normal: 3.94 inches (10 cm) to Infinity. Macro: 0.4 inches (1 cm) to Infinity
  • Field sensor system with GPS, Manometer, Compass, and temperature sensors
  • Waterproof to 50 feet, F, Dustproof, Crushproof to 220 lbf, Shockproof from 7 feet, Freezeproof to 14 degrees, Anti-Fog lens.Dustproof:IP6X

If you are looking for the ultimate compact camera for hiking, you would miss a lot if you passed on the Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera. This camera is simply designed to endure the elements with an anti-fog dual pane glass covering the lens.

Features
One of its most outstanding features is the fact that it comes with a capacity to withstand low temperatures in the range of 140F to 100C. Added to its waterproof capacity up to 50 feet is a shockproof and dustproof feature as well. The Olympus TG-5 brings about quality video recording at 4K and with its specialized image sensor, its low light performance is one of the best. Other helpful features it comes with include a GPS and compass, Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing and live composite modes that lets you explore different ways of framing your shots.

Performance
In terms of performance, this camera lets you attach a fish-eye converted so as to get wide angle shots. You can also use its telezoom converted for better zoom range. Granted, you cannot use multiple lenses with this camera, however, it‘s portable and lightweight build quality makes it a much better options to the DSLR.

Verdict
For those hiking enthusiasts that love taking macro mode photos and videos in the deep waters, the Olympus TG-5 is simply a must-have. Its rugged waterproof design makes it the perfect camera for hiking plus the fact that it can shoot in 4K is a plus for those looking to create quality vlogs of their adventures.

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Pros

  • Great low light performance
  • Ideal for underwater shooting
  • Durable rugged build quality
  • Shoots in 4K
  • Comes with an action track sensor

Cons

  • The lens is not interchangeable

Conclusion – Choosing the best hiking camera for you


Well, there you have it. Whatever camera you settle for, keep in mind that some of the biggest considerations include the weight of the camera, its weather sealing quality and the price. With our list, you will be sure to find a hiking camera that checks all the boxes. If you are not quite sure about your choice, we suggest the Olympus TG-5 as the ultimate hiking camera as it boasts of a rugged build quality with 4K shooting capacity which is great.

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The Best Travel Trailer Generators 2019

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If you have had a travel trailer for a while, you will know that your battery cannot always be relied upon as a power source, which is why people buy portable travel generators. They act as as a backup or used when there is no electrical hook up available. 

Portable generators are not only used by RV owners, one of the biggest markets is travel trailers owners. We also have many friends who go camping but always take a quiet travel generator, most campsites are fine with this if they run under 60 decibels – which only inverter generators can do

Below is our best inverter generator comparison chart for the 3 best generators for taking to a campsite. These are all very quiet and portable.

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15 Things to do in Philadelphia

Last Updated: Monday, December 17, 2018 The great city of Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of Pennsylvania. It briefly became the capital of the United States while Washington DC was being built. It’s one of America’s oldest and most historically important cities, instrumental in the American Revolution [...] The post 15 Things to do in Philadelphia appeared first on...

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The great city of Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of Pennsylvania. It briefly became the capital of the United States while Washington DC was being built. It’s one of America’s oldest and most historically important cities, instrumental in the American Revolution where the Founding Fathers met, signed the Declaration of Independence (1776) and later the Constitution (1787). With notable firsts including the first US library, the first zoo and the first children-oriented museum, Philadelphia has the cachet of being part of the USA’s cultural and historical bedrock and also that of a pioneering city with its eye on the future. A holiday here will fire the imagination and give you a glimpse into what makes Americans tick.

1. Independence Seaport Museum

This anchor attraction is Philadelphia’s home to its maritime history and features artefacts and archive materials documenting the Greater Delaware Valley and the timeline of the Port of Philadelphia. It’s also where you will see the USS Olympia, victorious Admiral Dewey’s flagship and the only ship to survive the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

USS Olympia

USS Olympia

2. Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence and the abolition of slavery. Originally shipped in from the UK, the bell cracked during its first sounding. Subsequent recasts added copper, lead and tin but the bell sounded dull and then cracked again. The Liberty Bell Center has free admission, informative videos and boards detailing the extraordinary history of this troubled but emblematic bell.

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

3. Christ Church

William Penn was baptised here and the very same font is still in use today! It was constructed in the 1720s in a Georgian style harking back to the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren. Christ Church’s 60 m tower held the record for the tallest structure in the US until 1810. Its congregation included notables George Washington, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross and there are brass plaques on the pews where they once sat.

Christ Church

Christ Church

4. Independence Hall

Completed in 1753, Independence Hall is the focal building of the Independence National Historical Park. This is where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and signed. Architecturally interesting, it’s built from red brick in the Georgian style and was the original home of the Liberty Bell.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

5. Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

This war memorial commemorates the thousands of fallen soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War. In 1976 an eternal flame was lit, watched over by a bronze statue of George Washington. The park is open to the public and there are many seating areas provided. No-one knows exactly how many bodies are buried in this location and a visit here serves as a sobering experience.

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

6. Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia’s original public market has evolved dramatically over two centuries. A not-for-profit organisation runs the Reading Terminal Market and, today, it’s one of the States’ most successful public markets featuring over 75 independent small businesses that cater to all tastes with an array of fresh and prepared foods, specialist eateries and shops.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

7. Schuylkill River Trail

There are many opportunities for outdoors exercise, running, cycling, rowing and dragon boat racing. The Schuylkill River Trail extends some 130 miles although only 60 miles have been completed to date. The Kelly Drive Loop is a four mile circuit running alongside the river – it’s here that the country’s oldest collegiate boat race – the Dad Vail Regatta – takes place.

Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill River Trail

8. Barnes Foundation Art Collection

The Barnes Art Collection was founded in 1922 with its aim of promoting the ‘advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts’. At the Philadelphia campus you will find one of the greatest private galleries of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings. Take the time to browse through over 3,000 amazing works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh.

Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation

9. Ghosts of the Mansions Tour

The original Ghost Tour in Philadelphia boasts two spooky mansions in the old district known as Society Hill. A nocturnal, candle-lit tour by a costumed guide will start at the eerie Strangers Burial Ground and take you to the colonial-era Powel House or Physick House where documented reports of ghostly activity have been recorded for over 70 years! The would-be ghost hunter will be given the use of an electromagnetic field meter (think of Ghostbusters’ handheld PKE ghost detectors) to help locate any paranormal goings-on!

Physick House

Physick House

10. Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum was the first museum aimed at young children, particularly the under-sevens. Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the museum prides itself on self-directed, experiential, content-rich attractions that promote skills which help shape a child’s success in school and in life. Among the exhibits are interactive displays and features of historical toys from its collection numbering around 25,000!

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

11. The Franklin Institute

Founded in 1824 in honour of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the institute is among the oldest science centres in the country. A visit here puts you in good company – many scientists have demonstrated groundbreaking new technology at the Franklin Institute. Their newest exhibits are based around robots, their intelligence, abilities, cooperation and locomotion. Did we mention you can test drive a Google self-driving car?

Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute

12. Sesame Place

Philadelphia is home to the States’ only theme park based on the much-loved children’s programme Sesame Street. Across this 14-acre site you’ll find choreographed stage shows, roller coaster, water attractions and fun rides. Now approaching its 37th year, Sesame Place continues to delight children young and old with their seasonal attractions. This year’s ‘A Very Furry Christmas’ has transformed the Park into a winter wonderland full of magical lights, Christmas decorations, shows and festive savoury menus. Aside from all the active play areas suitable for toddlers and older children, there are themed shopping areas and the chance to see Santa in his special ‘Furry Workshop’!

Sesame Place

Sesame Place

13. Longwood Gardens

This expansive area of some 1,000 acres is the idyllic setting showcasing one of the US’s most exciting horticultural display gardens. It has 20 indoor gardens and its Conservatory contains 4,600 species of plants and trees. There are educational, hands-on experiences all year round and November’s extravaganza is an intensively cultivated display, featuring more chrysanthemums than ever – the largest Thousand Bloom Mum grown outside of Asia!

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

14. QVC Studio Tour

One of Philadelphia’s more modern attractions is a tour of the world famous shopping channel – QVC. The studio is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and what better time to visit than when there is a palpable buzz of excitement of celebration?  Experience how experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers.

QVC

QVC

15. Philadephia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874 and its 42-acre site goes from strength to strength being home to nearly 2,000 animals including gorillas, orang-utans, lions, jaguars and – of course – the famous tigers which roam above you in mesh-enclosed aerial walkways. No trip here is complete without seeing Princess, the amazing Andean condor. The educational ‘Unless’ project brings to life the habitat loss due to deforestation by our increasing use of palm oil.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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8 Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel

Frequent flying comes with luggage. Choosing the best lightweight suitcase will ensure that you comply with strict airline rules about weight and size. The post 8 Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel appeared first on TravelBusy.

Frequent flying comes with luggage. Choosing the best lightweight suitcase will ensure that you comply with strict airline rules about weight and size. Before you start going through all the colors and styles, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the provisions of luggage regarding the airlines you plan to use.

US carriers including Delta, United Airlines, and American Airlines all stipulate suitcase sizes for international travel for carry-on as 18-22 inches high, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide. For checked luggage, different airlines have their recommendations, but they range from 24 to 30 inches high. This comes with a weight limit too.

Delta baggagesize limits

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Buying a Lightweight Suitcase for International Travel

• Suitcase Size
It’s an obvious consideration because you will want luggage that can squeeze in all your essential items while still complying with size restrictions. Consider how long your travel will be so that you don’t leave anything out. It’s always important to be realistic and not stuff the things you hope to use but in reality are just by the way items that take up valuable space.

Lightweight suitcase size guide

• Soft vs. Hard Lightweight Suitcases
Soft bags are flexible and can easily fit in an overhead compartment. Their flexibility also means you can fit an extra outfit. But they can rip easily if you don’t pick a high-quality suitcase made of dense materials. Hard suitcases, on the other hand, are ideal for storing fragile items. They are lightweight, durable, and less likely to be damaged in transit. Since they have hard sides, you will mostly carry the necessary items because it’s hard to go over the limit. With hard carry-on suitcases, you have to get the right size because you will not be able to squeeze it into an overhead compartment if it is not the right fit.

• Wheels on Your Lightweight Case
You can choose to go with a suitcase with two or four wheels and some have double wheel sets so are called  8-wheel.  Four-wheeled luggage is easy to move since the spinner wheels move in all directions. For navigating through airports, 360-degree wheels are more comfortable to pull through since you can turn a corner without having to stop. But they can be hard to pull on cobblestone roads mostly found in Europe. That is why you may need to consider two-wheeled suitcases if your destination is Europe. Two wheels move in two directions only which makes them stable on rough surfaces.

The cost of being overweight (not literally!)

If your luggage is overweight or over sized you can expect to be hit with a hefty fine of up to $550 on some flights, basically the cost of the flight again! Here’s some charges from the American airlines page.

Best Lightweight Carry-On Suitcases for International Travel (Cabin Luggage Approved)

We class ultra lightweight carry-on cases as weighing under 5lbs, but these may not be the best choice for you. The ultra-light suitcases tend to only have 2 wheels, which can get a bit annoying when queuing to board the plane.  In our tests, we preferred the carry-on cases weighing under 7lb with hard shells and at least 4 wheels.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner Suitcase (Best Carry-On)

Samsonite Omni Pc Hardside Spinner 20, Black
2,047 Reviews
Samsonite Omni Pc Hardside Spinner 20, Black
  • Micro-diamond texture is extremely scratch-resistant, keeping cases beautiful after a trip. Consists of retractable handle
  • Re-engineered lightweight spinner wheels for effortless mobility. Retractable handle
  • If the bag is overstuffed, it may not be accepted by the airlines
  • Full-zip interior, divider and cross-straps for increased packing organization. Side-mounted tsa lock ensures security while traveling.19x14.5x9.8
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs ; Body Dimensions: 19.0 Inch x 14.5 Inch x 9.5 Inch ; Overall Dimensions: 22.0 Inch x 15.0 Inch x 9.5 Inch ; Carry On Sized - Luggage designed to fit in most airlines overhead compartments; may not conform to some airlines carry-on standards

At 19 inches, Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner is an excellent option in carry-ons. It comes in a lightweight and robust design for improved durability, weighing in at 6.8lbs. Being hard-sided, it is not a suitcase prone to damage so even if it is in a squeezed compartment; chances are everything in it will remain intact for the journey.

best lightweight suitcases- #1 editors choiceYou can count on it, not only because it meets international luggage size but because it is easy to store lots of stuff. It has a full-zip interior with a divider and cross-straps to help squeeze in every item for your trip. Remember not to overstuff it because airlines will charge you extra fees or even worse still be grounded for not abiding by airlines’ carry-on rules.

This luggage uses a micro-diamond texture such that no matter how many trips you take; your suitcase will look as good as new every time.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner also explores 360-degree wheels. They make it super easy to move with your luggage as they manage the weight of the luggage for you. And your luggage will always be protected since it also comes with a TSA-compatible combination lock.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
This suitcase does not include a side handle. You will have to use the main retractable handle to lift and remove it from overhead compartments.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable Rollaboard Carry-On Suitcase

Travelpro Maxlite 4  International Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase, Black
120 Reviews
Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase, Black
  • Telescoping handle that adds length and strength. Stops at 38 inch and extra-tall 42.5 inch
  • High performance ball-bearing in-line wheels
  • Low-profile top and side carry handles along with bottom handle cup and durable zipper pulls
  • Limited lifetime warranty. Tapered expansion capability of up to 2 inch for maximized extra storage with low center of gravity
  • Overall Dimensions: 20x14.5x7 .Weight:5.6 lbs

Travelpro is known for their outstanding quality in their luggage. They have a line of different travel bag styles, and the Maxlite 4 is one of their top sought models. With its professional styling, this carry-on rollaboard will make your journey simple and straightforward.

It is absolutely light weighing only 5.9 pounds. When you add your travel essentials, you will not be dealing with a heavy carry-on luggage to give you trouble fitting it into airplane compartments. It comes with two rollaboard wheels. Since they usually require more effort to pull, you will find that Maxlite 4 does not put any pressure on your wrists and joints because it is lightweight.

You will like that it comes with a telescoping handle that can stop at your ideal height whether at 38 inches or 42.5 inches. The handle is built using airline-grade aluminum that speaks durability. Not to mention, it boasts a honeycomb frame and polyester fabric construction that is water and stain resistant.

This suitcase can expand to 2 inches to allow packing of extra stuff. It also includes an interior lid pocket, adjustable hold-down straps, and a side accessory pocket.

For security, this luggage has durable zipper pulls that are deemed some of the best in the industry.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
Maxlite 4 is prone to tipping. We find this is a common issue with two-wheeled models since they cannot stand on their own. For a stable model, you can opt for the Maxlite 3 spinner that is lighter but smaller than the Maxlite 4.

 

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Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4-Wheel Carry-On Luggage

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On Lightweight Durable Hardshell 4-Wheel Spinner Cabin Size Luggage, Charcoal
2,173 Reviews
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On Lightweight Durable Hardshell 4-Wheel Spinner Cabin Size Luggage, Charcoal
  • EFFORTLESS HANDLING: (i) Multi-directional 4-wheel spinners allow smooth 360° degree movement on any terrain for complete mobility free-weight rolling (ii) Four molded side feet allow luggage to stand upright on its side.
  • (iii) Retractable push-button telescoping handle with two lock positions for ultimate control and maneuverability (iv) Top and side easy grab handles.
  • ORGANIZED COMPARTMENTS: (i) Two spacious fully lined compartments allow for double sided packing (ii) Large interior organizer zipper pocket to store smaller items (iii) Garment restraint straps help hold clothes and contents in place.
  • PERFECT SIZE: (i) TSA and IATA approved exterior dimensions (21.75"H x 14.5"W x 8.5"D) that meet almost all domestic and international airline requirements and fits into overhead bins of both small and large planes. (ii) Packing Dimension's: 20.0" H x 13.25" W x 7.5" D.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & DURABLE: (i) Only 6.25 lbs. (ii) Durable, lightweight, and water-resistant hardshell (iii) Easily cleaned.

Available in many different colors, the Kevin Cole Reaction Out of Bounds will let you travel in style. Whether you want a chic or professional look, all you have to do is pick a color. At only 19 inches high, this is one of the hard-sided suitcases that you never have to worry about flexibility.
Four spinner wheels will glide effortlessly beside you to make your movements around the airport smooth. It is very stable on smooth surfaces of any airport so you won’t have to keep your hand or foot on the bag at all times.

This luggage weighs only 6.25 pounds. With a construction from tough ABS, it still manages to bring the weight considerably low so you will meet airline restrictions with no problem. You will like that the interior has a soft lining, and it even includes zippered flaps still on the inside where you can put dirty items separate from the rest of the stuff.

On the exterior of the suitcase, you will find a U-shaped zipper pocket. It also increases the storage capacity of the luggage. The zipper is credited to take pressure even when you squeeze in an extra pair of shoes.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers

This suitcase will not do well on rugged surfaces. The wheels will most likely break off if you roll it on a rough path.

Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Carry-On Duffel  (Best for Europe)

Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel 20, Black
20 Reviews
Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel 20, Black
  • Constructed with durable, water-resistant Bi-Tech material with bartack reinforcement on all stress points
  • Sturdy handle system and heavy-duty oversized wheels with wheel housing and bumper protection
  • #10 lockable, self-repairing zippers on main compartment with storm flap protection
  • External compression straps with daisy chains for gear attachment.Multiple carry handles for easy grab and go
  • 14 x 20 x 9 in

The Eagle Creek No Matter What 20-inch duffel is all about convenience. It will easily fit on most airline overhead compartments since it is soft sided. It is quite a durable suitcase as it showcases construction from a Bi-tech material with bartack reinforcements around all the points that are prone to tears.

The oversized wheels are all reinforced for smooth glides in all types of surfaces. If you are traveling in areas you know are going to need some more effort to pull, this luggage exempts you from such stress. You will like that it is weatherproofed meaning water will not get into the interior.

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A robust handle graces the system to provide simple handling. The handle is stored in a recessed design to keep it safe from scraping or breaking when it’s not in use. It also comes with a side handle to help in lifting the suitcase up and down the stairs where the steps are too steep.

When it comes to organizing stuff, you have a stash bag on the top and a smaller compartment with No.10 lockable zippers. The inside of the duffel includes a mash panel organizer and the main compartment where most of your items will go.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers

The retractable bag is not padded. It may bring some sought of discomfort if you pull it for extended periods.

Best Lightweight Checked Suitcases for International Travel

Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner Checked Suitcase

Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner 25, Black
47 Reviews
Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner 25, Black
  • Four multi-directional spherical spinner wheels for easy mobility
  • Constructed of ultra lightweight nylon fabric with samguard water-resistant coating for strength and durability
  • Integrated carry-handles provide comfort when lifting a fully packed case
  • Ultra lightweight beveled alloy pull handle
  • Body Dimensions: 25.5" x 18.0" x 9.5"

If you are looking for lightweight checked luggage with spinner wheels, you will want to consider the Samsonite Mightlite 2. It is a soft side spinner weighing in at only 8 pounds. It’s not that any compromises have been made with the construction since it is made of a heavy-duty nylon fabric. It includes a samguard water-resistant coating to make it weather resistant and improve its durability.

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The multi-direction spinner wheels are important in making it easy to maneuver through crowded spaces. This is because they are easy to turn and will also be easy on your joints and wrists. The alloy pull handle is beveled for comfortable handling. It eliminates any extra stress when you are pulling a full suitcase over a long distance.

Apart from the main compartment, this luggage also comes with three zippered pockets on the outside. You will have enough room to bring every essential item that you want for your trip.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
There are complaints about a broken zipper if you overstuff the suitcase. It is vital to understand your limits instead of risking a snapped zipper when you are at the airport.

TravelPro Elite Platinum 25” Expandable Spinner Checked Suitcase

Travelpro Luggage Platinum Elite 25' Expandable Spinner Suitcase w/Suiter, Bordeaux
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Travelpro Luggage Platinum Elite 25" Expandable Spinner Suitcase w/Suiter, Bordeaux
  • Precision Glide System includes Contour Grip, adjustable 4-stop PowerScope handle and MagnaTrac spinner wheels for precise control and effortless roll
  • Tip-resistant tapered expansion adds up to 2" packing capacity when needed. High-density nylon fabric with duraguard coating resists stains and abrasions. Supra zipper heads are engineered to resist damage from frequent use and abuse
  • Built-in, fold-out suiter keeps clothes wrinkle-free during travel. Interior tie down system includes built-in accessory pockets. Premium leather top and side carry handles plus bottom cup provide comfortable carrying options. Integrated lock allows TSA authorities to safely unlock and lock suitcase for inspection when needed (default lock code is 0-0-0 to open)
  • Backed by our built for a lifetime limited worry free warranty that covers the cost of repair for damage from airline or other common carrier for the life of the bag after registration under the trusted companion promise
  • Case Dimensions: 25x18x11.25, Overall Dimensions: 28x18.5x11.75 Weight: 9.8lbs

TravelPro is always ahead of the game when it comes to international travel. It is evident in their Platinum Elite that this brand brings perfection in your travel. This particular checked luggage has a height of 25 inches. It is a medium-sized model that is ideal for medium and long trips.

With its tapered design, you can expand it to get two more inches when you have more than a few travel necessities to bring along. We like that its weight is easy to manage thanks to the four Magnatrac spinner wheels. If you feel the weight is still too much, you can go for the Maxlite 5 that is 2 pounds lighter than this Platinum Elite model.

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With the Platinum Elite, you get a 4-stop PowerScope handle with a contoured grip. It comes with a foldout suiter that keeps clothes wrinkle-free. The suiter will fit in two suits, and it is not removable. You also have accessory pockets that will give you more organized space.

What’s more, this luggage has durable Supra zipper heads and a TSA lock to keep everything protected. It has a lifetime warranty which is unlike other checked luggage.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
Like many spinner suitcases, TravelPro Platinum Elite also faces the same struggles of cruising on rough surfaces. They inhibit movement and most likely will break off if mishandled.

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage 3-Piece Set

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage - 3 Piece Set (20', 24', 28'), Black
330 Reviews
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage - 3 Piece Set (20", 24", 28"), Black
  • Hardside spinner set - ideal for trips of any duration; set includes the 20-inch, 24-inch, and 28-inch luggage
  • Protective hard shell with scratch-resistant finish; made of extra-thick ABS (thicker than the competition) for enhanced strength and durability
  • Fully lined interior with divider; 150D-polyester interior organizer with 3 zippered pockets for conveniently storing smaller items
  • Expandable for up to 15% additional packing capacity; solid, strong zippers; telescoping handle for comfortable maneuvering; securely mounted short handle
  • 4 double spinner wheels ensure smooth-rolling mobility in any direction

AmazonBasics offers an affordable option to get carry-on and checked luggage size suitcases. This 3-piece set allows you to make an easy choice for all your international travels. The protective hard shell ensures that your luggage arrives in good condition. It has a scratch-resistant finish that also helps to maintain its sparkly condition.

This luggage is as good on the outside as it is on the inside. It has a 150-Denier polyester interior with dividers. For smaller items, you have three zippered compartments that are as important as the main pocket.

The telescoping handle locks into place such that together with the four spinner wheels, it is quite easy to get it rolling even when you are carrying the maximum weight limit. The short handle is securely mounted on the side to facilitate safe and comfortable lifting of your luggage.
If you are traveling large, the three suitcases can be used as they all meet airline size restrictions. But you won’t be getting a strap that can hook the three suitcases together.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
The 28-inch suitcase if expanded may exceed size limitations. We don’t see why AmazonBasics included this option if it is going to be a challenge to use it.

If you are looking for more 3-piece sets, IT luggage  touts itself as producing ‘The World’s lightest luggage sets’. Their best seller is the 8 wheel 3-piece set .

IT Luggage World's Lightest 8 Wheel 3 Piece Set, Magnet With Cobblestone Trim
37 Reviews
IT Luggage World's Lightest 8 Wheel 3 Piece Set, Magnet With Cobblestone Trim
  • Large checked specs - exterior Dimensions: 31.5 x 18.3 x 10.2 inches, interior Dimensions: 28 x 17.9 x 10.2 inches, weight: 5.29lbs
  • Medium checked specs: exterior Dimensions: 27.6 x 16.1 x 10.2 inches, interior Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 9 inches, weight: 4.51lbs
  • Carry-on specs: exterior Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches, interior Dimensions: 18.7 x 13 x 9 inches, weight: 4.07lbs
  • The exterior features 2 zip pockets, while the interior features 1 large zip mesh pocket and 2 tie-down straps
  • 10.2x18.3x31.5

Wrapping Up – The Best Lightweight Suitcases: Our Verdict

It feels good when you have all your belongings in the right size luggage. Our Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel are from some of the top brands. These pieces of luggage are all of high-quality, durable, and meet international suitcase size recommendations by most airlines. We hope you will find the one that is right for you.

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